COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) Review
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Thank you to Wishtrend for letting me try out the newest product from COSRX! At the moment I am diligently using two COSRX products in my skincare routine- the famous blackhead power liquid (review here) and the AHA/BHA toner. I really like both products and this oil-free moisturiser is a great addition to treat my dry, acne prone skin.
I had not heard about the skincare benefits of birch sap before so I did some research. Birch sap is most commonly ingested as a drink where it is touted to decrease cavities, improve liver and kidney health and even reduce cellulite! However, has recently been integrated into skincare products where the sap can be used as a wash to improve skin texture and relieve skin problems such as eczema and acne, according to NYR Natural News:
"Birch juice not only rejuvenates but also protects skin cells from oxidative stress, including Ultra Violet rays, environmental pollution, and consequences caused by inflammation," read researcher Dr. Janis Ancans’ recent study. (source here)
This lotion contains a whopping 70% birch sap! As with most COSRX products, the ingredients list is relatively short and safe according to CosDNA.
The product claims to be ultra moisturising but also suitable for oily skin. Can this be true?
The answer is (surprisingly) yes! The lotion is thick and much more like a moisturiser than the runny lotions I have come across in the past. The consistency is almost gel-like, and glides over the skin in a thin layer without leaving any film over the skin. It absorbs super quickly and hydrates my dry skin extremely well without any greasiness or shine. I am surprised at how hydrating it is considering the gel-like texture and thinness of application. My skin is left feeling smooth and even.
In the day time I use the famous C20 vitamin C serum and at night time I use the COSRX AHA and BHA products because vitamin C and acids should not be used together. This lotion is safe and gentle to use with both products, day and night to top up the hydration of my skin. The intense hydration level eliminates the need to use any other moisturisers.
Another aspect I love about this product is the smell! It is quite strong, but it's very fresh and minty, even a little citrusy. I absolutely adore this sort of scent!
Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this lotion and highly recommend it as a gentle, super hydrating moisturiser that pairs well with treatment products. Due to the fast absorption and lack of a greasy film, I agree with the claim that it can be used with oily and acne-prone skin.
Links to other products mentioned:
COSRX set including the blackhead power liquid and the AHA/BHA toner
*This product was gifted for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.