Beyond Soap. Finished 8-7-18, 5/5 stars, health, 296 pages, pub. 2018
North America’s leading dermatologist offers a ground-breaking, informative, and incredibly practical book that reveals the harmful effects of our modern skincare habits and how you can eliminate common skin conditions.
Sensitive skin is one of the most buzzed-about topics in dermatology today. It can be painful, debilitating, and inconvenient. Astonishingly, many of the women and men who suffer from problem skin are unknowingly causing it by washing too frequently and using too many skincare and beauty products. Often, we slather ourselves in creams and balms that can actually damage the skin. The miracle products we buy at department stores, specialty shops, and pharmacies have the potential to make us less attractive and prematurely age our skin. from Goodreads
I accepted this book for the TLC book tour and just finished it last night, so good. I could have skimmed it and gotten it done sooner, but once I started reading I was hooked and didn’t want to rush. I thought I was going to read about how to fix my skin and I did, BUT it was so much more than that. It was also a history and science lesson. I loved learning about the history of how we wash ourselves. I know, I was surprised by this too.
An average woman uses 12 personal products which contain 168 different ingredients on a daily basis. So, when you have a reaction how do you know what’s the problem? Labels like hypoallergenic mean nothing since they aren’t really regulated. You need to look first for products with no fragrances and as few botanicals as possible. The BIG BRANDS of body products (shampoos, body washes…) go to great lengths to woo dermatologists, but in reality are little fazed by suggestions from them. The companies want what the public wants and the public loves scents so most products are full of them. Her advice? Wash less and use fewer (and better) products. She does provide lists of some of her favorite products, but you’ll have to read the book to find them 🙂
Dr. Skotnicki was preaching to the choir about over washing since I gave up my daily shower a few years ago, but I think this book would be great for everyone to read regardless of whether you think you have a skin problem. The skin is our largest organ and what you put on it will have profound effects on your body as a whole. Do yourself a favor and check it out.