CosRX Centella Cleansing Powder ($19) is a new low-pH, enzyme-infused cleansing powder that the brand recently released which I’ve added to my double-cleanse routine. CosRX sure is on a role lately with the new releases aren’t they? First the two new sunscreens they recently introduced and now this new cleanser! If you missed it, I already reviewed the CosRX Shield Fit Snail Essence Sun SPF 50+ PA+++ which is one of those two new SPFs.
I’m already a fond fan and use of Fancl’s Cleansing Powder since it doesn’t dry or strip my skin out but I really like CosRX’s skincare so I decided to order a box of the new Centella Cleansing Powder as it sounded intriguing.
CosRX Centella Cleansing Powder are priced at around $19 to $23 and instead of being housed in a traditional plastic bottle these powders are individually wrapped in small pods making them ideal for travel (but they do create a heck of a lot more waste in the world). Each box includes 30 small pods which did concern me as the pods are so small I felt sure they didn’t have enough cleansing powder to do my entire face. But I soon found out they actually pre-portion these out with just the right amount of cleansing powder! It’s actually made me realize I’m using too much at times and I need a much smaller amount than I actually use! Each pod holds 0.01 of powder which means you get 0.30 oz total. This is actually expensive as Fancl’s Cleansing Powder is available in a 1.76 oz bottle for $21. That being said, this does act to exfoliate as well which may or may not account for the price increase.
Like any powder wash this is a fine powder which is activated with water. Simply wet your face, open a pod, dump the contents into the palm of your hand, add a small amount of water, work into lather, and wash your face. My routine typically includes a cleansing oil and followed up by the powder. The powder creates a really small about of lather nothing too dramatic and it does have an slick feel on your face as your wash which takes a bit to rinse. It almost has a soft water feel when you’re washing and feels like you haven’t completely rinse it off at times. None the less, once you do rinse it away it doesn’t leave a film behind and of course, the best part is the fact it doesn’t strip skin and it’s very gentle on drier skin in the fact it doesn’t leave skin like you’ve sucked the moisture all out of it. I’ve been using it about two weeks so far and I can’t really say if I noticed any major exfoliating benefits but my skin does seem to like the fact it doesn’t leave me drier.
The ingredients are simple enough! It’s a corn starch base which concerned me as I was worried it would be drying but it isn’t. It also contains Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate which is which you’d find in Dove soap. This acts to cleanse skin. There are also some hydrating ingredients like Maltodextrin but it’s quite low on the list as is the star ingredient of Centella Asiatica Extract which is basically the amino acids in this formula.
I’m not really relying on this one for any exfoliating benefits but it works great as the secondary cleanser in my routine without drying my skin out or stripping it! It leaves skin soft, clean, and doesn’t contain fragrance or any truly bad ingredients. The packaging is a bit wasteful if not convenient for travel but all in all, not a bad little cleansing powder!
CosRX Centella Cleansing Powder is available now!
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CosRX Centella Cleansing Powder is a new low-pH exfoliating cleansing powder that the brand recently introduced to their permanent collection! I liked this well enough as part of my double-cleanse routine as the formula is very, very gentle and doesn’t strip or dry my skin out. The main “star” ingredient is fairly low on the list sadly and I didn’t experience much in the ways of exfoliating from this formula but since it contains such simple ingredients with no fragrance it should work out well for those with drier or sensitive skin!
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Maltodextrin, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lipase, Protease
- Doesn’t dry or strip skin!
- No fragrance.
- Very easy to work into a double-cleanse routine!
- Wasteful packaging.
- A little expensive compared to other cleansing powders.
- Didn’t exfoliate.
CosRX Centella Cleansing Powder is a great pick for drier or sensitive skin types that find cleansing irritating or stripping!