Shelf Sightings: K-Beauty Books

Skincare is really self-care. There’s nothing quite like reaching the end of your work week or a hard day, slapping on a facemask and settling into the couch with a book. Truly an ideal Friday night for me – before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and probably after the pandemic. Just taking time for yourself – to slow down – is something we all need.

In this week’s Shelf Sightings post I will be sharing 3 Korean Beauty books. That’s right. Books about that beauty routine that involves more than just a cleanser and moisturizer.

The thing about K-Beauty is that it is about finding out what works for you and your skin – these books just provide options, information, and advice. I hope you’ll find a few tips from these books to include in your morning and nightly routines to help you glow.


Title: The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin
Written by: Charlotte Cho

What It’s About: The secrets behind the world’s most beautiful skin!

In Korea, healthy, glowing skin is the ideal form of beauty. It’s considered achievable by all, men and women, young and old—and it begins with adopting a skin-first mentality. Now, this Korean beauty philosophy has taken the world by storm!

As the founder of Soko Glam, a leading Korean beauty and lifestyle website, esthetician and beauty expert Charlotte Cho guides you through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine—and far beyond—to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life With Charlotte’s step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, and advice on what to look for in products at all price levels, you’ll learn how to pamper and care for your skin at home with Korean-approved techniques and pull off the “no makeup” makeup look we”ve seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul. And you’ll get access to beauty secrets from Charlotte’s favorite beauty gurus from around the world, including supermodels, YouTube sensations, top makeup artists, magazine editors, actresses, and leading Korean skincare researchers.

With the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, Charlotte’s personal tour through Korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your skin.

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Title: The Korean Skincare Bible: The Ultimate Guide to K-beauty
Written by: Sara Jimenez, Lilin Yang, & Leah Ganse

What It’s About: The Korean Skincare Bible is much more than a beauty product guide it is a lifestyle,a ritual and a philosophy. This K-bible is the ultimate no-nonsense guide to daily Korean beauty care,in it you will find advice,step-by-step guides and tricks to take care of your skin and make it look great even if you don’t know anything about the art of cosmetics or have troublesome skin. It will teach you how to make your own beauty products and give you advice on tried and tested routines. This book will bring you closer to achieving flawless skin and will reveal all the secrets you need to be able to achieve radiant skin,every day.

The Korean Skincare Bible will becomeyourexpert guide to great skin – pure and simple.


  1. The history of Korean Beauty
  2. The importance of taking care of your skin
  3. Korean beauty products
  4. The Korean Beauty routine
  5. The natural ingredients used in Korean Beauty
  6. Natural Beauty
  7. K-Beauty don”ts
  8. Korean Beauty trends
  9. Korean Skincare answers
  10. Korean Skincare tips for men
  11. Travelling Korean Beauty tips


Title: Skin Care for Your Soul: Achieving Outer Beauty and Inner Peace with Korean Skin Care
Written by: Jude Chao

What It’s About: The skincare journey. As much as we’d like it to, glowing, clear skin doesn”t happen overnight. But there is beauty in the process – not just the results. Author Jude Chao links skincare to self-care culture, giving readers a practical guide to developing their ideal skincare routine and using it to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The Korean skincare routine invites us to look at our skincare not only as a way to reduce lines and wrinkles or clear up breakouts, but as a tool for developing our self-care habits.

Steady improvement is the goal. Photoshopped perfection is neither realistic nor is it a healthy goal. What matters is caring for our mental health and building our self-esteem by intentionally taking time each day to give our skin some love. But it starts with changing how we view skincare and developing a routine that fits our personal needs and goals, and Chao will help you do that.

Dive into Chao’s book on K-beauty and discover:

  • An easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to skincare
  • A clear breakdown of skincare products (not brands), and pros and cons to help customize your routine
  • How Korean skin care can be a reliable and effective mental health management tool
  • Tips for avoiding common types of exploitative and manipulative beauty marketing

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