Summer is almost here!
And with summer comes oilier skin, and larger pores, which is something nobody wants. With it become more and more hot every week here in Korea, my skin has too started to take on the transformation from Dry / Normal to Normal / Oily. Some days my skin is dry, while others my skin becomes very oily and my pores appear dilated.
With this change in my skin condition, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out some of our pore caring products. Of course since I am a COSRX fan, my first summer reviewing choice was COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum designed to get rid of large pores and control excess oil and sebum!
Let’s take a closer look at how the BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum claims to resolve large pores.
+ Reduces Excess Oil
+ Deep cleanses pores for large pore reduction
+ Exfoliates and removes sebum
+ Gentle formula for daily use without causing irritation
The above claims all sound like an ideal product for those with large pores and oily skin. But lets take this product for a test run and see how well it really works for reducing large pores and oily skin.
Like all other COSRX items, the BHA Summer Pores Minish Serum comes in the usual thick plastic bottle packaging with the same short, small pump as the BHA power Liquid & the AHA whitehead Power Liquid I previously reviewed. Once again, what I love about this packaging is the fact the bottles are clear enough to see how much of the product has been used and the true color of the product inside.
TEXTURE & CONSISTENCY
The BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum has a similar text to that of the other BHA and AHA product from COSRX. That texture being very liquid like that leaves a very small tacky texture to the skin once absorbed. However with the BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum, the residue left behind is very minimal in comparison to the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid.
However, I did notice the strong smell of alcohol of this product when pumped into my hand. Which makes me feel this product works more like a toner rather then a serum.
Like all COSRX products, the BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum has a very short ingredient list, making this product very ideal for those with sensitive skin types. Or those who do not like their products to contain large amounts of ingredients.
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Panthenol, Carbomer, Zinc Oxide, Xanthan Gum, Menthol
As you can see from the list above, Alcohol is the 3rd ingredient on the list. Alcohol can be very harsh for some sensitive skin types and very drying. Which makes this product NOT a good choice to anyone with dry skin. Keep in mind, this product is strictly designed for those with oily skin. Otherwise the majority of ingredients in this product are great to controlling oil, tightening pores and brightening the skin.
I used this product for 1 month to see how it would benefit my skin. It did give me a pore tightening affect which was pleasant on the hot days we have been having. However this “serum” did not provide me with any long term effects. As soon as I discontinued daily use, my pores would product more oily and become large again. However I did expect this since this product did feel more like a toner instead of a serum.
On days that my skins dry, I could not use this product as it was too harsh on my skin. I could only use it during my morning skincare routine when my skin was feeling more on the oily side.
I think this is a great product to include in your skincare routine as a TONER is you have oily skin with large pores. It works great as a toner to tighten up large pores after cleansing and give a cooling and refreshing feeling. But to see more dramatic effect, I suggest a finding a better large pore tightening serum or cream to use in combination with the BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum.