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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW K-BEAUTY?
COSRX is one of the first K-Beauty-brands that I tried and I immediately fell in love with the products. It has become one of my favorite brands and many of my HG products are from COSRX. In this post you’ll find all the details you need: an overview of all the products, where to shop COSRX and my favorite picks!
What does COSRX stand for?
COSRX has been around since 2013. It’s a South Korean skincare brand that is very popular in South Korea, Asia and all over the world. The name COSRX stands for “Cosmetics + Rx (Prescription)” as they are striving to give you the best solutions for various skin problems. The brand slogan is “Expecting tomorrow”. They also have a brand ambassador, that you’ll often see on their website and he used to be on some products as well: Mr. RX. He is supposed to represent the COSRX staff and the hard work they put into developing and making all of the products.
What is the brand concept of COSRX?
Their brand concept is all about simple ingredients that are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. This reflects in their minimalistic and clean packaging, that was just recently updated to be even more elevated and simple.
All of the products are cruelty free! The products are designed to be gentle on the skin, starting from the formulation to the texture and application of the products. COSRX strives to offer honest and reliable skincare with active ingredients to help you keep your skin healthy and gently treat your concerns.
Which products does COSRX offer?
COSRX offers a wide variety of products, allowing you to customize a whole skincare routine. The products are divided into skincare step categories and different lines, each focusing on a skin concern.
- Patches / Spot Treatment
- Essence / Serum / Ampoule
- Mask / Pack
- Makeup / Suncare
The One Step line provides pads soaked in a specific essence, ready for you to use. The line is alcohol free. Each jar contains 70 pads with a soft and a structured side. There are three different types: Original Clear with willow bark water and BHA for blemished skin and clogged pores, Green Hero Calming with green tea leaf water and PHA for irritated and blemished skin and Moisture Up with Propolis and BHA to nourish and moisturize dry skin. The line also offers The One Step Moisture Up Kit set with a cleansing product, a moisture up pad and a mask pack.
The Hydrium line delivers hydration with additional soothing ingredients. This is the newest line, which I also talked about in this post for Beauty News. It contains B5, best known as panthenol, and claims to be moisturizing, regenerating and calming. The line includes a toner, a cream and three products enriched with further ingredients. The ampoule also contains low molecular hyaluronic acid for deep hydration of the skin. The gel cream also contains green tea extract and the other ampoule centella asiatica extract, which are both great for calming irritated and blemished skin. They’re both on my personal wishlist!
The Balancium line aims at strengthening the skin barrier and helping to balance the skin. It focuses on the ingredients B5 D-panthenol and ceramide. These aid in soothing the skin and supporting the natural skin barrier. The line includes a calming ampoule, a multi-functional cream with three types of hyaluronic acids and a lightweight moisturizer with centella asiatica leaf water as first ingredient and three types of ceramide.
The AC Collection focuses on acne prone skin and offers soothing and spot treating products. The products contain COSRX’s own centella formulation, enriched with propolis extract and zinc. For spot treatments you’ll find a spot cream and acne patches. There’s also a calming foam cleanser, a clearing serum, two calming liquids and a lightweight soothing moisturizer.
The Full Fit line is lightweight but fully packed with propolis for healthy and glowy skin. It comes with a toner, an ampoule and a light cream.
What are my favorite products?
I love these products, some I have already repurchased once or even several times.
Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Best 2nd cleanser for acne prone skin I ever tried. I repurchased it several times already.
Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence
Easy to incorporate into any skincare routine. It’s lightweight, hydrating and helps to heal acne.
Original Clear Pad
So convenient to use and effective at preventing breakouts! I enjoyed using this and it lasted a long time. If you cut the pads in half you can even double the uses.
AHA Whitehead Power Liquid
Gentle on the skin and helps to even out the surface of the skin by fighting whiteheads. Remember to use sunscreen!
BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Companion to the AHA Power liquid. Effective at removing and preventing blackheads and clogged pores. Lasts very long, make sure to use it up in time.
Centella Blemish Cream
The perfect spot treatment for breakouts. It helped me significantly at healing blemishes and preventing further breakouts. It’s easier to use for the evening routine though because it’s rather rich in texture.
Oil-free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
A nice lotion for the winter time – it’s relatively lightweight and indeed ultra moisturizing. It also comes in a nice big size.
Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++
I can use this as a moisturizer and sunscreen all in one product, because it’s moisturizing enough. It was effortless to apply and didn’t leave any whitecast or sticky feeling.
Source for product photos: COSRX
My skin for reference
Skin type: combination skin
Skin concerns: acne, hyperpigmentation, preventing premature skin-aging
Where can you shop COSRX?
You can shop on the website from COSRX directly here, they offer international shipping. When you spend more than 50$ it’s free!
You can also shop from official COSRX retailers, like Yesstyle here (use code: ‘SKINSOUL’ for 2-5% off affiliated).
If you are in Germany and want to order from a German shop directly, you can shop COSRX from Lovemycosmetic here. They ship to the EU, Norway and Switzerland.
COSRX is so successful for a reason – their products are effective, well formulated and considering all of this also affordable. I never felt like a product was overpriced, most of them last for a long time and are worth every cent. I’ll keep repurchasing my favorites and there are many more products I to try!
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