The founder of Dr. Ko Skin Specialist – Dr Ko Chung Beng, spent 17 years in UK and obtained his specialist qualifications prior to his return to Malaysia in 1994. He headed the Dermatology Department of Seremban Hospital until 1997, then founded the KO Skin Specialist which has since been providing a comprehensive range of in-depth services from dermatology to cosmetic surgery.
This is my second post about my time with KO Skincare Specialist.
My first post included 5 surprising skin mistakes that you could be making during your skin care regime. Read about it here.
1. KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel 220ml RM198
Okay, I know the trick is always to leave the best for the last, but to hell with that.
I'm going to start my review with my favourite product out all of all the products that were prescribed to me.
Now, many of you know that I am in the industry that requires a whole lot of makeup.
At work Sabrina
And though like any girl, I enjoy getting dolled up, removing all my makeup after a full day at work can really be a hassle.
On shoot days, I go in for make up at really early in the morning, and throughout the day, the makeup artist just keeps doing countless touch ups, which means more and more makeup is added onto me throughout the day.And though it looks very good on camera, and I assure you, the makeup artist is doing his job, in real life, I really look like a pondan - I'm wearing so many layers of makeup, I'm almost unrecognizable.
It's just so much makeup! And when I get home after a long day of shooting, I just want the fastest way of removing everything and then be able to slump in bed and channel my inner sloth.
When Dr Loh of KO Skincare Specialist informed me that the KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel doubled up as a makeup remover, I was very doubtful . Most of the cleaners that I used in the past that claimed to also remove makeup has been disappointing.
So I put it to the test.
The product states that it effectively breaks down grease stains from makeup (including eye area) and removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. It is enriched with botanical extracts, gently cleanses and conditions your skin without stripping the surface of its natural protective lipids.
On one hand, I put equal amount of the usual makeup that I wear on both sides.
Okay please ignore my hairy hand.
From left to right : Eyebrow pencil, eyes shadow, eye liner 1, liquid foundation, eye liner 2 and red lipstick.
I then used my usual cleansing milk that also claimed to remove makeup on one part of my hand.
After 10 seconds of rubbing, some of the makeup was still visible. I then went on to rub it more vigorously. Usually I try to be as gentle on my face as possible, but to prove a point, I rubbed a little harder to try to remove all the makeup.
This was the end result after an additional 10 seconds of rubbing. Though most of the makeup is gone, you can still see stains of it. If you look closely, you will be able to see that the foundation mixed with the cleanser has also managed to stain the side of my hand.
Usually when using this cleanser, I would wash my face 3 times just to be confident that all my makeup has been removed. So much time! Time that could be spent sleeping!
I tried using the KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel next.
I could instantly see the makeup being removed during the first few seconds when rubbing KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel onto my skin.
Within 10 seconds, everything was removed. No residue was left. Also, my skin was left feeling clean and refreshed.
I have been using the KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel ever since. On normal days with my usual makeup routine, I only need to use one round of it. But on shoot days, I wash my face with two rounds of it just to be safe.
KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel
Retailing for RM198
Directions: Wet face and neck, squeeze adequate amount of cleansing gel on palm and massage with circular movements, rinse with warm water thoroughly.
Benefits Contains: Cucumber extract, ginko biloba extract.
2. Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer I 60g RM280
The KO Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 came in a solid tub. The problem I usually face with beauty products that are packaged in tubs is that the products always gets stuck in between my nails when I'm applying it. "Why couldn't this be packaged in a squeeze bottle instead?" goes through my head most of the time, which was why I was glad that the KO product came with it's own scoop. How very thoughtful!
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The texture of the product was a little denser than water. It did not have any smell and was very easy to spread on the skin.
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My first thought after applying the KO Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 was that I could not believe how extremely light it felt. Usually no matter what moisturizer I put on, I could always feel like I was wearing something. It would feel like my skin was being covered with another layer. However, with the Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer, my skin felt light ,like it was rejuvenated, but with nothing to heavy wearing it down.
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I also enjoyed how the KO Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 did not leave my face feeling oily or sticky. It felt as if I had just washed my face.
KO Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1
Retailing for RM280
Directions to use: After cleansing and toning, apply a pea sized amount over your face.
3.KO Dermaceutical Perfect Radiance Toner 21 120ml RM198
Now, I have had my fair share of experience with toners. Both good and bad.
In the past, I've used toners that ended up doing more damage to my skin that any good. Coming into this, I already knew what type of toner would suit for my face so I was very careful about trying the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21.
My first couple of toners had alcohol in them, and while I used to think that it's a good thing ("Well, alcohol kills germs right? Then my toner should have MORE alcohol in them" WRONG!!), I later learnt that alcohol actually dehydrates your skin like crazy. I was glad to hear that the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21 is an alcohol free toner formulated with plant extracts to sooth the skin while inhibiting melanin production.
During my trip to KO Skincare Specialist, I also learnt that your skin should not feel tight after applying products on them. This entire time, the tightness of my face was my gauge as to whether my toner was good or not. The tighter , the better I thought. WRONG!
The KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21 has no artificial coloring and scent. One or two pumps should be enough for an entire face.
When I tried on the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21, I felt like it was spot on. It felt light on my skin and did not leave my skin feeling tight. My skin felt clean, but yeah it still felt fresh. A bonus was that it absorbed really fast on my face so I did not have to waste time waiting for it to dry before going on with my beauty routine.
Long-terms usages of the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21 transforms dull, tired skin into a brighter and luminous complexion. It gives your skin an instant freshness at any time of the day.
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Toner 21
Directions: After cleansing, close eyes and spray on face. Alternatively, spray on cotton pad before applying on face. Spray on makeup to set or refresh it. Can be repeated anytime of the day.
Benefits Free from alcohol, colorant and preservatives.
Can be used as a toner and to set makeup.
That's all for part 1 of my review of KO Skincare Specialist Products.
Come back for Part 2 where I will be reviewing the following products:
Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence I
KO Dermaceutical Perfect C Serum 23
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Block Plus Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 80 PA+++
You can now purchase KO Skincare Specialist products online at http://www.drkoskincare.com/
Download the KO Skincare Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount.
Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8
The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:
Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
T:+603 3343 3140
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