Review: First Aid Beauty – Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream

Where to purchase: First Aid Beauty: HERE / Asos: HERE / Feel Unique: HERE / NordStrom: HERE / Look Fantastic: HERE / Sephora: HERE / Ulta: HERE

Price: £24.69

Volume: 50ml

Made in: The USA

What is it?: A Lightweight + Hydrating Moisturiser

Brand Description: An Oil-Free, lightweight water cream containing Coconut Water that provides Electrolytes to the Skin. This Gel Cream aims to provide a smoother, healthier looking finish. Coconut water contains Amino acids, enzymes + Antioxidants as well as Phytonutrients which should provide the skin with a a healthier barrier. Hyaluronic Acid + Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate are supposed to protect the skin and also help it look more plump.

Aims to: Alleviate Dryness, Fine Lines + Wrinkles, Dullness + an Uneven Texture

Supposedly Good for: Normal, Combo + Oily

What I think: I agree! Definitely good for: Oily, Combo + Dehydrated Skins (Or those living in Hot + Humid Weather)

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Vegan?: No

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic Tub with a Screw-top lid (No Hygiene Tab) Note: Carton + Tub are Recyclable *See Website for Instructions)

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Directions: Apply over Clean, Dry Skin + Use Daily in the AM / PM

How I use it: I use this in the PM (as I prefer not to use this under makeup) – on top of my emollient Granactive Retinoid Emulsion (I.e. Under a more emollient Serum so as not to be too heavy).

Key Ingredients: Green Tea (Antioxidant + Soothing), Liquorice Root Extract (Brightening + Soothing), Hyaluronic Acid (Humectant), Coconut Fruit Juice (Emollient + Humectant). Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate (Hydrating), Apple Fruit Extract + Hyaluronic Acid (Also Hydrating).

Full Ingredients:

cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit juice, glucose, maltodextrin, aqua (water, eau), dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, cocos nu-cifera (coconut) fruit extract, alteromonas ferment filtrate, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate, sea salt (maris sal, sal marin), lycium barbarum fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, chrysanthemum parthenium (feverfew) extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, dip-teryx odorata seed extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, caprylyl glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butylene glycol, hydrogenated polydecene, dimethicone cross-polymer, dipropylene glycol, cetyl diglyceryl tris(trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl dimethicone, phe-noxyethanol, laureth-8

NOTE: The Incidecoder / Skincarisma have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This is a lightweight, watery gel-like cream. As this doesn’t have oil, this is mainly Watery > Oily/Creamy. When spreading this out, it’s so lightweight and watery but boarders on that plastic-y, Silicone-like Feeling (Very Similar to the Etude Soon Jung Gel). But I still think this provides the skin with a smooth, soft finish.

This definitely feels hydrating and this doesn’t ball up like crazy and isn’t too sticky or tacky – as long as one doesn’t use too much product (and use it at the end of the Skincare Routine).

This feels both Cooling + Hydrating (those are the main two words I’d use to describe this).

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Stings If the Skin is Irritated/Very Irritated?: Yes due to the Inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid

Summer or Winter?: Good for the Summer (can use in the winter but oily skins – I suggest on top of a more creamy/emollient serum)

Layerable?: I’d recommend to apply at the last stage of skincare to avoid any balling up issues.

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Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / Essential Oils – But Due to the Inclusion of Coconut and Vanilla Fruit Extract; this definitely smells of Coconut Vanilla (Very Subtle Scent) – so if you like that scent (like I do) – then it’ll only add to this sensory experience.

Good Under Makeup?: I wouldn’t recommend it. I prefer slightly more Emollient Creams to wear under makeup for risk of balling up (Contains Dimethicone)

How long have I been using this?: 3-4 Months

The Effect?: Generally Hydrated Skin (No Significant changes but I didn’t expect it judging from the ingredients).

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Hydrating
  • Cruelty Free
  • Lightweight
  • Refreshing / Cooling

What I don’t like:

  • Stings if/when the skin is irritated
  • Not great under makeup (So I use this as a PM Gel
  • Not that moisturising
  • If too much is applied it may feel a little tacky/sticky (Less is usually more with Gel Creams)

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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A good PM, Summer (and for Oily Skins – Winter) Gel Moisturiser. It’s quite basic but it’s hydrating and lightweight. Is it the most layerable, non-sticky gel I’ve tried? No. I do have some issues with tackiness and layering if I don’t apply this last in my skincare routine and if I apply too much product (hence why I took a point away). But I’m happy it’s cruelty free and that it smells pleasant without Fragrance or EO being added. But I will repeat that this is basic so don’t expect the skin to change massively.

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would! It’s a good Lightweight, Summery Gel

Dupe?: Very similar to the Etude House – Soon Jung Gel (Without the pleasant Coconut/Vanilla Scent however), and the Purito Oat Gel is also Very Similar.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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