Korean Beauty : Cosrx Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap Review

November 24, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a while since I've been active on this space. Juggling work and life has been difficult enough and adding my blog to the mix was just not an option in the past few weeks. I've got tons of new products to discuss so let's start with this moisturizer. CosRx is a K-beauty brand that rarely disappoints with it's products. Their philosophy is clean, simple and effective and that's why I love them so much. I was on the hunt for a new daily moisturizer for the daytime. I needed something simple, not too rich and something that keeps my face moisturized throughout the day.

Quantity: 100ml
Price: $20
Ingredients: Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

The CosRx website suggests that this product is best used along with their AHA and BHA toners and serums. However, I've been too afraid to try those on my sensitive skin. I like using this straight after toner and a serum during the daytime and it gives my combination skin the perfect amount of moisture. The 'Oil-free' claim fortunately doesn't leave a silicone like layer or a stretchy feeling on the skin which I do not like in products. It is infused with 70% birch sap which maintains water under the skin and I think it definitely does what it claims. It sinks in immediately like all korean skincare and gives the skin a smooth glow which actually works very well with any sort of foundation/concealer on top.
I have to give major props to the packaging! Apart from the clean, minimally designed bottle, the pump on it is a life saver. If you're like me and always in a hurry to get your skincare on, you will appreciate the precise pump and save so much product because one pump of this is all you need and I can imagine how much I would end up wasting if it was a normal bottle.
The texture is gel like, with a natural scent. It smells like freshly cut grass in the morning to me and honestly, I love how it wakes me up. It's very gentle on my skin and is amazing for reddened and irritated skin. I would definitely recommend using this after exfoliation or if you use acids in your skincare routine. Since it's such a lightweight cream, it can be layered with a lot more products than the ones I use but I generally like to keep it simple in the mornings because of the lack of time. If you like a few extra products in your routine, you can layer this under a richer cream as the weather is getting colder but can ideally be used on it's own during warmer months. I only use it in the morning as I like to directly go in with a richer cream + facial oil in the evenings. The quantity is fantastic for the price since other moisturizers in the price range usually come in 40ml tubes and this one stands at more than double of that at 100ml. 
If you have oily - combination skin, you should definitely pick this up. I can see myself repurchasing this when I run out already and I've been only using it for a month.

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