6 months ago
This is a lightweight gel-texture moisturizer that claims to be suitable for a wide range of skin types from oily, dry, to sensitive in need of hydration with the benefits of birch sap as the main selling point. Cosrx is a Korean brand and anyone familiar with Korean skincare may be a bit confused about the name as "lotion" is usually used to refer to toner type or emulsion type products that are more liquidy, but this is definitely meant to be a last step moisturizer. If you read the marketing blurb on this product it touts some amazing claims such as the antioxidant and healing properties of the birch sap which makes up 70% of the ingredients and completely replaces the water content. Whether or not birch sap is as great as is claimed here I can't verify, but it certainly sounds like it's better than simple water. In addition to that it's supposedly oil-free, moisturizing(I think they actually mean hydrating here), and suited to a wide range of skin types including sensitive. It in fact does include two oils from lemon and tea tree at the bottom of the ingredient list but as these are not used as the main emollients I guess it counts as oil-free. I don't have sensitive nor dry skin so I can't attest to whether or not this actually works for either but I have often heard of essential oils and other botanicals being potential irritants for sensitive skin, and I am skeptical that a moisturizer that is oil-free is helpful for dry skin which by definition is lacking in oils. Setting all the ambitious claims aside, I think this is a nice and silky silicone-based gel moisturizer that would probably work best for those with oily-normal skin and I find the texture and effect very similar to the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream but slightly less hydrating and not as soft. I have combo skin and it's perfect for the warmer months but will probably not be hydrating or moisturizing enough in the colder and dryer months. I don't really think the low concentration of lemon and tea tree oils in this are doing much at all here either other than contributing to the smell which I also find to be reminiscent of cola lol Typically these two oils are used in formulations aimed at calming acne prone skin and controlling oil but I don't really detect that in this moisturizer and the smell goes away immediately. This comes in the typical Cosrx plastic pump bottle packaging. As the moisturizer is less of a lotion and more of a gel I worry if I'll be able get all the product out when it gets too low, but other than that I have no complaints. It's around 23CAD after currency exchange. At 100ml it contains almost double the volume of product for a moisturizer, but I find that I need to use at least 3 pumps and I wonder if this actually comes out cheaper than what usually use(the aforementioned Etude House cream). It is expensive for what it is and for me does not perform noticeably better so I probably won't repurchase unless it's on sale or I can no longer get my usual cream. I don't know if it was always this expensive or the price increased after it gained popularity but I find it strange that this simple moisturizer is more expensive than even the essences with actives from Cosrx.
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