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Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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"If you want great style, you need great skin. If you want great skin, you need this book." -- Stacy London, host of TLC's What Not to Wear

"This book is a public health service for women. It cuts through the advertising hype and gets right to the truth. It is a comprehensive summary of optimal skin care for women. It's written in simple, easy-to-follow language and in an entertaining style." -- Mark Lebwohl, MD, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center

"Protecting your skin is essential to your overall health. Here you will find everything you need to safeguard your skin." -- Valentin Fuster, MD, leader in preventative medicine and education and renowned cardiologist

"A woman's skin is a reflection on her overall well-being. And when it looks good, she feels good. Dr. Marmur equips readers with everything they need to keep their skin safe and beautiful." -- Frank Lipman, MD, author of Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again

"Ellen is a rare combination of intelligence and beauty, so to have her wisdom captured in the pages of Simple Skin Beauty is akin to discovering a road map to beautiful, healthy skin. Whether looking up something serious, like melanoma, or just some tips on how to make your skin look its best, this is my new reference book and should be yours too." -- Emily Scott, J.Crew, Plum TV

About the Author

Dr. Ellen Marmur is the Chief of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery and Associate Professor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center New York.

A board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in cosmetic laser surgery and skin cancer surgery, Dr. Marmur earned her degree in medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in research on melanoma vaccines and the national Alpha Omega Alpha award for highest excellence in medicine. Dr. Marmur is an international speaker and author with numerous publications in academic journals, books and the popular press. She is also Skin Health Editor of Merck Manual's Your Health Now magazine.

She lives in New York with her husband and four children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416586962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416586968
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Ellen Marmur is the Chief of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery and Associate Professor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center New York.

A board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in cosmetic laser surgery and skin cancer surgery, Dr. Marmur earned her degree in medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in research on melanoma vaccines and the national Alpha Omega Alpha award for highest excellence in medicine. Dr. Marmur is an international speaker and author with numerous publications in academic journals, books and the popular press. She is also Skin Health Editor of Merck Manual's Your Health Now magazine.

She lives in New York with her husband and four children.

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As a dermatologist, I often discourage my patients from buying most "self-help" books that are intended for the general public because so many of them are either oversimplified or overly complex. Most offer limited, and, at times, misleading information. Many adopt a self-serving manner, selling products or trying to prove that their point of view is the latest "cure."

Doctor Marmur's book, "Simple Skin Beauty", is a friendly, easy to understand, humorous guide that explains how you can clear up your complexion. It recommends sensible and economical OTC products, takes on and clarifies many confusing subjects such as the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. She cuts through many of the myths of skin care treatment.

Readers will learn which treatments really work and which are wastes of money. She is not trying to sell any miracle potions or cures; rather, she has written a completely objective evaluation of all the legitimate treatment options available.

I can honestly say this is no less than the finest and most objective layperson's book on skin care. It will serve as an invaluable resource for my patients and for me as well. I will have several copies in my waiting room.

Dr. Goodheart is the author of Goodheart's Photoguide of Common Skin Disorders, Diagnosis and Management and Acne For Dummies.
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Objective and wonderfully honest, Doctor Ellen Marmur clarifies subjects that may induce us to confusion.
Here are some interesting points you will find in her book:
1) The bare essentials: Your facial cleanser (p.59), Your facial moisturizer (p.69), and Sunblock vs. sunscreen (p.79).
2) Can I use my wife's skin care products? (p.89)
3) How do I need to adjust my daily regimen for my dark (African-American) skin? (p.90).
4) How to read a label (p.109).
5) Five shocking facts about skin cancer (p.161)
6) Difference between miracles and marketing (p.276)
7) Conclusion: "... Wanting to look attractive (your personal best) is a healthy aspiration, and this psychology of beauty is powerful, but it has to be personal. The products you select should be what your skin needs (or an indulgence you desire), rather than something you are pushed into purchasing..." (p.354).
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This book answers almost everything I have ever wondered about skin care. Its an easy read, and has very good information . Also includes names of products. This book will save you a lot of $$$ on beauty products.
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Dr. Marmur's book is a must read for anyone who cares about their skin, health and beauty. It covers everyday topics from acne and eczema to skin cancers, ingredients to look for in your beauty products,different cosmetic procedures,how nutrients in food can benefit your skin,and most important: a full chapter devoted to sun protection,etc. I like it's q&a and skin truth sections through the books. It answer questions such as: "will drinking water make my skin look better? / does indulging in chocolate cause acne?" It includes a lot of charts, tables that you could use as quick references. I suggest you read from the the first chapter and get your highlighter ready.
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The book title aptly describes what the book is about. Dr. Marmur has written a scholarly book packed with pertinent information. Especially the chapters that break down the meaning of ingredients listed on cosmetic products. She has successfully addressed the myths about skin care and emphasizes those that work.. The book is entertaining and is a delightful read. I intend to follow her recommendations and am confident that my skin will show excellent results.

Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin
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Dr. Marmur's book contains a lot of important primary information about skin care and is readable- but I still felt confused at the end. I wish that she had included more examples of real products in the text that combined the various ingredients that she described. There are two major messages in her book: 1) there's no such thing as a "skin type"- your skin is always changing and you need to be able to adjust your routine as needed, and 2) the best anti-aging product is diligent use of broad-spectrum sunscreen. After reading the book I still feel at a loss to find a product that has the right combination of ingredients for my skin, and am left with one major question- is it ok for me to rely on the SPF in my moisturizer?
Leslie Baumann's Skin Type Solution, which was published back in 2006, does a better job of providing practical information. I wish she would update her book for today's product lines.
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By Lou on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you have ever wondered about the largest organ of your body, your skin, and what makes it work, why the many chemicals you come into contact with at work or in your household, such as cooking and cleaning products that you touch everyday don't penetrate and make you sick, why you tan (or burn) or why you have more wrinkles than you did ten years ago (REALLY wondered WHY, what the actual process is) then you will find this book a wealth of knowledge.

As an esthetician I found Simple Skin Beauty extremely informative and also interesting. I would say it is the best skin book that I have come across. It is written in such an interesting way that I really didn't want to put it down. I know that by virtue of my profession I am predisposed to find a book about skin interesting but I truly think that anyone with some passing curiosity about what soap is best for them, or if they should purchase an anti-aging cream could be lured into reading the whole book. If you are someone who has more than a passing interest in improving or maintaining your skin, and if you really want to know what you can do to keep your skin at optimal health Simple Skin Beauty is well worth the investment. The way our skin works and reacts (or does not react) to various ingredients and treatments is explained in such a way that it is neither "dumbed down" nor overly scientific. I think it is obvious that Dr. Marmur is experienced in speaking with her patients, and explaining things in a way that does not insult their intelligence while recognizing that they are not (most likely) cosmetic chemists, and that comes across in this book. Scientific information is shared in a readable way. Something I find lacking when it comes to information available about skincare.
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