Yay or Nay: CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser

The Korean brand CosRx is becoming a staple for most Asian women lately. Almost every beauty blogger/vlogger that I see recommends something from the brand CosRx. This gel cleanser was always on the top of their list and I became very curious. CosRx has an extensive array of skin care products that can cater to almost any skin problem that you may have. From acne-prone skin to dry sensitive skin, they have the perfect products for you.

Basically, the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning cleanser has a pH level of 5.0~6.0 which is the optimum pH level needed on your skin. It is a soft subacid cleanser that balances your skin and provides a daily exfoliating effect through the natural ingredient BHA. It also has Citric Acid that helps in brightening your skin and deep cleansing. It can also be used by all skin types even for those who have sensitive skin because it is very gentle.

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It is in a 150ml tube. It’s actually very affordable for P349 (On sale when I bought it!) in Shopee because of the big size. A little goes a long way too so this can last for a very long time!

The Ingredients: 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

It smells strongly of tea tree. Which seems a little strong the first time I used it. But after a while of continued use, it started being bearable.

Before anything else, I just wanted to include the cleansers I was using alternately on my face before I switched to the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel. In the morning, I would use a collagen facial wash from my dermatologist for a gentle cleanse. If I wore makeup during the day, I would use my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to remove what’s left of my makeup after using the Garnier Micellar water. If I wasn’t wearing any makeup, I would use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night.

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong, I love using the products stated above. They don’t break me out and I have been using those products for more than a year already. I just really wanted to try the CosRx!

Now, I wanted to include the previous list of cleansers I was using because I noticed that after a week of using the CosRx Goodmorning gel cleanser, I didn’t really notice any significant improvements on my skin. Yes, it was a very gentle cleanser that is great for use in the morning when you don’t really have much to clean on your face. But on days when you have makeup on, whether it was just a BB cream or something heavier like a foundation, I honestly suggest that you use another cleanser. I used to have whiteheads on my nose area, but blackheads were something I didn’t really struggle with. When I started using the CosRx cleanser, I started getting more and more of those blackheads on my nose area. Since I wasn’t struggling with blackheads before, I didn’t know anything about it or what causes it. So, I googled it and that’s where I found out why I was suddenly getting these black dots on my nose.

Below are usual causes of blackheads: (there are more…)

  • Age, hormonal changes that trigger a spike in sebum.
  • Androgen, the male sex hormone, triggers greater secretion of sebum and a higher turnover of skin cells around puberty. Both boys and girls experience higher levels of androgens during adolescence.
  • After puberty, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of birth control pills can also bring on blackheads in women.
  • Overproduction of skin cells by the body can cause blackheads.
  • The blocking or covering pores by cosmetics and clothing.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Environmental factors such as humidity, grease, etc.

After looking at the long list of causes (that I didn’t list down anymore), I figured mine was caused by clogging of pores due to cosmetics residue. The CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel cleanser is very gentle, to the point that it fails to remove 100% of any makeup residue that your micellar water/makeup remover failed to remove. Yes, it is non-drying and it leaves your face nice and soft in the morning when you use it. It is also good for sensitive skin, as it did not break me out and it didn’t inflame or irritate my skin in any way. But I find that it is only effective when you don’t have much to clean on your face. Probably just in moments when you just want to remove the excess oil on your face or rinse last night’s skin care products. Although it says ‘Goodmorning Gel Cleanser’, some people use it at night too. Personally, I prefer something that can thoroughly clean my face from any makeup residue in order to prevent the clogging of my pores. I don’t exactly think this product deep cleanses.

Others also use cleansing tools in order to maximize the use of this gentle cleanser. They use Konjac Sponges or Cleansing Brushes in order to improve the cleansing power. That can actually do the trick, but I have dry to combination skin and using exfoliating tools on a regular basis makes my skin drier. I would prefer using the CosRx cleanser on its own, but the fact that it fails to remove any hard dirt and gunk on your face doesn’t really make it an amazing product for me. Although, it does help my dry skin somehow. I wash my skin 2-3 times a day and this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry afterward.

