Exfoliator for sensitive skin: Cure Natural Aqua Gel and Meishouku Detclear Bright & Peel Review, Comparison

Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a best selling skincare product from Japan; allegedly 1 bottle is sold every 20 seconds…that’s if people bought a bottle one after the other and there were 24 hour pharmacies.

But the get the point; this stuff is much loved.  What is a Peeling Gel? Check out this link here. Basically, Cure is a natural skin exfoliator, a grainless buffer for the skin.  It doesn’t use strong acids either which means it is very gentle and only removes the dead skin.  It doesn’t dry or thin the skin meaning it won’t be sensitive to the sun as it can be after using various acids and peels.

The big selling point of the Cure Natural Aqua Gel is that it’s very natural and contains 90% water. There is NO alcohol in this or scent or colouring.  It’s fairly expensive product, and I paid £27 for mine including shipping.

As well as reviewing the Cure product, I am also featuring Meishouku Detclear Bright and Peel Jelly, which DOES contain AHAs and BHAs. It’s half the price of Cure.

Aqua Cure Natural Aqua Gel Declear Bright Peel Jelly

One thing that facialists always tell me to do (because I have a tendency to get dry flaky skin AND blackheads – the worst of both worlds) is to exfoliate!  But since I have really sensitive skin and I also scar easily, I do find products with fruit acids can (not always) cause allergies, and also grain exfoliators can be a bit too much and cause scarring.  So this stuff is right up my street!

To use:

1. Wash your skin and dry well. Your skin MUST be bone dry!

2. Apply some of the gel or jelly and leave for a few moments to work.

3. Massage for around 30 seconds to a minute. The Gel will turn milky and dead skin will be lifted.

4. Rinse off.

How it works:

CURE Exfoliation

The Cure Natural Aqua Gel works well. They both work well in my opinion.

Cure’s gel I find quite liquid, more so than Detclear’s and is therefore harder to use because it runs everywhere. Therefore the time you leave it on the skin to work is a bit fiddly.

Cure’s Aqua Gel also smells of mild bleach; although I dislike fragranced skincare, this really could do with a squeeze of strawberry I tell ya! it’s not a horrid smell, just slightly bleachy.  Detclear’s is fruity so much nicer.

When it comes to removing dead skin; with Cure I can definitely make out the dead skin being rubbed off. I detect only the slightest tightness on the skin afterwards.  My skin looks brighter but I find it irritates the most sensitive parts of my face. It doesn’t cause any redness or tingling, although it does nothing for my blemishes.

Detclear’s is a jelly and tends to come odd in jelly like clumps.  Skin does come off but it isn’t as obvious. Having said that, I find Detclear’s easier to use and nicer to use and the overall finish (brighter skin) is the same.  The AHA and BHA content doesn’t seem to irritate my skin.

Peeling Gel Jelly Cure Natural Aqua Gel and Declear Bright Peel Review Comparison Explaination

Cure Natural Aqua Gel Ingredients:
CURE Exfoliant About Cure
In comparison, the Detclear:
Water,glycerin,carbomer,steartrimonium chloride,glycosyl trehalose,hydrogenated starch hydrolysate,fragrance,lactobacillus/pear juice ferment filtrate,butylene glycol,citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil,vaccinium myrtillus extract,salix nigra (willow) bark extract,saccharum officinarum (sugarcane) extract,malic acid,tartaric acid,glycolic acid,citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract,citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract,acer saccharum (sugarmaple) extract,salicylic acid,pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract,rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract.
First of does this stuff even work? On me it does – it totally removes a good amount of dead skin leaving a clearer finish. If you love the feeling of grains scrubbing your face though, then you might find this stuff a little weird, or even weak. I personally find it really effective and fuss free which is what I like.
Other exfoliators I like that are grain free include a fantastic grain free exfoliator is Decleor’s which as you can see in my review, really gets the dead skin off if you want something more hardcore.
I also like Elemis Tri Enzyme Mask but I can only use this if my skin is behaving.
Another cheaper peeling gel that is really nice to use is Skinfood’s Pineapple one – it’s also nicer apply as it’s thicker and can sit there on the skin.
The Cure Aqua Gel is a bestseller and well worth trying for your first foray – I do think that the Detclear works just as well though even if you can’t see as much dead skin, the visual result is about the same and it’s half the price!
I bought Detclear from adambeauty.com and Cure Aqua Gel from eBay (seller Alphabeauty).
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  1. Jen says

    I’ve never tried a skin peel gel like these before, I’m thinking that the Skinfood pineapple one will be the first for me though, it sounds delicious lol

  2. Anna says

    I’m already at my third bottle, usually get it from Singapore, since it’s even cheaper there than in JP!

  3. sweetjan79 says

    i think orange , just as lavender (not featured in the above ingredient list, just a saying) is equally bad for sensitive skin. for sometime i am been using paul and joe skincare range and found my sensitive skin reacting badly then i realize they contains orange ingredient and irritating fragrance high up in their ingredient listing