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.
At the start, it was a pleasure to use due to the refreshing citrusy scent! Also, I love how smooth and matt it leaves my skin. However, there was not much pore tightening effects to be seen even after a few weeks, and the oil control effect might not be sufficient for oily skin types.
My skin is usually dehydrated and hence pretty dull. However, it immediately looks brighter and clearer once fully absorbed! I also like how the innis free green tea serum only leaves a slight sticky finish on my skin, and the hydration seems to be working on a deep level as my T-zone was much less oily, and yet cheeks less dry.
Shiseido Anessa UV Sunscreen packed in a sliver bottle, is waterproof yet light and runny to apply. However, it dries off to a waxy finish that might not be suitable for oily sensitive skin, and did not do well to control shine on the T-zone areas of the face.
I love how the Suisai Beauty Clear powder wash contains amino acids and natural enzymes that lathers up easily depending on the water you use. It creates a rich, dense foam that gently deep cleanses while it hydrates. It does not leave a tight feeling and would be great for daily use if the price was less steep.
To use, apply a toner after cleansing and massage the blooming essence into your skin. The blooming essence contains green tea and various vegetable oils such as ylang ylang flower oil, tea tree leaf oil, lavender oil, that acts as a primer to sooth the senses and hydrate the skin while prepping the skin for the next stage of hydration.
The shu uemura petal skin foundation spreads well without caking, but might need a second layer to cover blemishes. It seems to be better for normal skin as it has medium staying power but starts showing shine in oilier T-zone areas after 2-3 hours. You can use it just as well with a beauty blender or sponge instead of splurging on that ridiculously expensive Petal 55 brush.