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A woman reportedly suffered serious allergic reaction to a fake Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel and has to be rushed to the emergency ward for treatment.

According to a post that has gone viral posted by Facebook user Sabram Omar, the victim bought what she thought was the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel from an online store, and is most likely suffering from allergic reactions from the ingredients of the allegedly fake product.

The Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is one of the most sought after products by Korean brand Nature Republic and has a loyal fan base who swears by its efficacies.

How do you tell between authentic and fake Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel?

Beauty blogger Lilly shares the differences that she has observed and we picked out the most important ones:

1. The plastic packaging on the authentic product has a larger dotted line section compared to the fake ones. This plastic packaging will also have “Nature Republic” printed on it.

2. You can find a watermark on the cap of the original product. Glide your finger over the label on the cap and you’ll be able to feel bumps where the watermark is printed.

3. The authentic product has “bubbles” in them and produces a different sound when you shake the tub, compared to counterfeits.

4. Check the label on the bottom of the tub. The barcode should begin with “880” with the first “8” in bold. The website printed on the label should also end with “.com”

5. The plastic film that you see protecting the gel after you open the cap has “Nature Republic” printed on it.

How do you make sure you won’t become a victim of fake beauty products?

Here are a few tips Daily Vanity recommends:

  • Always buy from authorised retailers and online stores with good reputation.
  • If the price looks like it’s too good to be true, be extra cautious.
  • If you decided to take the risk and make a purchase with an unknown or less trusted source, do a patch test to make sure the product doesn’t hurt you. Simply apply a small amount on your inner wrist or along your jaw-line, wait for an hour, and see whether your skin react aversely.

Click here to read more about a high profile beauty scam, and here to get tips about avoiding fakes when you’re shopping online.