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September 29, 2017

Oily Skin Budget Buys That Won’t Break the Bank (Oh, and They Help Fight Acne, Too)

Dealing with oily skin and acne is bad enough without going broke in the pursuit of clear skin.

About the product

What Is It:


COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid: The name says it all! Get a clear, smooth, poreless complexion with a one-two punch of BHA to sweep away clogs and dead skin cells and tannin, a natural astringent, to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores. Formulated with 88% willow bark water and salicylate, a form of salicylic acid, this Power Liquid helps modulate excess sebum and actually cools the temperature of heated, irritated, and inflamed skin. Its lightweight, soothing essence texture is great for oily and acne-prone skin types, while its relatively low concentration makes it safe to use in combination with your other AHA or BHA products.


Our insight:


K-beauty skinficionados love COSRX’s AHA and BHA offerings to manage their oily and acne-prone skin, and this Two in One Power Liquid is no exception. Read more about contributing editor Sheryll’s love affair with COSRX for her acne-prone skin here.


How to use:


Apply a pump of the Liquid into your palm and apply on your face, patting in to enhance absorption. For best results, then use a cotton pad to wipe your face, avoiding the lip and eye area.


Ingredients:


Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Water, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Arginine, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract


Brand info:


A true breakout star in the highly competitive world of K-beauty, COSRX’s popularity spread by word-of-mouth through the blogosphere rather than marketing. Founded with the simple mission of good, effective skincare ingredients, as little of the bad stuff as possible, open communication with their customers, minimal marketing, and affordability, COSRX believes in spending their money on ingredients and effectiveness rather than packaging and promotions. To that end, they focus on their ground game, listening to customer feedback to refine and formulate their products and provide better service. From their cult favorite One Step Pimple Clear Pads to their Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, COSRX epitomizes the future of K-beauty.


Reviews & Comments 2

foom23

I’ve been using this about 2 months and I recently discovered that the best way to use is to apply directly with your fingers and pat. Oh my gosh what a difference it makes between applying it this way versus using a cotton pad! I’ve been applying it after toner, before essences/serums. I wasn’t sure if I was going to repurchase this at first, but definitely will now. It definitely has a positive effect on skin texture and oiliness (I have combo skin that is mildly oily in the summer.)

jacmakeup

This is a fantastic maintenance product. I say maintenance because although it has BHA, it's not a heavy duty exfoliant. I've been using it almost daily for a while and I will say it does help make my pores look smaller. It's easy to apply with a cotton pad, and doesn't irritate my skin. I've even used it in combination with some other actives and it doesn't make my skin any drier. Best part is that it can be fit into a morning or a night routine, though I prefer nighttime.

prinsmae

Just a question, how do you use this? I’ve heard that it’s suppose to be used as a toner and that really confused me 😢

pleasesendsnow

I'm confused, too!

jacmakeup

I use it in place of an active...so I will cleanse, use this on a cotton pad, and then apply a toner afterward.