How to create a range of nourishing and hydrating skincare products
In an age where the beauty industry is thriving, Sally Hornsey has created a guide to making your own skincare products. Giving information so that each product is tailored to your needs and using ingredients that are readily available, lovely alternatives are provided to the cosmetics we find in stores that cost extortionate prices.
So A la Mode?
The book is laid out in an easy-to-follow and sensible order. For example, the very first chapter gives useful guidelines about ‘Sensible Health and Safety’. No stone is left unturned, dissecting everything from various skin types to what your skin is actually made of (did you know that the average thickness of skin on your eyelid is just 0.05mm thick, compared to the skin on the sole of your foot which is 1.5mm, 30 times thicker? That definitely made me think twice about how rough I can be when I remove my eye makeup). Recipes are included for all sorts of beauty products, from cleansers to exfoliators, and there is even a chapter on ‘Treatment for Troubled Skin’ which includes antidotes for conditions such as rosacea and eczema. This is a well written, thoroughly thought out guide which could apply to people of any age or gender.
Uh-oh A la Mode?
The only criticism I can give this book is based not on the subject matter but on the visuals. With references to such specific recipes and ingredients, it would have been lovely to see photographs of what was being used or of the making process. Black and white pictures are included but they are a little unclear; it made the book look more old fashioned than the content it was boasting (see below). Also it would have been great to include some case studies of skin before and after the home-made products were put to the test.
A la Mode Appraisal: 8/10 – I can’t fault the content but I would have loved some stronger visuals to accompany a book that was lovely to read.
ISBN: 978 1 905862 68 9
Make Your Own Skincare Products by Sally Hornsey is published by How to Books and will provide you with lots of helpful tips for £14.99.
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