Product Review: First Aid Beauty Retinol Serum

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FAB Retinol Serum

I jumped onto the retinol serum train earlier in the year. I’m in my late 20s now and I figured it’s probably time to take my skincare game to the next level before it’s too late to do so. I’m of the opinion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so I’m okay spending a bit more money on my skincare products to prevent signs of aging on my face. One of the best ways to do that is invest in products with retinol. Retinol has many benefits - they boost skin cell production, help fade dark spots, help treat acne, and fight signs of aging. Are you sold yet?

I was recommended the First Aid Beauty Retinol Serum from a friend so I decided to give it a shot and try it out for a few months. Here are my thoughts.


According to, this product contains:

-Retinol (Vitamin A): Supports antiaging by improving the appearance of aging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. 
-Peptides: Chains of amino acids that when applied topically, help the skin look more youthful. 
-Skin Saver Complex (First Aid Beauty’s signature blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Antioxidant Vitamins C + E Aloe, Colloidal Oatmeal, Allantoin, and Ceramides): Works to calm, soothe, and nourish the appearance of mature skin. 

Water, Polysorbate 80, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Retinol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Linoleic Acid, Allantoin, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triolein, Caprylyl Glycol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Maltodextrin, BHT, BHA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate.

what it claims to do

FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate features a formula that combines retinol and advanced peptides, two ingredients that work together to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while imparting firmer-looking skin with a smoother texture. The formula is balanced with First Aid Beauty’s proprietary Skin Saver Complex to deliver the benefits of retinol with minimal irritation. This complex is comprised of hyaluronic acid, vitamins C + E, aloe, colloidal oatmeal, allantoin, and ceramides that work together help comfort, nourish, and support skin health. It alleviates the irritation often associated with retinol-based products, leaving your complexion feeling soothed with a refreshed, rejuvenated look.  This product is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It’s vegan, and free of nanos, nuts, and gluten. It is also cruelty-free. 

In a consumer panel on 34 women (with self-perceived sensitive skin) after 2 weeks: 
- 81% reported an improvement in skin tone and texture 

After 8 weeks: 
- 94.6% said it was gentle and non-irritating 
- 81% reported improvements in overall skin appearance 
- 81.1% observed a healthy glow

First Aid Beauty provides everyday essentials and targeted skincare solutions that deliver immediate relief, lasting results, and feel-good textures. Their products are formulated with only clean, skin-loving ingredients that are carefully selected so you don’t have to worry about what’s in (and not in) your skincare products. There are over 1,300 ingredients on FAB’s no-no list, including artificial colorants and artificial fragrances, parabens, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, n-butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, sd alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehydes, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, talc, and sulfates.


The FAB Retinol Serum comes in a round tube. To get the product out, you must twist the top and the pump head will twist up and out. each pump is controlled and I can get exactly the right amount of product I need. I really like that twist aspect of it as it gives the impression of compactness. In terms of appearance, the white and blue coloring is clean and I like the minimal design. It’s quite in line with the rest of First Aid Beauty products’ packaging as well. 5/5


What can I say about this product that would accurately convey how much I love it?

I’ve been using this for about five months now and it’s never once broken me out, even when I use it almost daily. I think I was a bit scared of how potent this serum could be on my face but it really feels more soothing than anything. The only issue I’ve ever had with this is when I accidentally applied too much of it on my face, it starred to pill on my skin but I always use a small amount anyway so that hasn’t really been too much of an issue. My skin looks amazing and feels hydrated and a lot more plump. I didn’t really have any skin conditions I was dealing with prior to using it, such as acne, breakouts, or even dry patches (that’ll be in the winter though) but I’ve read that this serum really helps clear even the most extreme of skin conditions out. 5/5


Here’s the thing. This serum costs $58 for one ounce of product. Now, that’s definitely not the cheapest serum out there but as far as retinol serums go, that’s actually not the worst price point. Retinol serums can cost anywhere between $55-$200 so believe it or not, the First Aid Beauty Retinol Serum is on the lower end of the spectrum. I completely understand if that’s not something you’re willing to pay because frankly, if skincare isn’t super important in your life, why would you pay so much for it? No judgement here - I was there with you myself. I’ve only recently started taking skincare more seriously (as in the last two years) and I personally do find this serum worth it so I think that for the amazing quality of the product and the FAB (get it?) results, I’m willing to fork over almost $60 for it. 4/5.

FAB Retinol Serum
DeborahBeauty, Skincare, Review