If all you have in your waiting room is a few old magazines, it’s time to step up your game and stack a few beauty books on your coffee table or arrange them on a shelf. Not only are they informative and a sheer delight to read for any beauty aficionado, but they’re so pretty they double as décor.
Skinside Out by Robyn McAlpine
Skinside Out is the first book of its kind to deeply explain the intricacies of our largest organ, skin, and how we can work with nature to have the best skin of our lives. This is the mantra of self-confessed skin nerd Robyn McAlpine. In over a decade of her extensive career, she has gathered her expertise to bring you an enthusiastic, modern, humorous and glowing perspective on matters of the skin. Her life’s mission is to fix people’s skin.
Skin doesn’t lie; it reflects our overall health in unimaginable ways. Robyn explains how we live our lives are manifestations of how our skin misbehaves, or doesn’t, and how the connection between our thoughts, stresses, diet, gut health and environment affects the health of our skin.
Skinside Out isn’t an infomercial begging you to buy the latest ‘must have’ products, and it isn’t a text book guaranteed to have your eyes glazing over by the end of chapter one. Instead, Robyn takes you on a fun filled, informative journey. Go behind all the marketing hype, the glossy magazine adverts and the fancy television commercials to find out the real story of skin.
With the knowledge Robyn shares in this book, you will feel empowered to make healthy skin choices for life, with a new found love and appreciation for the humble skin cell and the skin you are in.
Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe
World-renowned beauty and make-up expert Wendy Rowe knows skin inside out. In this refreshing beauty book, Wendy will teach readers how to keep their skin healthy and let their inner and outer beauty shine.
Wendy has devised over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Each of the recipes correlates to an essential skin-feeding ingredient that will help target specific skin problems and common complaints. From cucumbers, ‘the internal cleanser’, to limes, ‘the natural astringent’ and carrots, ‘the immunity booster’, there are also breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients each of these familiar ingredients provide.
And not only will there be methods for feeding your skin, there will also be suggestions on how to keep your skin pampered with recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers and toners, as well as an informative troubleshooting section for confidence-zapping skin problems. Wendy provides specific advice for foods to embrace or avoid depending on your skin.
Split into the four seasons, this stunning book can be dipped in and out of, or followed like a seasonal plan, and will ensure that you achieve beautiful, radiant skin all year round.
Truth in Beauty by Mukti
Truth in Beauty is a practical, easy-to-follow guide that will help readers make the switch to clean beauty and a healthier lifestyle without compromising on results. As the founder of Australian eco-luxe beauty brand Mukti Organics, Mukti has been actively engaged in the beauty industry for over two decades. A pioneer of green chemistry, Mukti draws on her background in complementary medicine to offer comprehensive inside knowledge on the importance of detoxing your skincare routine.
The book includes compelling fact driven insights exposing beauty industry secrets and harmful ingredients found in everyday skincare, cosmetics and personal care products as well as how to decipher labels and verify marketing and product claims. It advises about healthy, nourishing alternatives to toxic beauty products that will give you a glowing complexion and explains the different skin types and how to nurture your skin naturally at every age. Checklists to help you make the switch to clean, sustainable products that work for you without harming the environment are also provided in the book.
The Best Skin Of Your Life Starts Here by Paula Begoun, Bryan Barron, Desiree Stordahl
Best-selling authors and internationally recognized “Beauty Myth Busters”, Paula Begoun, Bryan Barron and Desiree Stordahl provide life-changing skincare information supported by the latest research (800+ studies cited). The Best Skin Of Your Life offers sound advice for all ages on how to put together the most effective skincare routine, why skin type is important, special skin concerns, and the latest breakthroughs in products + ingredients that work to “turn back the clock.” Paula, Bryan, and Desiree break down complicated skin issues from acne to wrinkles and everything in between, in an easy to understand way.
With millions of books sold, including the best-selling ‘Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me’ series, Paula, Bryan and Desiree are the go -to authorities on cosmetic products and their claims. Their skincare recommendations are based on published scientific research, not hype, and come in all price ranges. There’s simply no equal to the consumer-friendly investigative work that this team does. As they put it, “having healthy, beautiful skin shouldn’t have to be a luxury!”
Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes
Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.
Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic, Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.
Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain’s most trusted beauty writer.
Clean Beauty Book by Dominika Minarovic, Elsie Rutterford
Join the clean beauty revolution that’s taking the industry by storm and discover the delights of making your own beauty products in the comfort of your own home. Founders of Bybi Beauty, Dominika Minarovic and Elsie Rutterford, challenge you to take control over what you put on your skin and hair by making it yourself.
Green and clean beauty is growing up, and the London-based Clean Beauty Co are leading the way with luxury beauty recipes packed full of only the good stuff. Scrub that bad day away with a coffee body scrub, or take a long restorative bath with a coconut milk soak. Perhaps you fancy fixing those split ends with a banana split hair mask.Whatever the problem, the Clean Beauty girls have a homemade recipe that you can whip up in no time.
The Beauty Guide by Dr Libby Weaver
The Beauty Guide explains the nutritional, biochemical and emotional basis of beauty challenges and helps readers to decipher the hidden messages that our bodies give us via our beauty bits – our hair, skin, nails.
“The amount of time, focus and money spent on trying to sort out exterior problems that are actually created from inside processes gone awry is astronomical,” says Dr Libby. “I want people to consider whether the parts of their bodies that cause them sadness or frustration, are simply messengers asking them to eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe or perceive in a new way.”
Written for women who feel they have to mask their perceived ‘flaws’, The Beauty Guide offers a deeper perspective on beauty as well as information and inspiration to help the next generation of women live from a place of knowing their true beauty.
The Beauty Chef by Carla Oates
The Beauty Chef is created using skin-loving foods to promote gut health and boost beauty from the inside out. Carla Oates, Founder of The Beauty Chef, believes beautifully radiant, healthy skin starts with optimum nutrition and effective digestion. Recipes include healthy spins on traditional dishes, special-occasion treats, simple family meals and time honoured ferments, all designed to pack a powerful nutritional punch. Importantly, all ingredients can be easily sourced at your local supermarket.
What originally began as creating foods high in prebiotics and probiotics for friends and family has now launched a global movement, Carla created the world’s first ever inner beauty powder – GLOW. Today, The Beauty Chef inner and outer beauty products are sold worldwide including at Selfridges in the UK and on Net-A-Porter. The Beauty Chef uses a unique and exclusive Flora CultureTM process backed by twenty years of research, to create super-charged, whole food supplements. Oates works alongside a naturopath, bio-chemist and professor of probiotics, to ensure that all formulas based on her ideas and recipes are efficacious and while natural and organic, backed by science.