PS: What’s the real difference between American and Korean skin care?
CC: Koreans churn out products really quickly because they’re really focused on innovation, since there is so much competition. They are not afraid of risks and that makes Korean skin care very exciting. The packaging is always very innovative, sophisticated, and cute. And the skin care is always very affordable. Growing up in America, I’d have to go to department stores to buy these expensive products but in Korea I can find quality items for $20.
PS: What types of products do you recommend sharing with your significant other?
CC: I always say make sure you both have similar skin types. If you have dry, sensitive skin, try not to use products with alcohol. That will cause more dryness and inhibit wound healing. If you have acne, many people use products with lots of alcohol in it, but that actually doesn’t help it heal any faster. My husband uses Son & Park Beauty Water ($30) all the time. It's a multistep product, so it hydrates, exfoliates, and tones.
PS: Do you have any tips for newbies to Korean skin care?
CC: I think that's the whole reason I wrote this book. It is to make skin care more accessible and fun because if you think about skin care, it sounds dry and boring, but with this, hopefully readers will be inspired to start a routine. Skin care in Korea is fun and I’m hoping to transfer that same feeling, mood, and environment.