COSRX, which stands for cosmetics + RD (prescription), it’s a Korean based brand that creates its products directly from the needs and feedback of their very dedicated customers. It has gained cult status and it seems like nearly every skincare blogger has singing its high praises.
The packaging design of all the COSRX products is simple, minimal and similar. They all come in a white cardboard box with a black area where the product name is written in. The rest of the cardboard box contains detailed descriptions in English and Korean.
COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule claims to heal damaged skin while nourishing it with moisture and nutrients. Ideal for dry and rough skin types, this silky hydrator increases skin softness and suppleness, leaving skin radiant, plump, and dewy. It contains black bee propolis. So what exactly is propolis and why would you put it on your skin? Bees make propolis, which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. Those resins have natural germicidal properties. In skincare, propolis’s antiviral and antimicrobial action provides wonderful benefits for acneic skin as well as those of us who deal with a lot of environmental pollution. It forms a barrier just like how bees use it, and is very nutritious with antioxidants and vitamins, hence it’s growing popularity in skin care.
You will spot glycerin and hyaluronic acid as moisturizing ingredients, too. Also, the Cassa Obtusifolia Seed Extract has skin conditioning properties, as well as panthenol. If you’re new to ampoules, the consistency will be thick when applied and dry down to slightly tacky. But it makes for a cost effective layer-able moisturizer!
This is COSRX most talked about product: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Do you have visible pores? Then you probably know the constant struggle of trying to keep them clean so that they’ll look smaller and less noticeable, especially on the cheeks and in the T-zone. Primers and makeup can work wonders to hide them, but the goal is to have great skin.
Salix Alba, (Willow) Bark, Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan, Gum Ethyl Hexanediol
What do they do?
1. Betain Salicylate is the BHA portion of this toner and comes in a concentration of 4% (which is equivalent to a 2% salicylic acid).
2. Niacinimide is a form of vitamin B3 that can do everything from reduce pores and fine lines while promoting smooth, even skin tone and texture. Miracle ingredient people!
3. Sodium hyaluronate has the ability to boost skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation and reduce moisture loss to keep skin hydrated.
One thing I really appreciate about COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is the way it feels after application. BHAs can be quite drying, this hydrates and exfoliates yet dries down within minutes and feels just hydrating enough to prevent tightness or discomfort without leaving any discernible residue behind.
It isn’t greasy or slimy and is only slightly thicker than water.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone with acne, blackheads, enlarged or clogged pores, or those with dry skin that are looking for an effective yet gentle acid exfoliating toner.
COSRX has several alcohol-free toners for different skin conditions, as well as cleansers, moisturizers and treatments.