Exfoliate Like a Boss
Today’s post will be bringing beauty addicts everywhere some more Japan beauty goodness.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a drugstore product that has topped the national cosmetic rankings consistently for the past ten years. If Amazon is to be believed, this product has cult status, with one bottle being sold every 12 seconds.
This amazing exfoliator is 90% water based, and removes dead skin cells like a pro without the use of abrasive exfoliating beads or anything like that.
It is also fragrance free, colour free, preservative free, and contains a blend of plant extracts. Any product that can claim that is totally good with me!
While being tough on dead skin cells that need to go, it is also gentle enough for a skin as sensitive as mine, which is amazing.
I’ve been using this twice a week (which is their recommended frequency) for the past three months or so and I am loving it.
It works just as well as the MICA Beauty Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel but for a fraction of the price. It retails at around JPY 2,500 (about 16 British Pounds) for 250g of product at my local Matsumoto Kiyoshi. That is super budget-friendly, especially as one bottle will last you around 6 months even if you are naughty like me and use a pump and a half each time instead of the suggested one pump.
Just a side note here: the bottle recommends one pump for the face, but the English version of the website says 3 to 5 pumps – weird. Honestly, one pump and a half is plenty just for the face. I can’t even imagine two full pumps, let alone three or more!
How to Use Cure Natural Aqua Gel
I use it after washing my face. I pat my face dry and wait for a little bit, then I apply a pump and a half of the product all over my face and wait for a minute or so.
I find that if you try to exfoliate straight away not much gunk will be lifted off the skin, but if you wait a little it works better. It can be hard for impatient people like me though! Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Anyway, after waiting for a little bit (30 seconds to a minute or so should do it) you can go ahead and massage your face in circular motions and all the dead skin cells will magically come off. You don’t need to apply excessive pressure or rub hard. This part can be a bit graphic and shocking the first time you try it but after a while it becomes quite therapeutic, like, how much dead skin will come off this time?!
It’s seriously one of the most hassle-free skincare products out there. Using it is pretty much effortless, especially when compared to ghassoul clay, for example. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love that stuff, but it does take a bit of time to use it.)
When you’ve finished, just continue with the rest of your skincare routine, making sure to moisturise well after.
This Cure Natural Aqua Gel is definitely a hero product for me and I will repurchase it forever!
If you have used this product I’d love to hear your thoughts. Otherwise do tell me how you keep your face smooth and exfoliated, I would love to know!