If you ask my college roommates, they’ll likely recall the senior semester that I couldn’t stop complaining about the red, irritated patches that bloomed around my right eye. Was it rosacea, dermatitis, or eczema? Whatever it was, it annoyed the hell out of me, and meant that anything that touched that area burned like fire ant bites. I stopped wearing eye make-up and contacts for months. The problem was that the patches were dry and flaky and needed moisture. I tried different lotions and creams before buying a tube of First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream that finally, finally managed to both moisturize and not make my poor skin feel like it was glaring.
The cream combined with my hands-off approach (and time, hormones, who knows) eventually worked, and the patches cleared. At times, I impulsively bought more expensive moisturizers with pretty promises to leave me radiant, to turn back the clock on aging, with flowery ingredients and oils, made from a very specific bee’s honey or crushed-up diamonds and $100 bills and whatever. But aside from not seeing much results, often, these ingredient-stuffed moisturizers left my skin tingling and not in a good way. And so, always, I made my way back to Ultra Repair, my tried-and-true skincare essential—and I’m not alone here.
Over the years, I’ve run into many others who use it and realized how massively popular it is (seriously! According to Allure, one jar of this cream is sold every single minute on average because it’s just that dang good). The cult-favorite cream comes in an unfussy tub and has a whipped consistency that is as substantial as it is lightweight. It absorbs quickly, leaving no residue, and is not at all greasy. The allergy-tested cream is made with calming colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramides, all of which dermatologists recommend for people with eczema to reinforce their skin’s barrier. It’s also, thankfully, fragrance-free and so gentle that you can use it all over your body (even on babies).
I wear this cream all the time now—as a moisturizer under my makeup by day and before bed. I love how hydrated my skin feels, even hours later, in all seasons, including the cold, dry, blah of New York winter. For $36, one tub lasts me over six or seven months, and let me tell you, not having to ration out lotion is a luxury. Nicely, for each purchase, First Aid Beauty has pledged that 10% of sales will go towards their $1 million commitment to help pay off student loans (a cause I definitely care about)—as if I needed one more reason to bow down to the Ultra Repair Cream.