I was (am) in my early 20s, still using the classic Pond’s Cold Cream to remove make-up, a generic Western facial wash that stripped my skin of moisture, and a harsh alcohol-based toner – masabi lang na I was doing something for my skin. I was clueless, hoarding the latest in beauty knowing I can cover up my skin issues – hyperpigmentation, hormonal acne, uneven skin tone, and super rough texture – with a good foundation and concealer.
Skin care…isn’t that for old people? That was me, half a year ago. As much as I enjoy the occasional beauty splurge, I’ve delved more into skin care and have been getting insider information from The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin by Soko Glam founder and esthetician, Charlotte Cho. And, it is gold.
With her charming yet culture-shock (well, I mean, for me) inducing stories of Korea and their “skin-first” philosophy, you’ll peruse every page. Charlotte educates newbies and even gurus regarding misconceptions about skin care e.g. a routine is only for mature skin, layering is unnecessary, the order of products doesn’t matter, stick to one brand, etc. and help you follow a routine that’s perfect for your skin type! She breaks down the mysterious and life-changing Korean 10-Step Skin Care Routine I’ve incorporated to my every day. Bonus (!), she features beauty stories and secrets from men and women from the industry – entrepreneurs, models, and YouTubers. She even helps you plan your trip to Korea! The book also features dainty, humorous illustrations by World Wide Web-famous Gemma Correll, so you can think of it as an adult storybook – perfect for your top shelf.
Read: What Makes K-Beauty Special? via The Klog
So, what is the Korean 10-Step Skin Care Routine?
- Make-Up Remover and Oil Cleanser: This is an essential step for your nighttime routine since skipping this can lead to congested pores and premature wrinkling.
- Water-Based Cleanser: The infamous double cleanse ends here, clearing whatever film is left from the oil cleanser or cleansing balm.
- Exfoliator: It’s a weekly date with a gentle exfoliator, sloughing dead skin cells and impurities from harsh environmental factors.
- Toner: This restores PH balance and perfectly preps your skin for the next steps to better absorb products. It’s also called skin, refresher, or simply, water.
- Essence: For Koreans, essence is the heart of the entire routine since it targets specific skin issues like wrinkling and hyperpigmentation.
- Ampoules, Boosters, and Serums: These are pretty much like essences but thicker and deliver instant results.
- Sheet Mask: Treat yourself with an essence-filled sheet mask at least once a week for that extra moisture and hydration! Super *kawaii* packaging also helps, eh?
- Eye Cream: No time to snooze? An eye cream is a life-saver especially since skin around your eye area is the thinnest on the face. Need I say more?
- Moisturizer: Seal in all the steps with extra moisture!
- Sunscreen: This is the most essential step for daytime routine which everyone – male and female, young or adult – should incorporate in their every day.
I mean, The Little Book of Skin Care is 200+ pages of beauty greatness. Good skin care is a must for anyone, and it’s never too late to start a routine – and actually stick to it! You might get lost in the gobbledygook midway – I know I may have snoozed during the über lengthy sunscreen lecture – but this isn’t meant to be digested in one sitting. Wear a sheet mask, pack your face on with moisture and hydration, and thank me later.
You can purchase this locally in Fully Booked or order online via Book Depository.