Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week Cindy  of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash.  IMO  she  has  the keenest  eyes and best insights into the best of skin care, hair care and fragrances.   Whenever  I need  a new product  I go to  Prime Beauty  to  check out her reviews.  Yes, she’s that  good.


Fashion Flash Book Review: The Little Book of Skin CareFashion Flash Book Review: The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho

Korean  skin care is one of the hottest  online beauty  topics.  I  have  received repeated questions  on the  pros and cons of this extensive  skin care  routinue and  I was excited to  get a review copy of  this new book.  Written by beauty blogger whose poular site offers hard to find skin care products, it provides much needed answers to  frequently asked questions.

Cho  was born in the US to Korean parents  and she is able to look at  her culture with both the eyes of a tourist yet with the background and language  skills to really understand what  she  sees.   She gives a clear and comprehensive review of  the famous  (infamous?) 10 step skin care program that  is to be  executed  both  in the  morning and  at bedtime.  The ten steps- oil cleanser, water based soapy cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, serums, sheet mask, eye cream, moisturizer and sunscreen–  take at least 10-15 minutes to perform.   Cho points to the dewy beautiful skin of Korean  as proof that this extensive prgram works.

Most of the speciality products such as the essense, oil cleanser  serums and toners are  hard to find  and she offers them on her  website.  I was  very impressed  at the lack of  heavy handed sales  tactics that are often seen in  beauty  authors  who  have e-commerce sites.  It  adds credibility to her advice and  made  me actually want to  buy some  her products.

Like any  card carrying beauty junkie I am fascinated  by the Korean skin care regime, but  the time and  cost can pose  problems.  Most of the Koroean  skin care products are $50-$100 each so the entire program  can run from $500-$1000 for a three month supply.  In addition  as one of the mosre than 40 million Americans with   sensitive skin, I’m hesitant to try it.  The 10 different products  probably contain  more than 100 ingredients, at least half of which may   potentially irritate cranky skin.   I will definately try   adding a few of the steps to my usual skin care routinue, but total immersion is daunting.


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