Cure Natural Aqua Gel happens to be one of the best-selling exfoliating products in Japan. Unlike a grainy or typical chemical-based exfoliator, the formula has 91% activated hydrogen water to set it apart as a gentler way to exfoliate since it also is helpful for skin healing as it removes dead skin cells and smooths the surface. Since a bottle of it sells every 12 seconds in Japan, I was intrigued and glad to give it a try when approached about doing this review.
**Disclaimer: This post has been compensated. Opinions are solely mine. **
This exfoliating product comes in a clear liquid-gel with a pump dispenser. It is labeled a natural exfoliating gel with aloe, gingko and rosemary. The Cure Natural Aqua Gel also has no preservatives, coloring, fragrance, and is meant for all skin types. It does have glycerin, a humectant to pull in water to keep in moisture, but whether it is a natural form or synthetic is not specified. Just to clarify for you, a natural glycerin usually is derived from the oils of plants whereas the synthetic variety comes from alcohol. It also has acrylates/C10-30 acrylate crosspolymer (a thickener and binding agent), dicocodimonium chloride, stear trimonium bromide, and butylene glycol.
Unlike the type of exfoliating product that leaves the skin red as it works directly on the skin’ surface, the Cure Natural Aqua Gel exfoliates differently using the stear trimonium bromide, an ammonium salt to carry a positive charge to attract the skin proteins that have a lesser negative charge.
Now that I’ve explained how basically the Cure Natural Aqua Gel can work, I’ll tell you how I used it. You wash your face first and then allow it to dry. The directions state use between three and five pumps. Well, I like to always start using the smallest amount and then determine how that works first.
I didn’t feel any burning or irritation gently massaging this exfoliating gel into my skin for the recommended 30 seconds. What I did notice was the liquid thickens a bit. It turns a milky white color as my fingers worked with little balls eventually forming.
After later rinsing the product, I have to admit that my skin was very soft and hardly as pink as it usually can be when using an exfoliating product. Instead, my face was slightly pink. But don’t forget that you gently massage the skin, which could account for that. This lack of redness could be the way the stear trimonium bromide in the formula performs in this milder exfoliation process.
Though my dry complexion was quite smooth, I am not totally convinced all that beading was my dead skin cells or due to contribution of the polymer, acrylates/C10-30 acrylate crosspolymer in its role for this balling effect. I will keep using the Cure Natural Aqua Gel to see how this product further refines my complexion to truly test that theory.
You can use this product once or twice a week. However, I recommend once a week since it does contain dicocodimonium chloride, which can build up and accumulate in the body. Therefore, I think it is safer to stick to once a week instead of taking any chances, but still benefit from what the Cure Natural Aqua Gel can do.
If you tried a lot of different exfoliating products and are looking for a less abrasive approach or need a great stocking stuffer gift, the Cure Natural Aqua Gel is worth giving a try. The product retails for $38. Find it out on Amazon.