The COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser is my favorite cleanser right now! It’s a very popular cleanser with lots of good reviews. If you google it, you’ll see lots reviews from other bloggers as well. I’ve read varying pH values with some people finding a value of 5.0 and others finding a value of 5.5, and and others a value of ~5.0-6.0. So know that what I found is based upon using these pH strips.
pH Level: 5.5
Ingredients*: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA
Mia’s review: I really like the COSRX low-pH cleanser and I’m on my second bottle. I don’t find it to be harsh, irritating or drying at all and use it in the morning and evening. I read several reviews that said it was a bit drying for some skin types. Because I have combination skin with dry/dehydrated cheeks, I was worried it wouldn’t work for me. But I don’t find that it strips or dries out my skin at all. I think this would work for more oily skin types and recommended it to my best friend who has oily skin.
I also have skin prone to redness (possibly rosacea) and I don’t find this cleanser makes my skin more red at all.
If I am wearing a light sunscreen, this cleanser removes it just fine. For the more heavy duty sunscreens, I use this after using an oil cleanser. I don’t wear a lot of foundation so can’t say too much about its ability to remove make-up.
Another thing I should mention is the scent. A lot of other reviews mention the tea tree oil scent. It does smell of tea tree oil and I’m okay with it because at least tea tree oil is natural.
I tend to just buy this cleanser from Amazon because the price is good and I don’t have to pay for shipping. I still really like the Hado Labo hydrating cleanser (click here for my review). But, it has methylisothiazolinone as an ingredient and I’m trying to reduce/eliminate such products in my life.
*THE INGREDIENTS LIST MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE OF THE LIST AND MANUFACTURER UPDATES/CHANGES.