Thursday, September 06, 2018

Review: COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid*

When it comes to picking out my favourite Korean skincare products, COSRX are the juicy cherries on top of my skincare collection. They honestly know how to produce the best products that work efficiently and effective so that you get more bang for your buck! To be exact, it saved me more than $400! Like the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, the Aloe Soothing Sun Cream or the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, the NEW COSRX  Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is another addition to my skincare routine that I can call an absolute holy grail! It has just recently reached the borders of Australia and it comes in with a mighty punch. It was launched in Asia a couple of months ago and it was sold out in just under a few hours. Nothing sparks my curiosity more than hype and so I took it on myself to test the limits of this serum!



After much experimenting, testing and self-discovery, I had many different feelings towards this product. I initially was confused. If you know anything about the brand COSRX, they are infamous for creating their 'Power Liquids' that each target a different skin problem. One of which that I use is the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. This is a chemical exfoliator that I use to help with the appearances of my blackheads and treat my enlarged and clogged pores. As a quick note, if you want to know more about exfoliations, BHAs and AHAs, click here to read my guest post on Let's Face It's website. I explain everything you need to know to get the best out of your exfoliation. Now, what find confusing is that the Two in One Poreless Power Liquid and the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid have very similar claims, in regards to treating pores on the skin. But after trialling the products, there are a few major differences that I was most pleased to find out!
The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is an innovative, gentle and effective serum that claims to tighten, unclog and treat your pores on your skin and as a result evens the texture and the complexion of your skin. It has a pH of 4.5-5.5 which is ideal for everyone and it is said it can be used with other AHAs and BHAs products as well without interfering with its performance. Over time, you will achieve the glass-like skin that will glisten without the appearance of enlarged pores. It is able to also soothe the skin from inflammation or redness, especially blackhead/whitehead extraction as well. This serum is said to be perfect for all skin types that have pore concerns due to its gentle and lightweight ingredients. I cannot hold that claim to be true but for my combination skin, it worked brilliantly.

Now reading these claims, they sounds similar to that of their COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. But let me assure you, they play different roles on the skin.

Ingredients

The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid contains the following 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
 The key ingredients that helps make the product so effective are;

  • Betaine Salicylate (BHA) - this ingredient (which I explain on my post) is used in the serum to help combat against acne, blemishes and breakouts while also exfoliating unwanted dead skin cells. It also has the power to reduce inflammation, remove dirts and impurities from your skin, dissolve excess oils and control your oil levels. There is only 0.1% of it in the serum, and this is great as this is the perfect concentrate to allow it to be effective and yet suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin!
  • Salix Alba Willow Bark Water - this is a natural exfoliant and there is about 88% willow bark extract in the bottle. Due to its astringent, anti-inflammatory and conditioning qualities, this ingredient is the key component that is responsible to giving you that glass-like skin. It stimulates new skin cell formation, which I have discussed is the process of the skin producing new skin cells to replace old ones. This ingredients heals any acne breakouts, calms it down and treats it! 
  • Betaine - with all this exfoliating and removal ingredients, this can definitely put a strain on your skin and may even strip your skin from its moisture. So Betaine is a great addition to the mix to counteract this problem. This ingredient is well-known for its intense ability to moisturise and hydrate your skin without the uncomfortable stickiness. It relieves the skin from irritations and has also some soothing properties. One of the great things about this ingredient is that it attracts humectant molecules to the skin allowing your skin to retain moisturise for longer. And hence the ingredient Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract and Betaine work really well together.
  • Tannins - this hero product is truly what makes this product effective. It has miraculous healing and defence mechanisms that treat your skin like no other ingredient. Tannins is found in the skin of fruits or plants. It contains anti-oxidants and has anti-bacterial properties to fight against bacteria, acne ad infections on the skin. It also has the ability to remove excess sebum and reduce the appearance of your pores making them look tighter and less visible. And as a result, you get that glass-like complexion! 

Packaging


Like all of their power liquid products, they have a beautiful, simple and amazing pump that I appreciate.

Consistency


The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is increbily lightweight. It is very runny and has the same consistency as their other power liquids. I love how runny it is as it makes it remarkably easy to distribute the product around the face and spread the product. I use this with a thin cotton pad and it doesn't change the way it spreads around the skin.

Results

When it comes to this serum, I think it is best to break it down to what had happened by day for you guys to understand the process and results that were achieved by a timeline. Hopefully, this will help you have a guide on what to expect as well. Obviously, every skin type is different and your experience may or may not be the same as mine.

