[Review] COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

In order to allow your skin to maximize the benefits from each key player in your skincare regime such as the recent wildly popular Vitamin C night serum and whitening cream, your skin should be kept at its natural pH level (4.5~5.5). This helps to create an optimal skin canvas for absorption of key skincare nutrients and ensures fast results. Traditional cleansers such as soap bars and liquid cleansers are often high in alkalinity and tends to break down the natural protective layer on our skin, causing it to lose moisture and become dry, dehydrated and sensitive to acne and bacteria. Always on the lookout for better cleansers, I chanced upon COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser and decided to check it out.

The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a mildly acidic gel cleanser at ph5, which claims to gently deep cleanse the skin to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells while maintaining skin pH balance. It contains Betaine Salicylate, a natural BHA exfoliator that unclogs pores, tea tree oil that controls oil, reduces acne, blemishes and improves complexion, as well as citric acid (AHA) for anti-aging benefits. This cleanser seems to be big on plant-based extracts, containing essences from lotus leaf, evening primrose and Japanese cedar leaf, which aids to naturally purify, hydrate, and brighten skin all at once.

After removing my make up with my oil-cleanser, I added a dime size amount of the cleanser with warm water and without much rubbing, it foamed up pretty quickly into a dense lather. There are some reviews out there proclaiming this to be a 2-in-1 cleanser but to me, it did not do enough to remove waterproof makeup, so I usually use this as a second step in my double cleansing regime. . Since it is mainly formulated with natural ingredients, there was barely any colour nor scent from this cleanser. After rubbing into my face and washing off, my skin felt squeaky clean and much brighter. I could see the blackheads exposed nicely on the tip of my nose, and blemishes less pronounced. However, I also felt my skin was stretched slightly tight, and dry to the touch. At times when I use too much of the cleanser, it also made my skin itchy, dry and sensitive. Only after adding heavy duty moisturiser did my skin went back to feeling soft and comfortable.

I have read many positive reviews about the cleanser and frankly speaking, was kind of disappointed with it. It might be that I am slightly allergic to AHA as an exfoliator, or that my skin leans on the dehydrated and sensitive side. While it did seem to live up to its name to reduce acne and pimple outbreaks, I am not entirely sure if it was worth making my skin extra sensitive to pollutants.

Overall, I would only recommend this to you if you have normal or combination/oily skin…as for sensitive skin, there are much better options out there!

Have any of you tried it before? Let me know your thoughts!

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