I switched up my cleansing routine again but continued incorporating the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel cleanser when I’m not wearing any makeup or in need of dire cleansing. I still rely on my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to fully remove any makeup residue and it works just fine. On days when I feel like my skin needs a little acne-care, I use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night instead of the CosRx.

Would I repurchase?

Although I do love that it’s very gentle and non-drying, I dislike the fact that I have to purchase 2-3 cleansers aside from this one in order to do the all-around job for me. I’m trying to fix my overall skin care routine in order to lessen the number of cleansers I’m using. I’m thinking of adding maintenance acne-care products, but still. For something that is well-raved about, I kind of wished it did more than just lightly cleanse. If I want to keep repurchasing this, I have to improve on the other aspects of my skincare routine. That’s a bit tedious and costly, to be honest. I’m on a 50/50 on this. But I’ll keep on trying to make this work for now and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Rating?

Until I am able to justify the improvements it did for my skin, I’m going to give this a 2.5 out of 5… For now. But I just wanted to clear out that I do love the cleanser because it’s very gentle and helps with my dry skin, but I needed that extra oomph with my skin care and this doesn’t make that much of a difference.

Would I recommend?

I would definitely recommend this for those who don’t have a lot of issues that they want to correct on their skin. Someone who’s looking for a low pH cleanser that won’t irritate their skin. This is a good cleanser despite what I personally think about it and I would still recommend it to those who are not looking for something extra in their products. Plus, I find it very affordable for its size.

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Skin Woes & Empties: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

It’s a sort of a unique phenomenon when I manage to finish up a bottle or a tub of skin care product. I’m still in the search of that staple for my skincare routine that I would repurchase over and over again because it has worked wonders on my skin.

Lately, I’ve gone from breaking out to having itchy, flaky and inflamed skin due to irritations because of my constant search for amazing skin care products. I was an impatient little puppy a few weeks ago that I added two to three new products in my routine and I couldn’t figure out which one was causing the irritation. After a few more weeks of trial and error, I managed to eliminate the culprit. Everyone was raving about the Missha Time Revolution Essence and I wanted to try it for myself, so I purchased a bunch of trial sachets along with my CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. Only to figure out after a few days that the Missha TRE has made my skin worse than it already is.

I was aware of my lack of judgment for introducing all of those to my skin all at once. But again, I was so desperate to finding something that can help my skin recover. I figured that I had to use moisturizers to soothe the inflammation and flakiness, so I started looking for another moisturizer because I thought that the St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer was not doing the job. I came across the CosRx Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap and purchased it, then replaced my St.Ives Moisturizer.

Long story short, I ended up wanting to re-purchase my almost empty St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer after my long search for a better one. The main reason why I decided to keep looking for moisturizers other than this, is because I could not justify the benefits it gives my skin. Sure, it was very cheap for such a huge tub, but I simply cannot think of anything that makes it “work”. I was probably underestimating it because it was so affordable and I haven’t really seen famous bloggers using this. Before I purchased this moisturizer back in 2015-16, I remember reading somewhere that Collagen does not exactly work together with Elastin in the anti-aging department in order to achieve awesome results. Something along the lines of those ingredients cannot work alone for it to be effective. Like it lacks another ingredient to make it active or something. Well, I can’t be all scientific on this as I have no enough knowledge to prove my claims, so I took the blogger’s word for it. But anyway, here I am with an almost empty tub of St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer and absolutely loving it.

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Below is the information I found on the St.Ive’s website:

Collagen Elastin Moisturizer St. Ives

See ya later scale-agator. Nourish your skin with the goodness of 100% natural moisturizers (Safflower seed oil). Infused with hard-working collagen and elastin this hydrating formula will help capture that fresh-faced glow we all love.

