Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist

Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist

by Debra Jaliman MD

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Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist by Debra Jaliman MD

The only skin book you'll ever need—at any age—from New York City's top dermatologist to the stars

Skin Rules tells you everything you need to know to attain beautiful skin and a much younger appearance— from head to toe. Actors, models, and newscasters go to Dr. Jaliman for her cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care. She fixes what others can't—and now you can, too. Skin Rules is full of the same advice that 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 to change their looks today.

In Skin Rules readers will learn:

· How a dermatologist can shrink your waist

· How radio frequency treatment can make you look ten years younger

· which over-the-counter products really work for acne and wrinkles

· and much more

* New and updated material especially for the paperback edition!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025104
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 643,924
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.57(d)

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.

Read an Excerpt




Don’t Waste Money on Expensive Cleansers—Spend It on Moisturizers, Sunscreens, and Antiaging Products Instead


Pricey skin-care lines usually include pricey cleansers, but the truth is some of the best cleansers I know are sold on drugstore shelves, so look there first. This is the advice I give to all my patients, even to the celebrities whose faces you see on magazine covers, who can certainly afford really, really expensive cleansers. “You’re just washing money down the drain,” I tell them. It isn’t worth it to spend a lot of money on cleansers. Believe me, you can put your money to better use.


Copyright © 2012 by Debra Jaliman

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Rule 1 Cleansers and money 5

