Counterfeit-Comsetics

Don’t Be Fooled by Skin Care Counterfeits!

We at Ikran’s Cosmetics know sometimes it can be hard to spot counterfeit products whether cosmetic or in any other aspect of life. That feeling that you have been tricked is not a nice one! And what is more the product that you have purchased can have damaging effects on your health, talk about a kick in the teeth! This why we have created this blog to warn customers about the dangers of counterfeit products, how you can spot them and the benefits of investing in good skincare products.

In 2018 Kenya imported around 15 million kilograms of cosmetics and if you add the sophistication of counterfeiters and sheer number of products it can be hard to stop all counterfeit skincare products from reaching consumers.

Counterfeit beauty products are becoming increasingly common and according to statistics by Incopro it is easy to see why individuals want to cash in on the cosmetics industry. By 2024 the market is expected to be worth $863 billion and with skincare products making up 36% of the market, counterfeit skincare products are a big business!

We do not want you to suffer the consequences of faulty skincare products because we value you so much!

The dangerous chemicals used to make counterfeit skincare products and what that can do to your body.

Lead is a very common ingredient in the production of counterfeit skincare products, in certain cases it can be 19 times over the legal limit, this insane level of lead in your body can cause anemia, reproductive issues, weakness, kidney and brain damage and even death, which no one wants.

Arsenic, also a common feature in fake skincare products is very deadly too and long-term exposure can result in thickening of the skin, darker skin, abdominal pain, diarrhea, heart disease, numbness, and cancer, which is enough to steer someone away from counterfeit skincare products for good!

Mercury another dangerous chemical can cause issues with the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and can be fatal, and if you thought it couldn’t get any more dangerous you are in for a shock, if you are pregnant it can cause complications with the development of the baby.

Other chemicals and dangerous items that can be found in counterfeit cosmetic products include copper, beryllium, cadmium, aluminum, cyanide, paint stripper, animal feces, urine and bacteria. These unwanted items can have side effects ranging from swelling of the eye to skin irritations.

Another concerning aspect of counterfeit skincare products are where they are produced, the knock off cosmetics products are created in unsanitary and dirty warehouses which have no regard for health and safety and consumer care. These products are being created with the intention of making them as quickly as possible and getting them onto the market. This carelessness can create a host of problems when consumers apply counterfeit products on to their body.

How to spot fake cosmetics products

One way to spot fake cosmetics is by checking the pricing, if you find the skincare product you love and think it is the bargain of the century there is a chance it could be a counterfeit. Brand names have similar prices no matter where you shop therefore if the price is too low think again.

Another way to unearth a counterfeit is to check labels on the products. Fake cosmetics will have words that are misspelled, missing ingredients list, patterns that do not match and uneven fonts.

Products that come in poor quality packaging are a big red flag. Counterfeit products might also not fit in the box like they are supposed to and might contain mirrors and other items that do not fit either.

Lastly fake cosmetics will normally have a chalky or thin consistency compared to their real counterparts due to cheap production. Also, cosmetics that smell overly chemical can be a sign that they are a counterfeit.

Although buying counterfeit cosmetic products can be a cheaper alternative and can save you some money it is not worth the risks, the dangerous items that were outlined above can cause serious damage to your body, in some cases cannot be reversed and in severe cases can lead to death.

Therefore, I urge all the individuals reading this to be on the lookout for fake cosmetics, follow the tips on how to spot counterfeits and to remember that when you buy authentic cosmetic products you are not only investing in your outer appearance but you are also protecting your health and your future! If you have found this blog informative, why not share it with family or friends to help protect them too.

Take Care!

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Beauty portrait of a charming woman using facial cream isolated on a white background

Skin Care Products

This blog has been a longtime coming! For some time now, we have been asked to help bring some clarity and understanding on the following commonly used skin care products. These 5 products are common in most Anti-Aging creams, Acne serums and many other skin related creams/serums.

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Retinol

Most of them are advised NOT to be used in combination with each other so we strongly recommend you research thoroughly before applying anything on your skin. For most of us who are skincare connoisseur, you find that you go through years of experimenting different products until you find the perfect routine for your skincare. And it is not easy! This Blog is going to help you understand what these different products are for and what stage in your skincare journey they be can be used.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is an amazing substance that is naturally produced by skin and it enhances the appearance of skin by giving it a healthy and smooth look. This substance is particularly important for keeping skin hydrated and its role is to lock in moisture thus allowing your skin to feel soft and rejuvenated, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth!

As we get older hyaluronic acid levels drop and this allows the signs of ageing to make a dramatic entrance, queue wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin. Hyaluronic acid however is the shining knight in armor who comes to the rescue, this substance can help skin retain its youthful looks and keep signs of ageing at bay. Ageing skin loses moisture and hyaluronic acid helps to counter this imbalance. Who needs friends when you have got Hyaluronic acid?

This amazing substance also helps people with dry skin as it has moisture retaining properties, as if it could not get better those who suffer from acne could benefit from hyaluronic acid too. If you live in a city, hyaluronic acid should be part of your skin care routine as pollution can decrease the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be used in the morning and at night too. As with any skin care product see how your skin takes to it and then judge how often you need to use it, but it should not be used more than twice a day.

Fun Fact

1 gram of hyaluronic acid can retain up to six liters of water.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid works to unclog pores and exfoliates skin, it also has antibacterial attributes. Salicylic acid is structured in a specific way that allows it to infiltrate deep into skin which means it can help to stop pores from becoming clogged and can also get rid of clogs that are present. Salicylic acid breaks down the glue that are between cells, exfoliates and reduces the oil secretion. It is basically a hard-working cleaner that removes all the dirty stuff that gets inside your pores, Salicylic acid is great!

Salicylic acid can help prevent acne because it separates the bonds between skin cells and due its deep exfoliating properties it removes dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells leaving skin feeling rejuvenated and clean.

Therefore, those who suffer with acne should incorporate this substance into their skin care routine. Salicylic acid can also be used to fight blackheads, whiteheads and oily skin, it is an ant-inflammatory substance so can reduce irritation and redness that can occur with pimples, talk about multi-tasking, whew that sounds like hard work.

Have issues with dark spots and acne scars? Salicylic acid can also combat this by dismantling old skin cells and allowing new skin cells to be created, this process can lighten darks posts and make acne scars less visible. It also helps to stop these marks from forming, this is a win-win right?

Salicylic acid can be used both in the morning and at night but individuals using this for the first time should test it out once a day to see how their skin reacts to it.

Fun Fact

Salicylic acid is derived from willow trees.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is naturally found in milk, lactic acid can be used to exfoliate skin, lighten dark spots and lessen wrinkles and lines, we were always told milk is good for us and its true!

Lactic acid works to regenerate cells and create a brighter complexion while also creating softer and more hydrated skin, if your skin has suffered damage from the sun, lactic acid can really help this. Everybody loves a bit of sun, but it is important to know how to protect yourself from too much exposure.

Lactic acid also locks in moisture and therefore helps with signs of ageing and as mentioned before it can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, those pesky things! It also exfoliates the skin by dissolving old skin cells and allowing new skin cells to be generated.

If lactic acid is used consistently it can combat signs of ageing, it helps to stimulate collagen and firm skin. Lactic acid is also known to improve hyperpigmentation, dark patches or spots that develop on the skin.

Dead skin cells are replaced by new skin cells in a fast manner when we are young, but ageing, damage from the sun and other factors can make this process slower or can even halt the process altogether which can lead to skin that looks dull and increase signs of ageing, which let’s face it no-one wants. But we have a solution, lactic acid can help to combat all these problems and can restore youthfulness and vigor back to the skin.

Lactic acid can be applied once every night. However, if your skin is sensitive you can apply it once per week.

Fun Fact

Cleopatra, legend tells us, regularly bathed in milk to keep her skin looking lovely.

Retinol

Retinal contains Vitamin A, this substance encourages skin regeneration and increases collagen production, as you get into yours 30s collagen starts to decline, if only we could stop the clock at 30. It also decreases the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as decreasing adverse effects of sun damage.

Regular use of retinol can have many positive effects one of them is stimulating the production of collagen, which leads to skin that is softer, firmer, hydrated and free of wrinkles and lines, wow retinol is sounding good already!

Retinol also increases the speed of skin cell renewal which helps to create an even complexion and smoother skin. It also works to reduce hyperpigmentation and creates skin that has a healthy complexion.

Retinol also helps skin that suffers with blemishes, it speeds up skin regeneration and cleans clogged pores therefore helping skin to appear clearer and creating a fresher look.

Retinol can be incorporated into your skin care routine every evening, however if you find some irritation while using it you should try using it once a week and then work from there as your skin gets more used to the high levels of vitamin A.

Fun Fact

* Retinol should always be paired with sunscreen and antioxidants.

Glycolic Acid

Lastly, we have our friend Glycolic acid, it works by penetrating deep into skin and breaks up dead skin cells, this results in skin that has a brighter complexion and even tone. Glycolic acid also helps to regenerate new skin cells. Glycolic acid can benefit those with acne, uneven skin and signs of ageing.

Glycolic acid helps to treat and prevent acne by un-gluing dead skin cells from each other in skin pores which helps to get rid of dirt and other unwanted products, because of its deep exfoliating properties glycolic acid helps to create skin which is healthy and smooth, what could be better?

Clogged pores which contribute to acne can also in the long-term lead to skin looking less vibrant and speed aging. However, our good friend glycolic acid gets rid of those dead skin cells therefore producing skin that is revitalized and rejuvenated which gives us a youthful and bright complexion.

Glycolic acid also removes excess pigment that is stored from acne scars, sun damage and age spots, this cleaning process can prevent hyper-pigmentation and gives skin an even tone. It can also stimulate collagen production which fights signs of ageing.

Glycolic acid can be applied once per day either in the morning or evening, however you should first test how your skin reacts to it and then workout a skincare routine that incorporates it.

Fun Fact

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane

We hope you enjoyed this blog and found it informative, the aim of this blog was to educate people on skin care and the products that are used. Skin care is an important topic and one that many people are interested in. Hopefully, you took away some skin care tips that can benefit you and if you found this blog useful why not share it with others.

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