A selection of Korean beauty and skincare products

K-beauty: Why Korean beauty and skincare products have gone global

‘K-Beauty’ (beauty and skincare products originating from Korea) covers
anything from razors to bubble tea sleeping packs.

The ethos of K-beauty is to nourish your skin so that it looks naturally
beautiful. And it’s not an overnight sensation; the Korean beauty market is
among the top 10 in the world, with an estimated worth of more than $13
billion in 2018, according to intelligence agency

Mintel

.

According to

Marie Claire

, where once Western brands led the way, ‘now the axis of influence has
shifted and due to a combination of factors South Korea has become the
global leader in beauty innovation’.

Global demand for Korean beauty and skincare products

Korean skincare and beauty products are popular because of their reputation
for ingredients that have a truly positive impact on your skin.

“There is a rock-solid security in K beauty’s commitment to science,”
writes

Kate Branch in Vogue

.

The overarching theme of K-Beauty encourages people to nurture the skin,
slowly and consistently with various small but regular steps, such as the
K-Beauty

’10 steps’

.

A huge industry in Korea

Beauty blogger

Bethany Tyndall

says: “Seoul, Korea’s thriving beauty metropolis, is well ahead of the
curve when it comes to creating the biggest and best beauty trends of the
decade.”

South Korean men

spend more on skincare

than men anywhere else in the world, while South Korean women spend twice
as much money on beauty products and make-up than American women.

For this reason, South Korean beauty and skincare companies must constantly
improve products in order to stay on top, leading to a wealth of
innovation. This level of innovation helps explain why the demand for
K-Beauty products in Europe is on the

rise

.

Embracing our heritage

As Korea’s leading shaving brand, we have embraced the K-beauty ethos for
more than 60 years, in every piece of pioneering shaving kit that we have
produced.

We share the overarching commitment to science. In order to keep driving
innovation, we devote considerable resource to research and development so
that we can produce quality razors to suit all skin types and
sensitivities.

This is demonstrated by the

Dorco EVE 6

, with its six blades that contour to your body shape.

The K-beauty revolution isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, and Dorco
are proud to be a part of it.

Man wondering how to shave head with a razor

How to shave your head with a razor

Shaving your head with a razor really isn’t as daunting as it sounds. With
the right preparation and technique, you’ll be achieving a
professional-quality shave in no time, whilst minimising the chance of
unsightly razor bumps popping up on your freshly bald head.

Whether you’re looking for something easier to maintain, want to combat
thinning hair or just simply try out a new style, our five easy steps will
show you how to shave your head with a razor.

1 – What you’ll need


  • A quality razor

    – be sure to check that your blades are sharp, clean and not

    in need of replacing

  • Shave Gel
  • A second mirror to see the back of your head – we recommend investing in
    one with an adjustable arm
  • Electric clippers or a friendly neighbourhood barber!

2 – Trimming down

Razors aren’t effective when cutting through long hair, so you’ll first
need to trim as close to the scalp as possible.

If you have a set of hair clippers at home, that’s great; if not, pop down
to your local barber or hairdresser and ask for a grade 1 all over. A
single grade typically costs less than a normal haircut.

3 – Prepping for best results

A hot shower helps to soften hair and open your pores. Dry your hair with a
towel going back to front, against the direction of growth.

Then, apply your

Shave Gel

to your hair and neck. For best results, wait a few minutes for it to soak
in.

4 – Time to shave

Start with the front of your head and other visible areas, leaving the back
until last. Make sure you shave in an orderly pattern to avoid going over
the same areas more than once. Shave with the grain and apply very little
pressure – let the blades do the work.

Don’t stretch your skin across your scalp as this can encourage ingrown
hairs and razor bumps. Be sure to rinse the blades between each stroke.

We recommend getting a friend or partner to help with difficult-to-reach
areas if you are struggling. Ideally, wait a few days before you next shave
your head to give your skin some time to recover.

5 – Aftercare

It is important to give your bald head the same care and attention that you
would your face.

Splash cold water on your head and neck, then gently pat dry with a towel.
Use an alcohol-free shaving aftercare product to gently sooth your scalp.

The newly exposed skin will need some extra care. Aim to moisturise it
daily and apply sun protection when going outdoors.

