Yay or Nay: CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser

The Korean brand CosRx is becoming a staple for most Asian women lately in terms of skin care. Almost every beauty blogger/vlogger that I see recommends something from their brand and this gel cleanser was always on their list. 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 being caused by a possible clogging of pores due to the 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 where 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 as well and they’re fine with it. But for my preference, I would like 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 it deep cleanses.

Others also use cleansing tools in order to maximize the use of this gentle cleanser. They use Konjac Sponges or Cleansing Brushes along with it in order to improve the cleansing power. I have dry to combination skin and I find using tools such as those on a regular basis makes my skin drier since you’re adding an exfoliating device. 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, as I wash my skin 2-3 times a day and this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry afterward. I love that aspect of it.

I switched up my cleansing routine again but continued incorporating the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel cleanser for those times that 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 residues 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 cleansers I’m using, like probably adding acne-care on my toner or something, 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 will end up switching up and looking for more products to use in my routine. Which is a bit tedious and costly, to be honest. Plus, I’m already using a line of CosRx products on my existing routine. I’m on a 50/50 on this. But I’ll keep on trying to make this work for now.

Rating?

Until I am able to justify the improvements it did for my skin, I’m going to give this a 3 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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Cathy Doll AA Cream First Impression Review

When Cathy Doll first launched here in the Philippines, I wasn’t an immediate fan. We were walking around SMDC Jazz Mall Makati when we saw this Cathy Doll stall in front of the Hypermarket. It was the packaging of the products that immediately caught our eye. (Pink and metallic tubes with animal prints too!) Most of the products they had in that stall were glutathione and whitening lotions.

First of all, I’m not a fan or a user of whitening products.

My skin is already fair and I don’t exactly feel the need to use whitening products to improve my complexion. Plus, when one of my friends tried the lotions, her arm turned all white and soapy. Even with constant rubbing, she couldn’t make the lotion blend and melt into her skin. (I think most glutathione lotions are like that, they’re thick in consistency and very hard to blend into the skin. It has an instant whitening effect.) We were frightened and we all laughed and walked away.

Sooo….

The first time I fell in love with Cathy Doll products is the moment I tried the all-in-one Makeup Remover + Toner + Serum + Foam Cleanser. (But that’s not what we’re going to review today!)

Now, let’s talk about the Cathy Doll AA (Automatic Aura) Cream in the shade Natural Beige. I bought this in Watson’s for P649 in a 50g tube. (It’s a little expensive for me, considering it’s a bit of a small tube. But I used to love Etude House’s BB Cream that’s 60g for a P850 something per tube, so what the heck, there’s not much difference.)

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As to what I’ve read online, AA literally means Automatic Aura. So it probably means that this cream will give you that instant healthy glow on your skin. It also contains tea tree oil that’s known for helping with acne problems. It also has an SPF of 45 PA+++ which is good, but probably won’t look good in flash photography.

The first thing that came to my mind when I tried this Cathy Doll AA Cream for the first time is that the shade range isn’t good. Even for a Filipina that has a fair to light complexion, this will probably look ashy to them, but probably less, compared to those who are morena. It’s not yellow undertone, it’s slightly pinkish. (Although I’ve heard that the AA Cushion has a yellow undertone compared to this one even with the same shade names.)

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It has a slightly watery consistency, but not too runny.

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Swatches on natural lighting. After blending into the skin.

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With flash. Gosh, that’s light and ashy. Good SPF though, it’s SPF 45 PA+++!

This AA Cream really did brighten my skin and gave it a glowy look. Although my skin tone isn’t really for pinkish toned bases, so it looked a little off and had to be corrected or topped off by a yellow-toned powder.

When I used this AA Cream, I knew I was going to sweat a lot but I was relying on it’s SPF so I tried it anyways. Longevity wise, after I’ve sweat for about 2 hours, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as good as when I applied it.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

Coverage wise, this AA cream offered a light to medium. I’m not sure if it was buildable, I didn’t try because it already looks ashy against my fair yellow-toned skin. Adding more product will already make my face look ghostly and unappealing. It did even out my skin tone but did not fully cover the redness around my nose and below my chin.

The scent was okay, I’ve heard a lot of reviews about the tea tree scent and they love it. It’s very mild and barely noticeable after a few minutes of putting it on. As for the tea tree ingredient, I’m not exactly acne prone nor do I suffer from intense acne to the point that it’s bothering, so I didn’t really mind if the ingredient was there or not.

The shade range needs to have more variety, especially those that can cater to Filipina skin tones. It can be easily corrected by a setting powder, but if you’re that type of person who prefers bases that can act as an all in one foundation+powder, this isn’t the product for you. It sets into a slightly dewy, slightly tacky base. I have dry combination skin but I still prefer setting this with a powder to avoid the sticky feeling on my face. It’s not transfer proof as well, so yeah, just set it.

It’s good for everyday use. It’s definitely lightweight, as it claims to be ‘air light’. It didn’t break me out as well, I tend to have rashes on my cheeks whenever a product feels too heavy on the skin.

If you’re going to be doing physical activities and you’ll be sweating a lot, it will only last for about 1-2 hours. If you’re going to be staying in a cool place where you won’t be moving around and sweating, it will last for about 4 hours, I guess.

Would I repurchase?

Probably not until there are more shades available that look better on my skin tone. I also find it to be on the expensive side if this is something that you’re just going to wear on a daily basis for errands, work, etc. It doesn’t even last on my skin that long even if I set it with powder. My daily basis would probably consist of sweating a lot, so I’d prefer something that won’t slide off of my face as soon as I start to sweat. My iWhite Korea BB Holic Everyday BB Cream has probably performed better than this in my opinion, except for the lack of SPF of that product. But coverage wise and shade range, I’d really prefer that one.

I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the shade range and I think that’s the most crucial part of loving a base product.

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