Book Review: Skin Rules by Dr. Debra Jaliman

Monday, April 16, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Skin Rules is a concise and practical instruction manual from a renowned Fifth Avenue dermatologist on how to attain beautiful skin, a taut and sculpted body, and a much younger appearance. Actors, models, and newscasters go to Dr. Jaliman for her cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care, as well as for her reputation for being the “last stop” doctor, the one who fixes what others can’t.

Skin Rules has something for everyone, no matter where they live or how much money they have to spend. This small, invaluable guide supplies the same advice Dr. Jaliman gives to her celebrity patients, from lasers to remove sun damage and turn back the clock to suggestions for simple products and  habits anyone can adopt for a small outlay of time and money.

In Skin Rules readers will learn:

• about the one ingredient that should NEVER be in sunscreens, but often is
• how to use inexpensive Aquaphor to heal wounds and prevent scarring
• which drugstore products really work for acne and wrinkles

About the Author
Debra Jaliman, M.D., has practiced dermatology in New York City for over twenty-five years, and also teaches dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she is an attending physician.  Her own best advertisement for her advice, Jaliman has appeared on a variety of local and national television shows, including Good Morning America and Nightline, to discuss her work.  She lives in New York City.

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My Thoughts
Skin Rules by Dr. Debra Jaliman is a treasure grove of professional skin advice that I wish I got from my own dermatologist. The book is written in an accessible manner and devotes from a paragraph to about a page to each skin rule. Dr. Jaliman covers topics such as selecting the right cleanser, how to wash your face correctly, choosing sunscreen, caring for legs and feet, storing makeup and skincare products, and more.

Most of the 77 tips are easy to follow, and I plan to incorporate some of them in my personal skincare routine. Dr. Jaliman recommends many products that are affordable and easy to find in the drugstore. She also discusses skincare treatments that are available at the dermatologist's office. Something else I'd like to see covered - maybe in a subsequent edition or in a separate book - is a discussion of natural and organic skincare products. Overall, Skin Rules is a quick read but also a book that I will refer to often, and definitely keep on my shelves.

Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist was published last month by St. Martin's Press.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.


  1. kristi said...

    This is a great book. I took the Dr. advice on exfoliating. I am exfoliating more often and noticing a nicer complexion as a result! (would love to get some items zapped off of my face too! )

  2. Di said...

    I think I've seen Dr. J on TV - she offered simple, straight forward advice that seemed very natural & practical.

  3. Char W said...

    This looks like it would be a great book with lots of great advice on keeping skin healthy. I like that you said the tips are easy to follow.

  4. holdenj said...

    It's amazing how important skin care is! It's not just about acne anymore either. I have heard good things about Aquaphor.

  5. Kristie said...

    Wow! I just had my first visit with a dermatologist last week. This book seems way more informative. Thanks for the review. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  6. Maryann D. said...

    This book should be fantastic especially since a NYC Dermatologist wrote it. I would rather take advice from an expert regarding skin care and help. I am sure she also has the latest information to provide. I would like to read this.
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