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Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel

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Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel

Bestselling Exfoliator in Japan

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Hey guys! I’ve been out of the country and in living Japan for over three months, so I figured that I’d try out some Japanese skincare products. Recently, I came across a new favorite product of mine called “Natural Aqua Gel.” It’s made by a Japanese company called Cure that boasts a record of selling this particular product every 20 seconds.

So what’s the big deal on Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel? That was precisely my own thought when I heard about this rave product. A scrub is a scrub…is a scrub, right? And considering that Japan is not known, per se, for cheap prices, why would I fork out extra money when I can just settle for a dependable St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub back at the States? Well, to explain why I would gladly repurchase the Natural Aqua Gel, let me back up and explain what I knew and what I now know in the world of skincare exfoliants.

My traditional understanding of skin exfoliants had always been of the rough sand-like product (sugar, salt, etc.) that works to scrub off all the dead skin sitting on the surface. It was not until about a year ago that I learned of yet another type: chemical exfoliants known commonly as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). Unlike manual exfoliation by scrub products, AHA and BHA chemically “unglue” the dead cells from the skin’s surface, allowing it to be sloughed off effortlessly. Now, join into the ranks of skin exfoliants—gommage-based products such as the aforementioned Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel.

“Gommage” is an exfoliating product that is applied, allowed to dry for about 10-seconds, and then rubbed all over to roll off dead skin. When I was using the Cure product, I was instantaneously delighted and disgusted at the same time when I saw all the dead skin that came off! Of course, all the little white flakes aren’t completely dead skin (product itself dries up and rolls up, picking off dead skin with it as well). So far, I’ve really enjoyed using this product and would happily repurchase it (it retails for about ~$35 USD here in Japan).

I’m on a quest to learn more about Japanese beauty and skincare…what are some products you’ve used and recommend? ☺

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