Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The New Science of Perfect Skin: A Must-Read for the Skin Obsessed!

For years many in the "business of skin" have known who Daniel Yarosh is. While you may not recognize his name chances are that you have a product he formulated in your bathroom right now. He's formulated for Estée Lauder, L'Oréal and Shisheido, all known for great skin care products. Currently he is the president and chairman of AGI Dermatics, where the products he formulates are so amazing that rather than being featured primarily in Allure and Elle (which I love) are published in The Lancet.

His new book truly is amazing. I've spent the last week or so reading this book and I have to say that it really is like a mini-course in cosmetic dermatology. He starts with Skin 101 (the chapter is excerpted so you may read it if you want).

Actually, this book is likely a very good companion to this blog, as we have many of the same goals. There are mini-reviews on the skin's anatomy and physiology in both, explanations of how ingredients work in both, and we both rely on medical literature and actual science to let us know if a product is over rated. I like that he discusses the optimal conditions for a product to work and even recommends specific products (in both the prestige and mass market areas) that contain this ingredient. There's even a chapter that discusses many of the laser treatments available today for skin resurfacing and treatments. So, if you want more information on those definitely pick up this book because I'm never going to discuss lasers here.

I do think that the amount of information contained within this book could be very easily overwhelming, with the end result that you are simply more confused after reading the book than before. It might be best to use the specific ingredient information as a guide after skimming through it and with the aid of the "Daily Regimens" chapter in the back of the book.

The bottom line is that this book is very informative and I think very accurate. I agree with pretty much everything Dr. Yarosh has to say and his unique perspective as the formulator of products is interesting.

The New Science of Perfect Skin by Daniel Yarosh

4 comments:

okyanus said...

I was wondering why you said you would never discuss lasers here...is it because you don't think highly of them or because you don't ever plan on getting a laser treatment?

Christine said...

I'm sure I'll end up getting lasers at some point. I'm not looking forward to all of the freckles my recent photoimaging promised!

Really, it's that I've decided to draw the line at featuring things that require the approval of a physician. I'm not a dermatologist (I'm a pediatric sub-specialist) and I feel that things that have been deemed to require a physician should be discussed with someone that is in that subspecialty, rather than me. I don't want anything construed as medical advice.

Girl-Woman said...

I need to pick this book up today! Science and skin-obsessed in one title has me drooling.

Anonymous said...

I have used their products and I love them. The Remergent line is expensive, but I felt like it helped the look and feel of my skin. I've used everything from La Prairie, Creme de la Mer, etc...This product does deliver. I've had melanoma twice and I feel like this product truly protects my skin in addition to sunscreen.

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