Cure Natural Aqua Gel is the #1 best selling exfoliator in Japan, selling 1 bottle every 12 seconds. Cure's unique and gentle formula allows for it to be used on people with even the most sensitive skin. Cure's status as a cult hit and Japanese beauty product legend stems from the simple fact that Cure does what it promises: exfoliates gently and effectively, without any harsh chemicals or alcohol.
Price: You can buy it from Amazon for about $37
How To Use:
Clean and thoroughly dry your face and hands. Dispense about 1 pump of product and massage it over your face for about 1 minute. White clumps should form. Continue to rub for another minute. Rinse and pat dry.
When dispensed, the gel looks exactly like water-- it is clear, have water-like consistency, and is fragrance free.
When you start rubbing the liquid against your skin, small white particles starts to form. The more you rub, the thicker and drier the particles will become.
The transformation of something so similar to water into a scrub is very impressive, but it is not something that blew me away. I have used several products in that past that makes this transformation, though usually the product that is initially dispensed is not watery. Two examples of such gel-to-scrub products are: Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel and Tsururi Pore Peeling Scrub. But the thing that I do love about the Cure Natural Aqua Gel is how gentle it is. It is by far the most gentle Scrub Peeling product I have used and therefore is ideal for sensitive skin.
There are some misconceptions about the effects of the product that I would like to clear up. Many people believe that the white particles that forms on your skin after rubbing the product on is dead skin. That is only partially true. How peeling scrubs work is that they dissolve the protein of dead skin using a crosspolymer. What is a cross polymer? The one most commonly used in the cosmetics industry is dimethicone. It is silicone derivative and is used, in this case, as a thickening agent. When you rub the gel on your skin, it reacts with protein turns white. The gel then coagulates around this protein source and the result is the particles you see. This in turn becomes a gentle exfoliant.
The after effects of using this product is a softer, smoother skin. It is a noticeable change but is not as dramatic of a change as using a more potent exfoliator like Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel. The difference is how your skin feels after using that is INSANE. But since this is a gentler scrub, the difference is less dramatic, as I expect it to be. Usually gradual changes are the best anyways ;).
The last thing I want to mention, since I always do, is the packaging. Honestly, I have no complaints here. It is simple, hygienic, and effective.
Pros: A nice, gentle, and natural exfoliator
Cons: It is a little pricey if you don't live it Japan, gradual improvements
Last Words: I would recommend trying it, I like it, but its not a must have product for me.
Overall Rating: 4/5