|May 25, 2018||Posted by admin under Fitness, Health, Self-help, Women|
Written by Victoria Tsai
Published by Clarkson Potter
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: May 2018
Review published on: May 25, 2018
This book provides a basic introduction to the Japanese ritual of glowing. I was (and still am) intrigued by this concept. Many of the Asian women I know seem to age well and have flawless skin. I thought it was because they just had good genes. But maybe there is more too it and this book could hold the key.
What I learned is that the Japanese believe that our bodies are made to age and the goal is to have the “best skin of your life at any age” (this is a different way of thinking for many of us who want to retain our youthful appearances). They are skin-centric-minded and embrace a proper daily skin care ritual (along with diet and a healthy lifestyle too, of course). They also use a lot of natural ingredients (like rice, green tea, seaweed, and silk) that have multi-purpose and healing properties.
Tsai gives a quick lesson on how skin works (briefly outlining the functions of the basal, dermis and epidermis layers) and introduces the four basic steps of the Geisha ritual: purify, polish, plump, and nourish (all of which can be completed in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds by the way!). There’s a lot of other helpful information inside too … but I won’t give it all away. I will say that reading about sheet masks did inspire me to purchase some the very next day.
I think it will take a concentrated effort and good time management skills to fully embrace such a skin care regime though. Changing how you look at skin care, making it a part of your daily existence, and understanding that the benefits outweigh the effort is important. Plus finding a way to make it feel less like a chore and more like a spa experience won’t hurt either – and this concept is highlighted in the book.
Overall, Pure Skin is a good book that provides helpful information on skin care information, tips and tricks. The book focuses on Geisha beauty and rituals and how readers can create and enhance their own rituals – even if you are not of Asian descent. There are a few colourful sketches and diagrams throughout that have visual appeal and function. And while some of this information may not be entirely foreign, it is a nice re-introduction to simplistic skin care routines that will hopefully inspire readers enough to want to give it a try.
For more information about this book, visit the publisher’s website here.