A while ago, I was on a journey to find skincare that is gentle enough to suit my dehydrated skin? One product I’ve tried is Curel Foaming Wash.
Made in Japan, this pump foaming wash is specially formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin. What made me purchase this not-too-cheap drugstore cleanser is its claim to help skin retain moisture. See the “Intensive Moisture Care” print at the front of the box? That’s very assuring indeed.
Now that I’ve used this product long enough, it’s time to share a review of Curél Foaming Facial Wash. Is it moisturizing enough for dry and/or mature skin? Does it leave a slippery residue? Let’s find out.
Curel Foaming Wash and what it does
Based on their research, dry and sensitive skin is caused by a lack of ceramide. Therefore, Curel’s skincare centred on Ceramide, which is an ingredient that helps skin retain moisture and protects it against external irritants.
Does Curel Foaming Wash contain Ceramide?
Based on its ingredient list, I believe Curel Foaming Wash does not contain added Ceramide. Instead, this facial cleanser has conditioning ingredients that can help skin protects its own ceramide.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
Curel Foaming Wash Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Maltitol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-150, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben
Why use Curel Foaming Wash?
Based on its marketing descriptions, Curel Foaming Facial Wash offers the following benefits:
- Cleanses without stripping hydration
- Protects ceramide levels
- Thoroughly cleanses impurities
- Leaves a dewy and comfortable feeling after wash
- Protects skin from dryness
Sounds like a really good moisturising face wash, doesn’t it? Let’s see if all these five benefits were met based on my experience. As usual, I’ll run through the good stuff first!
6 Things I love about Curel Foaming Wash
1. Effortless Application
To be honest with you, Curel is the first pump-bottle facial cleanser I’ve used. I used to think that such bottle offers more diluted content than a tube cleanser and would not last as long. This may still hold true, but I’ve realized that a pump bottle has enough benefits to sway my future purchase decision.
I love how getting the foam on my face is a one-step and single-hand action. Just depress the pump and the foam would be ready for use. A tube cleanser, on the contrary, would require me to open the cap, squeeze the tube and massage the product to generate foam.
So yeah! I would be open to buying pump cleansers in future. No doubts about it.
2. Curel Foaming Wash cleanses well
Unlike some moisturizing cleansers that can leave a film on the face (think Cetaphil), Curel Foaming Wash doesn’t. You’ll know instinctively when the cleansing process is over because the skin will be free of any slippery residue.
Do however note that Curel Foaming Facial Wash, similar to other face wash, is to be used after you have removed your makeup. You can check out my review of Curel Makeup Cleansing Gel. They should pair well together to benefit dry and sensitive skin.
3. No dry skin patches
I’ve been using this Japan face wash for many months. Right now, my skin is in a balanced state, free of dry patches or flaky skin.
This wasn’t the case prior to my use of Curel Foaming Wash. Hence, I think it’s safe to say that this foaming face wash isn’t drying to the skin.
4. Free of Unnecessary Ingredients
Curel Foaming Wash is free of fragrance, colorant and alcohol. It has also been allergy-tested and patch-tested on sensitive skin sufferers.
Based on online reviews that I’ve read, many with sensitive skin were happy using this cleanser.
5. Good Quantity to last many months
The bottle comes with 150g of liquid, which is about 50% more than a tube cleanser. This may be to compensate for the more diluted content it has.
With the generous quantity, I’m happy that Curel Foaming Wash lasts longer than what I thought it would. Using it once daily, I’m about 80% through the bottle after 4 months of usage.
6. A Sturdy Bottle with Classic & Modern Design
I love the sturdy bottle that seems to be made of good material. Even though it’s plastic, the bottle is thick enough to retain its form even if you squeeze it hard. Not that you would need to, but the feel is very solid.
This bottle will definitely lasts for years. So, you can just purchase the refill packs to save the earth and your money.
Where to get refills: Curel has an official store in Shopee, so you can get it there if you can’t find the refill packs in local stores. Don’t forget to get the $10 new user promo code.
Now, other than the quality bottle, I also love its minimalist design of white base with turquoise accent. It exudes a pure, classic and modern aesthetic that I would likely not get sick of that quickly.
2 Reasons why you may not like Curel Foaming Wash
1. Wish it could be more moisturising
While Curel Foaming Wash isn’t drying, I can’t really categorize it as moisturizing either. You’ll definitely need to apply moisturizer immediately after a wash. Otherwise, you may experience skin tightness which is similar to how most foaming cleansers would make you feel.
I think it’s timely at this juncture to revisit Curel’s claimed benefits. Based on my experience, only the first three hold true.
- Cleanses without stripping hydration (YES)
- Protects ceramide levels (YES)
- Thoroughly cleanses impurities (YES)
- Leaves a dewy and comfortable feeling after wash (NO)
- Protects skin from dryness (NO)
2. Price ain’t cheap for a drugstore cleanser
S$20 for a drugstore cleanser seems a little steep especially when you can easily get one at half the price or a quarter (see latest price).
I was willing to pay for it because of its claim to “cleanse without stripping hydration.” I still would consider repurchasing it because I like how my skin is free of dry patches. But I would likely be exploring other moisturizing face wash first, perhaps those that doesn’t foam up.
Recommendation: Should you buy Curel Foaming Wash?
I like how Curel Foaming Wash doesn’t strip the skin of its moisture even though it is a foaming face wash. However, I was hoping that it would be more moisturizing given its not-too-cheap price. I’d also mistakenly thought that it contains added Ceramide when making the purchase.
That being said, it’s very easy to moisturize our skin using a dedicated skincare such as a moisturizer or serum. Therefore, I think Curel Foaming Wash is still worth a purchase especially if you are combating dry, dehydrated, mature and/or sensitive skin.
Those with such skin types and who prefer a foaming face wash rather than milky/creamy/slippery ones can consider giving Curel Foaming Wash a try. Rating: 4/5.
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