On My Beauty Bookself: The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

Confession time: I don’t know a whole lot about Korean skincare. The only Korean skincare products I’ve used are BB creams (to the Koreans, BB creams are skincare) and facial sheet masks. The only Korean skincare brands I’ve tried are Etude House, Skin Food, The Face Shop and Missha. I’ve always loved Japanese skincare and thought Korean skincare had very similar concepts so why change if I don’t have to? It’s funny because my mother on the other hand adores Korean skincare. She uses Sulwhasoo and History of Whoo, which if you know Korean skincare, you’ll know that they’re just about the SKII level or even higher in the Korean skincare world.

Recently I stumbled upon a book called The Little Book of Skincare: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin by Charlotte Cho. I admit that prior to this book, I didn’t know who she was, nor the successful business empire that is Soko Glam that she founded and heads. The book has great reviews (mostly by Soko Glam fans) and I thought I’d give it a go.

Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

If you love reading about skincare, you’ll like this book. If you think skincare is just about washing your face *gasp*, you need to read this book. Heck, as I was reading this book, if I were to write a book on skincare, I would have written pretty much what Charlotte did. A lady after my own mind, I say!

Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

Granted, I know very little about Korean culture. I’ve only ever watched one Korean drama series (My Love From The Star … *dreamy sigh*) and what I could gather from the show is that all the men and women were beautiful and they had flawless skin. I’ve seen a lot of pictures of Korean women and they too have beautiful skin.

Charlotte wrote about her time growing up as an American Korean in Los Angeles and how she used to enjoy the beach-bronzed and tanned skin, bleached hair and heavy makeup. Pasty white skin was frowned upon; after all, why move to California if not for the sun? When she moved to Korea to work and soak up the culture of Korea, she had a culture shock as to how different the Korean men and women look. When she said different, she meant how good their skin looked compared to hers. With the help of her colleagues and friends, she absorbed the Korean skincare culture and it wasn’t long before her skin started to look, as she puts it, chok chok. In the book, she shows you how to get that healthy, radiant and glowy skin that Koreans adore.

Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

The style of Korean skincare, from what I could gather from the book, is very similar to Japanese skincare and the Japanese’s priority of taking care of their skin. She wrote about double-cleansing, the use of essences and facial sheet masks, the importance of sunscreen and much more. It’s an intriguing read and it certainly makes me want to try out more Korean skincare after reading the book.

I didn’t just enjoy the skincare and beauty aspect of the book. Charlotte wrote about Korean culture too, which sounds absolutely fascinating. I really want to try out a Korean spa now! 🙂

Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho

This book is peppered with cute beauty illustrations by Gemma Correll, which complemented the content well. It’s a fun, informative quick read which I’d recommend to any skincare lover. If you’ve never heard of the Korean skincare culture before or even if you’re already a fan, I highly recommend you check this book out. It’s a book catered more to skincare beginners but even if you’ve taken care of your skin religiously for many years, it’s still worth a read.

Note to self: Put on a facial sheet mask tonight. 😛

Have you read this book before? Are you a fan of Korean skincare?

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4 comments… add one
  1. Mel

    You’ve sold me! It sounds great. I want flawless well looked after Korean skin! I’ll have to put this on the must read list. Sounds very different to the Aussie culture (tanning and bleached hair and heavy makeup!)
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    1. Tine

      Definitely worth a read! It’s very different from Aussie culture; in fact, it’s almost the opposite of Western culture. One thing she mentioned which I find fascinating: apparently you might be hard-pressed to find face powder in Korea because it’s pretty much a thing of the past. People want that dewy radiant skin, and when they’ve applied BB cream/foundation, they don’t powder. Certainly different from Western culture of achieving matte skin!

  2. jessyhuang

    nice! can i know where do u get the ebook and maybe can u send the ebook via email to me?
    here my email jessyhuangg@gmail.com


    1. Tine

      Hi Jessy, I purchased mine for my Kindle on Amazon. You can check it out on Amazon too! 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Skin-Care-Secrets-ebook/dp/B00U1ZV8EG/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1465944969&sr=8-1&keywords=charlotte+cho+little+book+of+skin+care (not an affiliate link)

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