I’ve been starting to reintroduce K-Beauty products into my skincare routine. Yes, I’ve caught the K-Beauty bug again. With companies such as Glow Recipe, SOKO Glam, Peach and Lily, Cult Beauty and now even Selfridges and Sephora all offering an abundant of K-Beauty selections- it’s inevitable that you would have stumbled upon one of these products.
It all begun when I ran out of my Ren Evercalm Milk Cleanser, in which I have been using for the past 6 months. I absolutely love that cleanser as it is not only leaves my skin moisturise, calms my sensitive skin, but it smells heavenly, refreshingly herbaceous almost. However, I wanted to be a little adventurous and try something a little different. I guess it was also partially because my skin has been acting up lately. I’ve been experiencing hormonal skin.
At that time, I’ve been seeing a lot of Cosrx reviews on Instagram and I was rather intrigued. The thing that made me interested in trying their cleanser is because it was low pH. I think it tested about 5.6pH (5.0-6.0pH). That is actually a little higher than my previous cleanser (5.3pH). I can’t stress this enough, it is extremely important for those who suffer from sensitive/ problematic skin (acne, prone to blemishes) to opt for a cleanser that is between 4.5-5.5pH. So this rates a little higher to what I’m used to, despite it being coined “low-pH”.
However, I decided to try it out as it contains natural BHA (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid) which is great for unclogging the pores. Something I desperately needed at that time. What I didn’t really like was that it was a foam cleanser. I always feel that foaming cleansers are normally harsher than cream/milk cleansers. From my experience, foaming cleansers normally strip my skin’s protective barrier, giving it a “squeaky clean” feeling while leaving it exposed to irritants.
Here is the list of ingredients (please ensure that you aren’t contra-indicated to any ingredients prior to purchase):
Ingredient: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA
🍃Packaging: 4/5 – I would prefer if it was an airless pump but I guess a tube makes sense especially when it’s a gel formula. The tube closes well and there are no leakage. Plus, a little goes a long way! With this tube format, at least I was able to gauge more accurately how much product I needed to squirt out.
🍃Smell/Texture: 4/5 – Gel texture, foaming, and smells like tea tree oil. It is quite refreshing, really. I am just not a big fan of foam cleansers.
🍃Efficacy: 5/5 – To my surprise, the cleanser leaves a slippery feeling instead of a squeaky clean feeling post-cleanse. I’m not sure what it is exactly, it could very well be the effects of BHAs. My blemishes started diminishing within a week, without causing any form of scarring. I even used it around my hairline where I was getting quite a few pustules (pimples). What I like most about the product that it is formulated with botanicals, parabans and sulfate-free. I’ve got sensitive/combination skin and normally when I use foaming cleansers, it tends to dry out and irritate my skin. However, this cleanser didn’t do that not- possibly because it is sulphate-free .
🍃Price: 5/5 – It is a steal at $11/£8.90 (sokoglam.com/ lookfantastic.com) for 150ml!
🍃Repurchase: Yes! I would repurchase this product. However, I feel it maybe more suited for hot summer months. I just feel that I may stick to cream/milk cleansers during colder months.
🍃Overall Rating: 4.5/ 5 ⭐️