Safflower Seed Oil


A lesser-known relation of the sunflower, the safflower is a thistle-like plant with red, yellow and orange flowers. Don’t be deceived by its prickly looking exterior, the oil is known to help to smooth and moisturize skin.

Our safflowers come from all around the world, as far away as Australia and Argentina and lots of places in-between. The flowers are picked by hand and refined to extract the oil, which is 100% pure.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol

I actually really regret purchasing so many items to add to my skincare when all the while, I have loved the St.Ives Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer but failed to appreciate it. I have damaged my skin so much that after a week of it being inflamed and extremely stingy. It even started peeling and being scaly after a few more weeks. I was so devastated and I was very desperate for my skin to heal. I began reducing my skincare routine to cleansing and double moisturizing. I used to use a cleanser-toner-moisturizer-eye cream-oil serum in my routine, but since I was trying to help my skin recover, I minimized the products I have been using.

It’s been 3 days and I can say that my skin has improved so much and I honestly don’t think it was the fact that I lessened the products I’ve been using on my face. It’s good to take note that when I minimized my skin regimen, I went back to using the old products my skin was used to. I completely removed the new ones that I was unsure of. During those days and weeks that my skin was at it’s worst, I realized that only the St.Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer did not feel stingy against my skin. It gave my skin a fresh, cooling and soothing feeling after I apply it on my face after cleansing. That was the reason why it was the only product that I could pretty much tolerate applying to my face. My face was less flaky, itchy and scaly immediately after 3 days of continued usage. I also tried using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Gel, but due to its alcohol content, my skin just felt drier, so I switched back to this.

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This moisturizer is really underrated. It’s a very simple yet an amazing product that can work wonders for your skin. It also smells very nice and I love applying it at night because of that. However, I use this 2-3 times a day and it works just fine. During the day, I’m okay with applying this under my makeup, as it gives my skin a healthy looking glow without looking too oily. Although, I don’t think that I can recommend this to those who have oily skin especially when using it under your makeup. It can get quite heavy. But for someone who has dry combination and sensitive skin like mine, it works just fine. My skin drinks this up easily. Another good thing about this moisturizer is that I don’t think I need an eye cream to add to my skincare routine anymore. It hydrates my under-eye nicely and it makes my concealer application easier. I still don’t know how I can justify how this moisturizer works on my skin, but I can truly say that I am in-love with this and I will definitely keep repurchasing.

If you want a moisturizer that does the job without any complicated claims, I highly recommend this to you. It’s a simple moisturizer that doesn’t have too much gimmick going on but definitely excels in the moisturizing department. Just an additional use for it too: I spilled this once and I didn’t want to waste it, so I scooped out the spilled contents and used it as a lotion. (Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t dirty or anything. I just didn’t want to keep using it on my face.) This product is so moisturizing that it works amazing even as a lotion. I find that it really locks in the moisture on your skin and it doesn’t have a sticky feel to it. Since this product is a whopping 10oz/283g product for such a cheap price, (P200+ something in the Philippines, available in Watson’s and other grocery stores.) using it both as a facial moisturizer and a body lotion is not exactly a bad idea. Just make sure that you use a spatula to scoop the contents out to prevent contamination.

Would I repurchase?

Definitely! Over and over again.

Rating?

I’m giving this a 5/5 because it was the only product that truly helped my inflamed and irritated skin!

Update: My 65-year-old grandmother was starting to get bothered by her sagging skin and fine lines. So here I am to the rescue! I gave her a new tub and told her to use it at least twice a day. Guess what? She loved it! I also noticed that her skin really did improve. It seemed to be a lot more supple and her fine lines aren’t too visible anymore because her skin was plumper now. This product is really amazing even for mature skin.

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A Love-Hate Relationship: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

I finally decided to purchase this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel (Cream) after a long contemplation of whether to buy it or not. Reviews over the internet are confusing! There are those who like it and those who hate it. Sure, there’s always something like that about makeup or skin care products, since everyone’s skin will be different from each other. However, there was a higher percentage of dislikes among those who have tried this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. Yet, here I am with this pink tube of snail gel on my vanity.

