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Saturday, December 8, 2018

COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion Review

Hi Everyone!

It has been a long time since I wanted to publish this review first because I need to start saying this is my favorite product from this brand and I wanted to use this product for a long time before publishing a review because I am always trying to be the most honest and objective respect to my reviews. By the way, this is not a sponsored review I bought this product with my own money online. I started to use this product because I tried a sample that I received with another purchase and after investigating I decided this could be a good product for me.

I have sensitive combination skin now my year was oily sensitive skin and now is combination sensitive skin so I need very careful about which product I integrate to my routine and how. I need to remark that each type of skin is different and has is own necessities, in fact, my skin changes all the time depending on the weather or my cycle.

This is my first time reviewing a product with BHA so today I need to talk a little about BHA and AHA. If you are a skincare seeker like me probably you already know about what I am talking about but this is but If you are new in all this about acids and skincare this could be useful. 

This is an emulsion and now comes the question...

What is an emulsion?

One emulsion is a type of skin care product that is designed to be less dense than a serum and more lightweight in comparison with a cream, lotion or ampoule. But I need to let you now that some essences and emulsions are very similar respect to consistency and concentration, so for me, the emulsions and essences are like very similar. The emulsions and essences are like brothers.

So, in summary, an emulsion is one skin care product that is lightweight and has in a minor concentration of active ingredients and usually is super watery with quick absorption. Respect to key ingredients that depends on the brand and the product.

The emulsions are designed for this type of skin that need lightweights products between the layers of skin care routine because otherwise could be too much. This product helps to complement and balance the skincare routine. 

The bar code~

What are AHA and BHA? 

The first you need to know is that both terms made reference to acids because AHA and BHA are acids. And probably you are asking yourself, How an acid could be something good for my skin? And the reply is simple all is about exfoliation. Both acids help to accelerate the process of exfoliation in our skin like is called like chemical exfoliation. But don´t scary about this, because this is something good. Our skin is renewing every day.

AHA = alpha hydroxy acid and yes is an Acronym.  

These acids are derived from natural sugar fruits and help to increase the process of renewing our skin through the exfoliation. You can see that in very low concentrations but when they are over %4 with a pH acid like 3-4 this product helps to break down the dead cells our skin. The AHAs are better for normal to dry skin because thanks to their chemical composition these are water-loving so despite to provide exfoliation to the surface of our skin they help too provides a moisturizing effect because they are water soluble. 

Examples of AHAs
 Glycolid acid (That is derived from sugarcane) Lactid Acid (Derived from milk), Malic acid (derived from pears and apples), Tartaric acids (derived from grapes) and citric acids.

BHA = beta hydroxy acid

To difference immediately this type of acids with the AHAs, the BHAs are oil soluble while the AHAs are no. The type of BHAs penetrates more deeply in the skin to a difference to the AHAs that are more focused on the surface.  

Examples of BHA
 The very know Salicylic Acid and the Citric Acid and I know I already mentioned that the second one was an AHA but all depends on the formulation. Right now is very known that could be depending on the formulation could be considered a BHA or AHA.

( ̄▽ ̄)ノ And yeah this short class is almost ready

The acids are photosensitive, so is super important  (*ㅇ△ Φ☆)ノ use sunscreen. The sunscreen is not optional is an obligation If you decide use AHAs or BHAs.


- AHA: These acids are designed for normal to dry skin or if you are interested in reduce the sun damage or want provides to your skin antiaging effects. 

- BHA: These are designed for oily, acne prone to combination skin where your focus is to reduce the excess of sebum, blackheads to line a maintain a skin more balanced.

Now back to this review and closed the class about acids... this product contains 100 ml which is great (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

Features, Directions and Ingredients


Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Betaine Salicylate, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil ,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethyl Hexanediol

Key Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Leaf Water 79,37% and Betaine Salicylate (BHA) 1%


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion 100 mL

Formulated with 79.37% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water and 1% BHA, this lightweight lotion is designed to prevent further breakouts while soothing and hydrating the applied area. As a lightweight hydrating emulsion, this is the ideal moisturizer for those who want to mattify their oily skin surface, while keeping their skin hydrated. It's excellent for combination to oily skin types. 

How to Use

1) After washing the face, prep the skin with toner. Then massage on a light amount daily in the morning and evening to the entire face. 
2) Reapply to areas that are significantly oily or dry. 
3) When using in the morning, always put on sunscreen.

