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Beyond soap : the real truth about what you are doing to your skin and how to fix it for a beautiful, healthy glow / Dr. Sandy Skotnicki with Christopher Shulgan.
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Toronto : Penguin, 2018.

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296 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
"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. In the name of beauty and anti-aging, we're slathering ourselves in creams and balms that actually can damage the skin they claim to protect. The miracle products we buy at department stores, specialty shops, and pharmacies have the potential to make us less attractive--and to prematurely age the skin. In Stop Washing, leading dermatologist Dr. Skotnicki explains that the best state for skin is the natural state. On its own the skin is better equipped to fight wrinkles, stave off aging and act as armor that protects the body from infection. Every time we slather, spread, hydrate, or soften the skin, we nudge the skin away from its healthiest natural condition. Skotnicki demystifies the claims of commonly used beauty products and offers a common-sense approach to cleansing the body and a natural skincare regime that will fight aging, preserve skin health, and enhance beauty. Stop Washing is a practical, essential guide to the best and worst ingredients we slather onto our bodies and how to get healthy glowing skin and look better than ever."-- Provided by publisher.
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In this surprising and remarkably practical book, Dr. Skotnicki reveals the harmful effects of modern skincare habits and provides a step-by-step guide to preserve the microbiome, fight aging and develop beautiful, problem-free skin.

Women, men and children are having more skin problems today than ever before. Sensitive skin prevalence has skyrocketed, and the number of people reacting to cosmetics is climbing. Why? Dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki argues that the cause is a key element of our contemporary lifestyle: the grooming and beauty habits that the advertising and personal-care product industries have encouraged us to pursue. Those miraculous cleansers, creams and balms we're buying to protect our outer layer may actually end up harming the body's largest organ.
In Beyond Soap , Dr. Skotnicki argues that the best state for normal skin is the natural state--the one that avoids disturbing the skin's protective barrier and the bacteria that accompanied the body throughout its evolution. A combination of diagnosis and prescription, Dr. Skotnicki explains the problem with society's current cleansing and beauty habits, then provides a practical guide on how to fix things with a 3-step product-elimination diet that will help you remove unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients from your beauty and skincare regime, returning the skin to the condition nature intended. Beyond Soap also includes indispensable advice on how to wash and care for the skin of adults, babies and children, followed by a common-sense beauty regimen intended to stave off aging, reduce skin problems and return the face and body to its natural glow.

Author Notes

DR. SANDY SKOTNICKI is the founder of Toronto's Bay Dermatology Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, divisions of Dermatology and Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto. She is a consultant dermatologist at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital. A well-known expert on skin allergy, Dr. Skotnicki has been quoted in Flare , Elle Canada , Chatelaine , and The Globe and Mail . Her television and radio appearances include ET Canada , CTV, CityTV, Global News , CBC Radio, The National and CBC national news.

Christopher Shulgan is a bestselling, award-winning writer who specializes in collaborating with fascinating people. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Epidemicp. 1
1 Do You Have Problem Skin?p. 11
2 The Cleanliness Obsessionp. 21
3 Damaging Our Body's Natural Armourp. 39
4 Getting Skeptical About Marketingp. 67
5 Smoke for Your Skin Problem Ingredientsp. 87
6 The Product Elimination Dietp. 141
7 A Common Sense Guide to Cleansing the Skinp. 175
8 Skincare for Babies, Children and Jeansp. 197
9 Minimalist Skincare, Fighting Aging Preserving Skin Health and Enhancing Beautyp. 215
10 The Future of Skincarep. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 287