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Loads of us talk about Double Cleansing but do we ever think about the benefits of Double Moisturising? Both of these skincare techniques are at the core of what heritage Japanese skincare brand Curél are all about. Their products and approach focus on protecting and replenishing the precious skin barrier with their unique Ceramide Care System. Here’s what you need to know.
Who are Curél?
Curél is a Japanese skincare brand that pioneered some of the first developments in ceramide-based skincare with over thirty years of research.
They created a unique ceramide technology, scientifically proven to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and increase hydration. A strong and healthy skin barrier is the first and most important goal for any skincare regime. Helping to prevent skin dryness and sensitivity with ceramide based skincare is such a sensible place to start.
The products are all designed around the concepts of the ancient Japanese tradition of Double Cleansing and Double Moisturising. I shall expand on both of these methods and my product recommendations throughout the course of this post.
Curél Double Cleansing
Double Cleansing is a core part of the Curél ceramide-based skincare and the products they offer are absolutely delicious!!
This double step is all about ensuring that is the skin is optimally clean without compromising the skin’s all-important barrier.
The first cleanse makes sure that all make-up and SPF is removed in order to prepare the skin for a deeper cleanse.
Curél have three absolutely beautiful cleansing products that are all formulated to protect the skin’s natural ceramides and be extra gentle. There are two options for the first cleanse and one for the second cleanse.
Curél Makeup Cleansing Oil (1st Cleanse)
I have to confess, I find it very hard to choose between the oil and the gel because I absolutely love oils to remove makeup and SPF from my skin and both these products have super gentle ceramide-boosting oils at their core.
The Makeup Cleansing Oil has the most beautiful, silky texture and while it is ultra-gentle and nurturing on the skin, it literally melts away makeup and impurities in seconds.
I massage it on to dry skin, all over my face and eyes, and you can see everything breaking down instantly. With a splash of water, the oil emulsifies into a luxurious milk that rinses away effortlessly and leaves skin feeling free from impurities, soft, smooth and hydrated.
Makeup Cleansing Gel (1st Cleanse)
I am also a huge fan of the Makeup Cleansing Gel which is an alternative first cleansing step. I’d favour this one for travel in terms of the packaging, however, it carries out the same job in effortlessly removing SPF and makeup whilst while protecting the natural ceramides from being washed off the skin.
It has the most amazing oil gel texture that melts between the fingers and creates a balmy oil that melts and glides luxuriously over the skin.
If you tend to favour a cleansing balm over a cleansing oil, this one could be for you. I tend to just see what I fancy on the day!
Foaming Facial Wash (2nd Cleanse)
If you have worried that facial washes can be too stripping on the skin, you can worry no longer with the Curél one. It is literally like a soft and creamy cloud hugging the skin!
In fact, it so soft and nourishing, that it feels as luxurious as the first cleanse.
It contains liquorish root extract and glycerin for a super gentle cleanse that leaves skin impeccably clean without any dryness. It works as hard as the cleansing oil and gel to boost ceramides and protect the skin barrier. It’s beautiful.
Curél Double Moisturising
We talk about double cleansing quite a lot, however double moisturising is less spoken about.
Once the double cleanse is done, Double Moisturising is Curél’s 2-step routine where a pre-moisturising liquid is applied before the main moisturiser. This first moisturising step serves to help hydrate and relieve tightness while preparing it to absorb and retain moisture. You can think about it like the primer for moisturiser.
For this step we have the Curél Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich.
Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich (1st Moisturising Step)
I absolutely love this super light and fresh water-like step that literally loads my skin up with hydration.
It is a hydrating liquid that has been formulated to enhance the effect of your next moisturiser whilst instantly hydrating, soothing and locking in moisture. This is a crucial step if you have dry or sensitive skin, and I highly recommend adding this in. It’s so effective for relieving tightness and locking in moisture.
Moisture Facial Milk (2nd Moisturising Step)
This is the lightest moisturising option and great for anyone with normal to dry skin types. It has a light milky texture, with ceramide-replenishing power.
Used after the step one Lotion, it strengthens the protective barrier and intensely hydrates leaving a lovely luminous look. I love it as it creates a gorgeous smooth base for under makeup.
Intensive Moisture Facial Cream (2nd Moisturising Step)
I think this is my favourite option because I love a richer texture especially for night time, or as we move into colder weather.
This is the brand’s bestseller in Japan and ideal if you have very dry skin, or just prefer a richer texture. It combines the Ceramide Care system with squalene and eucalyptus leaf extract for an extra hit of hydration. I love it because although it is the richer option, it is not at all heavy.
The Curél Double Cleansing & Double Moisturising Routine provides skin with a brilliant framework of ceramide protecting and replenishing steps. It is perfect to address any skin issues where the skin barrier has been compromised, and also to bolster up skin for when you are using any active ingredients.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Curél cleanser should I use?
For your first cleanse you can choose between the two oil-based cleansers Curél have. This is sound to preference. The oil is light and silky, and the gel has a balmier texture. Both thoroughly remove all makeup and SPF, and prep the skin for the 2nd cleanse with the Foaming Facial Wash.
How do you use Curél Lotion?
Curél Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich is the first moisturising step and primes the skin for subsequent moisturising steps. After cleansing the face, I take 3-4 pumps into the palms of my hands and press it in my skin.
How to use Curél Moisture Facial Milk
After the lotion, apply 3-4 pumps of the milk and smooth over the face.
Is Curél good for dry skin?
Curél is designed to treat dry, sensitive skin by protecting and replenishing the skin’s natural ceramides. It is important for mature skin to boost ceramides in skin too, so the range also suits mature skin types.
How do you increase ceramide levels?
The best way to boost ceramides with skincare is to ensure the products you choose are gentle enough to make sure natural ceramides in skin are protected. Additionally, using products that contain ingredients that boost ceramide production is key. Curél’s ceramide care system helps to both protect and restore ceramide levels.