An apology from K-CO

By K-Cosmetics Ltd.
on August 30, 2016

Dear Customers,
Due to unprecedented demand, our launch week has seen us sell out of almost every product in store! So we would like to thank you all for your custom, ask that you bare with us on delivery times and hold on tight while we restock for everyone to have a chance at everything!
It will take a few days for the full restock, so be sure to check our twitter and facebook as we will announce it there.
Once again we apologies for any disappointment, delay in receipt of goods or lack of choice. Now we know the desire for UK based AB and KB products is high, we will be sure to be prepared going forward!
Warm Regards
The K-CO Team

What Age do you start the Anti-Aging?

By Yeon In
on March 10, 2015

Do you ever look at anti-aging creams and think “im too young for that!”. Or even worse; do you look at them and wander “am I old enough for them?”. 

For a lot of women in their 20’s, the question remains: when is the time to start using anti-aging products?

Most women will start using them in their late 30’s or over 40. But in some countries like Korea, girls will start using products containing them as early as their teens! In fact, almost all Korean facial cosmetics/creams claim to have anti-aging products in them. 

But then there are articles and newspapers (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/beauty/article-1213240/Old-time-How-young-women-use-anti-ageing-creams-speeding-process.html) that claim that they have proof from various dermatologists that it is dangerous and unhealthy to start too soon with the products and that women could damage their skin. 

So which is it? Below I have broken down the issues and attempted to get answers to them.

What age can I start using anti-aging products? 

The truth is it is your choice. You can start using the products whenever you want. Your choice might be swayed by certain factors such as your geographical location- living in a hot sunny country and going in the swimming pool or sea every day, might cause your skin to be prone to dryness and early sun damage. Living on a certain diet on the other hand might make your skin look younger for longer.  Whichever it is, society does not need to tell you when you to start using anti-aging products,. It is your face, your skin. Do what you like. 

When is it SAFE to start using anti-aging products? 

When you want to use the products and when you ought to start using them can be a different thing all together. As mentioned above, there are articles that claim your skin will be damaged by using them too soon. Then on the other hand you have Asian countries that inject the ingredients into all their cosmetics and end up selling products that are cute and orientated to the young with anti-aging products in them!

 

So which one is right? Here are some photos for you to compare between the western ideology and the Asian. Both of the women below are celebrities and both are 46...

Korean Cosmetics UK online store
Korean Cosmetics UK online store

  

 

 And I have to admit. You look at the Asian skin and in particular Korean skin and it looks amazing! I don’t care what people say about media and marketing and other ways of persuading people, there is nothing that can dissuade me from what my eyes see around me- all my Korean friends have better and younger skin than my western friends. My best friends Korean mother is 68 and she looks in her 40s and my mother is 65 and looks just that. So based on what I see around me, I conclude that starting anti-aging products early, providing they are aimed for younger skin so they aren’t so “heavy”, does indeed appear to help and certainly doesn’t look like it harms the majority of people.  

What products do you recommend? 

Well as mentioned earlier, I would recommend to use the products that are aimed at your age group.

You can find a few here.

Honey Honey, a truly beneficial Korean Cosmetics ingredient.

By Yeon In
on March 06, 2015
1 comment

You have probably heard of the snail creams and even the bee venom and snake venom ingredients that South Korea have started injecting into their cosmetics. There are gold flakes in others and even caviar in some. And then there is honey.

Honey, an ingredient in many Korean Cosmetics, is an all-natural ingredient that for centuries has been proven to have benefits.

Complexion:

It is a naturally hydrating substance that is easily absorbed by the skin and helps create a natural healthy “glowing” complexion.

Skin:

With its natural anti-bacterial properties, it is great to both prevent and treat acne and other irritations on the skin.

Ageing:

Honey is filled with anti-dioxidants, which helps slow down the aging process.

Pores:

It also helps open up pores to help clear them out and unblock them.

So why not try and add a honey product to your daily routine and see how you get on? ^_^

Red Appletox Honey Cream

 Red Appletox Honey Cream

 This cream is absolutely gorgeous. Containing both apple and honey extracts, it acts as a skin peeling treatment. It is also in a fantastic container that will look fantastic on any beauty table ^_^ You can read more about it here.

Royal Honey Anti-wrinkle Ampoule and Mask

Royal Honey Anti-wrinkle Ampoule and Mask

I find this one so quirky. This mask contains both a moisture ampoule with a concentrated solution in it and also a more traditional mask. You can read more about it and purchase it here. 

