If there’s a K-beauty brand that I haven’t really said anything bad about, it has to be COSRX. Its products are formulated to be suitable for even the most sensitive and acne-prone skin, so you can imagine what a life-savour they have been when I was facing one of the worst breakouts in my life.
Hydrate and smooth skin with this genius and convenient invention from Cosrx! The first ingredient in these pads is propolis extract, a naturally-occurring antiseptic that is effective in treating blemishes, acne, and redness.
Also included in the formula is hyaluronic acid, the Korean skin care favorite that provides long-lasting moisture benefits. The softly embossed texture of these pads makes them gentle enough for daily use yet effective in keeping skin soft and smooth. Use these pads to prep your skin for makeup or take them on-the-go for quick and easy exfoliation!
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90 (Watsons)
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
I’m not too keen on the presence of Butylene Glycol (I talked about this previously in my other posts) because it poses a risk for sensitive skin:
Although butylene glycol has many benefits for the skin, one of the likeliest side effects from this chemical is the potential for skin irritation. Several studies suggest that this ingredient can cause a rash around the eyes and other forms of irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. (Source: The Derm Review)
Other than that, I do like some other ingredients that I am familiar with: Propolis Extract (used in COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol), for instance, helps to heal and repair damaged skin, so this is definitely great for people with blemished skin (aka me haha).
Packaging: The packaging is very similar to that of COSRX’s One Step Pimple Clear Pads, so you have these individual pre-soaked pads that you can just easily swipe on your skin. I think it’s definitely more hygienic than having to scoop product out with your hands, and also easy to bring around when you travel (you can just pack the number of pads you think you’ll need, much better than bringing a bottle around).
Texture: The pad’s texture is exactly like the pimple clear pads, rough on one side and smooth on the other. I’m assuming that you use the rough side to clear away any dead skin while you hydrate, and I’m definitely not complaining if my product is able to multi-task 😀
The liquid that the pads are pre-soaked in (and which will come off on your skin when you use the pads) is easily absorbed by skin, which I like much better than a lot of moisturizers that are too oily/thick for me. I find this especially good to use in the morning, because using heavy creams before I apply makeup is a clear recipe for breakouts.
Effectiveness: In terms of hydration, I think this definitely works as it should. My skin feels instantly refreshed and moisturized after this, and the hyaluronic acid definitely plays a big part.
I’m still seeing blemishes and acne, but it’s definitely calmed down quite a fair bit compared to how it was before I started using this.
I think this is a great alternative to the moisturizers we are used to – it definitely saves me a lot of time, and feels much better for my skin than normal creams and gels. It’s also affordable in the long run, retailing at SGD20+ for 70 pads.
However, I’m speaking as a person with oily skin living in a humid country, and frankly I’m not too sure if this level of hydration will be enough if you have really dry skin / living in a dry climate. You might want to use this mainly in the summer, or you can try to follow up with a hydrating mask / other moisturizing creams.
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