I cannot deny how much I love the brand CosRx. I blog about them often and has been really useful when it comes to healing and preventing my pimples, and even giving me a smoother skin which I thought I could only achieve from an expensive skin treatment in dermatologist clinic. (FYI: this is not a sponsored post.) I think you could say, I’ve used many of their products already. But there’s one product I’ve been wanting to try for so long. It’s one of their best selling products. It’s not that pricey either. But whenever I have a chance to buy it, I skip it. Probably because I’m loyal to Cetaphil and Himalaya Herbals. I only try a new facial cleanser when someone sends it to me for review. But since they launched a new version of this highly raved facial cleanser, I finally decided to buy one, to see if all the hype and some negative reviews are real. Scroll down to read my CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser review.
WHAT IS IT?
CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a 2-in-1 deep facial cleanser and gentle skin exfoliator. It claims to penetrate deep into the skin for comprehensive cleansing that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to gently cleanse your skin to its most supple and clear texture. Lastly, it’s also formulated to remove makeup and other oil-based residues with a skin-friendly pH of 5.
It contains BHA that isn’t Salicylic Acid, instead, it’s the Betaine Salicylate which is milder and used by brands in countries where the use of salicylic acid is prohibited. It gently removes dead skin cells and improves skin texture. This also contains tea tree oil that helps diminish blemishes for a clearer complexion, delivers softer, smoother, fairer skin. And Citric Acid is known to have anti-aging benefits but not that good for those with sensitive skin. You can read its ingredient analysis in CosDNA.
APPLICATION: Gently massage the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser all over the damp skin. This will remove the irritants that have built up overnight. And before bedtime, it will remove sebum and dead skin cells. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
PACKAGING: It is packaged in a white rubberized tube that is common to facial cleansers so it’s easy to squeeze out the product. It does not come with a box, but it is wrapped with a plastic wrapper instead.
FORMULA: It is indeed a gel, a clear transparent gel to be exact. It’s thick but quite runny for a gel, it easily slips down my fingers. It’s also easy to massage on the damp skin but it does not foam as I expected. If you want a foamy texture, you will need to squeeze more product than you actually need. Although it bubbles very little only, the clear gel turns white when damped.
RESULT: When I first heard of the CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, it has an overwhelming amount of positive reviews. However, there are also some negative comments that almost says the same thing: It dries out their skin and caused little bumps on their skin. And indeed, the drying claim is true. It happened to me as well. But not right away.
I am using this as a second cleanser. And after I first used this facial cleanser, my skin feels really clean and normal. No drying feeling at all. But after a week of using, that’s when I feel like my oily skin is starting to get dry. But not a dry like it’s getting rough and flaky, more like a tightening feeling. And take note, I’m still using the same hydrating toner and moisturizer before I started using this product. So it means it’s this product that causing the tightened feeling. But I continued using it for another more week. I know, why take the risk right? Besides I’m reviewing it.
So here’s my dilemma, I like how the CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser helps reduced my pimples, I could see my skin is getting clearer. But it’s dehydrating my skin too. So in the end, despite the con, I’m still using this facial cleanser. I just use 4 layers of hydrating toners every day, twice a day: 2 layers of the Hada Labo Gokyujun and 2 layers of the Purito Centella Green Level Calming Toner which I will review next week.
UPDATE 8/17/2018: So I became lazy with my skincare lately. The kind that I just solely clean my face to remove makeup and dirt, and I skip moisturizing and sometimes even hydrating. And few days of those, I broke out! Started with little pimple bumps and then I had 2 large ones. I love the brand CosRX, but not this one.
PROS: It has acne-fighting and anti-aging ingredients. It’s a good second cleanser that removes excess sebum and helps clear the skin of pimples.
CONS: It dries the skin, and if you don’t hydrate and moisturize twice a day after using this, you may end up breaking out.