Using a gentle exfoliant on a day between shaves will help to prevent
ingrown hairs by increasing skin cell turnover. Those containing glycolic
or salicylic acid tend to work best.

There you have it,
five simple steps to a bald head, free from those pesky razor bumps. Good
luck and happy shaving!

The pink tax: what impact is it having on women?

What is the Pink Tax?

The Pink Tax is the term used when a company charges more for female
products than the male equivalent, under the belief that women will pay
more.

Research by

the Times newspaper

uncovered what they described as ‘sexist’ prices across many of Britain’s
largest retailers. Women were found to pay on average 37% more for very
similar or identical products – from clothing items such as jeans to
toiletries and razors.

The Pink Tax is one of many economic disadvantages faced by women in their
daily lives, including the gender pay gap,
which is an ongoing issue impacting women around the globe.

“Women are getting ripped off twice,” says Jemima Olchawski
, head of policy at the Fawcett Society. “They are paid less than men and
are also charged more for similar products.”

How this extends to personal care products

Personal care products including female razors are a particular focal point
for campaigners seeking gender equality amongst consumers.

The ‘Tampon Tax’ – the VAT added to female sanitary products – is still
present in the UK. Sanitary products are classed as luxury, non-essential
items and hit with a 5% VAT charge. This is despite several
much-less-essential items being exempt from VAT, for example ‘crocodile
meat’, ‘alcohol jellies’ and ‘edible sugar flowers’.

Laura Croyton, who started a

Change.org petition

to end the Tampon Tax that received more than 300,000 signatures, said:
“Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose
to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been
created for those who do.”

Will this change in the future?

Slowly but surely, we are seeing change but there is still a long way to
go.

Until it’s possible to repeal the legislation (it’s currently enshrined in
law by the EU), the Tampon Tax Fund, set up by the Government, allocates
funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve
the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

Meanwhile, some large retailers, such as

Boots

and

Tesco

, have taken a step in the right direction by addressing their prices for
personal care items, including female razors.

What is Dorco’s stance on the Pink Tax?

We are 100% against the idea of charging women a premium for our products
and are committed to providing a smooth, close shave at a fair price.

In fact, our female razor, the

Dorco EVE 6

, is cheaper than our 6-blade male razor, as are the refill cartridges.

We also provide the opportunity to escape the razor aisle for good with our

subscription service

, which includes both male and female options and costs a purse-friendly £1
for the first month. Every subscription is customisable to your needs and
you can cancel at any time.

Person demonstrating how to clean a razor effectively

How to clean your razor

Cleaning your razor blades is important to ensure that your shaving experience is effective and safe. Nobody wants a clogged razor blade!

Basic maintenance will help to extend the life of your razor, whilst also minimising the build-up of potentially harmful debris and bacteria.

In five simple steps, we show you how to clean your razor and give it the care and attention it needs.

Step 1 – Rinse as you go

Each stroke of your razor introduces debris, such as shaving foam, hair and skin particles, risking you being left with a clogged and ineffective razor.

Aim to take no more than one or two strokes before giving your blades a quick rinse under the tap, or a vigorous swish around in some water.

Step 2 – A thorough rinse post-shave

Get into the habit of thoroughly cleaning your razor after every use.

Use a tap or shower head to run a powerful stream of water through the back side of your razor blades. This will clear most of the debris that builds up during each shave.

Warm water works better than cold. A few intermittent taps against something solid, such as the edge of your sink, will also help dislodge larger items, such as long or thick hairs.

Dorco razors feature bent blade technology and an open-flow blade cartridge design, making them easier to clean and maintain.

Step 3 – Dry the razor properly before storing

Harmful bacteria thrive in wet, enclosed environments. Therefore, it is important to let your razor dry thoroughly before storing it away.

Step 4 – Take care with stubborn debris

To avoid cutting yourself, avoid the temptation to use your fingers to remove stubborn debris. Instead, use a small brush.

Dedicated razor cleaning brushes can be found in most pharmacies. If you do not own one, then a clean, unused toothbrush offers an easy alternative.

Avoid using items such as cotton buds or tissue paper, as material can easily get stuck between the blades, leading to a further clogged razor.

Rubbing alcohol – also known as isopropyl alcohol – can make this job a lot easier. Alcohol will help to break down stubborn debris, making it much easier to remove.

