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We tend to completely ignore our skin until it’s giving us trouble. But then it’s all-out war. Skin care and relentless problem areas leave us dismayed and fed up. Finding the right beauty routine can be more frustrating than online dating.

Instead of treating your skin like the enemy (or at best an untrustworthy friend) these books will help you better care for your skin and actually feel good in it. They will also help you simplify your daily routine so you can save time and money.

Get healthy, glowing skin with these five helpful, eye-opening books.

1. Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm Happy Skin

“Skin Cleanse” by Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics, is your guidebook for basic, relaxed skin care. Grigore firmly believes in simple routines and ingredients: Less is certainly more when it comes to what you slather on your body.

From keeping a food journal and tracking your skin’s appearance, to eliminating all of your products for a short time, Grigore will teach you how to listen to your body and discover what products, foods, and routines are really best for you.
This book will leave you with a paired down routine and a better appreciation of the nutrients that support healthy, happy skin. It will also teach you how to listen to your body and pay attention to what it actually needs, not what’s trendy or what beauty magazines preach.
Instead of pushing a one-size-fits-all approach or skin “cures”, this book gives you the tools to experiment with your skin care routine and discover what works for you.

2. Hello Glow

You don’t have to go to an upscale spa or scour the shelves for luxurious beauty products. “Hello Glow” is full of more than 150 DIY recipes that you can make at home with simple, easy to find ingredients. This book will reveal the beauty products hiding in your kitchen, and teach you how to make indulgent and practical products for your face, body, and hair.

While there are plenty of recipes for pampering treats, the book is also full of homemade daily beauty essentials like a foaming honey cleanser, post-workout face wipes, and decadent body butter. “Hello Glow” will give you the confidence to make your own products and open you up to new treatments. Self-care never felt, or looked, so good.

3. Make It Up 

If you’ve ever felt frustrated that makeup wasn’t made for you or it never did exactly what you wanted, this book is for you. “Make It Up” makes it easy to create your own custom makeup that perfectly matches your skin and performs flawlessly to your needs. Marie Rayma breaks down how to formulate your own products including mineral powder foundation, cream blush, mascara, lipstick, and more. You won’t be stuck with dull shades, either. Rayma includes resources to help you source natural ingredients for vibrant hues so you can create any look you want without worry.

4. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out

Feed your skin! We all know that what we eat matters, but it’s especially important for supporting your largest organ: your skin. “Eat Pretty” breaks down the essential nutrients your skin needs to not only function properly but also to look its best.

Jolene Hart, a former beauty editor turned certified beauty and health coach, makes it easy to get the nutrients you need with examples of foods and seasonal recipes. Instead of just telling you to eat certain foods and steer clear of others, Hart explains how the nutrients nourish your skin and the science behind more than 85 “beauty foods.”

This book isn’t a quick-fix, regimented diet book. Instead it’s a toolkit for discovering the foods that support your natural beauty. Hart does a good job of encouraging you to eat a well-balanced diet and load up on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables daily, instead of focusing on things to eliminate. “Eat Pretty” teaches you how to treat your skin well from the inside out. It also helps that the entire book itself is, well, quite pretty.

5. No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products—and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics

The products on your shelf may not be as safe as you think they are. The average woman uses 12 beauty products every day for a grand total of 168 unique ingredients! Despite what most of us believe, there isn’t a government agency that monitors cosmetic products and rigorously tests them for safety.

Products on the market may contain irritating or toxic chemicals. “No More Dirty Looks” exposes the truth behind how the beauty industry operates and the ingredients that fill our products. Journalists Alexandra Spunt and Siobhan O'Connor investigated the unregulated products on the market and demystified what’s really hidden behind the bold marketing claims. The book breaks down the ingredients to look out for and gives you the information you need to find safe, effective products that you can feel good about using.