Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this k-beauty favorite. COSRX Low pH Gel Cleanser is formulated with a skin-friendly pH of 5 which makes it very gentle even for sensitive skin types. The slightly acidic pH level helps protect the barrier (acid mantle) and maintain healthy skin. It also contains a lot of plant extracts that provide hydration and soothe the skin.

Application

You can use this on its own in the morning or as a second step cleanser after you’ve removed your makeup with an oil or balm cleanser.
Wet your hands and face and squeeze a small amount on your hands. Foam it up. Apply it gently avoiding the eye area (because it can sting the eyes). Lastly, rinse with lukewarm water.

Regarding the consistency, it’s a clear gel that leathers very well.

Performance

The pH of 5 makes this a gentle everyday cleanser for all skin types which will not disrupt your acid mantle (protective barrier). Why does pH matter?
Our skin is slightly acidic and it should remain in that pH range so it can protect and regulate itself. Otherwise, harmful bacteria could grow, triggering skin conditions like eczema, acne etc.
The cleanser is mild, so it cleans the skin very effectively without irritating it.

In addition, it cointains betaine salicylate which is a form of BHA. We know that BHAs are oil soluble and can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum.
I notice that when I use the cleanser, there definitely is an improvement in skin texture. However, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it removes blackheads completely. Only improves their appearance with continuous use, which is fine.

Apart from this, it’s good for acne prone skin and I can say it has never broken me out. If this were to break you out, it could be that you’re sensitive to one of the ingredients.

I wouldn’t say a cleanser is moisturizing. It doesn’t leave my skin dry though. But if your skin is dry, it could probably feel a little tight after using this, so that’s something to consider.

Scent

The COSRX Low pH Gel Cleanser smells like Tea Tree oil. It has no added fragrance. For me the scent is very calming.

Ingredients

Saccharomyces Ferment – This is the same ingredient that is used in MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil.

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


Final Verdict

Pros

  • Cleans skin well from impurities.
  • Gentle even for sensitive skin types.
  • pH balancing.
  • Doesn’t strip the skin from moisture.
  • Doesn’t disrupt acid mantle.
  • Great for acne prone skin.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Not everyone will be a fan of the scent.
  • It contains tea tree oil so probably not the best for dry skin.

Not only is the cleanser effective and gentle, but it’s also affordable. It’s definitely better than most cleansers that I’ve tried out there. You don’t need to use a toner afterwards solely for pH balancing, since it’s low pH already. Mildy exfoliates, doesn’t strip the skin and keeps acne away. Suitable for sensitive skin as well. I would repurchase since I did notice positive changes on my skin while using it. Dry skin types should be aware that this contains tea tree oil so probably this won’t be the best option for you.


Where to buy: You can buy the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser at Yesstyle* currently on sale for $11.56 for the 150ml tube. Stylevana* and Stylekorean* offer it for around $9. You can also find it on Jolse* for roughly $10 or less when on sale.

Have you tried this cleanser? What are your favorite COSRX products? Please let me know in the comments 🙂



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