I am a HUGE fan of CosRX ~ I have written reviews on their AHA/BHA Toner, Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence and Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Facial Cream and I am planning to test their Centella Blemish Cream, Centella Blemish Cream Ampule and Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol starting in August, so you can already tell that I am a fan of their products. I was THRILLED to bits when Memebox started carrying CosRX in their shop and they launched a box full of CosRX goodies, which I promptly purchased!
I have a whole section in my blog, devoted to Memebox, so if you want to know more, check out the Memebox category.
Their name stands for “Cosmetics+RX(prescription)”. This popular Korean brand carefully formulates products with ingredients that target everyday skin care concerns. The brand is loved by many because it provides real, noticeable results. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find favorable reviews and raves about the brand.
Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (6.90 pH) Ingredients: 12 I really love CosRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence and I am hoping that I will enjoy this one as well. This is made with 96% snail slime (snail secretion filtrate) which is 100% natural and domestic. Snail slime is really a great ingredient ~ it seems to work on all skin types and is full of nutrients that will help lessen wrinkles and deeply hydrated without any irritation. It will repair existing damage to your skin (scarring, hyper-pigmentation) , while preventing new damage, such as blemishes and dryness. It has been proven that if you apply skin care products with snail slime daily, it reduces significantly fine lines and wrinkles. . Daily application of topical products containing snail secretion is also shown to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I am pretty excited to add this into my skin care regime and plan to do so once I finish my Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. This essence is very thick, just like the Hydra Power, but it is also stringy, like snail mucus! There is no scent and it leaves my skin feeling cool and hydrated. Full Size 100 mL Value $20.00
Description: Snail mucin is scientifically and dermatologically proven to be highly effective and beneficial when it comes to skin cell regeneration and repair. COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains 96% of snail secretion filtrate blended with other nourishing herbal extracts. Problems like acne, sun damage and scars need skin cell regeneration which this highly-concentrated essence offers. It repairs the skin from within and gives the skin proper moisture and nourishment for its full recovery. Expect smoother, softer and healthier skin with this premium snail essence!
Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
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BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum (7.0 pH) Ingredients: 16 I plan to add this into my skin care routine in July, as I am finishing up some testing with some other products. This is a serum that will help reduce the appearance of pores as it contains 100% natural white willow water, which is an astringent, as well as a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) . This BHA will not only control oiliness and remove excess oil, but will remove dead skin cells by gently exfoliating your skin. White Willow Water will also reduce inflammation due to blemishes. This does have alcohol in it as the second ingredient and it is apparent in the scent ~ it isn’t overpowering, but there is a slight scent of alcohol and then it disappears. This is a very watery serum and most likely I will use a cotton pad to apply it. You can see the powder at the bottom of the bottle when it is settled, and you do have to shake it quite vigorously to get the product to mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Full Size 100 mL Value $15.00
I darkened the photo so you could see the serum and how watery it is
Description: Problems with having an excessively oily skin? BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum is the solution to your skin problem! This serum is infused with White Willow extract and Grain extract which both give a mattifying effect on the skin. It has strong and efficient oil-absorbing properties which help regulate the skin’s natural moisture. This serum also visibly minimizes the appearance of pores – making your skin look smooth and gorgeously flawless!
How to use: Before application, shake and mix well to get the blackhead reduction powder activated. Apply daily in the mornings and the evenings directly to target areas with blackheads such as around the nose or the forehead. Apply a thin layer around the cheeks and the chin area and lightly tap your face to help the serum fully absorb into the skin.
Ingredients: Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Panthenol, Carbomer, Zinc Oxide, Xanthan Gum, Menthol cosDNA.com analysis
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Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser Ingredients: 21 I don’t need to do a pH level test on this, because wishtrend.com nicely provided it. This cleanser is clocking in at 9.54 pH level. I am so sad that CosRX couldn’t make a lower pH level foam cleanser 😦 It is too bad, as this cleanser contains 100 ppm of salicylic acid and is supposed to be an exfoliating pore cleanser, removing dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads. I guess this is another body wash! In the summer time, I do get some clogged pores on the top of my arms, so this will come in handy. Full Size 150 mL Value $11.00
Product Description: This cleanser mainly contains Salicylic Acid, a very efficient component when it comes to fighting pimples and diminishing blemishes. If you’re someone who have been constantly suffering from acne and troubled skin, this is the perfect cleanser for you! It offers gentle exfoliation to completely eliminate damaged skin cells and helps new and healthy skin to develop. Its 100ppm content of salicylic acid targets pimples by killing pimple-causing bacteria while its herbal ingredient, Tea Tree leaf, soothes irritated skin.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, PEG-32, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyquaternium-7, Lauramide DEA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Polysorbate 60, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cellulose Gum, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA cosDNA.com analysis
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AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (3.90 pH) Ingredients: 12 I actually own this already and have written up a review on it. I will repeat my review here ~ I am pretty happy to get another one of these, as I do feel this is going to be a constant repeat purchase for me. This toner contains 10% apple water, 10% willow bark water, 0.1% Glycolic Acid and 0.1% Betaine Salicylate. Unlike other toners, which are made with purified water, this one is made with mineral water.
