Reading List: The Little Book of Skin Care

in at April 17, 2017

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Water-Based Cleanser: The infamous double cleanse ends here, clearing whatever film is left from the oil cleanser or cleansing balm.
  3. Exfoliator: It’s a weekly date with a gentle exfoliator, sloughing dead skin cells and impurities from harsh environmental factors.  
  4. 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.
  5. Essence: For Koreans, essence is the heart of the entire routine since it targets specific skin issues like wrinkling and hyperpigmentation.
  6. Ampoules, Boosters, and Serums: These are pretty much like essences but thicker and deliver instant results.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. Moisturizer: Seal in all the steps with extra moisture!
  10. 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.

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.