Cosrx Low pH First Cleansing Milk Gel was purchased by Cosmeperks.
Ever since I learned about oil cleansing and double cleansing I’ve faithfully been using oil cleansers at night, but there are times when I got totally sick of using them. In those times I tried some Western micellar waters, but somehow, I found them more drying than the oil cleansers and they didn’t remove my sunscreen that well. So, even though I was completely sick of using an oil cleanser I felt as though there wasn’t another option. I had heard of cleansing milks as well but the ones I heard about seemed unable to remove sunscreen so I never bothered to try them either, but I always was curious about cleansing milks.
So naturally when I heard Cosrx was coming out with a first cleanser – and a milk type one of course I was interested in it and eager to try it. Even more so when I read that it removes sunscreen as well as base make up, because that is pretty much what I look for in a first cleanser, something to remove sunscreen and light make up. That alone made me want to buy it but also the fact that it’s made by Cosrx was the other deciding factor for me. After all, Cosrx is well known and loved internationally for their clean ingredient lists, no frills packaging and for being effective skin care products which are also reasonably priced.
You might wonder what a cleansing milk is, after all they don’t seem to be as well known as oil cleansing or as easy to find. They are designed to be more moisturizing and less stripping than other cleansers and are good for dry skin. Milk cleansers usually have a mix emollients and oils so they can remove make up as well as sunscreen. Since it is winter right now, I wanted to try something that would be gentler and less drying for my skin, so I hoped that this cleansing milk would be the perfect solution.
+ Works gently to remove sunscreen and base makeup without irritation
+ pH level is 5.5 which is close to the pH level of skin itself
+ Contains witch hazel and allantoin to soothe and moisturise skin even after cleansing
+ Light weight cream changes to a transparent gel without leaving a sticky feeling
+ First step cleanser for all skin types
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Arginine, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Disodium EDTA, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract
How to use:
1. Squeeze out the appropriate amount and apply to dry skin
2. Rub/massage the cleanser to remove the make up
3. Wash off with lukewarm water
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea
Cosrx Low pH First Cleansing Milk Gel Review:
Cosrx’s first cleansing milk gel comes in a tube, like their good morning cleanser. The packaging is designed quite simply, but I think it looks good. I like how the tube is white with just sky-blue on it. I also like the fact that the lid is clear, and the bottom of the tube is the same sky-blue.
I know it serves no purpose, but I personally think those little details take it from plain packaging to something pleasant and stylish to look at. It does feel a bit peculiar to have a tube for a first cleanser – usually we have tubs or pumps, but it’s not that annoying to use.
I still prefer a pump, because it feels easier to get more of the cleansing product out if you have a pump rather than a tube.
The texture of the cleansing milk gel is so strange, or at least it seems so to me. The name really fits it well, because it is milk coloured and it really seems like a gel or a jelly of sorts.
When I first squeezed it onto my hand, I was amused by how it comes out in a shiny white blob, and then you can slide it around on your hand – and it stays in one shape/piece. Texturally it’s nothing like an oil cleanser, or even Cosrx’s second cleanser.
I know, I’m easily amused, but it was fascinating to see how the blob slides around in one piece, leaving a transparent sheen behind. Hopefully that doesn’t sound too gross, it really made me think of some kind of milk pudding, or dessert. In appearance that’s how it looked to me anyway, and well the texture of it is quite fun and unique (to me anyway).
It is quite scented so that could be a put off for some people, the smell is alright, I don’t mind it too much even if I fail to identify what it is. I guess it’s a kind of citrusy fruity/floral smell, but I’m really bad at describing scents.
Although it’s marketed as being gentle, I think the scent of it could be a really big deterrent for some people. My skin isn’t that sensitive and even some fragrances irritate my skin, this one doesn’t but it might irritate other people’s skin.
I was a bit surprised to see it contains so many silicones (cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone) right up the top of the ingredients list. I don’t know much about the process of making cleansers but I wouldn’t necessarily expect to see silicones right up there.
Even though it’s described as “gentle” I think people with sensitive skin would still have to look at the ingredients list and decide whether it would be okay for them. That said because it is a cleanser – and won’t be on your skin for very long it should be okay for most people except those with extremely sensitive skin.
The cleanser arrived a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been using it almost every night since then. I have to say that after using an oil cleanser it felt so peculiar to use a milk cleansing gel. Because oil is well oily, so it spreads quite easily on your face, but a milky gel doesn’t spread so easily. So, if you’re used to an oil cleanser like me, you’ll need to squeeze out of the milk gel more than you think you need.
The first night I used it, I squeezed out too little and because it was a ‘gel’ I had trouble picking it up with my fingers. I’ve since worked out how to do it, but because I used too little it was impossible to massage/rub it over my face. I had to squeeze out a bit more before I could comfortably massage my face with it.
It also rinses off quite easily and doesn’t bother my eyes too much. It feels really pleasant to use this cleansing gel, and what I noticed was that my skin feels so incredibly soft after I use it, and it does feel quite moisturized as well.
But you do need to use a second cleanser after it, it does remove most sunscreen and make up, but I notice sometimes it can’t remove all the sunscreen or make up.
In the swatches I put sunscreen and then a very thick layer of bb cream on top of it as well as lipstick. You can see that the cleanser removed all of the bb cream and sunscreen but not all of the lipstick. I guess that is to be expected – since Cosrx said it would only remove base make up.
One morning I decided to try it out, just to see how it would feel to use it without make up, and how my skin would feel. Sometimes when I use an oil cleanser I leave it on my face for a few minutes without wetting my face. Because my skin is dry, I try to avoid wetting it until the end of my shower.
I tried doing that with this first cleanser, that is applying it, rubbing/massaging it in and then leaving it for a few minutes without wetting it.
Usually with an oil cleanser it works out fine, I don’t leave it long enough to irritate my eyes but a few minutes is fine. What I found with this Cosrx cleanser was that after a minute or two, the skin on my upper lip started to sting and burn.
I had to quickly wash it off, I was honestly surprised by that reaction. Luckily there wasn’t any redness or any other reaction but still I was surprised I had that reaction at all. So, it doesn’t seem that “gentle” to me – or else you shouldn’t leave it on your face for very long. It’s not suitable to be left on your skin for more than a minute or two.
That was the only time my skin has felt irritated by it and luckily there was no visible sign of the reaction. I think if I had left it on longer I might have had a rash or redness? But honestly, the way it stung there was no way I wanted to leave it on longer.
Despite that I’m still using this cleanser and I still enjoy using it, I’m just careful not to leave it for too long. I must admit that I find myself reaching for it every night instead of other cleansers.
In conclusion, I’m unsure if I’ll repurchase it because the tube will last me a long time I think. But most likely I will repurchase it, for those days when I don’t want to use an oil cleanser or for use during winter. Because it does make my skin feel so soft and quite moisturized I think, so it’s definitely a good cleanser for me to use during winter.
I believe this cleanser would work well for normal, dehydrated and dry skin types. I don’t know if it would clean deeply enough for oily skin people, and it might clog their pores. I think it isn’t gentle enough for people with sensitive skin either, considering I once had a mild reaction to it.
But for dry skinned people this cleanser is great, especially during winter. I recommend it also for people who find oil cleansers too drying, because it certainly isn’t drying at all.
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