- Mineral Water from Jeju Samdasoo (from Jeju-do, this is a spring water from a volcanic bedrock water source) contains a high content of silica, which strengthens the cells in our skin, between the collagen and elastin fibers, which plumps up our skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as slowing down the production of new wrinkles.
- Glycolic Acid (AHA = alpha hydroxy acid) is an exfoliator and helps clear up acne, moisturizes and reduces the appearance of fine lines and premature aging, by increasing cellular turnover, revealing new skin. If your skin is sun-damaged, adding AHA to your skin care routine is beneficial.
- Betaine Salicylate (BHA = beta hydroxy acid) is another exfoliator that helps reduce pore size, helps prevent acne, remove dirt and debris from clogged pores by dissolving the dead skin cells and smooths the skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antibacteria
- Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water is a vitamin-rich, anti-aging ingredient that contains antioxidants, promote cell health, moisturizes and helps heal sun-damaged skin
- Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water is also a BHA, which helps exfoliate skin by removing dead skin cells, contains salicylic acid, to help combat acne. It is also high in anti-oxidants, which tone and reduce inflammation as well as being an astringent, to control oil.
This toner is very watery and I detect no scent with it. It comes in a plastic spray bottle and I spray the toner into the palms of my hands and then pat it on my face. I personally use cotton pads only for when removing makeup and not so much with my toners. I also didn’t want to spray this directly into my face either, but you can do that as well ~ just make sure you don’t get any in your eyes. This absorbs quickly, does not sting and it left no sticky or tacky feel to my skin. It is not irritating to my skin ~ I do not have “tough” skin, but normal skin, not sensitive. Since I have been using this product, I have noticed that my pores around my nose are clearer and cleaner and there has been no adverse effect from using this product. Full Size 150 mL Value $14.00
Description: This treatment toner makes daily exfoliation possible with its mild AHA/BHA formulation. It mainly contains white willow extract and apple water which are abundant in nutrients beneficial to the skin. The gentle peeling process this clarifying toner offers makes it possible for the nutrients to effectively and fully penetrate the skin for optimum results. Over continuous usage, your skin will reveal a newer, healthier skin with a much smoother texture and brighter complexion
Ingredients: Mineral Water, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Water, Betaine Salicylate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethyl Hexanediol cosDNA.com analysis
Blackhead Silk Finger Ball I’ve used silk cocoon balls before and they are quite fun! These are made from 100% natural silk and they will gently exfoliate and help remove clogged dirt from your pores, leaving being smoother and healthier skin. The reason why this works is that silk contains a natural protein called Sericin, which helps removes blackheads and dead skin cells. All skin types, including sensitive skin types, can use these. You only need one or two silk balls per use, depending if you are using a one hand or two handed method. Soak the balls in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes, to help soften them Then slip them on your fingertips and massage on your targeted problem areas. Cleanse and pat dry. You can rinse the silk balls and leave to air dry and they are reusable for 2 to 3 uses. 12 pieces Value $5.50
I really am becoming a huge CosRX fan ~ it is getting difficult to pick just one brand anymore! They are pretty no-nonsense with their packaging but the products and ingredients are first rate quality and they do work for me. I have oily skin, with aging concerns and even though some of the products state that they are for dry skin, I do think that really means dehydrated skin, as I have not yet had any issues with products that are marked for “dry” skin. I am really excited to try out the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum! I paid $46.00 for this box and received a MemeValue of $65.50, which is pretty much the going rate for CosRX products. Alas, the box is no longer available, but you can purchase the individual items, plus more CosRX products at the Memeshop.
Did you purchase the CosRX Box? Have you tried CosRX before and what interested you in this box from them?
As I have both USA and International readers, I am including links to where to purchase these products outside of Memebox USA, which would be found at wishtrend.com
- Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
- BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum
- Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser
- AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
- Blackhead Silk Finger Ball
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