Rule 2 Cleansers 7

Rule 3 Makeup removal 10

Rule 4 How to cleanse your face and skin-cleansing machines 13

Rule 5 Makeup, sleep, and cleansing pads 16

Rule 6 Morning and evening cleansing 18

Rule 7 Toners 20

Rule 8 Exfoliating scrubs, toners, and pads 23

Rule 9 Moisturizers with sun protection 26

Rule 10 Seasonal skin changes and blotting papers 28

Rule 11 Eye creams, dark circles, and milia 30

Rule 12 Eyelashes and eyebrows 33

Rule 13 Sunscreen protection for oily skin 36

Rule 14 Sun exposure and aging 38

Rule 15 Vitamin D 41

Rule 16 Chemical and physical sunscreens 43

Rule 17 Opaque vs. clear sunscreens 46

Rule 18 Sunscreens and expiration 49

Rule 19 Sunscreens and retinyl palmitate 51

Rule 20 Beach and mountain sunscreens 54

Rule 21 Sun protection for lips and hands 57

Rule 22 Heliocare 60

Rule 23 Full-body mole check and Melafind 62

Rule 24 Tanning beds and salons 64

Rule 25 Self-tanners 66

Rule 26 The right amount of treatment products 69

Rule 27 Trying new products 71

Rule 28 Products for sensitive skin 73

Rule 29 Laundry detergents 76

Rule 30 The hypoallergenic myth 78

Rule 31 Dry skin, prescription moisturizers, body washes, and soaps 80

Rule 32 Moisturizing and humidifiers 83

Rule 33 Foot care 85

Rule 34 Cosmetic counter advice 88

Rule 35 Brushes, sponges, and testers 90

Rule 36 Refrigerating cosmetics and products 93

Rule 37 Home microdermabrasion 95

Rule 38 In-office microdermabrasion 97

Rule 39 Teenage acne 100

Rule 40 Facials 103

Rule 41 Blue light therapy 105

Rule 42 Adult acne 107

Rule 43 Drugstore acne products 110

Rule 44 Acne and makeup 113

Rule 45 Acne scars 115

Rule 46 Rosacea treatment 117

Rule 47 Rosacea and diet 120

Rule 48 Facial blood vessels 122

Rule 49 Starting antiaging treatments 124

Rule 50 Antiaging products 126

Rule 51 Product packaging 129

Rule 52 Fillers 131

Rule 53 Fillers and laughter 133

Rule 54 Facial exercises 135

Rule 55 Botox 137

Rule 56 Facial volumizing 140

Rule 57 Age spots 142

Rule 58 Sun damage and lasers 144

Rule 59 Melasma 146

Rule 60 Stretch marks 149

Rule 61 Fat reduction and body sculpting 152

Rule 62 Thermage CPT 155

Rule 63 Hair removal 158

Rule 64 Shaving 160

Rule 65 Tattoos 162

Rule 66 Earrings and earlobes 165

Rule 67 Hair loss 168

Rule 68 Keratosis pilaris 171

Rule 69 Nail care 173

Rule 70 Hand care 176

Rule 71 Excessive sweating 178

Rule 72 Bug bites 181

Rule 73 Cuts and scratches 183

Rule 74 Scars 185

Rule 75 Green tea 188

Rule 76 Diet 191

Rule 77 Sleep 194

Acknowledgments 196

Resource Section 197

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Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SL2 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Debra Jaliman has finally written a book about the care of the skin for intelligent women of all ages to read and use as a reference. She is an exceptionally trained Dermatologist and has researched the best skin treatments and product. She is candid and empathic. She looks at your skin as a reflection of your nutritional intake, exercise, and getting proper sleep! As a psychotherapist and educator, I will encourage my patients to own this book. It is easy to use as a reference. i believe when a person feels secure about the way their skin looks, he or she expresses greater confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Susan Lee Postgraduate Training Institute Palm Beach, Florida
ilanafullstop More than 1 year ago
Oh, finally, a new accessory for the Carrie Bradshaws of the world!…and for rest of the esthetically oriented, health-conscious fashionistas on the planet. This book is lite enough to be carried in your purse, without affecting a good posture or risking shoulder injury, and small enough to be cracked on a rush-hour commuter train. It is definitely a fun, easy reading, and depending on how fast of a reader you are, you can cram as many as five chapters between any given stops on the 2 & 3 subway line! I am sure you cannot even fathom the knowledge you will glean from it! Dr. Jaliman's book is filled with many morsels of practical advice and it is delightfully written to get your brain up to speed for the daily challenges at work, or relax you at the end of a long day. A no stress study, this book will help you make a definite difference in your skin and improve your overall look. The only problem is that you may be late for work in the morning (or supper in the evening) as you will definitely be straying to the nearest Barns & Noble store to purchase a copy for your girlfriends or your metrosexual husband/boyfriend/significant other. After all, we cannot leave them out of the loop!
roolog More than 1 year ago
A big thank you to Dr. Debra Jaliman for sharing her trade secrets and tips on maintaining healthy skin. Her skin care advice is invaluable. This book is a "must-have and must-read". It works for all ages and all types of skin.
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
I always want to know great tips and tricks to good skin care and after hearing Dr. Jaliman in an interview, I knew I'd enjoy her book. Each page is a new tip, so the book is easy to read. There is nothing groundbreaking here, just good advice. Here's a tip I wasn't aware of ... don't use hydrogen peroxide on cuts or abrasions because it slows healing. Dr. Jaliman recommends cleaning the area with alcohol and then applying some Bacitracin. I always have used hydrogen peroxide ... I love the bubbles, but I guess not anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a Nook purchase as the author was to speak at our library in town. I was SHOCKED that there is so little writing in this book! She does divulge her specific recommendations for products, but there is almost no scientific explanation. There are 77 "chapters" but most are one or two pages long and believe me, there is a HUGE amount of white space on the pages! 77 chapters in a 115-page book with large white space all around; and the chapter titles take up a whole page each!! Figure it out. This could have been a magazine article. She was very cagey as a speaker, not revealing the products she recommends and continually referring to herself in the royal "we" as in "we talk about that in the book." Did she get help writing her 38-page book? I think this author called upon all her clients to give her first-rate reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Sub-titled "Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist", you might think that this book is all about the Botox and surgical procedures, (or maybe it's just because I live on the Upper East Side in New York City, where you can't go a block without seeing someone who has had work done) but you'd be wrong. Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist, has written a very helpful book for everyone. She has 77 rules, short chapters that make her point, from 'Don't Waste Money on Expensive Cleansers- Spend It on Moisturizers, Sunscreens, and Anti-Aging Products Instead' to 'Lips, Eyes, and Hands Need Sun Protection, Too' to 'Clean Earrings Every Time You Put Them In'. Each rule is followed by a short explanation; I like that you can use this book as a quick reference, and that Jaliman did not fill the book with unnecessary stuff; she gets right to the point. Although it is a short book, it contains so much useful information. Among the useful things I learned: Tanning beds increase the chance of melanoma by 75%! She believes they should be illegal. Products should be bought in tubes or pumps; the contents deteriorate when exposed to air. Don't get the nail gel at nail salons; it can cause neurological damage. Humidifiers should be cleaned with equal parts vinegar and water every two weeks. False eyelashes are bad- the glue can damage the skin and pulls out eyelashes. Jaliman also names the best products to use; from cleansers to moisturizers to foundations to sunscreens to laundry detergent. Many of the products are available at drug and discount stores. I made a list of products she recommends for my skin type and keep it in my purse when I go shopping. She has her own line of products but she does not include recommendations for them in this book; I think that shows character on her part and I appreciate that she didn't write this book as a sales tool for herself. It isn't all products, though; Dr. Jaliman does discuss procedures that can done in the dermatologist's office that can help. At the end of the book is a 'resource section' with website addresses for all of the products that Dr. Jaliman recommends. No matter what your age or issue- teenagers with acne, people with dry skin, people with sensitive skin, menopausal women- there is helpful information for everyone here. Think of it as your skin manual.
Gina1 More than 1 year ago
This is a reference manual for ageless glowing radiant skin. Buy this book to keep on your shelf. Dr. Jaliman is my new skin guru. Gina Davis
Herb33 More than 1 year ago
Great read - Very informative and practical - Easy to follow - Easy to understand - Easy to apply - Unlike any other self help dermatological book - A must have for anyone that wants to have their skin look good and remain healthy - Kudos to Dr Jaliman for her outstanding work - Skin Rules rules!
jewelpinky More than 1 year ago
A great book. I have read every book on skin and this one is by far the best. It has so many easy to remember tips and suggestions on how to achieve perfect skin. Most other beauty books have so many recommendations that are so complicated, i forget them as soon as i finish the book. Not so with Dr. Jaliman's book. i have already changed the way i care for my skin and everyone who knows me keeps telling me how great i look. That is proof that "the rules" really work. I read the book in one sitting while on the beach (in the shade of 2 umbrellas, of course) and couldn't wait to get home to call and make an appointment with Dr. Jaliman. After speaking to one of her knowledgeable medical assistants about several treatments, I took the plunge and booked an appointment for Thermage. All one has to do is see how beautiful and young looking Dr. Jaliman is to know her rules and treatments really work!
JF1 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jaliman wrote a fantastic book. This book addresses every skin care problem and type. She gives practical affordable ways to achiever beautifull skin. I highly recommend this book for everyone. I've been to many dermatologists through the years and her advice is excellent. J.F.
clovisgirl More than 1 year ago
This is the most useful beauty book I've read in a long time, and as a slightly narcissistic beauty junkie, I've read a lot of them. Skin Rules presents information simply, but boy, is there valuable info in there! Even the product recommendations are good, particularly because Dr. Jaliman gives high-end and budget alternatives and makes it clear when the less expensive product is better. In her introduction she says she has her own skin care line, but that she does not include it in her rules because she wants her readers to know her recommendations are impartial. Now that inspires trust! I like the way the book is organized into easy-to-follow rules, too. There are no boring long-winded explanations, just concrete information delivered with a good dose of humor. And some of the information I had never heard of before, so this book is well worth buying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this is all a reknown dermatologist has to offer is 115 pages of what we already knew. I had hopes of expert advice and found the same generalities you find in any women's magazines. No information for people with any type of disorder such as rosacea, adult acne, excema are you really a dermatologist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the tips and product suggestions in this book, but for skin care efficenados, I would say pass. Most of the tips are pretty basic (eg wear sunscreen, eat vegetables, good night's rest etc.) If you are a skin care newbie and want to know which products and ingredients are most effective, I would reccomend this book.
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surgeonBH More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal book. Easy to read. Lots of new information. Great products to try that do not cost a fortune. New technologies were brought to my attention. A must read
SUNDANCEKID More than 1 year ago
Skin Rules is fabulous! It provides great, straight-forward, practical information from one of New York City's premier cosmetic dermatologists. It is a very enjoyable read and it's chock full of answers to all your beauty questions. I'm confident that anyone interested in looking and feeling great will love this book.
funinfrance More than 1 year ago
Skin Rules is an excellent, informative read. When you read this book, you feel like you are chatting with a girlfriend-but one who is extremely knowledgable! This is a book that you can pick up and put down-read a rule when you have a minute and read another when you can-although you won't want to put it down!
Hoover0 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It is an easy read and smart. Makes skin understandable by a doctor. After some skin setbacks I wish I had this book years ago. Highly recommend skin rules.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago