How K-Beauty conquered the West


Kimchi, K-pop, and K-dramas. Welcome to Hallyu 2.0, in which everyone in the West is losing their minds over all things Korean.

Playing a starring role is a glorious onslaught of Korean beauty products, with the K-Beauty market now valued at over $13 billion, and $7.2 billion of which is from facial skin care alone. Serums, acids, oils, cushion compacts, CC creams, BB creams, masks that bubble on your face, masks to sleep in, volcanic clay, and snail slime are seeing improbably explosive popularity, and they’ve done so with accessible pricing and cute packaging that has grown women reaching for panda face masks.

“What people don’t see is the amount of government support and PR that drives interest.”

Jude Chao, director of marketing for BeautyTap and somewhat of an oracle on K-Beauty (who also happens to have excellent skin) believes in empowering the masses with education on K-Beauty ingredients. (Her blog, Fifty Shades of Snail, is a solid starting point if you’re overwhelmed by the 12,000 active brands on the market, the proliferation of which Chao believes is no coincidence.)

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Plastic surgery motivated by the fear of death

Cosmetic surgery

When people who were instructed to think about their own mortality they were more receptive to the idea of having cosmetic surgery than those who weren’t (3.57 versus 2.96 on a seven-point scale). This suggests that fear of death is a motivator behind patients’ decisions to have tummy tucks, says Kim-Pong Tam of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


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Alarming Trend as More U.S. Teenagers Are Getting Botox Injections

teens and botox

More teens in U.S. getting Botox treatments.

While many had the injections for medical rather than cosmetic reasons officials with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said teens were seeking the treatment as a way to quickly correct their looks.  The anti wrinkle drug is being used on a variety of perceived imperfections, such as a ‘too gummy’ smile or even a square jaw.


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Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise, Proves to be a Financial Boon to Doctors

botox injections

Cosmetic procedures, including Botox, have become much more popular for the general population.

Jennifer Siegel has had more than her share of unsolicited medical advice. Her OB/GYN offered to do a tummy tuck after she delivered Siegel’s third child. Her eye doctor suggested injectables for the wrinkles between her brows when she went in for an eye exam. And when she asked her dentist about some simple cosmetic dentistry, he offered to nearly overhaul her entire mouth.


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Facelift Could End Misery of Migraines


A one-hour procedure has been devised by surgeons that could end the misery of migraines while rejuvenating the face

A simple operation that ends the misery of migraines while rejuvenating the face has been devised by surgeons.  The one-hour procedure offers fresh hope to the millions whose lives are blighted by crippling headaches.

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Stem Cell Therapy To Grow Bigger Breasts

Stem Cell Therapy To Grow Bigger Breasts

“You won’t believe it, until you see it” 

A STEM cell therapy offering “natural” breast enlargement is to be made available to British women for the first time.

The treatment could boost cup size while reducing stomach fat. It involves extracting stem cells from spare fat on the stomach or thighs and growing them in a woman’s breasts. An increase of one cup size is likely, with the potential for larger gains as the technique improves.

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