Written by one of India’s top cosmetic dermatologists, ‘Skin Talks’ by Dr. Jaishree Sharad can perhaps be regarded as the quintessential beauty bible to help achieve healthy, supple skin. With a foreword by Amitabh Bachchan, the book is an easy and practical approach to skin care, home remedies, anti aging and prevention of common skin problems.
The book has been divided into three parts:
Part 1 titled ‘Beauty is skin deep’ starts with a chapter called ‘The Skin Dictionary’. In order to take care of your skin better, you must know the basic anatomy, composition and functions of the human skin. This chapter tells you all about it.
The second chapter, ‘What’s Your Skin Type?’ helps one know your skin type and how to deal with each skin type—be it normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive.
Then comes a chapter called ‘The Skin Enemies’ where Dr. Jaishree talks about how most of the factors that can cause skin damage and accelerate skin aging can be controlled by us. Sun, smoking, alcohol, stress, hormonal imbalance, pollution, poor lifestyle, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise, inadequate water intake are the saboteurs of our skin, the real enemies. Know them to fight them better.
Part 2 on ‘Nagging beauty problems’ begins with a chapter called Acne Attack that will unveil the nitty gritties of pimples and zits. It enables one to know about the causes, common acne myths, the do’s and don’ts, some cool tips to keep acne at bay and an insight to acne scars.
Chapter five is on Skin hyper pigmentation. Uneven, dark, patchy skin is something no one wants to have. Learn about the most common causes of increased pigmentation, how to deal with the problem and how to prevent increased pigmentation.
Chapter six talks of other common skin problems besides acne and hyper pigmentation like ingrown hair, dark circles, dark lips, dark underarms, rosacea, stretch marks and cracked heels.
Chapter seven, ‘Your Skin as You Age’, reads about how and why the skin ages. The various preventive measures as well as anti aging skin treatments for men and women have been described in this chapter.
Part 3 is a road map to radiant skin. If you’re confused about which cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen or anti aging cream to use, read chapter eight, ‘What’s In Your Skin Care Closet?’. This is the perfect guide to choosing the right skin care product.
Chapter nine, Skin Care through the Seasons, deals with skin care in summer, monsoons and winter.
The skin behaves differently at different ages from 20s through 70s. Why does it do so and how do you deal with it? Read the chapter on Skin Care through the Ages to know more.
A bride and groom want to look their best on the most special day of their life. Chapter 11, The Bride, the Groom, and the Holiday, reveals secrets to glowing skin on the wedding day and then keep the skin care tips going for the honeymoon.
The right kind of food will help rejuvenate your skin and regain its lost health and glow. You can read more about how your diet can make or break your skin in chapter 12, Diet and Skin
In the final chapter, ‘Skin Care Ritual from Morning to Night’, Dr. Jaishree plans a basic skin care regime for one & all. There are special insights to skin care for males & tips for healthy shaving.