January 5, 2018

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask ($32) is a new hot mess of a mask that promises to brighten your complexion with Vitamin C, ginger, and turmeric. I’ll never understand why a brand that’s apparently dedicated to making your skin and feel great without adding irritating ingredients continues to churn out these oddball products that have a host of a problematic ingredients.

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In theory, First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask sounds great. I’m always looking for ways to brighten up my complexion. The jelly texture also sounds cool plus they promise it’ll sooth and calm stressed out skin. Ok, my drier skin is a bit sensitive at the moment that sounds fabulous!

Let’s do this!

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask arrives in a 4 oz jar with a recommendation to use it three times a week. Mmm ok, that’s a little excessive but alright. One of the first things that is off about the mask is the fact it comes in a jar. If this does in fact contain Vitamin C it will degrade given it is exposed to air each time you open the jar not to mention the jar is clear and lets in light.

But packaging aside it’s what is inside that might quite agree with your skin but let’s discuss the texture first which is an interesting jelly-like consistency. I thought the texture quite interesting. It applies easily and it feels very, very cooling on my skin initially and during the wear. I kept thinking what a nice mask this would be for humid Summer nights. The instructions say to apply it generously which I did easily enough. It isn’t a drippy texture that it will slide off your face as you wear it. I had a little bit of a hard time rinsing it off and find that using a wet wash cloth to remove it is much, much easier. It has a strong ginger-y herbal scent which could be a potential issue for sensitive users. And most important, it does tingle or dare I even say burns during the wear and feels like a pumpkin enzyme mask in that aspect but isn’t nearly as painful. It’s odd because every review I read about it didn’t mention the tingle/burn so, I’m wondering if it was just my skin in particular.

I read a few reviews that said it dried skin out but thankfully I didn’t feel that way once I rinsed it off. It didn’t hydrate my skin by any means nor was it supposed to but it didn’t dry me out either which is a plus. My skin didn’t look visibly better after using it but my skin did feel smoother. The dryness at my cheeks in particular seemed smoother and softer. Maybe I’m imagining it but the morning after my complexion did appear brighter and less dull.

There’s quite a few ingredients here that may or may not be an issue for many users one of the bigger ones being ginger root extract which can be wonderful orally but may be an irritant used topically. Also, lower on the list are a good deal of photosynthesizing citrus oils such as lemon and lime. There’s also a small amount of lactic acid so, you’ll want to take precautions with SPF as you should always do anyway.

Overall, First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask wasn’t a particularly life changing skincare experience for me. It did make my skin smoother and I’m under the disillusion it looked brighter as well the day after I used it but it does contain some rather bad ingredients that sensitive users need to watch out for. Even if it is made my skin brighter the effects will probably be fleeting due to the jar packaging that will spoil the formula.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask is available now at sephora.com.

Have you tried it?

What was your experience like with it?

Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract (Extrait de Racine de Betterave), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Myrtus Communis Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lactic Acid, P-Anisic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Lactobacillus Ferment, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Terpineol Acetate, Linalyl Acetate, Geranyl Acetate, CI 75120 (Annatto).

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Magenta Wilde

    Wow, does that ever have a bunch of potential irritants. Clove, ginger, eucalyptus. They’re not all bad, but not necessarily great for soothing skin. Feverfew and licorice are good for the skin, but they’re probably canceled out by the ginger, etc. Pass.

  • Kish

    Definite pass from me as well. Why does it have multiple irritants? Ugh. I adore their ultra repair cream, but I won’t be trying this.

  • CarrieAnne

    I love that you’re educated on the use of ingredients and what can cause irritation and sensitivity. I follow a log of bloggers and beauty influencers, and many of them do just parrot the marketing claims without making themselves aware of real dermatological information. So I love reading/watching but I know I just need to be a much more informed consumer. First Aid Beauty has some really first rate products and others that are just mind boggling. I don’t know why they can’t get it right out of the gate.

    • Isabella Muse

      guilty CarrieAnne! I used to be one of those people that didn’t really read ingredients but lately I’m trying harder to not just take packaging at face value and research what it is inside items I am putting on my face. Sure some claims on the box are real, you’ll feel hydrated, smooth or whatever else they promise but peeking at the ingredients reveals there is also alcohol or other crap that is doing more harm than good. So, I’ve def trying hard to educate myself. 🙂 <3! I'd rather pass on what I am learning to you versus reading the box and offering that back to you.

      • CarrieAnne

        Nope, you’re not guilty at all. I think you’re doing a fab job! Haha, oh, I am so lame.

        • Isabella Muse

          awwwww shucks thanks <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You aren't lame, you totally made my day <3!

  • kjh

    Good call. Surprised there wasn’t linalool, citral, and limonene. This co is getting a bit split personality about their releases. Some of their stuff lives up to their acronym, and the rest is dreckola. Why choose known irritants? Know that you are inspiring folks to start doing their research on ingredients. I use Cosdna, EWG, and Paula’s ingredients dictionary. Never forget that Paula def touts her own products, but the ingredient info is correct. (Hell, I have probs with common, ‘gentle’ ingredients, and many Paula products.). In this case, I think they KNOW. How could they not? And that is irresponsible to the point of reprehensible. Your theme song could be Aaron Neville’s oldie: Tell It Like It Is!

  • Abbey

    Eucalyptus sets my skin on fire! As a regular retinol user, I steer clear of pretty much anything that may be irritating because it really burns and inflames my skin. Glad you reviewed this. It’s an easy skip!

  • Sara

    I have it on my face now, and it is kind of tingling, maybe even stinging a bit…but it also feels cool. Weird. I’ll see what happens when I take it off.