This has a great dispenser

The texture is lightweight and watery

Before and After

Before and After
After 9 months using COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion 

This is how looks my skin today after 9 months using the COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion

PROs and CONs

- It fulfills what it promises
- The moisturizing and soothing effect 
- First provides a great luminosity to the skin
- Quick absorption
- Helps to reduce the redness
- Helps to heal faster the pimples and scars of pimples
- Provides a good control of sebum
- Lightweight 
- The quantity is good 100 ml
- Only need to use a small amount of product for your full face
- Good and hygienic dispenser

- In many countries, you only can buy this product online (like me)
- This product can not be used by people allergic to aspirin or Betaine Salicylate


First I need start with the packaging, the packaging is simple and minimalist like almost all the products from this brand and I like that. When I search about this product I found mixed opinions about this one but I decided try for myself this one and see how good or bad this product was. My first impression was oh my God this is super watery and lightweight I was expecting something different but the consistency is very good is very watery and the absorption is quick. The second I noticed was that my skin felt soothed.

I work every day for many hours and after return to the house sometimes due to the stress or bad alimentation or bad sleep or all the before mentioned my skin becomes super sensitive and I can start to watch some redness around my nose and my mouth and is not cute. Using this emulsion helped me to reduce the redness especially on my cheeks.

Provides a moisturizing effect and good luminous effect after using for several days. This helped me too to help faster the pimples scars and that is super good. This product contains a key ingredient that is Centella Asiatica that is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient and the Betaine Salicylate that is in a minimal concentration but helps to improves the skin complexion. 

After several months using this product, I must confess that this is now a must have in my daily routine. My skin is sensitive but this doesn´t caused me an allergic reaction and I love it how my skin looks after using this product. This product is definitely something I am going to repurchase because is a great emulsion. My skin looks more healthy and cute and this is something I am not going to stop using in the near future. 


And well that was for the review of today (*≧▽≦) I know this was a long review~
And I not only reviewed the product but I shared some definitions.  
I hope you can find this review useful

Bye Bye!!


  1. Concuerdo contigo guapa, es muy buen producto me gustaba la iluminación e hidratación que dejaba en mi piel, lo usé cuando tuve los granitos bien activos y siento que me ayudó mucho pero luego de un tiempo no me hacía nada pero aún así segui usandolo, wuaoo al ver tus fotos se ve la diferencia enorme yo quiero volver a usarlo. Besos 😗

  2. Mais um excelente produto, que adorei descobrir por aqui!...
    Parece ser excelente!!! Adorei o post... super detalhado, e como sempre com um excelente suporte informativo!
    Beijinhos! Feliz domingo!

  3. I LOVE this product! I have a random dry patch on my face that I have been paying special attention too and this has evened out my skin tone and texture really well!

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  4. pucha a mi lo que me da miedo de este producto es el alcohol, me encantó tu reseña, demasiado informativa y que rico que te haya funcionado

  5. That sounds very interesting!!

  6. Sounds like you saw great results!

  7. Cosrx es de mis marcas favoritas porque muchos de sus productos han hecho maravillas por mi piel <3 De esta línea sólo probé el ortro líquido (el returning A-sol) y me ayudaba muchísimo con el acné hormonal, creo que sería perfecto si no tuviera alcohol porque es bastante notorio incluso en el aroma :c Pero tu piel luce muy diferente! Lo incluiré en mi wishlist porque se ve que vale la pena probarlo ^_^

    ¡Un abrazo! :3

  8. Interesting post dear! thanks for sharing, xx

  9. I used to have oily skin, now is combination of oily and sensitive. So I need to be careful when choosing the right skincare.

  10. It looks so good !
    Have a good day

  11. This is great! you've written a very detailed review.

  12. Sounds like a great product! Have a good week!

  13. Buying on-line is normal for me as I always seek for less popular products :P

  14. well written review of your favorite product.
    have a great day

  15. Cool! I’m definitely in need of this! xoxo

  16. Great post my dear, I'm ready to try this product :-)

  17. Zaciekawił nie ten produkt .Pozdrawiam serdecznie .

  18. Great product with a wonderful after effect.


  19. The before results looks great!!

  20. The after results is amazing!! I want to use it =D


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