May 23, 2024
books on skin, cosmetics

If you treat your skin and your wallet more or less wisely, you are certainly one of those who does not mindlessly build up your daily care) Different skin conditions create different care needs, and you have to solve a tricky logic problem that is worse than a final exam to understand which product is necessary and how to combine it with others so that your appearance corresponds to your cherished ideals. Like filling out tax returns and taking meter readings, they don’t teach that at school, so you either have to enlist the help of experts in the field or figure it out for yourself.

Consultants in stores, as a rule, are well informed about the product they sell, but you certainly can’t call them impartial advisors – after all, in 9/10 of the cases they are financially interested in you leaving with as big a purchase as possible.

A similar situation happens with bloggers and opinion leaders – good promotional offers come to many, and hardly anyone can express their real opinion in a promotional post/storytelling without censorship. Not to mention that bloggers, with few exceptions, are not experts, but users just like you. Knowledgeable cosmetics and cosmetology bloggers can only be induced to advertise products that they are willing to buy and for their hard-earned money)

Of course, you can live in a chat with your personal beautician and every time you send him pictures of new/interesting/just nice-looking jars, with the cherished question “okay?

The Secret of Skin (All Things You Should Know About Skin), Yael Adler

The book by the German dermatologist is not in vain first on the list: for those who are just thinking about skin care, it is the first assistant. Yes, at first it will be a bit boring: skin structure, derma-epidermis, microbiome, renewal, exfoliation and all that. And then it’s on! “Skin has a brain”, “hair has an erection”, “sweat acids are used to create flavors in yogurts”, “God forbid you wash your socks with the rest of your clothes” – shock content, and not for scandal, but with an explanation of what’s what.


The author pays a lot of attention to sun protection, proving that sanscreen is not necessary all year round, the tanning bed is an absolute evil, but you cannot do without UV light at all either. For example, women who wear a burqa experience a large deficit of vitamin D and suffer from osteoporosis.

What other topics does the author touch on in the book?

Skin behavior at different ages.
Causes of all sorts of nastiness like acne, rosacea, and neurodermatitis.
Interesting cosmetology. For example, Botox is used as an antidepressant, smoothing the “wrinkle of anger”: no negative facial expressions – no negative emotions.
Relationship between skin condition and diet. Cow’s milk is evil (the author will argue), and sugar and gluten – well, you can still live with them.
I predict: bookmarks stickers will stick to every second page, because the book – one hundred percent good without the “water” and nerdiness. Here’s my favorite from there, by the way: kissing is an alternative to lip balm, because when you kiss, the sebum from the lip edge is distributed to the drier areas, improving microcirculation and skin immunity. Cool, right?

The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life#At Any Age, Chizu Saeki

Japanese Chizu Sayeki is a respected beauty consultant, founder of the Ginza beauty school in Tokyo, a magazine columnist and author of 30 bestsellers. Not surprisingly, Saeki-san is a certified cosmetologist, and her career highlights include working as a training manager for Guerlain and Dior.

Chizu SaekiNow about the book. It is not revolutionary, of course, but it is full of great tips for quality facial care. First and foremost, five skin characteristics to pay attention to before you stuff your face with creams. Second, a practical section with six massage techniques, including lymphatic drainage. A step-by-step description with photos is included.


A separate chapter is devoted to express methods of tidying up the skin. A couple of the most interesting are a steam mask with a shower cap and a toning water massage. It requires a plastic bottle with a “spout. Chizu Saeki has a clever scheme in her book.

Well, from what I personally took note of – the skin fasting: “Its essence is to spend the whole day without makeup and grooming products to enhance the natural ability of the skin to heal.”