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One product I would not hesitate to recommend to people like me who have oily, acne-prone skin is this Cosrx One Step Original Clear Pad. I love this exfoliating toner because it’s potent and gentle at the same time. I can really see and feel the difference whenever I use it. It removes my skin’s excess sebum and any residue after cleansing, and smoothens my skin without irritating it or drying it out. I’ve been breaking out less ever since I started using this product, and this is most likely due to its powerful mechanism of action, where it penetrates deeply into pores to dissolve oil and dead skin cells.

Key Ingredients: Willow bark water, betaine salicylate (BHA)

How I Use It: After cleansing, I swipe one pad across my face avoiding the eye area (I use a different, non-exfoliating toner or an essence for my under eye area). I use the embossed (exfoliating) side first, and then the smooth side to pick up the remaining debris. I wait a minute or two before I continue with the rest of my skincare routine.

This can be used everyday, day and night, though personally I like to use it alternately with non-exfoliating toners.

Tips I’ve Read From Others:
🔹Cut the pads in half to make them last longer. But I still haven’t done this because I’m lazy like that 😅
🔹Use it as a deodorant. I sometimes do this and I can attest to its effectiveness 😁 I even like it as a deodorant because it’s not an anti-perspirant. I don’t like deos that are anti-perspirants, but most deos in the market are 😑

WhereTo Buy: I bought my first tub on Wishtrend where it retails for US$19. I bought the second one on Althea Korea for P1,000 (I bought it there because I had a 20% discount coupon). It’s also available at BeautyMNL for P900. I remember seeing this once at a Watsons store for only P800, but I never saw it again since.

I feel like recycling this empty Cosrx tub because it’s quite big and could hold a couple of things 🤔 What do you do with your empty product tubs?

Full List of Ingredients: Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate