From left: Epicuren Papaya Pineapple Grape Seed Scrub, Epicuren Herbal Cleanser, The Cure Natural Aqua Gel, Epicuren Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, and Epicuren Protein Mist
I discovered Cure Natural Aqua Gel back in college and always turned to it when my skin needed some serious rejuvenation (late nights and drinks made me feel a bit like a raisin). And when I didn't have the time for a full-blown mask, this exfoliant was a speedy and effective alternative.
I'm not quite sure how it works or even how to read the label, but it was recommended to me by a man who became my beauty guru of sorts (he has since moved back to France, oh how I miss him). He told me it would change my life. Well, life I don't know. But skin, yes! Turns out this gel exfoliant/scrub has been the number one selling product in Japan for some time, too. Made of 90% revitalized hydrogen water and natural plant extracts, this stuff is free of preservatives, fragrance, and alcohol. Long story short, it is gentle and non-drying. You can check out an adorable tutorial video here.
Here is how I like to use the Cure:
- Start with a bare face, preferably just after you wake up in the morning.
- Apply 2-3 pumps of the Cure Natural Aqua Gel. It can get quite slippery, so continue to exfoliate using small circles. Pay attention to your t-zone and other areas you tend to breakout. You will feel your dead skin buff off, eventually collecting into clumps. It's gross, I know. But kinda sorta exciting, right?
- Cleanse with a mild cleanser to remove the gel.
- If your skin can tolerate it, gently exfoliate with a light scrub. I like to use a secondary exfoliant to help remove the dead skin that clings to my facial hair (this is getting intimate, apologies).
- Apply daily moisturizer.
- Mist with a toner. This is a bonus step, but I just can't help myself when it comes to Epicuren's Protein Mists.