To produce an authentic book on this topic would take the input of many professional people from a variety of backgrounds. That is exactly what the author has chosen to do. For the latest, most scientific and ‘wholistic’ approach, the author has invited contributors who can explain the most effective ways of caring for your skin, and slowing the aging process. Some of the writers are: a Scientist, a Dermatologist, a Cosmetic Physician, a Laser specialist, an exercise physiologist and a specialist in women’s hormones. Together with information on nutrition and general health, this is indeed a very comprehensive look at skin care.
Looking after your skin is really just part of general health maintenance. The team suggests that skin care needs a slow approach. Something that is Sustainable, Local, Organic and Whole (not processed). These strategies are discussed under headings such as LONG TERM AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS. They look at Cosmetic Medicine and Integrity, which can physically change the skin to make it look more youthful. The layers of skin are explained, and the components of these layers make sense of what care we give the skin.
The next chapter looks at the damaging effect that sunlight can have on the skin. It explains when to use sunscreens, which type to use, and how to apply them. Smoke and pollution are also examined, both causing a breaking down of connective tissue which is inefficiently repaired. Weather can also be a factor in skin aging. Low humidity, swimming in chlorinated pools and gravity all succeed in having a detrimental effect on our hole epidermis. Stress, lack of exercise, and a poor diet will also contribute to skin damage.
The following chapters look at caring for the skin. Cleansing, moisturizing, topical anti-oxidants, retinoids, proteins and peptides are explained and discussed. For example, we are told that cleansing agents are either water based, alcohol based, or oil based. Surprisingly some soaps are now acceptable for skin cleansing. When the skin is cleaned, we remove oils so moisturizing is an important step to follow. Also exfoliation and its benefits are explained in detail.
Section 7 looks at injectable skin treatments, such as Botulinum Neurotoxin Anti-wrinkle injections, fillers and volumisers, and Platelet -Rich Plasma. “To correct the loss of tissue, and prevent it sagging, we can inject substances into or under our skin.” Anti-Wrinkle injections work by relaxing the muscle around the area so the overlying skin smooths out.
There is a huge amount of information in this book. It is so well set out that you can simply choose the information you are seeking and focus on that section. The technical procedures and concepts have been explained well, so that the reader has a clear understanding of what is needed and why. This would be a great investment for any woman looking to maintain a healthy skin, and wishing to look her best.
|Author||Kate Marie, Professor Merlin Christopher Thomas MD, PhD and Dr John Flynn MBBS, Dip RACOG, FRACGP, Dip.P.Derm, FACCS|