We can all agree that cleansing is the first and one of the most important steps in a skincare routine.
I mean how else will your skin repair and renew itself if you don’t get rid of all that debris clogging your pores?
Choosing the best facial cleanser can seem like a chore because there are a 1001 and options available in the market all claiming to be the MESSIAH.
Well here are few things to consider before choosing a cleanser any skincare product.
1. Identify your skin type.
This will help you determine the type of cleanser that’ll be best for you. Click here to find out how.
2. Find a cleanser that has the best ingredients for you.
Avoid cleansers with alcohol (e.g doesn’t contain ALCOHOL DENAT) and ingredients that’ll leave your skin feeling stripped ( a.k.a SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE).
Also, take note of preservatives. Some products claim to be alcohol and sulfate free yet contain harmful preservatives like Parabens and DMDM hydantoin.
(Do a ton of Googling and consult the experts)
3. Another important thing you need to consider before you get a facial cleanser is if it’s skin PH friendly.
Healthy skin has a pH of around 5.5, which is just slightly acidic. When skin is within the appropriate range, it’s at its most healthy.
This is because the acid mantle, a mixture of sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells, covers your skin with a barrier that protects your skin from pollutants and keeps bacteria from producing.
It’s important to keep this barrier intact—by keeping your pH balanced—because when your skin’s acid mantle is disturbed, it creates a suitable environment for dermatitis, acne, and candida infections.
Choosing The Best Cleanser for my Skin Type
Personally, I have oily acne prone skin.
In the past, I’ve used soaps and scrubs that pretty much left my skin stripped and 10x oilier.
With my new found interest in skincare, I’ve learned that gel cleansers are highly recommended for people with oily skin.
This is because they are effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties.
Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Review
I’ve heard read a ton of good things about the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser and I decided to give it a shot.
It’s a Korean cult classic and since I’m also sampling K-beauty it was a win-win situation.
The CosRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser comes in a 150ml tube. The packaging is quite minimalist save for the blue and yellow contrasting colors.q
Most of the instructions are written in Korean which comes as no surprise. I got my cleanser from a Korean Skincare store on Ali Express at ₦5,483 and it arrived in less than 2 weeks. Shipping was FREE!
You can also get from select skincare stores on Instagram. Hit me up to hook you up 😉
As the name suggests it has a gel-like consistency. I compared it to my Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel Cleanser and Cosrx appears to be thicker.
At first whiff, it smells a lot like tea tree oil, and almost a bit medicinal but it’s not smelly in an irritating way.
- First Five Ingredients
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract.
I was curious about Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate because it sounds a lot like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and so I consulted my best friend Google.
Here’s the feedback on that:
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate is a water-soluble, coconut derived, a surfactant that also happens to be sulfate-free. Not to be confused with similar sounding sodium lauryl sulfate, this ingredient is an incredibly mild surfactant and is considered to be one of the safest on the market.
This cleanser also contains Salicylic acid, a natural chemical exfoliant that keeps your pores in check, free from dead skin cells that are hiding in the walls of your pores.
$15.21 For 150 ml, that’s a lot of product. You only need to use a dime sized amount each time, which will last you a long time. When it comes to cleansers, a little goes a long way.
When Should I Use It
If you have a consistent skincare routine you should definitely cleanse both day and night. It’s true that the cleanser says ‘Good Morning’ meaning day time cleanser but you can also use it at night. It’s also best to do an oil cleanse or micellar water cleanse before using this. I personally alternate with my Neutrogena cleanser so as to save on both products.
Does it work?
Well, I filmed a proper first impression video of the CosRX cleanser.
Check on it to see if it does work.
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Hi there, I’m here again with another skincare video. Here’s a quick first impressions/review of the CosRX @cosrx Good Morning Gel Cleanser I got off @aliexpress. I’ve heard so many good things about this cleanser and I decided to give it a spin. Please like,comment and share if you find this helpful. Thanks 😘 💋 More details on my #skincarejourney on 🔗 👉🏽 wanshygirl.wordpress.com
All in all, the CosRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser totally does the job of cleansing my skin without leaving it feeling stripped and dry.
I can’t a hundred percent say it has helped my acne as I still broke out recently but then there are other factors to blame.
What’s your current favorite cleanser?
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