I am obsessed with cleansers. For real! Cleansers are probably one of my favorite beauty products to buy – which is why I have like 8 of them and can never stop buying them. So when I get down to the very last drops of a cleanser, it’s rare…and it means that I am utterly obsessed with it. As I am squeezing the last drops of the cosrx low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser out of the tube, let me tell you that it’s being added to the Holy Grail Product list. It’s SO NICE. Simple, easy, GOOD.
Cosrx is really killing the game right now. If there was one single brand that I could recommend to all newbie K-Beauty enthusiasts, it would be it. I’ve honestly yet to try something from the brand that wasn’t effective.This Cleanser is simple, no-fuss perfection. That’s why I love it so much.
But back to the review. The cosrx low pH cleanser comes packaged in a plastic tube container, with 150mL of product. It has a clear gel texture, and has a gentle lather. It smells like tea tree oil, which I thought I’d be bothered by, but it’s actually really refreshing. If you don’t like the scent of tea tree, no worries, the scent doesn’t linger once you rinse it off. I use it both night and day, but tend to gravitate towards it more in the daytime after my morning workout. It also works well after a nice oil cleanse to remove the rest of your makeup.
Basically, if the pH of your skin is too high (or too low), you can damage your acid mantle aka your protective layer of skin. If you’re acid mantle is all messed up, this can result in acne, breakouts, dry skin, super oily skin, etc. etc. Basically, you want to make sure your acid mantle is all the way together, and typically the biggest culprit of acid mantle disturbance is your cleanser. Washing your face with a cleanser that has a pH higher than a 6/6.5 can damage the skin, making it more prone breakouts and other skin issues. Sadly, most commercial cleansers have incredibly high pH. The cosrx cleanser boasts a pH of somewhere between 5.0 and 6.0, which is the perfect sweet spot for a cleanser.
A lot of the negative reviews I’ve seen about the low pH cleanser are that it is super drying and it makes people’s faces feel tight. Thankfully, I’ve never had that issue. It rinses clean, doesn’t leave any film behind, and leaves my skin soft and smooth. I’m personally not the biggest fan of my skin feeling “hydrated” after I wash it, because I feel like it’s just a weird film clinging to my skin.
The cosrx pH cleanser isn’t a groundbreaking product. There’s really only so much you can do with a cleanser, mostly because you’re only keeping it on your skin for a little while. But I love it because it’s gentle, affordable, and feels really great on the skin. It’s one of those cleansers I keep gravitating towards all the time, because I just love how it makes my skin feel.