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Two decades ago, when stress and environmental pollution weren’t at their peaks like now, our skin did not require intensive care and we could easily go along with any face wash followed by a moisturiser and our skin was doing just fine. But now, as we are facing multiple skin problems at the same time and tackling those with different treatment products often leave our skin sensitised(even when it generally isn’t). Using high pH cleansers can strip our skin of the natural oils it requires to stay healthy. As we follow up with products of varying pH levels and generally at least one of them has exfoliating properties, our skin is bound to feel drier than usual.
After coming across many reviews and getting multiple requests, I finally caved in and got myself one of the most popular K-beauty skincare products. In fact, this is very popular throughout all the categories of Korean skincare.
This gel based cleanser is most prominently known for its title- Low pH, which is very crucial but often overlooked due to the fact that cleansers are just used to get rid of dirt and grime. They are expected to be fancy schmancy with intoxicating scent and create tub full of lather. While I have to be very careful when choosing leave on products. I love experimenting with my cleansers. I expect orange and green tints, colourful packaging, heavenly fragrance and that does not leave my skin greasy. But, this overlooked part of facial cleansing is where we hop on the ladder towards compromised skin barrier.
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What does the brand say about it;
It has a pH level of 5-6 which is a neutral pH level of our skin. It is neither too acidic nor alkaline which doesn’t cause interferences in our skin’s natural moisture and water balance. Contains tea tree, one of my favourite spot treatments to date. Natural BHA that gently lifts away excess oil and clarify pores. The skin purifying botanical ingredients and mildly acidic formula provides smaller pores, refined texture and soft skin with every usage.
The brand recommends this cleanser to skin types that fall in either or all of the below-mentioned points;
-Your skin feels too dry and stretchy after using normal cleansers
-After you have undergone dermatological treatments
-Your skin reacts to most products and you notice redness under stress
Depending on your current location, this cleanser may cost you anywhere between 10-15USD/650-960INR/7-10GBP
How to use;
Apply a small amount on wet skin, massage for a minute and rinse with lukewarm water.
Styrax Japonicus Extract – Flowering tree found in Asia that has some evident research for it’s cell stimulating and anti bacterial benefits when used in skincare.
Saccharomyces Ferment – Korea is known for it’s fermented foods amd ingredients on skincare. Saccharomyces Ferment is a Yeast amd it often found in western skincare products as well. They are high in antioxidants and function as Humectants. These are especially known for soothing the skin and providing moisture to all skin types. There isn’t abundant research on its dark spot lightening and anti wrinkle benefits but the bramds in Korea aren’t makng false claims without evident research so I am excited about including more products containing fermented ingredients.
Cryptomeria Japonica – There isn’t a lot of information or clinical evidence on this particular ingredient but it is found to have some anti acneic and anti inflammatory benefits. The sugars it contains provide skin softening and calming effects.
Nelumbo Nucifera – Lotus extracts known mostly for it’s skin soothing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties
Pinus Palustris – Tall pine trees used for their essential oils known to have antimicrobial and antifungal effect on the skin.
Ulmus Davidiana – It’s bark is used as a treatment for inflammatory skin conditions in Chinese and Korean medicine. Research has also found it to be a good skin moisturiser, functioning a lot like Hyaluronic Acid.
Evening Primrose – This cleanser contains extracts of this flower as opposed to oil which is more commonly found in various products. It provides moisturisation, anti-inflammatory benefits especially to dry dehydrated skin.
Pueraria Lobata – In general words, it is known as Kudzu root that hails from Japan and China is found to have high antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It has been used for intake since hundreds of years ago because if it’s ability to reduce toxins and internal heat. I found out about this plant’s use in skin care through Kaya Comedone Control Serum a a few years ago for my teen uninflamed blemishes.
Tea Tree Leaf Oil – An excellent antibacterial, anti fungal and astringent essential oil used predominantly in skincare and haircare products for acne, dandruff and excessive sebum.
Allantoin – One of the highly skin conditioning and soothing ingredients
Betaine Salicylate – A BHA that is found in multiple Cosrx products as it gently unclogs the pores and reduces oil while the Betaine keeps the skin conditioned. Good option for dry acneic skin types. I talked about another product containing this ingredient from Cosrx here
Although, this cleanser does not contain added fragrance, the natural plant extracts and tea tree oil impart a vivid herbal scent. It is a clear runny gel that lathers decently, comparatively less to other gel based cleansers but gives you the clean feeling afterwards. A dime sized amount is enough for a thorough cleanse in the morning and it leaves no residual feeling afterwards.
“SINCE THIS CLEANSER IS SO POPULAR,
WOULD YOU KILL ME IF I SAID I HAVE HAD
BOTH GOOD AND BAD…”
A 150ml tube will last you at least two months if used every day, so you get quite a generous amount for the price you pay. The plant-based ingredients are mostly rooted back to South Asia, especially Korean, Japan and China and have been used in their herbal medicines for centuries. Their benefits in skincare are multifarious but used in this cleanser mostly because of their anti-inflammatory and skin softening properties. Tea tree oil is a wonderful ingredient used in India as a topical essential oil and also in many cosmetics.
Talking about its effect on my skin, I have to say that it has been mostly positive so far. However, since this cleanser is so popular, would you kill me if I say that I have had both good and bad days with it? The reason that I claim this to be a neutral experience is based on two but very crucial points that will help you to understand this cleanser well before using it. First is the environmental temperature and second being the other leave on products I have been using in the last month.
On good slightly warm days, my skin looks really soft when washed but also immediately screams for moisture the second it dries. As I was experiencing breakouts due to weather changes, I started using chemical exfoliants every night and this cleanser did not do anything in giving back some moisture(reviewing based on the brand claims). My skin felt and looked dull and grey and everything I applied on it got absorbed in a matter of minutes(which is very rare). It does nothing in soothing the redness from acne spots or general flushing of skin from other factors. I think this results does not have to do with the surfactants used as they are some of the gentlest lathering ones that give a clean yet softer skin cleansing experience. Perhaps, the plant extracts, Tea Tree Oil and Betaine Salicylate has to do with drying effect, although they are used in minute quantities. There are skin conditioning and soothing ingredients to counteract any dryness, but I did not see that they were making any positive difference. However, I loved how my skin looked and felt whenever I used SkinFood Cleanser
On the contrary, in the past week, as the temperatures are soaring and I have gone back to using glycolic acids thrice a week, I am loving this cleanser for both day and night time usage. I enjoy the herbal fragrance, especially when coupled with a warm shower. The steam and the astringent scent makes me feel quite relaxed.
There is only so much a cleanser can do but as it has been mentioned by the brand, I have to inform you guys that it did not make any difference in the size of my pores(cleansers can not).
What I love about Low pH Good Morning Cleanser?
Good Ingredients List
Artifical Fragrance Free
Now Readily Available
Leaves No Residual Feeling
What I did not love about this cleanser?
Doesn’t Help With Any Redness
Not For Dryness Associated With Usage Of Chemical Exfoliants (My Experience)
An extremely affordable gel cleanser for all skin types during summers or oily skin with skin clarifying and pore refining benefits from plant extracts and BHA.
Thank you so much for reading. Have you used Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser?