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[REVIEW] COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence + COSRX BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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This December is quite crazy for me.  Indonesia’s climate unpredictably; you cannot predict the climate change, is it rainy season or dry season?  Unfortunately, Bandung is really hot these days; for the past 2 weeks I suffered from itchy red skin, as my eczema relapse.  Just how I hate it so much!

 And of course, without any second thought, I was googling what kind of treatment that is friendly enough, but also can heal the SD as fast as I want. Guess what, not only my holy grail, also I found this out.

Some skin conditions, such as eczema, can flare up during dry weather. Avoid long soaks in the tub, don’t let the water get too hot and use a mild soap to help soothe your skin. Finally, moisturize every day to keep eczema under control. Source: American Academy of Dermatologist

I knew that hyaluronic acid could help me to fight this problem.  A 2011 study published by Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology shows that hyaluronic acid can help to improve eczema’s symptoms.  Suddenly a light bulb lit up in my head, why don’t I try COSRX Hyaluronic Acid to see if it really can improve my skin?

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence 

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The packaging itself is from plastic, kinda transparent so I know the left amount if I use this for months. I’m quite surprised to know this bottle is tiny.  Maybe because I have used Mizon Camomile Toner before; but hey, it is 210 ml!  I forgot the fact that this essence only 100ml.

Ingredients

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Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Ethyl Hexanediol

What You Should Know About Ingredients

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is an acid found naturally in the body, particularly in the eyes and joints. Supplementing with hyaluronic acid could provide hydrating benefits to eczema patients when taken internally [1].

 

As an ingredients analyst freak, so I searched  and nearly cry in happiness to know that it also  contains sea buckthorn extract! And so, what is sea buckthorn?

Sea Buckthorn is a supplemental source of vitamins C, A, and E, beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. Contains 200-800 times greater Vitamin concentration than apples. Sea Buckthorn is known for great in antioxidant used in traditional medicine to slow the reduction of aging and help ability reproduce cells. Sea Buckthorn tree extract penetrates deep into skin and lock the moist inside in your skin cell [2].

When I learned for the first time that I am an eczema sufferer, I read through this post and eager to buy Biom8.  But of course, my Paypal is not enough, I don’t have any credit card, and the shipping also expensive, so I cast my hope to buy. This is just like killing two birds with one stone !

How To Use

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1. Spread lightly a sufficient amount on the whole face after facial wash in morning/evenings at serum/essence stage.
2. Tap gently with the fingertips to absorb.

I use this after cleansing and toning at night, and just this essence in the morning before applying makeup.  One drop is enough, remember that!  At the first time I dropped about 3 dots and I also be able to use it for my neck.  It is kinda sticky, not watery, at first but absorbs very fast to my skin!

What This Product Tell Us

I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT, don’t know anymore, haha.  Finally my holy grail!  Actually  it is mentioned at their official website this product is for dark spot and eye wrinkle treatment.  But at the first trial, just one night ( I tell ya just one night) my skin become supple and smooth. 2 nights, there’s no sign of flaky skin and the itchy was gone. I won’t buy other essence except for this!

Price

For 100ml is quite pricey though.  I used my mum’s Secret Key Starting Essence (for free) but for 155ml  is just about Rp 130k.  I bought this from Tokopedia (Onnie Beauty) for Rp 195k.  But before I had wanted to buy Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and more expensive, and only 35 ml. So really this is still affordable.

Will I Repurchase?

Of course! Until they discontinue this, but I hope they won’t.

Rating

5/5

COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol 

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Same as the essence, this is also made from plastic.  But it is not transparent so I cannot estimate the amount.  BHA A-Sol is 100 ml.

Ingredients

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Propolis Extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, water, Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

What You Should Know About Ingredients

What is propolis?

Propolis is a product from the bee-hive.  Honey-bees collect the sticky, brown resinous substance from various plants.  In the hive the bees mix the propolis with wax and use it to sterilise their home against infection and as a  multi-purpose cement and varnish.[4].

From the previous post, raw honey also can help me to fight SD.  After so much trial and error with any kinds of toner, I thought this might be a good substitute to my previous toner.  I usually use Nature & Co Pure White Lotion Light before I know that Kose still continue their animal testing . Such a shame, I love this product because it contains organic marigold extract (anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial).  I still have 3/4, maybe I’ll sell it as preloved stuffs.

How To Use

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1. In mornings/evenings after facial wash spread thinly on the troubled areas, areas with much dead skin cell, and areas with much sebum.
2. Tap gently with fingertips to absorb.

I love the fact the essence and A-Sol is made with pump style, more hygienic. It is more watery than the essence, and you could smell some tea trea fragrance.  I don’t hate it, but maybe some of you would dislike it. I use this after double-cleansing.

What This Product Tell Us

It had been said that using BHA Liquid and BHA A-Sol together could affect your skin (according to COSRX’s answer).  Is it?  Well, I can’t say for sure, but when I bought BHA Liquid and BHA A-Sol and using it together, my skin does seem worse with white bumps and more acne comes. I do over exfoliate anyway.

I’m not sure that eczema’s sufferer like me could use BHA Liquid, it also causes me dry skin around my nose.  It makes my blackhead clearer, of course, but if I have to choose, I prefer to use BHA A-Sol.  So far BHA A-Sol could be my daily toner and exfoliator. I still have whiteheads though, but it is not as crazy as before.

Price

For 100ml, it  is cheaper than the essence.    I bought this from  Tokopedia (Onnie Beauty) for Rp 165k.  Still affordable.

Will I Repurchase?

My acne is not raised too much thanks to this.  The drawback is from the lack of effectiveness for exfoliate my whiteheads. But it is a great toner.

Rating

4/5

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Azzahra R Kamila

Her blog has a concern for cruelty free and halal products. Her skepticism makes her doing research about science behind beauty, as she wants to educate readers to carefully choose cosmetics ingredients before buying. In addition to beauty, she also likes to discuss slice of life as well as book reviews.

    2 Comments

    1. gitadine

      No wonder your skin looks amazing, you take great care of it!

      30 . Dec . 2016
      • Azzahra R Kamila

        I’m just a crazy beauty junkie. That’s all, lol xD

        30 . Dec . 2016

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