If you are one of those who like to dig deeper into the secrets of skincare, who is fond of reading about the art as well as the science of skincare, then you must also be constantly on the lookout for more material. Be it blogs or podcasts, you would find yourself browsing through all the clutter of content to get to skincare. But it is rare. It is very rare to find serious, hardcore skincare content on the web as most social media ‘skinfluencers’ aren’t even qualified in skin science. Hence we have curated this list of best skincare books to put in your TBR list so that you can glean as much info as you can about skincare.
1. The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Great Skin
Author: Anjali Mahto
Anjali Mahto is a cosmetologist and dermatologist based in London and wrote this book as a basic but comprehensive guide for every individual who wants to dive into skincare. The book broadly talks about how the skin works, the science behind its processes, and therefore skincare. If you are a science nerd and want to know the reasons behind why specific ingredients are good for your skin, or why certain treatments are recommended, then this book is for you. In a nutshell, it explores the behind-the-scenes of our biggest organ — skin.
2. Clean: The New Science of Skin
Author: James Hamblin
Clean: The New Science of Skin has been named the best book of 2020 by Vanity Fair, NPR and Smithsonian's Ten Best Science Books. The book is an account of skincare as seen through skin hygiene, and the importance of cleanliness. James Hamblin is a doctor as well as a journalist, and this reflects in his flawless writing skills that marry his extensive research in dermatology and beauty. He also interviews many estheticians, dermatologists and even allergists to propagate his concept of clean skin
3. Face Fitness: Simple Exercises and Rituals for Toned, Glowing Skin
Author: Patricia San Pedro
This book explores a unique aspect of skin health and skincare — facial exercises. The author talks about the different exercises that help you tone and sculpt your face and keep your skin healthy and glowing. In today’s time when sculpted jaw lines and no-makeup flawless looks are all the rage on Instagram, this book is a godsend. Patricia San Pedro uses easy diagrams and steps to help you follow a facial workout, using easily available tools like facial rollers, Gua sha and your bare fingers. The book also talks about positive soul affirmations for the skin, a therapy that is vastly popular today with people from all over the world practising it.
4. An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty
Author: Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami
Natural Beauty and natural skincare is the newest phenomenon in this second decade of the 21st century. And it is not just a fad that’s going to go away, but here to stay. You would have been reading lots of blogs about sustainable beauty, clean beauty, and natural skincare products… but this book is a beautiful amalgamation of all of those and more. It delves deep into botanical ingredients for skincare and is a great read if you are interested in this topic. Like we at the Savarnas family also produce skincare products using 100% natural active ingredients, there are many out there who enjoy amalgamating knowledge about botanicals. This book is for them all.
5. Plant-Based Beauty
Author: Jess Arnaudin
Another book on natural skincare and beauty, Plant-Based Beauty takes a different approach. It fills in the perspective of how to make your skincare more animal friendly, healthy and non-toxic. It is a holistic source of ideas about plant-based beauty, exercises and even simple recipes that may keep your skin healthy and glowing.
6. Skin Healing Expert: Your 5 Pillar Plan for Calm, Clear Skin
Author: Hanna Sillitoe
The author, Hanna Sillitoe, has experienced skin problems firsthand. And therefore this book is almost a personal account of how to deal with skin issues in a long-term way. Its 5 pillars are —
The book is also a self-journal of sorts, where a few pages are dedicated for you to make your own skincare plan after all that you have learned.
If you are a natural beauty and skincare enthusiast and wish to find a place where your skin is treated with such ingredients then do visit Savarnas Beauty Spa. We use our sister brand Savarnas Mantra’s skincare product line for our wide variety of facials. And these products — from exfoliants to moisturisers, masks to serums, are all made from 100% natural active ingredients, complete cruelty-free. So enjoy your reading, evolve your skincare strategy, and for any facial treatment, feel free to visit us!