Brand Spotlight: COSRX Takes the Struggle Out of Breakouts

COSRX is one of the first brands that got me interested in Korean beauty. It’s simple, effective, and a great price. If you’re thinking of switching over to a K-Beauty routine, COSRX is a must-have! Their products do an exceptional job at fighting breakouts because they balance exfoliation with moisture. Check out the breakdown below for your COSRX starter kit.

Rating Scale:

5 – Drop everything, you need this right now!!

4 – Great results!! Go ahead & buy.

3 – Meh, buy it if you’ve had your sights on it.

2 – Don’t touch that.

1– Burn it!!

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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Image via COSRX

 

Solutions For:

  • Dehydrated skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Acne prone skin

The Claim:

This cleanser has a pH of 5 meaning that it won’t strip your skin of its natural oils while removing residue. Your skin is naturally a little acidic, and this cleanser helps to keep that acidity intact. Additionally, the inclusion of yeast within the ingredients means that your skin will be getting an extra dose of pH balancing hydration. This product is especially great for sensitive, dry skin, but really, it’s beneficial for everyone. It has a great scent, foams up very easily, leaves no residue, and doesn’t make my skin feel tight or parched.

How to Use:

Cleanse with this product in the morning by itself and at night after removing makeup (the second step in your double cleanse).

The Results:

My skin breathes a sigh of relief after I use this cleanser, and I noticed a difference within a week. The pH balancing effect made my other products soak in very nicely.

Rating: 5/5

 

COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad

 

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Image via COSRX

Solutions For:

  • Sensitive Skin
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Acne prone skin

The Claim:

These pads are an easy, gentle solution for breakouts and blackheads. The betaine salicylate and willow bark water provide exfoliation without drying out your skin, which will help your skin recover and prevent breakouts in the future. Betaine salicylate is the gentler cousin of salicylic acid and mirrors the effects of cholesterol, which helps build your skin. Willow bark water, also in the salicylic acid family, provides light exfoliation and moisture at the same time. The ingredients are well-balanced and deliver results. As a plus, the gentle exfoliation they provide is great for preventing wrinkles and any signs of aging.

How to Use:

These are a staple in my routine. No matter how tired I am, I always use one. Even though I was in the midst of moving, dealing with LA traffic, eating poorly, and stressing out, these pads kept my acne at a minimum.

I use them a few different ways depending on my skin’s needs and the amount of effort I’m willing to put in. On nights when I’m too busy for my full routine, I turn to the One Step pad as my main treatment. Even when my hormonal breakouts began to form, the COSRX pads prevented the potential pimples from getting any worse. I aim to use them 4-5 times a week during my evening routine.

I also really love the scent of the pads as well as how drenched they are in product. The convenience of these pads while traveling and for a quick treatment on a late night really make them an essential in  your skin care arsenal.

Soak Insider Tip:

Betaine salicylate can be a bit drying, so definitely follow up with a serum or moisturizer to compensate. Also, remember that this pad is an exfoliant, so be gentle when using it with other products, such as a peeling mask or your Clarisonic. Be sure to wear sunscreen during the day when you are frequently exfoliating.

Rating: 5/5

 

COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

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Image via COSRX

Solution for:

  • Dehydrated skin
  • Aging skin
  • Damaged skin

The Claim:

This overnight mask soothes and moisturizes your skin overnight with its protective properties. The gel-like consistency of this mask goes on like water, creating a super hydrating effect. There isn’t any actual honey in the mask; instead, it contains sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, and propolis extract, which is used by bees to reinforce honeycombs. Propolis is responsible for honey’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pH balancing effects. In combination with the sodium hyaluronate and allantoin, which are known to retain hydration, this mask delivers a surge of moisture that takes some time to soak in.

How to Use:

I add a small amount of this mask into my cream-based moisturizer 3-4 times a week in the evening.

The Results:

At first, I didn’t see much of a difference with this product. I was using it as my only moisturizer and didn’t find it to be enough. Once I added it to my cream based moisturizer, I started to see a difference. I’d wake up with supple, soft skin that I didn’t get by using my other product by itself. If I’m having a bad breakout, I will avoid putting this mask on the pimples because I do feel it can be a little congesting.

Rating: 3/5

 

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

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Image via COSRX

Solution for:

  • Breakouts
  • Cystic acne

The Claim:

The patch breaks down debris from breakouts while fighting acne causing bacteria. The hydrocolloid works to draw out deep rooted bacteria in cystic acne, flattening and healing the breakout overnight.

How to Use:

This product is best used in the evening on cleansed skin. Apply the correct sized patch directly to the breakout and remove in the morning.  I also like to use these during the day to prevent myself from picking at an especially annoying pimple.

The Results:

By morning, you will see a white spot of bacteria and sebum that has been drawn out of the breakout from the patch. The patch delivers results and also protects breakouts from getting worse by keeping new bacteria out. Additionally, the patch really blends into the skin, making it hard to notice if you’re wearing it during the day. I’ve also tried the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clear Invisible Dots and noticed that they didn’t stay on as well as the Pimple Master Patch nor did they diminish my breakout as fast. This is a must have for those of us that can’t stop picking and tend to make breakouts worse. End the cycle and help your skin clear up with these patches!

Rating: 5/5

COSRX products are a cult favorite amongst Koreans for a reason. Their effectiveness at combatting common skin problems at low price point make them a natural addition to many skin care regimens.

Featured Image via COSRX

 

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