Foaming Facial Wash
Curel’s Foaming Face Wash is a good cleansing option for all skin types. The only reason it doesn’t earn our top rating is because it claims to be “designed specifically for dry, sensitive skin”, but lacks a complement of skin-soothing ingredients.
Housed in an opaque plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this lightweight foam spreads easily over wet skin. It does a good job removing, dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup. The foam rinses cleanly, is comprised of gentle cleansing agents, and best of all, it’s fragrance free.
At issue, though – and why this doesn’t get our highest rating – is that it’s not particularly suited for the dry, sensitive skin it’s supposed to soothe. While it certainly doesn’t leave skin feeling tight after washing, skin doesn’t necessarily feel softer or smoother, either. If your skin is dry, you’ll want something with more oomph in this department, such as a cleanser that contains a few non-fragrant plant oils or fatty acids to impart lasting moisture.
As for sensitive skin, this does have skin-soothing licorice, though it’s close to the end of the ingredient list. While this isn’t likely to irritate skin, it also doesn’t contain a lot in the soothing department.
As it stands, it’s a good cleanser for all skin types, but if you’re looking for one specifically designed for dry, sensitive skin, then you’ll likely be happier with alternative options.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup.
- Rinses clean without a tight feeling.
- Fragrance free.
- Lacks a good complement of ingredients to truly soothe dry, sensitive skin as claimed.
Designed specifically for dry, sensitive skin, the Curél Foaming Facial Wash thoroughly cleanses impurities ever-so-gently, leaving skin soft and supple while protecting the natural ceramides from being washed off the skin.
Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.
Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.
Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curels specialty, its disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).
Theres truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if whats inside the bottles isnt great for your skin. Dont get us wrong; Curels body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but theyre just the beginningdry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidantsand those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isnt the cure for dry skin.
If youve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isnt the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when youre getting a truly superior formula, its money well spent!
For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com
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