Brand to Try | CosRx

I've been super into Korean skincare for quite awhile now, and it seems that my skin really likes it. It opens up a whole new world of brands to try, which, as a beauty addict, is perfect. I'm not loyal to one brand, but sometimes I find myself reaching for a bunch of products all from the same brand. A brand I've been loving lately is CosRx, a Korean skincare brand with a very reasonable price point. The products are no-fuss and effective - I've got five of them so far to share today.

Honey Ceramide Full Moisture CreamThis is my favorite product I've tried from the brand so far. It's a simple, extremely hydrating cream that works well in the morning and at night. It's not heavy at all and has almost a gel-cream consistency. I know that my skin loves both honey and ceramides as skincare ingredients, so I had high hopes for this. It doesn't sink in as quickly as some creams I've tried, but once it does it's weightless and keeps your skin moisturized all night/day. This really plumps up my skin and seals in all the steps I did before it. 

Honey Ceramide Eye CreamI just got this recently, and I'm pretty sure it's just the Full Moisture Cream in a smaller pot. I still love it anyway, and the formula works really well around the eyes. It's the same lightweight, gel-cream texture so it doesn't clog up my sensitive undereyes, but it's still hydrating enough that my concealer doesn't get cakey and dry under my eyes. I haven't been using this for long enough to see if there are any effects on dark circles or anything, but it doesn't claim to, and I pretty much just use eye creams for hydration.

BHA Blackhead Power LiquidI had heard so many raves about this product, so I just had to get in on it. The texture is slightly more viscous than water and spreads over the skin easily. Used consistently, I have noticed it helps keep blackheads at bay, and although they have a formula for whiteheads, I've been using this over other breakouts with success. I use it after cleansing and toning. It uses 4% BHA as well as Willow Bark and Niacinamide to clear the skin, as well as Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. It doesn't feel harsh at all - it doesn't even burn when put on active spots.

Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power EssenceThis was another product I had heard raves about, and it's a new addition to my collection as well. This is so incredibly hydrating - I don't know if it's just good timing/hormones, but ever since I started using this a couple weeks ago, my neverending breakouts seem to have subsided. It has even more of a viscous texture than the Power Liquid, which I wasn't used to in an essence, but it spreads so easily over the skin and sinks in quickly. The 96 means there's 96% snail excretion filtrate, which really helps to repair and hydrate the skin.

Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa MaskI got this a few months ago after Sharmili reviewed it, and it's been love ever since. Despite being an overnight mask, it's quite a lightweight cream, and it doesn't feel sticky or like it'll stain your pillowcases. I wake up with insanely plump and glowy skin when I use this, so I use a thin layer almost every night. With the warmer weather coming I haven't been using as many face oils at night, but this gives my skin just as much hydration and glow. It feels incredibly soothing as well, so I'm sure this will be a summer staple when my skin is stressed.

Have you tried anything from CosRx? I need to try the Blemish Patches next!


Dealing with Breakouts | The Gentle Skincare Routine

For two glorious months I was blessed with the clearest skin I've ever had. And now this month, the hormonal breakouts that normally plague me for about a week each month have returned with a vengeance. My chin and jawline are currently speckled with angry red spots, and they're so painful that I just want to use the most gentle, soothing skincare on them instead of beating them into submission and risk making them angrier.

When I'm wearing makeup, I've been going in with the Pixi Double Cleanse.* It's super gentle and non-irritating, and it gets all of my makeup off without too much fuss. The cream cleanser side has been great for soothing my skin as well. In the mornings, or at night if I'm not wearing makeup, I've been cleansing with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. It conditions the skin and keeps it clean, but not stripped. This is my all-time favorite facial cleanser, and I think I'm on my sixth or seventh bottle by now.

I also like using a mask to gently clear out my pores and cleanse my skin, and the gentlest of them all is the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. It's a thick, creamy clay mask that doesn't totally dry down or strip the skin. It really helps my skin feel cleared out, but not in a totally-vacuumed-and-squeaky way. I've used charcoal/clay masks over breakouts before, and sometimes they're just too harsh for me. This one is just perfect.

I've never had much luck with dedicated spot treatments, but what's really been helping me is a BHA toner. I had heard nothing but good things about the CosRX Blackhead Power Liquid, and it really has been helping. I sweep it over my chin and T-zone with a cotton pad most nights, but I make sure to never skip out on it when I'm breaking out. Despite implying it's only to treat blackheads (and they have a whitehead version), it's really been helping clear up any and all breakouts. Usually my breakouts are aggravated by dehydration, so I'm sure to pat on a few layers of a lightweight, hydrating toner like the Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Toner after using the BHA toner.

When my spots are particularly angry, I look no further than the Glossier Super Pure Serum.* This niacinamide and zinc serum instantly feels cooling and soothing on the skin. It doesn't cure my breakouts, but it definitely helps with redness and the pain. I usually just concentrate this where I'm breaking out and go in with a hydrating serum elsewhere. My go-to hydrating serum is the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. It feels so soothing on the skin, and I can just feel it smoothing and softening any dry patches. It's a watery fluid, so it never feels too heavy or clogging on the skin.

I always seal it all in with the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. After falling in love with the Liquid, I just had to get myself a tube of the cream. It's just as good, and they work beautifully together as a pair. I could see these helping the driest of dry skin. They're both packed full of ceramides, which hydrate and repair the skin barrier. so they're really so good for your skin. Maybe it's the clinical-looking packaging, but they just feel so healing on the skin, so they're always the serum/cream duo I reach for when I'm breaking out.

What products do you reach for when you're breaking out?

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