If there is any defining personality trait of mine that sticks out from the rest, it’s that I’m a book person. I love everything about books—researching the latest releases, adding new books to my Goodreads account, buying books, smelling books, using my book embosser, organizing my books, reading books—you get the point.
I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on. Modern romantic comedies? Love them. A tense thriller? Love it even more. A contemporary fiction novel that makes me question my own existence and place in the world? Chef’s kiss.
But today, I want to talk about another fave genre of mine: non-fiction. And specifically, non-fiction beauty and wellness books. I’ve been in this beauty game a looong time, and part of being in the beauty industry isn’t just buying and testing and using products (which is obviously great), but it’s also doing research and reading up on trends, memoirs, and how-to books in the industry. So, if you’re interested, I’m highlighting some wellness and beauty book picks that you should add to your shelves in 2021.
Part of being in the beauty industry isn’t just buying and testing products, but also doing research and reading up on trends, memoirs, and how-to books in the industry.
Skincare for Your Soul: Achieving Outer Beauty and Inner Peace with Korean Skincare by Jude Chao
My skincare soul sister Jude is releasing her book March 30, 2021, and you better believe I’ve already pre-ordered. Written as a love letter to the power of Korean skincare, Skincare for Your Soul explores not only how to achieve the glowy, dewy skin of your dreams but how to incorporate skincare into your wellness routine. As someone who has definitely clawed my way out of depressive episodes with my skincare routine, I appreciate someone highlighting the power of skincare and its relation to our mental health.
The Invisible Corset: Break Free from Beauty Culture and Embrace Your Radiant Self by Lauren Geertsen
I, like most women in the world, have dealt with feeling not-so-great about my body. The Invisible Corset, written by Lauren Geertsen, seeks to help women untangle the massive amounts of beauty-standard brainwashing we’ve all been subject to—how thin we need to be, what kind of makeup we need to wear, the racist history of beauty culture as a whole. There’s also journal prompts, meditations, and other rituals to help you tap into your inner amazingness and start the journey to healing and loving yourself just as you are.
Let’s Face It: Secrets of a Skincare Obsessive by Rio Viera-Newton
I’ve long been obsessed with Rio Viera-Newton’s skincare reviews for The Strategist at New York Magazine, so when I found out she was writing an entire book, I didn’t even blink before I whipped out my card to pre-order. Coming out March 23, 2021, Let’s Face It is a bible of sorts for skincare-obsessed people. It details Viera-Newton’s pillars of skincare, how to layer your products for maximum efficacy, ingredient breakdowns, and a whole overview of the traditional multi-step Korean skincare routine.
How to Break Up with Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo
Breaking up with fast fashion is on my list of intentions for 2021, and How to Break Up with Fast Fashion is coming right on time. There are tons of tips on how to curate a wardrobe that works with your style, and other tips on how to shop more responsibly. Trust me, you do not need that tie-dye sweatsuit set from Amazon for $30 (I’m mostly talking to myself here). You’ll also learn how to shop smart at the thrift store, hold clothing swaps, and mend your clothes to create a more sustainable future on the planet.
Cheeky: A Head-To-Toe Memoir by Ariella Elovic
I’m trying to expand my reading beyond “regular” books by including some graphic novels, and that’s where Cheeky: A Head-To-Toe Memoir comes in. Written by Ariella Elovic, this novel explores her relationship with her body in a series of tongue-in-cheek comics like “Girls Don’t Poop” and “The Weirdest Places I’ve Found My Bra.”
Any wellness, health, or beauty books on your radar for 2021? Let me know in the comments!