[I had consistently concentrated the product around my T-zone where I had the most problems and with the remaining product, I would massage around the rest of the face.]
  • Day 1: After cleansing and toning my skin,  I applied the serum onto a thin cotton pad and instantly felt an intense cooling sensation. It felt like tiny little ice cubes were being put into my pores. You can truly feel the product working its magic. After the first application, there was no difference to my skin. 
  • Day 3: I decided to extract my blackheads and tried the product again with fresh and clean skin. This made a slight difference to the experience where it was cooler and I felt my skin get tingly. Again, there was no major difference to my skin, in terms of enlarged pores and so on but my skin was feeling more hydrated and even felt smoother than when I felt applied it. 
  • Day 7: This is where the fun truly started and where I can see the greatest physical changes in my skin that were visible. My skin was a lot smoother, it was looking a lot more dewy and my pores were clean. In the whole week, I did not have to extract any blackheads at all. It remained clean. There were sebum around the crevasse of my nose but that had also reduced as well. Also after a week, the tiny bumps that resided under my eyes were starting to diminish as well. This was the hardest skin problem that I finally had solved. I had researched so many ways to rid of the congest skin and all of which had resorted me getting laser surgery with a dermatologist. This would have costed be close to $400! I could definitely see it was doing wonders for my skin. 
  • Day 14: After the second week of using the serum, my skin was getting smoother and better. And by this time as well, the pores continued to be were smaller, my skin looked great and the tiny bumps under my eyes were very close to being non-existent. The biggest difference I noticed at this point was that my skin was incredibly soft! 
  • Day 30: Fast forward to the end of the month, all the promises that the serum had promised had truly kept to their word. My pores were treated where they have looked the smallest that they have ever been in years and they were constantly staying clean. After the third week, I noticed that I had to use blackhead extraction for the residual blackheads that I couldn't reach the first time but compared to my fortnightly treatments, this was a godsend! My skin looked amazing where it was smoother and glass-like. This made applying makeup so much easier and made my skin look how it should be. The tiny bumps at this point wasn't even a major concern anymore. They are still present on my skin but they are barely noticeable. 
  • After 30 days: I started to use this serum in conjunction with other serums, such as the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and this combination was a game changer. While the Two in One Poreless treated my pores and making my skin feel soft, the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid were treating my blackheads. It was just the winning combination that I have been using to get that smooth, glass-like skin. Now in terms of breakouts and pimples, I didn't have much at all. I did have a few breakouts and random pimples here and there, but nothing a pimple patch couldn't fix. 

For the weeks I have been using this serum, I have been recommending this serum left, right and centre to everyone that I know. I have even convinced my boss at work (who by the way only uses a face wash and a moisturiser) to get on board with this magical serum. The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid really is the serum of the year! It treated my skin fighting away the bacteria. breakouts and excess oils while giving my skin the texture that it deserves. My makeup has never looked better and I am so incredibly grateful to have discovered it.

Obviously, this serum helps to reduce extraction and the appearances of blackheads, pimples, sebum and so on, but you will need to occasionally had to still do masks and treatments to my skin as well. Depending on your skin type and skin concerns, this will vary for you.

How to Apply  

This serum should be applied right after cleansing and right before toning your skin. Wait for the product to sink into the skin for about 5-10 minutes and then apply your toner and other skincare products. I always use a cotton pad and apply 1-2 pumps around the face. If you want to use your other BHAs or AHAs alongside it, use them first - wait for 10 minutes or so and then apply the Two in One Poreless serum. I only use BHAs and AHAs every other day where I use my Two in One Poreless serum on a daily basis. It's important to be consistent and diligently with this serum as the effectiveness will not show otherwise like most skincare products.



I am so ecstatically thrilled to introduce this into my skincare routine as part of an essential step to getting healthier skin. Hopefully, this blog post will help you on your way to better skin and bring confidence to your like it never did before! You can purchase this serum at Let's Face It website for $35.95. They have a great loyalty program is that so easy to get rewarded. After purchasing more than $200 of products, I had already earned 200 points! And every 100 points you gain, you get 10% off your next purchase. How easy is that? And to add to the great news, you also get FREE samples to try as well, which makes you excited for the next time you come around buying products. It is just a place that keeps on giving!

Thanks for reading guys! Leave a comment if you want to know more.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. This post, by all means, is not biased! This post is 100% genuine and are based on my personal experience with the brand and the products. This post was to share my experience to my readers for information purposes only. The products mentioned in this post was purchase by me and the words expressed in this post has not been compensated for. Dependent on your skin, the results may or may not take longer for you to see results. All pictures showing the results of the product was taken in natural day light to show the true nature of the product. Please consult with your dermatologist for skin concerns prior to use. 



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