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Mask Monday | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

The following post is by our lovely guest contributor: Marsha 😁 Thanks again!

And another one… *DJ Khaled voice*

Would this mask be a hit? Read on to find out!

Enter the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - quite a mouthful, isn’t it!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com

This 10-minute mask promises to help nourish and rejuvenate skin while also being safe for sensitive skin. According to the product website, it’s “a deeply hydrating mask that helps nourish, calm and rejuvenate distressed-looking skin. It is the perfect antidote to dry, dehydrated skin. In just 10 minutes, the mask will help restore a rough, tight complexion and achieve soft, supple results.” This 2015 Allure Best of Beauty Award winner retails for US $24.00 on both the First Aid Beauty and Sephora websites for the standard 2 oz size.

So what’s in it?

The formula includes a blend of “protective oats - Colloidal Oatmeal and Avena Sativa Oat Bran - with Botanical Antioxidants” among the key ingredients, along with Bisabolol (said to help soothe and calm skin), Shea Butter and Sea Buckthorn.

The full ingredients list was consistent on both the website and packaging:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Colloidal Oatmeal, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Lactobacillus Ferment, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Xan-Than Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Vanillin, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Zingiber, Officinale Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

The website also lists a series of things the mask doesn’t contain including Isopropy Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Hydroquinone, Formaldehyde and many other skin care ‘evils’. So I was ready to dive in. I had some events coming up and I wanted to give my face a much-needed boost. After all, a good canvas makes make-up application easier.

The Process

I started by cleansing my face with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, rinsing with warm water (side note - this doesn’t really foam, but let’s not get side tracked). The directions on the mask didn’t indicate whether it should have been applied on dry, damp or wet skin so I opted for the happy medium of slightly damp skin. Based on the consistency of the product, I wouldn’t recommend application to a wet face.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com

Following the directions, I applied a ‘generous amount’ with the intention of leaving it on for ten minutes. The texture was relatively smooth and somewhat creamy with tiny bits of the oatmeal granules but not significant enough for me to consider it an exfoliating scrub. There was a very faint scent, reminiscent of oats - nothing those who are sensitive to smells or fragrance would have to worry about.

Rinsing my hand after application, I noticed there was a slight ‘greasy’ feeling as the product did not wash off immediately. I was keen to see how that would translate for my face.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com
*Shout out to all those who manage to look cute while doing reviews… I tried* #headwrap-ish 

I opted to add a bit more product as I felt it didn’t appear ‘generous’ enough.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com

The mask dried down somewhat after a while, but not to the extent of that tight feeling on your face. However, as noticed earlier with my hands, it took a little effort to rinse using warm water.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask - www.modenmakeup.com

Normally after washing my face it feels dry (especially on my cheeks as I have combo/oily skin). However, it didn’t feel as dry after rinsing off this mask. My face felt smooth to the touch afterwards and gave the feeling that any moisturiser or serum which followed would “go on nice”. I followed up with the Ren Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream as my moisturizer (shout out to Lucinda for the previous post recommending this). I also tried it again a couple times after my initial use and experienced similar results.

Thoughts

In terms of my overall thoughts, my face felt smooth after use - so maybe the oatmeal granules worked better than I initially anticipated. Did it absolutely wow me? No, but I wasn’t expecting it to. This is not a heavy-duty mask. I think this would be a great maintenance product for those who do their own/get facials, or a great weekend pick-me-up; or a lightweight travel companion, particularly for a dry climate or congested environment.

Would I buy it again? I’m on the fence. While the size is travel friendly and the product is good, the price tag seems a bit much for me. Interestingly while searching, I found the mask listed as ‘out of stock’ on Walmart.com for US $9.99 (which I think would work for me lol). Failing that, acquiring during a sale would give you a better bargain. Overall though, I like it.

Happy mask-ing!

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