Royal Honey Eye Cream

Royal Honey Eye Cream

 

Now this is one I actually own and use on a daily basis so I am going to be a little biased, as I really enjoy the way it makes my eyes feel. It minimizes fine lines around the eyes and makes my skin feel incredibly soft! To get it and read more click here.

Happy honey shopping! ^_^

Korean Cosmetics, not Chinese; Quality, Safety and the Whitening/Brightening Phenomenon.

By Yeon In
on March 05, 2015
1 comment

When I show people my Korean cosmetics, or tell people about my new Asian skin care regime they look at me like I am crazy. At a glance, they are super excited about the product I have and then they look at the label- "oh its Chinese" they exclaim in disgust. And then go off on  speech about how this one girl burned her face off due to cheap Chinese bleaching cosmetics.

At this point, explaining that they are not Chinese, makes no difference. in most British people's eyes, anything with that "Chinese writing" on it, is Chinese. and Chinese=cheap.

But this is of course not the case. Although granted many products from China are indeed cheap and can be bad, Korea is not in China. The only way to get people to start warming to the idea of purchasing Korean products is to point out how many things around us originate from Korea. 

 

 

 

All the above items are Korean! Some are obvious like Samsung, but others like Spigen may not be known to everyone. And as for BB cream, the foundation/primer that we all use and love... YES it was invented and first sold in Korea!  Cosmetics in Korea are growing faster than you can imagine and are sneaking up on us from behind. If we look around us we may not recognise anything as Korean, yet if we look closely we will see that things are sneaking their way in.

 

These are photos I took in Urban Outfitters in Las Vegas last month when I was on holiday; right there in the middle of the room, strategically placed near the tills, was an entire table of Tony Moly products. Now if any of my friends had seen them there, then they would not have thought twice about buying them! 

However, once over the whole "Chinese cheap" phobia, we stumble across yet another cultural fear- whitening. 

The British and i suspect other nationalities as well, fear the whitening aspect that many of the face creams and other products claim to have. Is it cancerous? Will it burn my skin if I use it every day? Does it have bleach in it? and finally but most importantly, will it make my face go white?

Below i will endeavour to answer all these questions once and for all, based on the research I have done. This is just my opinion and of course cannot be taken as gospel. However it will hopefully quell some initial fears and misconceptions. 

1. Are they cancerous? 

Some ingredients out there in the cosmetics industry are not safe. we all know that and those that don't, should. I would never buy any unbranded, or even branded for that matter, products from a street stall or market. You don't know what it is made of, who it has been tested on and if the brands are genuine. sometimes you will even get something that claims to be brand new, only to find that it has been used- eew!

Rule of thumb is: if the packaging has no ingredients or labelling- stay away from it!

The ingredients in many Etude House products and Tony Moly products appear however to be just fine. i ran the ingredients in the Ctrl + F bar on the UK banned cosmetic substances site and could not find any of them on the list. This means that it appears none of the items have illegal substances in them. This would lead me to believe that they are more than likely safe. 

The second thing that gives me trust, is that providing the brands we use are from leading companies- like Etude and Tony Moly- then they have been tried and tested by thousands in S. Koreans on the highstreet so i would like to presume that all is well! 

And thirdly, I found no literature anywhere to say otherwise!

2. Will they burn my skin? 

Although there are claims on the internet of skin being burned and damaged, I could not find anything anywhere that referred to any of the top cosmetics brands and certainly none of the Korean ones! Most of the ones being mentioned were unknown to me Chinese brands. 

As for how reliable the stuff was that I did find.. well negative news is always sensationalised on the net and the positive stuff (like this blog) rarely make the headlines. 

3. Do they it have bleach in them? 

NO. none of the leading Korean brands have cosmetics that contain BLEACH in them. If they do, then don't  use them! You should NEVER use anything with bleach on your skin! 

4. Will they make my face go white? 

Aha, now here is the question... 

Now I have had conflicting theories on this one and will make my conclusion based on my own experience here. I have been using various different products that claim to have WHITENING properties in them for the last 6 months and my skin has not changed colour. It has not become lighter and certainly not "whiter". 

However, what has happened, is that my skin has become more unified... the blemishes I had on my face have gone, the scars from old spots seem to be fading and even the odd freckle doesn't seem to be as dark. So my conclusion is that when they say whitening/brightening, they mean the products will UNIFY your complexion and maybe blur the edges of any imperfections you have. 

 

Either way, my skin looks the best it has done in ages! Happy Korean cosmetics shopping!

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Korean Skincare and Cosmetics in the News

By Yeon In
on January 27, 2015

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