Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane versus First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration .

Last updated on February 19, 2024. Published on February 13, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe general moisturizers. They have a total of 9 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain ceramides

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne, anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, parabens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain fragrances, oils and silicones

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General Moisturizer American Brand United States
General Moisturizer American Brand United States

General Moisturizer

All-purpose moisturizers hydrate the top layer of skin cells.

General Moisturizer

All-purpose moisturizers hydrate the top layer of skin cells.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

BHA
Vitamin E
Ceramides

Benefits

Hydrating (5)
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (3)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (3)
Acne Trigger (2)
Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Exfoliators
Ceramides

Benefits

Hydrating (4)
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation (2)
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (3)
Acne Trigger
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Avena Sativa Kernel Extract 0.5% β€’ Water β€’ Stearic Acid β€’ Glycerin β€’ C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate β€’ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride β€’ Glyceryl Stearate Se β€’ Glyceryl Stearate β€’ Cetearyl Alcohol β€’ Dimethicone β€’ Squalane β€’ Butyrospermum Parkii Butter β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Caprylyl Glycol β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Allantoin β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Tetrasodium EDTA β€’ Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract β€’ Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract β€’ Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil 0.5%

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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 1.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 2.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 2.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 4.

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What it does: Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Dimethicone is a silicone used for making products smooth and silky. It also has the added benefit of sealing in hydration. The amount of dimethicone found in beauty products is considered safe and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.

Dimethicone has been found increase absorption in skin, boosting the benefits of other ingredients. While there is concern for the safety of dimethicone, the levels used in skincare are safe for use.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 3.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 10.

4
What it does: Emollient, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

Because squalane boosts hydration in the skin, it also comes with plenty of benefits: it is an antioxidant and can help fight free radicals and skin damage. Squalane is also found to have a detoxifying effect when applied.

Squalane comes from squalene, which occurs naturally within the sebum of our skin. It is one of the oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and has a longer shelf life.

Research shows that squalane is non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).

In general, it's a fantastic ingredient. It does a great job at hydrating the skin, and it's suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The source of squalane may impact malassezia / fungal acne. This is because olive oil derived squalane can contain impurities such as fatty acids and plant waxes. Sugarcane derived squalane is recommended for anyone with malassezia concerns.

Is squalane vegan?
This depends on the source. Squalane can be derived from both plants and animals. Most squalane used in skincare comes from plants.

Please note: the source of squalane is only known if disclosed by the brand. We recommend reaching out to the brand if you have any questions about their squalane.

Read more about squalene with an "e".

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 4.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 11.

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What it does: Preservative
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 11.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 13.

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What it does: Emollient, Emulsifying
Community Rating: Disliked

Glyceryl Stearate is a mix of glycerin and stearic acid.

Glyceryl Stearate is used to stabilize the mixing of water and oil ingredients. By preventing these ingredients from separating, it can help elongate shelf life. It can also help thicken the product's texture.

As an emollient, it helps soften skin and supports barrier-replenishing ingredients.

In cosmetics, Glyceryl Stearate is often made from vegetable oils or synthetically produced. The human body also creates Glyceryl Stearate naturally.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 13.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 8.

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What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Stearic Acid is a fatty acid. It is an emollient, emulsifier, and texture enhancer.

As an emollient, stearic acid helps soften skin. It aids the skin's protective barrier by preventing water loss. It also provides a gentle cleansing effect without stripping away natural oils.

Stearic acid may also be used to enhance the texture of products. It can add volume and stabilize ingredients such as water and oil. This can help water and oil ingredients from separating.

Sources of stearic acid include animal or vegetable fats/oils such as coconut or shea. It can be naturally found in butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vegetable fats, and animal tallow.

This ingredient may not be Malassezia folliculitis, or fungal-acne safe.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 18.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 3.

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What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 24.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 15.

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What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane contains this as ingredient number 26.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration contains this as ingredient number 17.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

23% are loved or liked
11% have mixed ratings
60% are disliked or very disliked
6% have no rating yet
43% are loved or liked
9% have mixed ratings
48% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane 35 ingredients

3.7 /5
from 7 reviews
mrobsss's Avatar'
Jul 23, 2023

This not only is super hydrating but it’s cooling on the face. It’s the only thing that can keep my face moisturizer all day!

This not only is super hydrating but it’s cooling on the face. It’s the only thing that can keep my face moisturizer all day!

abby_834's Avatar'
Aug 30, 2023

Deeply moisturizing & hydrating

Deeply moisturizing & hydrating

Arilena's Avatar'
Feb 10, 2024

Now, this is not really the best choice for me since I have combination skin - it gives me a little amount of fungal acne, but it's much better than a full breakout. Except from that I really like this face cream. It hydrates my skin,...

Now, this is not really the best choice for me since I have combination skin - it gives me a little amount of fungal acne, but it's much better than a full breakout. Except from that I really like this face cream. It hydrates my skin, doesn't make it glossy and it doesn't clog my pores. I only use a very tiny amount of it when I use it. A good alternative when I yet have to discover the one moisturizer that works best for me.

Great Value
Hydrating
Light
Absorbs Well
No Scent
Works Well

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration 23 ingredients

4.0 /5
from 9 reviews
Y's Avatar'
Jun 6, 2021

Nothing too special, it's not hydrating enough for super dry skin and it pills sometimes. It doesn't irritate my skin tho

Nothing too special, it's not hydrating enough for super dry skin and it pills sometimes. It doesn't irritate my skin tho

Mac_R's Avatar'
Mar 30, 2023

Cannot say enough good things
This is my all time favourite moisturizer. i use it anywhere needed and never feels oily or too heavy. absorbs right into the skin and feels hydrated, soft and clean. if you want to lessen steps in your skin...

Cannot say enough good things
This is my all time favourite moisturizer. i use it anywhere needed and never feels oily or too heavy. absorbs right into the skin and feels hydrated, soft and clean. if you want to lessen steps in your skin care routine, this is an awesome one to use instead of two face/body moisturizers

LeezG_503's Avatar'
Sep 22, 2023

Irritating
Sadly, this stuff burns, and it smells like menthol. I had high hopes because I like both oatmeal and squalane in skin products, but this is not good for extremely sensitive skin.

Irritating
Sadly, this stuff burns, and it smells like menthol. I had high hopes because I like both oatmeal and squalane in skin products, but this is not good for extremely sensitive skin.

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