FEELING A BIT embarrassed here. Over the weekend I read a story in the Wall Street Journal that South Korean men use “an average of 13.3 cosmetic products each month,” according to the country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
Me not so many, certainly not regularly. I totted them up:
Micellar water (cleanser), Aveeno exfoliator, serum, moisturizer, sometimes tinted moisturizer. I used the Skinmedica skincare system for about six months (and many, many dollars) with no positive results, so I’m back to basics.
LittleBird Janet sent me her list: cleanser, sometimes serum, sometimes Vitamin C something-or-other, moisturizer, eye cream, Retin A, “every blue moon” a face mask..
I didn’t ask LittleBird Kathy: too embarrassing—she has gorgeous skin and takes good care of it. But I don’t think even she cracks the South Korean 13.3-product ceiling.
I generally believe what I read in the Journal (except their editorials), and the story said that lots of Korean men learn about skincare while they’re serving in the military. Patrolling the North Korean DMZ under a brutal sun, alternating with brutal cold, takes its toll.
So, absent military patrols, and maybe not being Crazy Rich or Asian, how many nostrums and potions do you use, on average, in a month? You can just give a number down in the Comments section. Or, if you think your list is amusing (or embarrassing, much better), feel free to list your poisons. There’s no prize for participating except to see how you measure up.