I don’t remember what I was looking for. As I’ve documented elsewhere and rather extensively, I take a sleeping medication every night. I’ve always been a bad sleeper but after I turned 30, it went from bad to practically teething (mothers of infants understand, right?). Good thing about my sleeping med is that it helps me sleep. Bad thing is that there are nights when the medication take a little longer to kick in and I experience what I refer to as ‘cognitive twilight’ when I find myself utterly powerless to resist the pull of online shopping vehemouth otherwise known as Amazon.
It was on such a night a few years ago when Amazon recommended this to me:
I couldn’t help myself. I needed to know. I didn’t know what it cured, just that I probably needed it. It’s a bit foggy but I remember looking at the page and being frustrated that I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be used for. All I knew, with absolute certainty, is that I needed to own this product. I needed to take possession of it! I don’t remember when I got off the computer after that but the next morning I woke up on my couch with my hand in a bag of Doritos. And 2 days later, I had a package from Amazon.
It took another late night Googling and reading various reviews to finally understand that this was a liquid exfoliator. It felt like a let down. That didn’t sound like a cure for anything. But I was game to try. My first impression was more ‘eh’ than ‘wow’. The gel was watery and ran down my arms as I struggled to keep the product on my face, not in my shirt. My face felt soft after the dead skin had been removed. Overall, I was pretty satisfied.
I tried it a few more times after that but with the same results. And given that I hate doing laundry, I opted to stick with my Clarisonic – another late night zombie purchase – rather than have to change my shirt after each liquid exfoliation. That is, until I discovered Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Soft Peeling Gel.
My love of Nature Republic another story but let’s just say I became obsessed with their Super Aqua Combination Skin line of products. I had the toner (love!), watery essence (love!!) and cream (love!!!) and I wanted to round out the full line. That led to another Amazon session searching for Prime eligible seller of the emulsion and the peeling gel.
Compared to Cure Natural, Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Soft Peeling Gel was more gel-like and less runny. Plus it has more words in its name than a British aristocrat. That’s how you know it’s classy.
The texture was slightly grainy and I found it super [aqua] satisfying when I started “massaging” the product on the skin. A good way to describe it might be to say that Cure Natural exfoliation produced more but smaller dead skin granules, where as NRSAMSPG produced fewer but bigger dead skin clumps. I’m the kind of person who loves seeing the gross stuff on blackhead strips, so naturally, I preferred seeing the bigger clumps.
I don’t use NRSAMSPG frequently… at least not for my face. I love using it on my nails. I find that it works better than most cuticle removers which cost just as much but for a fraction of the amount. I apply some of this gel on my nails and I alternate pushing the cuticles back and gently rubbing (or in skin care parlance, ‘massaging’) the product into my cuticles. After I’m satisfied with the amount of exfoliation I see, I rinse and finish my nails. I can’t remember the last time I went to a nail salon.
I also prefer using the peeling gel to exfoliate my feet rather than using those plastic socks I have to keep on for 2 hours, and wait 2 weeks to see results. The benefit of using the peeling gel to exfoliate my feet are that results are instantly visible and immediately gratifying. Other advantages to using the peeling gel rather than the peeling foot mask is the overall cost effectiveness of the gel and the fact that I don’t have to vacume as frequently as I would with peeling socks – it is a slow shedding process over several days during which I’m like Hansel and Gretel leaving a trail to follow on our carpet, with dead skin strips from my feet… I know. It’s gross. Yet satisfying.
Of course, there are other peeling gel options. I’m sure I will get around to experimenting with other brands. For now, my extremities and face will stick with NRSAMSPG – it’s nature, it’s soft, it’s super, it’s MAX… I can’t think of anything more I could want from my peeling gel.