This topic has to be my favourite. Try to find a good exfoliator for rosacea and if you manage, you have struck gold. Well, I should be a rich person by now (unfortunately that is not the case), because I have discovered one!
This is a review of the much hyped (for a reason) Cure Natural Aqua gel, from a rosacea sufferer’s point of view. As you probably now if you’ve got rosacea, that finding a good scrub/ exfoliator is nearly impossible. I say that because whichever way I look at it, they are harsh on the skin. And that is because most of them can be put into two categories. Chemical and physical exfoliators. On one hand chemical exfoliators work by removing the upper layer of skin by dissolving it through the means of some kind of acid. Most acids are harsh on sensitive skin and cause redness. So that is a no go. On the other hand you’ve got the ones that have some beads or scrubbing particles in them that cause friction and therefore redness. When you’ve got rosacea that can aggravate the skin even further. And as we know, it’s a kind of redness that doesn’t subside…
So when I was looking for an exfoliator I started to think at one point that I will forever have to have flaky skin. I thought back on the times when I didn’t have rosacea and envied my then self, for being able to go into any drugstore and buy a cheap exfoliator that did the job, without side effects. Well I don’t have that luxury know. I have to mention at this point that before I found this gem I used to use lemon juice with sugar. I know…but funny enough if I waited for the sugar to melt a little in the juice then it wasn’t as harsh and the redness subsided within a few hours…not ideal but better then walking around with flaky skin. Exfoliation is also important because this is how your other beauty products will have the chance to have their full effect, as there is no layer of dead skin preventing them to fully penetrate the skin.
So, how did I come across this genius of a product? Youtube. I watched several videos of people with rosacea but that didn’t yield any results. Then I thought I’m going to have a look into Asian skincare as most women seem to have perfect skin. And that is when I saw it. I ordered a free sample from a website and tried it out as I wasn’t going to fork out 20+ pounds for it to be shipped to the UK just for me to realise it doesn’t work. I could not believe my eyes when it took off all of the dead skin cells and it didn’t cause any redness!! It is because it’s not a chemical nor a physical exfoliator. It is hydrogen water based. While I don’t know exactly how it works, I remember when I was a child and grazed my knee, my mum would pour hydrogen water on it(sold in pharmacies where I’m from) to disinfect. When she did that it stung a bit but it also foamed and that foam was quite white. Seems to me that it caused a reaction with the skin that meant it removed the bits that were hanging about after my accidents. So I’m not a chemist but it seems like this reaction occurs because of the nature of Hydrogen. Seems to me that this must be a natural reaction because there are no side effects that I’ve experienced after using it.
The ingredients are as follows: Water (activated hydrogen water, non-acidic and purified), glycerin, acrylates/C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, dicocodimonium, chloride, steartrimonium bromide, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, gingko biloba extract, rosmarinus officinalis/rosemary leaf extract,butylene glycol.
It is like a very watery gel, a bit cloudy. You put it on cleansed dry skin. Then you wait 2-3 minutes after which you gently rub with your hands. What you will see is little white balls forming. I usually rub back and forth and what that gives me is almost like white little rolls of wet paper. It might sound off putting to some people but I think it is quite satisfying. I use it every 3-4 days without any irritation. And I’ve got rosacea!
As this is a product of Japan (like many great things:)) it is not readily available in the UK (oh well maybe after Brexit:)). I bought mine from amazon and I think it was around the £25 mark. It sounds like a lot but there is one “minute” detail that I forgot to mention…it is a 250 ml bottle. I bought mine more than a year ago and I still have less than half a bottle left. I use 3-4 full pumps for my face and neck and it is still very very economical. Great value for money!
If you have rosacea and you are after a great (not just good) exfoliator then I can wholeheartedly recommend this. It is a game changer!!:)