Review: COSRX – Pure Fit Cica Toner Pad

Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle: LINK (Discount Code: CVQFZA)

Price: ~£25

Volume: 90 pads

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: Multi-functional Pads (can be used as a toner or sheet mask) containing Pure Fit Cica-7 (If you want to know more about the Pure Fit Cica 7 then please check out my Youtube Video Below!), containing Cica and aimed at sensitive skins.

Brand Description: These pads deliver hydration to the skin, soothes sensitised skin while providing a cool effect and help fortify the skin’s moisture barrier (calm and strengthen). Containing Cica Extract and Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract helps ease inflammation.

Supposedly Good for: Easily irritated skin, reddened skin or sensitised skins who need soothing + calming pads that also offer hydration.

What I think: I would agree that these are good for sensitive skins, and also sensitised skins. For example, when my skin was irritated, this did not sting or irritate my skin.

[Image] Comparison between ‘Perforated’ or ‘abrasive’ pads (seen in the COSRX AHA BHA pads) Vs the Cica Pad (Not for exfoliation but more for a ”sheet mask”-type use.

Image from cosrx.com

Note: The pads are ”eco-friendly” and are made from ”biodegradable materials” – so at least they’re trying to be less wasteful with these pads.

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[Image] What the pads look like i.e. their texture. They almost look like fabric. They don’t tear, but if you tug them, they almost remind me of wet rice paper. They’re very soft and can sometimes fold on themselves when you hold them because they’re so thin.

[Image] You can see the pad looks rather large! They’re totally soaked with essence. These pads are~7cm long! And the smaller, perforated pads are ~6cm.

Vegan?: Not Sure

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic Tub with a Screw Top lid.

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THE DESIGN OF TH E PADS: These pads are bigger + thinner to cover larger areas of the skin. These were designed to be soft and sheer (they definitely are) and because these are so soft and sheer, they adhere to the skin/the curves of the skin effectively (which I agree with!). And the design of these are supposed to ”spit up” as much product right back into the skin, and the thinness of these pads also aim to deliver as much hydration to the skin as possible.

NOTE: Cosrx state that these are eco-friendly as these are biodegradable pads. Apparently the same tech used to create medical materials from bamboo was used to create these more porous and finer sheet pads to enable more essence to be absorbed + delivered into the skin.

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Directions: 1. Leave the pad on for 5-10 minutes on sensitized skin in need of soothing care. 2.Gently pat in the remaining essence (From the Cosrx Website).

How I use it: I use this in the PM as toning pads. I simply pull one out and swipe the face after cleansing. This doesn’t seem to sting or irritate the skin which is nice. I will say because these are so thin and floppy, I sometimes accidentally pick up two pads, or when I’ve picked a pad up, it folds up on itself so I have to unfold it and then hold it quite tightly in order to swipe across my face without the pad folding up on itself again.

NOTE: This contains the highest concentration of Cica-7 Complex at 83.2% – which is more than the Pure Fit Cica Serum. The 7 Centella ingredients used to soothe the skin include Higher molecular-level Cica (sit on top of the skin) Centella Asiatica extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root extract and Low-molecular Cica (penetrate deeper into the skin) Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid + Madecassoside.

Key Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract – meant to calm down the skin + improve wound healing. Panthenol – also calms the skin and helps reduce inflammation. Mentha Arvensis Extract – helps reduce oil production in the skin.

  • This contains water mint extract which is a cooling ingredient. Cosrx have claimed that this cooling pad ‘’reduces the skin’s temperature by 7.3%’’

Full Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Mentha Aquatica Extract, Allantoin, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Alpha-Arbutin, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract

Overall a very calming and soothing formula!

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Texture: The texture of these pads are really nice. The serum/essence itself isn’t sticky or gloopy. It’s a lightweight liquid that’s cooling, and if you massage it into the skin after removing the pad, the essence does not take long to absorb (not left with a gloopy face).

The pad itself feels cooling to the touch, so I could imagine on inflamed skins, this would feel calming. The pad doesn’t feel textured or rough. It does cling onto the skin because it’s so thin, so it’s not that easy to swipe across the skin (I have to hold it in a specific way so it doesn’t cling to my skin).

You can see the size of the pad is quite big! It’s because it’s meant to be placed on the face like a sheet mask. But I do use these pads like toning pads. The good thing is, I can really swipe my face and neck quite quickly since this is so big.

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You can see the skin looks hydrated. the Essence is leftover bringing a dew to the skin. It’s definitely not thick or heavy. There is a cooling sensation to the skin.

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Comparison – Pad and then when the pad is removed from the hand.

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Fragrance?: No added fragrance / essential oils. This doesn’t smell like anything either.

Good Under Makeup?: The liquid itself is fine under makeup. The essence doesn’t ball up under makeup. It actually helps with makeup application.

How long have I been using this?: 1 Month

The Effect?: Hydrated, cooled and soothed skin.

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What I like:

  • Hydrating
  • The pads are so thin that it’s not like a lot of product is absorbed and never reaches the skin – so it is less wasteful than regular pads.
  • Very infused with product (i.e. the pads aren’t nearly bone-dry).
  • Soothing
  • Not too ‘drippy’ (but still a little drippy – think of a sheet mask).
  • Not thick or gloopy
  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • No added fragrance (I don’t get a smell from these either).

What I don’t like:

  • The pads could be too ”soft” or ‘soggy” to manipulate (if you want to use this as toning pads, it can sometimes be a struggle to swipe the face quickly because the pads sort of fold over on themselves or fold over your finger. I have to hold them quite firmly in order to swipe the face quickly.
  • Pads can be quite wasteful
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – I don’t really use pads, are pretty good! Just because they don’t scratch the skin, they simply slide along the skin and are so thin that they ”spit” the product back up, and you get most of the essence onto the face. These are probably my favourite texture of pad, and I really like the juice i.e. they don’t do anything magical for the skin like anti-ageing etc BUT I think for those with really angry and inflamed and sensitised skins, this could be a really nice cooling, calming and non-irritating essential to reach to, as when my skin was irritated, this didn’t sting or burn my skin. I think my biggest issue is that because they are so thin, they sometimes can be annoying to use as toning pads to swipe across the face (fold over on themselves so you have to unfold them etc).

Would I repurchase?: I would repurchase and I would use this on days where my skin feels sensitive or when I don’t want to use actives / exfoliants in my routine.

Dupe?: IF YOU DON’T WANT TO USE A PAD, but still want Cica + Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, then the Cica Serum is a good choice! (however these pads contain a higher Cica % than the serum) It is also calming, hydrating and soothing.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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