My Skin Care Journey Begins

여보세요! My name is Geena. Today is Day 1 of my Korean skin care journey. I am a 31 year old, Caucasian, American woman with fair skin, light blue/green eyes and very dark brown hair. I’ve never said that I have nice skin nor have I received many compliments , which, of course is one of my goals of this journey. I know.. I know…. don’t worry about others – it’s all about what YOU think of yourself… but is it really vain to want someone else to notice? Personally, it might be, but I have no shame in my game and a little vanity never hurt anyone.

As American As It Gets 

As we all know, America is a mixing pot. In true American fashion, I have a little bit of every European continent in my heritage from Eastern Europe to Southern Sicily. In an effort to try and make my heritage a little less muddy, my father is mainly Sicilian/Lithuanian and my mother is mainly English/Norwegian. However, don’t get it twisted, this gives me no real ethnic direction to my skin type. In fact, it was only within the last 5 years that I have really understood the complexity of my combination skin. So, if you are like me, and think you have difficult, troubled skin and see no hope in sight of having that gorgeous, flawless complexion with no make-up, you are NOT alone. Please, come sit, read, and learn from my journey. If you feel so inclined, email me at and let me know what questions you have.

What I Know

So far, my introduction to Korean skin care has been one Rachel Ray show featuring Charlotte Cho,  “The Little Book of Skin Care” (Charlotte Cho’s book), and the blog, Soko Glam (also by Charlotte Cho,) so to say I may have some biased resources would be an understatement. However, my friend Amanda has been following Korean skin care and Charlotte for years (ever since a 10 hour layover at the Seoul airport) and her skin is GORGEOUS! This has made me a believer and put me on a mission to learn as much as I can from the Korean 10 Step Beauty Routine and achieving the much coveted “chok chok” that Charlotte Cho speaks so highly of in Korean culture. According to Charlotte Cho in her book, “The Little Book of Skin Care”, “chok chok doesn’t just pertain to skin, but is used to describe something that is literally moist.” (Before you cringe at the word “moist”, check out some Korean beauty inspiration from the web below. This is a perfect example of “chok chok” and definitely NOT cringe-worthy skin.)

Source: Korean Daily,


Day 1:

So here I am, Day 1 with a blog, a domain, a book, and a knowledgeable friend starting my skin care journey with me to “chok chok”. I’ve inserted a starting picture of myself below. Let’s just say this… it can’t get any worse. I hope.