Hydrogel Very Simple Pack
Hydrogel Very Simple Pack from COSRX is an interesting, though not entirely effective, approach to applying cooling moisture to specific areas of skin that need it most.
Packaged in a jar, Hydrogel Very Simple Pack features 60 gel-like patches you apply to areas of skin like the cheeks, forehead, and chin; essentially, they’re like smaller versions of popular gel sheet masks. They’re each saturated in a moisturizing serum-like solution. COSRX includes a small plastic pair of tongs to remove each patch, which is helpful since they can stick together!
These patches adhere well to skin; as claimed the water-like solution feels instantly cooling and soothing to inflamed or dry skin. We’re glad that this cooling does not come from the inclusion of mint or its derivatives!
Ingredient-wise, there isn’t a lot here to talk about; there’s soothing centella asiatica and willow bark extract, plus a dash of moisturizing ceramide NP and sodium hyaluronate. This would be far more impressive with additional skin-soothing ingredients such as licorice extract or allantoin.
What’s even less impressive is that this contains fragrant pine extract and bergamot oil. They’re not present in great amount, but considering this is supposed to soothe inflamed skin, it would be best if they weren’t here at all.
- Pads provide instant, cooling moisture.
- Includes soothing centella asiatica and willow bark extracts.
- Contains moisturizing ceramide NP and sodium hyaluronate.
- Would be more impressive with a greater complement of moisturizing ingredients.
- Contains fragrant pine extract and bergamot oil, which put skin at risk for irritation.
These cooling masks offer instant relief to overheated and inflamed skin. The hydrogel rounds, which fit perfectly over larger areas of the face like the cheeks, are drenched in an essence that contains soothing centella asiatica extract, moisture-boosting ceramide NP and hydrating hyaluronic acid.
COSRX is one of a growing number of Korean beauty brands – a category known by many simply as K Beauty – that’s gaining a foothold in the Western cosmetics world. COSRX got its start in 2014, though it’s essentially an offspring of older “sister” brands, including C20 and Gatzmen, which have longer-standing histories in the Korean market. As the story goes, COSRX came about after the parent company compiled a decade’s worth of research based on customer data and beauty consumer research.
The brand name, as you might have guessed, is a mash-up of “cosmetics” and “RX” (for prescription), and illustrates COSRX’s overall philosophy. Whereas some other K-beauty brands are known for whimsical packaging and brightly-colored products, CosRX’s focus is minimalistic packaging and products designed to target specific skin care concerns, each highlighted by active ingredients.
To that end, the brand is largely successful. Most of the packaging is designed to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients, though there are some jars in the mix. The formulas focus on active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta hydroxy acid (though it should be noted, COSRX uses BHA derivatives, since salicylic acid’s use is restricted in Korea).
Most of the exfoliants are formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation, which is between 3 and 4, and are fragrance free. Unfortunately there are some formulas that include natural ingredients that can potentially sensitize skin, including pine and cedar extracts, and anise fruit extract – proof once again that natural isn’t always better! Some products also contain drying alcohol, which is interesting since other products are specifically advertised as being “alcohol-free.”
Overall, this line is worth considering, especially if you prefer a more targeted approach to skin care that focuses on science rather than trends. For more information, visit cosrx.kr, the brand’s official Korean site. COSRX is available for purchase at several U.S. and online retailers, including Ulta, Amazon, and SokoGlam.
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