Irene first discovered K-beauty while she was researching different skincare products that would help with cystic acne that she had in her teens. With a strong desire to transform her skin and banish skin troubles, she found herself becoming more aware about different active ingredients and how to create a skincare routine. What she loves most about Korean beauty is how simple the ingredient list is, with only the essential ingredients added and leaving out alcohol, artificial fragrances and colourants.
Some of the skincare brands she currently uses (and is in love with!) are COSRX, SOME BY MI and PYUNKANGYUL, just to name a few. A fun fact about Irene, she is currently obsessed with BTS, with the songs Home, Stay Gold and Boy With Luv on top of her playlist!
Let's explore one of Irene's go-to brands, COSRX, and their different lines that tackle various skin concerns to help you achieve flawless, smooth and clarified complexion.
The renowned skincare brand, COSRX has done it again! Introducing four new lines to their ever-expanding brand. For those who aren’t familiar with COSRX, they are a cruelty-free brand with products that are dermatologically-tested, non-comedogenic and they only use the most essential ingredients in their products. Taking a very minimalistic approach in their packaging, COSRX focuses on creating skincare that’s suitable for every skin concern, whether you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin or experience oiliness or dehydration, COSRX has the solution for all your skin concerns!
Pure Fit Cica
All products are formulated with CICA-7 Complex which is infused with:
- Centella Asiatica Extract
- Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract
- Centella Asiatica Root Extract
- Asiatic Acid
- Madecassic Acid
Cica is one of my favourite ingredients as it’s gentle and helps repair the skincare barrier. The CICA-7 Complex aids in calming the skin, whilst strengthening the damaged skin barrier.
Formulated to be low pH, COSRX Pure Fit Cica Cleanser aids in calming down any inflammation and improves skin texture by stimulating collagen production. This thick and gentle foaming cleanser removes skin impurities, excess sebum, and makeup residue, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and calm.
Looking to balance and strengthen your skin barrier? Look no further, the COSRX Pure Fit Cica Toner hydrates your skin with its watery, lightweight texture. It’s easily absorbed, reduces redness and irritation, leaving your skin feeling soft.
If you’ve tried and loved the COSRX Centella Blemish Ampoule, you’ll love this COSRX Pure Fit Cica Serum, it’s plant-based and improves skin texture and reduces redness, without leaving the skin feeling sticky. This is an improved formula from the Centella Blemish Ampoule, packed with more skin-loving ingredients for intensive soothing, calming effects to reduce irritation and sensitivity.
Formulated to provide a natural finish, COSRX Pure Fit Cica Cream is gentle and non-sticky. It instantly reduces redness, calms irritation, and prevents further dehydration. It aids in speeding up skin recovery and prevents scars as a result of repeated skin damage.
Full Fit Propolis
COSRX Full Fit Propolis line is formulated with black bee propolis and provides a moisturising and soothing solution which improves skin elasticity. This range is suited for combination, dehydrated skin, as it revitalises and moisturises tired skin, revealing a glowing complexion. Propolis also works by repairing skin damage, scars and prevents skin troubles, leaving the skin silky-smooth.
Viscous in texture, COSRX Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner absorbs easily, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and boosts elasticity to promote a healthier complexion. Your skin in need of a quick hydration for that added glow? Soak a few cotton pads with the toner and place them over dry areas.
Who doesn’t love a nourishing sheet mask? COSRX Full Fit Propolis Nourishing Magnet Sheet Mask provides an instant glow. Just pop this sheet mask on after cleansing and toning, leave it on for up to 20 minutes. Remove mask and pat the remaining essence into skin.
One of my favourite products from the range, COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule is lightweight, provides nourishment to the skin, leaving it feeling soft and looking dewy. It’s perfect for those who love the dewy skin look! For dewier, bouncy-looking complexion, mix in a few drops of this ampoule with your makeup base or foundation just before applying it on your skin.
Made with Propolis, Honey and Royal Jelly Extract, COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Cream boosts hydration and provides long-lasting moisture, without the sticky finish. It makes helps smooth out your skin for smooth flawless makeup application! You can also use this cream as a sleeping mask simply by spreading a thicker layer onto your skin before bed, to ensure that all the nourishment from previous skincare steps are locked in.
All products under COSRX Hydrium line are formulated with Pro Vitamin B5 (D-Panthenol) and Hyaluronic Acid, with the exception of the Soothing Ampoule, which is formulated with Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside. The Hydrium range aims to combat dryness and replenish the skins moisture. It’s suitable for those looking to provide extra hydration into their skincare routine.
COSRX Hydrium Watery Toner is lightweight, improves the skin barrier and leaves your skin plump, without the sticky finish. It deeply moisturises the skin with 6 kinds of Hyaluronic Acid. You can also pour it into a mist container and spray the skin whenever it’s feeling dry.
Packed with 3 kinds of Hyaluronic Acid, the Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Water Wave Sheet Mask replenishes moisture and creates a protective barrier on the skin. Use after cleansing and toning, discard after 20 minutes and tap the remaining essence into the skin.
Reduce dehydration and gently soothe the skin with the COSRX Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule. Formulated to be non-sticky, non-tightening, and anti-inflammatory for the skin.
Say goodbye to dehydrated, flaky skin, with COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule. Using triple hyaluronic acid, it leaves your skin feeling plump, non-sticky and improves skin elasticity. This ampoule has a more viscous texture compared to the Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule, for longer-lasting moisture.
Combine these ampoules with a cooling, non-oily gel cream, formulated with Vitamin B5, Green Tea, Aloe Leaf Extract and Allantoin, the COSRX Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream is an all-in-one that soothes redness and calms the skin. With its jelly texture absorbing quickly and providing deep moisture to the skin. If your skin is prone to irritation and redness, apply a thicker layer on the affected areas for more intensive soothing effects.
COSRX AC Collection is formulated for acne-prone skin, and works to reduce redness, and calm irritated skin through the use of ingredients like aloe vera juice, green tea and cica extracts.
One must-have product from the this line is of course the acne patch! Acne patches are amazing at helping a pimple recover faster. The AC Collection Acne Patch absorbs all the bacteria and dirt from the skin and is infused with Centella Asiatica to soothe and calm the skin. The acne patches are available in 3 different sizes to combat every pimple, no matter how big or small!
If you prefer the conventional spot cream, AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream is a great alternative to the pimple patches. Formulated with zinc oxide, it helps absorb excess sebum, eliminate inflammation quickly to shrink troubled spots and prevent blemishes and scarring.
Used in the toner stage, the AC Collection Calming Liquid Mild exfoliates, moisturises, and soothes inflamed skin. Infused with PHA, BHA and cica extracts, it strengthens the skin barrier over time.
The perfect addition into your routine if you experience scarring and blemishes. The AC Collection Blemish Spot Clearing Serum helps calm irritation, brighten dark spots, and improves skin regeneration.
Who says oily skin does not need moisture? Suitable for oily, troubled and acne-prone skin, the AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturiser is non-sticky, easily absorbed and provides moisture to balance the skin’s oil-moisture levels. Containing AHA and BHA, it removes dead skin cells and over time improves skin texture and the skin barrier.
Join the COSRX family today and try something from one of their new ranges!
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