Thursday, March 8, 2012

Skin Rules by Debra Jaliman

Skin RulesSkin Rules by Debra Jaliman

Description: The only skin book you'll ever need -- whether you're 16 or 60 -- from New York City's top dermatologist to the stars

Skin Rules is a short, concise, and practical instruction manual from a renowned Fifth Avenue dermatologist on how to attain beautiful skin, a taut and sculpted body, and a much younger appearance. Actors, models, and newscasters go to Dr. Jaliman for her cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care, as well as for her reputation for being the "last stop" doctor, the one who fixes what others can't.

Skin Rules has something for everyone, no matter where they live or how much money they have to spend. This small, invaluable guide supplies the same advice Dr. Jaliman gives to her celebrity patients, from lasers to remove sun damage and tum back the clock to suggestions for simple products and habits anyone can adopt for a small outlay of time and money. In Skin Rules readers will learn:
  • about the one ingredient that should NEVER be in sunscreens, but often is
  • how to use inexpensive Aquaphor to heal wounds and prevent scarring
  • which drugstore products really work for acne and wrinkles

My take: This book is really easy to read and provides good information. My only complaint is that the timing of my reading it was all wrong. One very important rule is to stay out of the sun. This book arrived the week before I was going to Maui. Rather than take it all to heart, I did my own little paradigm shift and accepted that rule as a suggestion. I liked the "always use sunscreen" rule much better.

The best part about the book was how Jaliman listed ingredients that are good or bad for the skin. She launched her own cosmetic line but does not tell the reader what her products are. I appreciate that because I am a normal woman with normal income. I'm not Hollywood glitz but I would like to know some ingredients to watch for. She also includes suggestions of products that are relatively affordable.

Botox is used for more than just wrinkle prevention. Fake eyelashes are pretty but murderous on your real ones. There are real products that will increase your own eyelash growth. Laser therapy can remove sightly spots and it is not completely out of the ballpark for cost. That said, she encourages the reader to instead invest in a $20 bottle of sunscreen.

The book is full of excellent nuggets that the author personally uses in her practice. Some are way too expensive. Most are completely do-able or any combination might help with a healthy skin. I really liked it and highly recommend it to any woman. I wish I had it twenty years ago. Ah, well. I still would have gone to Maui.

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