I’ll be totally honest with you. When I heard SoKo Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho had written a skin care book, The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, there was no question about whether I was going to buy it. I HAD to have it.
As you might have seen from my recent post on UK based Korean beauty shop Mask House, I’m very enthusiastic about Korean skin care and I was super excited to read the book.
Charlotte Cho and her husband Dave created beauty and lifestyle shop SoKo Glam (short for South Korean Glam) in 2012. SoKo Glam focuses on bringing Korean skin care brands to Western customers as well as providing helpful tips on Korean skin care.
The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin looks at how to really look after your skin (note: a quick splash of cold water on your face will NOT do) and discusses in great detail how to follow the infamous Korean 10 step daily skin care routine.
Ah yes, the 10 step daily skin care routine. A puzzling concept for many and if you’re clueless on how to incorporate extra products into your beauty regime, don’t worry. This book is perfect for you.
A licensed aesthetician, Charlotte writes like a caring best friend who wants you to have amazing skin. Sure, she uses shock tactics (“[Not washing your face] can accelerate aging.”) but it’s lovingly done.
The book starts with Charlotte’s tales of her five year stay in Seoul, Korea and how was she inspired by the perfect skin she saw everywhere. From her colleagues to people on the street, everyone had that lovely dewy glow (or chok chok in Korean).
She reveals how strange it was for her to adjust from her native sun-obsessed California to Korea, where skin care and a no make-up look are admired. It’s a wonderful read because it’s easy to assume that perfect skin is effortless but Charlotte shares her journey.
My top 3 quotes from The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Health, Glowing Skin:
Charlotte is honest in professing how bizarre she initially found Korean spas, sheet masks as well as essences, ampoules and the many, many layers we need to apply in the 10 step daily skincare routine. She discusses everything from double-cleansing (once you read about the benefits you’ll be hooked! as well as key ingredients to look out for.
What I love most about The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin is the praise for pale skin. It’s refreshing to see a publication that places the importance of using SPF and natural pale skin above beach-bronzed and tanned skin (Charlotte’s former look). She’s been converted to the Korean way of thinking. As have I.
In the book she encourages readers to have fun with skin care. It might take a while for us to get used to new products and a more thorough regime but my goodness, it’s totally worth it in the end. Once you follow Charlotte’s advice you’ll have glowing skin in no time!
Even if you’re not a skin care novice, this book is still a fantastic read. I love the cute illustrations by Gemma Correll. I’ll definitely be re-reading this!
The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Amazon, £18.99