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Review of collagen cream First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair

 

WWhen we talk to dermatologists about the best moisturizer for dry skin, we are reminded of one product over and over again: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. It is known for providing intense hydration and rebuilding the skin’s barrier without leaving skin smooth or oily, thanks to skin-soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. But just as you thought nothing could be better, the brand released a new version of the formula that works just as well as the original … and still leaves your skin smooth.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Collagen Firming Cream, which went on sale this month, is an enhanced anti-aging version of the moisturizer we all know and love. In addition to ceramides and colloidal oatmeal, it contains active substances that increase elasticity, which help to make the skin smooth and supple. By around age 30, your body’s natural collagen production begins to slow down, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. To combat these issues, dermatologists suggest adding collagen-stimulating ingredients to your daily routine, and this formula offers in excess.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Collagen Cream

The star of the show here are peptides, which are one of the “high tech” ingredients to boost your body’s natural collagen production. Peptides are smaller chains of amino acids, and when applied topically, they bind to protein receptors in skin cells and effectively help turn on the collagen production process. The result is smoother, firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. “The beauty of peptides is that products usually use small enough peptides that can penetrate your skin and send signals to our cells to help slow aging or other benefits,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York City dermatologist. … …

The formula also contains niacinamide, another dermal favorite to help boost collagen production. It also helps fight other age-related skin problems such as dullness and dark spots, and is a protagonist in combating uneven skin tone and texture while being gentle enough to work on all skin types without causing irritation.

“I bet this product feels great on the skin – it has soothing niacinamide and oatmeal, moisturizing ceramides and squalane, and peptides to support skin health,” says Dr. Nazaryan. It is valid collagen is also present in it, but since these molecules are probably too large to be absorbed into your skin, “there is little evidence that it is absorbed by the skin and replenishes our own collagen stores,” she says. Collagen on its own can help make your skin surface smooth, but the other ingredients in the formula do the real job of strengthening your complexion.

As a longtime fan of the original Ultra Repair Cream, I was curious if the new formula would meet the standards for dry skin retention set by its predecessor. But I have been using the collagen version for two weeks and it has quickly taken a permanent place in my daily routine. It kept my dehydrated complexion calm and happy, but it’s not as thick as the original moisturizer, which means it’s great for both under makeup and overnight. It is creamy but not greasy and instantly lifts the skin with every application. I’m sorry about my old moisturizer, but I’ve officially switched to a newer model.

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