"But what’s all the hype about?"
The South Korean cosmetic brand COSRX is owning the skincare game as it has created a lot of online attention, capturing many beauty enthusiasts’ eyes. With that being said, it has quickly grown it’s cult following, spreading globally. The brand’s unique name was created by combining the words COSmetics and prescription (RX). But what’s all the hype about?
What makes COSRX so amazing is their ability to create well-formulated products with minimalistic yet refined packaging. COSRX takes pride in their minimal ingredient list to focus only on the beneficial ingredients. That’s right. No unpleasant ingredients to irritate the skin allowed here (whaaat!). Even better yet, COSRX’s commitment to their promise extends even further by allocating the highest concentration of active ingredients to be sold at affordable prices.
COSRX addresses a variety of skincare concerns for all skin types. With their focus on specific active ingredients, it makes browsing for the right product for you so much easier to navigate. Looking for a salicylic acid cleanser? Look no further with the Salicylic Gentle Daily Cleanser. Need an Aloe Sunscreen? COSRX has you covered with the Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++. It’s that simple.
"COSRX dedicates whole lines of skincare catering to specific skin concerns."
Feeling insecure about those pimples that have popped out recently? Look no further and dedicate yourself to the COSRX AC Collection Acne series, specially made for acne-prone skin types.
This line is formulated with their signature Centella AC-Rx Complex which contains 3 ingredients derived from centella asiatica: Madecassic acid (protects and calms skin), Asiaticoside (helps keep skin transparent and clear) and Asiatic acid (strengthens skin barrier and helps maintain skin balance).
Rich in amino acids and fatty acids, centella asiatica extract is great for calming inflammation, rapid wound healing, stimulating collagen production and soothing the skin when applied topically -- all ideal qualities for blemished and scarred skin. Not only does it aid in healing but it also holds anti-bacterial functions to reduce future skin outbreaks.
This range consists of seven products: Calming Foam Cleanser, Calming Liquid Mild, Calming Liquid Intensive, Blemish Spot Clearing Serum, Lightweight Soothing Moisturiser, Ultimate Spot Cream and Acne Patches.
Whether you wanted to treat yourself to an entire line of the AC Collection or meticulously select items to add into your current routine, there is something for everyone. Repeat after me: “Good riddance to those nasty, red spots!”
✔ Hydrium Moisture Power Enriched Cream
✔ Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule
✔ Honey Ceramide Cream
✔ Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
COSRX isn’t the kind of brand to leave anyone out in the dust. With careful consideration, they attentively formulate a variety of products to cater to every type of audience out there - those with dry and dehydrated skin concerns being no exclusion. We’ve chosen 4 in particular to discuss as they cover all areas that can be cause for concern.
"A cream to keep your skin cool, calm, and controlled."
✔ Hydrium Moisture Power Enriched Cream (Dry Exterior + Dehydrated Interior)
An intensive but non-overloading cream that contains Panthenol and Propolis as the main ingredients with a convenient level of Ceramide thrown in there, plus multiple sizes of Hyaluronate included which completely covers one’s hydration needs! This cream is the definition of an All-Rounder when it comes to receiving healing, soothing, a little bit of premature anti-aging, and moisture-locking all at once.
To summarise the effects of the key ingredients:
- Panthenol = Healing, Soothing
- Propolis = Soothing, Healing, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial
- Ceramide = Anti-Aging, Smoothing (Works mainly on upper layers of skin), Moisture-locking
- Hyaluronate = Hydration, Moisture, Increase Skin Cell Production
Luckily for us, COSRX was pretty smart and carefully curated this formula so that there is just the right balance of each.
"Bless this ampoule. Seriously. Thank god this thing exists."
✔ Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule (Dry Exterior + Dehydrated Interior)
This newer product coming from the Hydrium line is something that almost everyone can incorporate into their routine and gain extremely effective benefits from. Of course, it might be well known to most of you that there are many Hyaluronic ampoules, essences, serums, and creams on the market. However, this simplified formula with just the right concentrations of its ingredients has done wonders in replacing lotions and other moisturising or hydrating products in the routines of dry-skinned, combination-skinned, and sometimes even oily-skinned individuals all around the world since its release.
This ampoule contains 3 different sizes of hyaluronic concentrates going from largest to smallest including: Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, along with the famous Panthenol ingredient to keep skin calm. Hyaluronic ingredients are healthy hydrators and are also known to increase skin cell production which leads to skin plumping due to your skin no longer feeling the need to fight for that needed hydration. The combination of the 3 types of Hyaluronic sizes, which access the upper, middle, and inner layers of the skin, allows all layers of the skin to gain that necessary hydration required during all seasons.
✔ This product is suitable for ALL skin types but for oily skin, it’s best recommended time of use is during the colder, dryer seasons where skin dehydrates easily OR also during summer once a day in place of another lotion with a thin, gel-like moisture-locking cream on top.
Side Note: Products with ingredients such as Ceramides are not the best for acne prone skin
✔ Honey Ceramide Cream (Dry Exterior)
This extremely nourishing cream was designed to target and repair any exterior issues all the way from flaky, cracking skin to those uncomfortable dry, dull and rough patches emerging out of nowhere around the face. Containing both Honey and Ceramide as its key ingredients, along with Beeswax and Sunflower seed oil (which contains Vitamin E).
To be continued...