A new beauty book will launch on 12 April by renowned face massage expert Abigail James who counts Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan and Cher as clients.
She contributes to all the glossies, consults with beauty brands, has a massive social media following on YouTube and Instagram and is often called the best facialist in London.
Her second book, The Glow Plan is a guide to getting better skin at any age and Abigail has shared with EVOKE what to expect from the guide full of tips, massage skills, and mindful practices.
Delivered in an affable and easygoing manner, Abigail told us how the book is laid out. She says, ‘Fundamentally, the book is split into two halves. The first half goes into how and why we age, what impacts on it – stress, lifestyle, sleep, pollution, to give the reader the knowledge of what’s going on.’
‘Then we go into the solutions to everything we’ve found is going on,’ she adds. ‘The latter part of the book is the four-week plan. If someone follows they will feel a see a better response, however, if you just want to dip in and find just one thing that resonates with you, just do that. I’m one for too many rules or regulations.’
Before starting the four-week plan to better skin, Abigail says the first half of the beauty book deals a lot more with where we are in terms of our mindset.
She explains saying, ‘Across the four weeks there are certain themes for each week. In the first half of the book, we identify that our mental health and stress is a big issue with our happiness and with how it can impact ageing. So, each week there are affirmations that build up across the week.’
The Glow Plan
Abigail says a positive approach is the starting point to the journey ahead in her new beauty book. She says, ‘We very much talk to ourselves, that internal voice we talk to more than anybody else. So, we work to change that inner voice into a more positive one, that is something I’m getting people to do on a daily basis, and you learn more across the four weeks.’
‘There are meditations and physical activities, but I want it to be accessible to everyone. One of the physical activities might be skipping, jumping on the spot, simple stuff that we just don’t do but if you add it in on a daily basis it can make a profound difference,’ she says.
Once the four-week plan starts, a combination of different tips and skills happens in each to build your knowledge and expertise for healthier skin.
New Beauty Book
Abigail explains saying, ‘Each week I go into things about skincare – do’s and don’ts, nutrition, etc. In week two, the whole focus of the week is sleep, and in that week the nutrition is about foods that help us sleep and food that aren’t good for it. And each week I have a supplement that I talk about and focus on, and then a big chunk of it is face massage.’
‘Across the four weeks, people are learning different tips and techniques,’ she says. ‘In week one, we establish a morning and evening routine and there’s a target area. One of the weeks might be a focus on the jowls so we learn the moves for those, but by the end of the four weeks, someone has had a building up of skills, as well as developing a new routine which is another important factor.’
Abigail also has advice on tools in the new beauty book. She says, ”There is also a tool each week, in the first week it’s a teaspoon. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to buy more after getting the book. If they have a Gua Sha or roller, we dip into those over the four weeks. The goal is for people to feel emotionally better about themselves after looking and dealing with nutrition, skincare, and lifestyle so they will look healthier.’
Abigail is regularly touted as the Queen of Skin, and she’s a renowned facialist for whom people wait up to a year to get an appointment. She wants everyone to feel they can use her new beauty book, The Glow Plan.
She says, ‘I think for the younger ones it’s stepping into the self-care way of treating beauty because it isn’t just skin deep, but you might be in your 50s and a total novice so it’s about giving people knowledge and skills.’
‘The purpose of the book is that I want people to feel better about how they look in their own eyes. I think we need to get a grip on the pressure that all of us feel, and that’s where confidence-building fits in for mental health.’ The Glow Plan sounds like the go-to guide for better skin and attitude, find it in bookshops when it launches on 12 April, €17.70.