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A pragmatic book that will make your skin
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The headline of the article in the
Financial Times
sounded too tempting:

“Eat soup, sunbath a bit, sleep: the secret of perfect skin”.

It introduces Alexandra Soveral, a London-based but globally sought-after beautician, and her book “PERFECT SKIN – UNLOCKING THE SECRETS.”

The mantra could have come from GloriousMe, because we have long been convinced that the secret to beautiful skin is indeed good nutrition, restful sleep and some disciplined routines.

Written in an unagitated tone, the front part of the book contains very detailed descriptions of the structure and mode of action of the skin, which one can cross-read with a clear conscience after a while, provided one has little time and no exam in dermatology ahead of one.

Reading the book has the following immediate effects:


Over the course of three pages, Alexandra Soveral describes ingredients found in cosmetics and personal care products that, over time, prove harmful to the body or the environment. Her recommendation: Inspect your own cosmetics cabinet, study the ingredients of the products and part with them.


The oil facial massages Alexandra Soveral recommends as a morning and evening routine take time. Even if you’ve followed very disciplined routines in the morning and evening so far, massages inevitably add time in the bathroom.

In return, they save a few seconds in the bathroom for applying a wide variety of creams, which Alexandra Soveral considers superfluous. However, this does not compensate for the necessary time budget in the bathroom.

The self-experiment over two weeks shows: A less of cream but a more of facial massages leads to clearly better results after a short time.


Alexandra Soveral has launched her own line of products, but in her book she also describes tantalizing recipes for DIY masks, toners, scrubs and more to cleanse, soothe and nourish the skin.

Most instructions consist of only a few basic products that you already have on hand in your well-stocked kitchen. Often a drop of an essential oil, for example oil of tea tree, rose or lavender is added.

The author’s argument is that less is more. She justifies this with the natural functioning of the skin, whose abilities to cleanse, regenerate and retain moisture are not promoted by a range of cosmetic care products, but on the contrary are reduced or even prevented.

Often the problem is too much well-intentioned care

The problem for many of her clients in London, New York or Los Angeles is not a lack of care, but rather too much care. The daily moisturizing lotion, for example, says Alexandra Soveral, should only support the skin’s natural acid mantle, but by no means replace it, as most of the sometimes very high-priced creams or lotions for moisture do.

Many products leave the skin dry and slightly irritated after removing makeup in the evening, causing the customer to immediately reach for a moisturizing cream for the night to “repair” the damage.

Refreshingly undogmatic

What is refreshing about the book is its undogmatic style. Alexandra Soveral is convinced of her methods and advice and justifies them comprehensibly. She advocates using products more cautiously and with an eye to the environment in which we spend time.

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As described above, the moisturizer can be used, but not every day, but depending on the condition of the skin and the plans for the day.

If you’re in a high-environment environment during the day, using more facial skin care products as a barrier can be quite useful. On other days, in a different environment or at night, she recommends, the skin should be left to its own devices to use its natural protective functions.

The book encourages you to rethink and change your own skin care regimen

With a guilty conscience, you hold in your hand the last package of the scrub you bought some time ago. The micro beads of plastic they contain end up in the sea at the end of the day, as some of the substances they contain are not degradable via biological processes. The particles pollute the oceans, are partly ingested by fish with their food and thus end up on our table again.

From now on, you use the coffee grounds from the coffee infusion mixed with a little coconut oil and achieve the same scrubbing effect – without any harmful effects to our environment.

Alexandra Soveral encourages her readers to think long-term when it comes to skin care. The book is thus interesting for readers of all ages. Her comments on the consequences of the surgical procedures that many of her clients have had performed on them, sometimes over a period of years, with the desire to look younger and better, are surprisingly candid and chilling.

The GloriousMe verdict: Very readable

Afford this book before you buy cosmetics next time. It will pay for itself very quickly. You can already find the recipe for bone broth here:

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