Simply soak your razor’s head in the alcohol for a few minutes, giving it the occasional swish and stir to work the alcohol in between the blades. Then proceed to cleaning it with your brush.

Alcohol will also help sterilise the blades, minimising the risk of harmful bacteria accumulating.

Step 5 – Timely replacement

Unfortunately, no amount of cleaning or sterilisation can revive a dull razor blade. If your shave is in any way uncomfortable, or it is showing any signs of rust or immovable debris, it is time to change your blades.

For regular shavers, experts recommend changing your razor each week to avoid potential issues, such as shaving rash, cuts and infection.

Hassle-free replacement

To be sure your razors remain both comfortable and safe to use, why not consider the Dorco subscription service.

To start saving money and take the hassle out of changing your blade, simply answer these three quick questions.

Man without spots after shaving

What’s the cause of spots after shaving and how do you prevent them?

Picture the scene: you start the day ­with a wet shave, brimming with confidence as you clear away those morning bristles.

James Bond, eat your heart out.

However, that confidence is quickly extinguished by the appearance of an unsightly facial rash that’s less 007 and more double-oh-damn.

It looks and feels like acne, but can it really be? What causes the spots than occasionally appear after shaving and what can you do about them?

The science behind it

Firstly, you are most likely not suffering from acne. While the spots after shaving may look like acne, they are likely to be the result of a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae, which is caused by curly hairs getting stuck inside the hair follicles.

“Instead of growing straight out of the follicle, the hair meets resistance from dead skin at more steeply angled pore openings, and curls back around inside the pore,” explains Dr Cynthia Abbott, a dermatologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. “This causes inflamed, painful, red bumps.”

What to do about it

The key is in your preparation and technique. Rather than shaving being a cause of rashes and bumps, it can actually be a great way to proactively care for skin when done properly.

Here are our five top tips for preventing spots when you shave:

  1. In between shaves, use a good exfoliator to clear away any dead skin cells: But don’t go overboard. “If you are scrubbing your skin regularly in addition to shaving (especially if you’re using a gritty scrub or pressing hard), you could be overdoing it,” warns Jeni Sykes, head of skincare at Heyday. “And your skin is far more likely to break out.”
  2. Use a shave gel designed for sensitive skin: Dorco’s Shave Gel contains hydrating aloe vera, glycerin and betaine which work together to organically soothe your skin.
  3. Shave in the direction of your hair growth. It’s tempting to go against the grain in order to get a close, quick shave – but you increase the risk of spots and irritation after shaving.
  4. Choose a quality razor: “Single-blade disposables are likelier to drag against the skin,” explains cosmetic dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D. Select any one of Dorco’s multi-bladed options, and you are guaranteed outstanding performance – just what you need to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
  5. Regularly change your blade cartridge: Blunt blades not only deliver a sub-standard shave, they can also cause razor burn and harbour bacteria. Dorco’s subscription service removes the inconvenience of remembering to stock up on blades. Click here to build your personalised subscription.

Stacey in the Sticks

“The Dorco Classic razor has seven precision-aligned blades so gives a close comfortable shave to keep that face looking on top form. This kit comes with some amazing smelling shave gel too.”

Me, Him, the Dog and the Baby logo

Me, Him, the Dog and the Baby

“Dorco is a new brand to us both but they have quite a lot of options at really affordable prices. You can buy just the razor if you like, value packs or even just replacement blades in various quantities.”

Couple walking with suitcases having asked can you take a razor in hand luggage?

Can I take my razor in my hand luggage?

If you’re a regular shaver, chances are you’ll want to take your razor on your next trip away. However, as it’s a sharp blade, you may be asking can you take a razor in your hand luggage on a plane and what the restrictions are.

Whether it’s allowed on the flight, and where to pack it, ultimately depends on the type of blades your razor has.

There are some strict rules about what you can carry in your hand luggage – and what you can’t. Strangely the most confiscated items taken from British travellers at airport security include live animals and Marmite!

Razors on the other hand are unlikely to be confiscated if you stick to the following guidelines, but always double-check the regulations specific to your airline and departure and arrival airports.

Handles, cartridges and blades

When we talk about ‘razors’ we usually mean the whole shebang – handle, cartridge and blade. However, to better understand whether you can take your razor on a plane, we need to look at these parts separately.

Handles can typically go in either your hand luggage or hold luggage without restriction.

Where you pack the blades, however, depends on how they attach to your razor and whether or not they have certain safety features.

Cartridge razors

Cartridge razors are those with a detachable head of self-contained blades. These blades are fixed in place and cannot be easily removed from the cartridge.

These razors typically come with a few replacement cartridges, with refill cartridges available when needed. For example, all Dorco razors are cartridge razors.

Both the handle and cartridges are widely accepted in both hold luggage and hand luggage.

The only condition is that you put any supplied protective coverings over the blades to protect airport staff if they search your bags.

Disposable razors

Disposable razors feature a fixed head and blades that cannot be easily removed. Users dispose of the whole product once it becomes blunt.

These are widely accepted in both hold luggage and hand luggage without restriction.

Again, it is advised to attach any protective covers that came with the blades.

Safety razors

Safety razors feature a single, often double-edged, interchangeable razor blade. The razor blade itself is widely prohibited in hand luggage because they are so easy to take out, which could be dangerous. The handle of a safety razor, however, should be allowed in both types of luggage without restriction – there’s nothing dangerous about the handle!

You should therefore always detach the blade before travel and pack it, along with any spare blades, in your hold luggage only.

Always double-check before flying

The above guidance is based on Government guidelines, so will apply to most airports and airlines. However, these can vary and be subject to change over time, so it’s worth checking both the Government’s and the Airline’s websites before you go to gain peace of mind.

If in doubt, always check with both your departure and destination airports and airlines before travelling. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that all Dorco razors and replacement blades can typically be packed in both your hand luggage or hold luggage, according to the UK Government’s own airport regulations.

For more information on hand luggage restrictions, visit the UK government website.

Woman shaving with no shaving irritation

How often should you change the blades on your razor?

How often should you replace the blades on your razor? This important question is often overlooked, but regularly changing the blades on your razor is essential not only for an effective shave, but also for protecting your health.

As a very general rule, women may change their razors less frequently than men because they shave less regularly – though conversely they are more likely to shave a larger portion of their body hair than male shavers!

The frequency that you should change the blades on your razor will also depend on things like the quality of the razor, how often you shave and how thick your hair is.

To be sure you’re not using a razor beyond its recommended limits, here are some obvious signs to watch out for that indicate it’s time for a change.

Sharp razor, comfortable shave

Dull or rusty razor blades can tug at hairs and increase the chances of shaving irritating and skin damage.

If you experience shaving irritation, cut yourself often, or it simply doesn’t feel comfortable when shaving, then your razor is probably the cause.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, razor blades should be changed every five to seven shaves to minimise irritation.

Protecting delicate skin

Shaving with a rusty or bacteria-filled razor can harm your skin, often resulting in little red bumps on the surface. If you accidentally cut yourself, then there is also a very real risk of more serious infections.

Any signs of dullness, rust or other substances appearing on the surface are therefore a clear signal to change your blades.

Even if you haven’t used it in a while, try change your razor as regularly as possible. Over time, exposure to the elements will naturally causes your razor’s blades to rust and start to harbour nasty bacteria.

Buy quality blades

A quality razor and set of blades, such as the Dorco EVE 6, can significantly affect how often you need to replace them.

Better quality razors and blades, which need to be replaced less often, should be more economical over time, and give you a consistently comfortable shave for longer.

Dorco razors use ancient blade-making techniques backed by the latest technology and expertise to give you sharp, strong, long-lasting blades.

Care between uses

How you store your razor between uses has perhaps the greatest impact on how long it will last.

Rust and bacteria thrive in warm, damp environments. Storing your razor near your bath or shower is therefore probably the worst place if you’re looking to prolong its life.

Ideally you should store razors in a cool, dry place – such as a bathroom drawer or cabinet – with the blades facing upwards.

Hassle-free replacement

To be sure your razors remain both comfortable and safe to use, why not consider Dorco’s subscription service with your first month costing you just £1!

To start saving money and take the hassle out of changing your blade, simply click here.

 

Charles Taylor Smith

“The PACE 6 Plus blades are so delicate on my skin which leaves my face feeling smooth and fresh – without the irritation. When shaving it slides effortlessly through my stubble, unlike others I’ve used.”