Book Review: The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Whitney Bowe, MD and Kristin Loberg

Most of us don’t ever really think about it, that the largest organ of our body is actually our skin. Oh we think about our skin, especially when it is erupting in unsightly blemishes, but we never really think about it in the same way we think about our heart or our brain. We are consistently implored by doctors to concern ourselves with diet, exercise, and our vitamin levels when it comes to preventing a heart attack or warding bookcoveroff cancer, but how many of us think about what we need to do in order to keep our skin healthy?

Well here comes the book The Beauty of Dirty Skinto make us reexamine how we treat our outer shell. The authors, one an internationally recognized dermatologist and researcher, take us on an exploration of what does and does not effect our skin and why. They explain the gut-brain-skin connection and how inflammation effects our epidermis. There is a helpful discussion about stress with a recognition that psychological health, sleep, and living a balanced life leads to healthier skin. They do discuss vitamins, antioxidants, and probiotics as well. This all goes into the old mantra, that “you are what you eat.”

There is also a primer on skin products, and regimes. It is pointed out just how and why some of our most favorite products, and actions, may actually cause damage. They tell you what to stop doing immediately, and why sometimes it really isn’t the best idea to listen to Madison Avenue. They remind you that taking care of your skin isn’t just about appearance, but that healthy skin really is an indication of overall well-being.

Finally, the authors help plan out a scheme that will get you on the right path to better looking skin, and a more robust you. They go step by step in both meal planning (complete with recipes) and self care (including making and using homemade products). They detail when, what, and why something should be done (such as whether to exfoliate or not), and how to do it.

This book is an all encompassing look at how you should be living so that you are at your best and healthiest. It is not a diet. It is a way of life.


The book is available April 17, 2018.


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