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Nothing too special about the packaging. It’s just a baby pink tube that I actually find very cute because of the color. I also love that it’s in a squeezy tube, not a tub.

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It contains 45ml (1.52 fl. oz.) per tube with 74% snail secretion filtrate.

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The packaging has an expiration date indicated.

First of all, what was the reason for me purchasing this product despite the higher percentage of negative reviews? Everyone was saying that it was nowhere near ‘hydrating’ when it was labeled as a ‘moisturizer’. Personally, upon reading the English part on the packaging, it didn’t say anything about being hydrating. So, I wasn’t expecting it to be hydrating either. However, it was the percentage of the snail secretion filtrate that had me wanting to buy this, plus, it’s in a gel form that is claimed to be lightweight. Perhaps, there was more to this pink tube than being a failure to be an actual moisturizer.

I have dry combination skin that is sensitive. I have recently tested that I’m not allergic to snail filtrates, so I started venturing into that category with my skin care. As far as I know, snail secretion filtrates aid in the cell turnover of the skin. It quickens the process of cell turnover and heals your skin faster. This also helps in reducing the appearance of your blemishes.

I also have dry patches on my under eye area and some on my cheeks. I wanted to get rid of that, but despite the lack of moisturization this Mizon Snail Gel has, (According to the reviews of others) I believe that the quicker cell turnover will remedy my dry patches to an extent.

After that long introduction and sharing of feelings, here’s the actual review.

Is it moisturizing?

No, I also don’t find it moisturizing. However, it did improve the texture of my skin. The small bumps that I had on my cheeks and chin are now gone, only after using it every day, 2x a day, for a week. It did lack in the moisture department, but I think that was mainly because I had dry skin and this is a gel-type almost water-based product. I think products like these are meant to cater to those who have oily skin but wanted to add a moisturizer to their routine for balance. But for someone who has really dry skin, this is not something that you can use alone. Don’t treat this as a moisturizer. It does something far more than just to moisturize! I believe that this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is good for healing your skin and not just moisturizing.

What surprised me about this product is the first time I have used it. I woke up with a smoother and brighter looking complexion after using this the night before. I can describe it as being able to fake a good night’s sleep. It was then that I knew that this product really works wonders for your skin regardless of the lack of moisture and plumpness that it gives. It repairs it, makes it look less dull.

Although, for a product that claims to be multi-functional, it doesn’t seem to do much at all aside from healing your skin. But it’s a very affordable snail product, so if you’re just looking to try one that won’t hurt your budget, I guess this can be right for you. I purchased this via Shopee app, this is on sale for only P289 each.

Will I re-purchase?

I will continue to use this until I have used up the tube and I will give you guys updates. As of today, I happen to still have a love-hate relationship with this product. I do love the fact that it made my skin brighter and that it improved the texture, but since I have really dry skin, I would honestly prefer something that can moisturize, improve the texture of my skin and brighten it up all at the same time. I dislike the fact that I have to layer on a couple of different products just to achieve a well-moisturized face. Since I have very sensitive skin, doing so may lead to breakouts or irritation. So I try to keep my skin care as minimal as possible.

I just wanted to shed a different light on this Mizon Recovery Snail Gel and remove it from the moisturizer category as I don’t think it’s the strength of this product. If you have oily skin, has a couple of blemishes that you want to fade, or you want to remedy uneven skin texture, this product may work for you but don’t expect it to deliver extreme results.

Rating?

I would rate this product a 3 out of 5. Simply because it was meant to suit other skin types and not mine. However, I would love to continue using this as it does a fine job in brightening and smoothing out the texture of my skin. It wasn’t that bad, to be honest, I would be loving this so much if there was an added variety that can cater to a drier skin type!

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