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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This vs That | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream vs CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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Have you ever started using a product just because it was there but then realized it may just be the greatest thing you've ever slathered on? No? Well, that's what happened to me when I reluctantly dipped into a tub of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I'd had the tub in my stash for some time (read last Christmas...) I knew a lot of people love it, but just didn't expect to be wowed. I was so wrong. Now, as great as it is, I've also had CeraVe on my radar, as it seems just as many love it. The formulas seem similar, but with CeraVe providing a lot more product at about half the price. What's a dry skinned gal to do?

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'Banish Dry Skin with First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream. This thick, rich, emollient moisturizer hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration while providing immediate relief and long-lasting protection for dry, distressed skin, even eczema. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, the cream instantly goes to work to soothe, calm, and heal skin. It can be used head to toe and is clinically proven to increase hydration by up to 169 percent immediately upon application.'

Try them both, and report back to the masses (aka you.) I'm going to assume you've heard the buzz about First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. It's a blogger favourite, and for good reason. The cream is hailed as being an all-in one (as in suitable for head to toe use) moisturizer for all skin, even the most sensitive, with exceptional relief for dry skin.

I am perpetually dry all over, so while I liked what FAB was offering, I just didn't expect it to be all that. Again, I was so wrong. This moisturizer offers long-lasting hydration that really works to defeat dryness. I began using this a body moisturizer, but after my first use, it was moved up into my face routine as well- it just works so wonderfully! The cream has a thick. rich feeling texture, but it isn't heavy heavy feeling. It absorbs easily into skin with zero greasy feel and gives an almost instant effect of hydration. What really impressed me was the fact that even my driest 'problem' areas still felt moisturized by the second day. A truly rare occurrence for me.

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'Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream effectively moisturizes while helping to restore the natural skin protective barrier. This rich, non-greasy cream, with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, provides all day hydration after just one use.' 

CeraVe is a brand I've known about for ages, but was just never that motivated to actually try. As it turns out, the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a very popular product and from many fronts, a near dupe for the FAB Ultra Repair Cream. Formulated with a similar group of main ingredients, however, CeraVe includes hylauronic acid (which works to hold moisture in skin) and places ceramides more prominently as main ingredients (FAB has ceramides listed last on their ingredient panel.)

Ingredients aside, how does it fare on dry skin? Pretty well. The CeraVe moisturizer has a similar feel to FAB, with a thick, rich feel, no scent, and zero greasiness. The cream is easily absorbed into skin, gives that instantly hydrating feel and is just as convenient for head to toe use.

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So, who is the winner? As much as I like the CeraVe formula, there is just something about the Ultra Repair Cream it doesn't have. Both products are very similar, and do give great results on my dry skin, but FAB just does it that little but better. That said, I do feel like FAB is on the overpriced side based on their formulation and product size (love you FAB, but it's true) so CeraVe wins in the value department. While FAB ultimately wins the showdown, you can bet both of these moisturizers will be in my stash for years to come. What do you think? Have you tried either of these? Thoughts?

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