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Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  238 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
"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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 13th 2012)
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Apr 23, 2012 Kecia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a glorified magazine article. Very disappointing!

Each "chapter" is one paragraph. Seriously. A few "chapters" have two or three paragraphs. That's it. There is no discussion of why or how anything works. She says use such and such a product or don't use such and such a product but then does not back any of it up. There is not a single footnote. Oh but forget anything as serious as a footnote...there's not even a Table of Contents!

It also does not have an index. Want to go back and find t
Samantha March
Mar 26, 2012 Samantha March rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am all about caring for my skin. I stopped going to tan beds in college, I read product reviews, I slather on sunscreen everyday – summer or winter. So I was thrilled to read Skin Rules by Debra Jaliman, M.D. and one of the top New York dermatologists. With 77 tips filling the pages, I quickly soaked in all the advice she had to offer, and have to say I am super impressed with this book! I know it will not be leaving my bookshelf, because I’ve already gone back three times to look up a product ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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- S
Kristie J.
Aug 01, 2015 Kristie J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick, easy read with 77 short-and-to-the-point tips for taking care of your skin from a dermatologist. I appreciated the way she mentioned brand names of products and not just the generic descriptions of products like you find in many of these types of books. I also liked the way she was very direct and to-the-point without a lot of wordy descriptions. The book could have been longer (maybe 100 tips) and there were some topics that were not covered, like facial masks and natural ...more
Sh Ah
Oct 05, 2015 Sh Ah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great price and free delivery!
Mar 20, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of advice in short clear form. Quick to read and quite useful
We all want to look our best and where better to start than our skin? In this guide from Dr. Debra Jaliman readers will learn some of the tips and tricks that she’s incorporated into her very own incredibly successful dermatology practice. From the types of sunscreen to use to proven acne remedies to simple ways to treat cracked and brittle finger nails, there’s something for every reader. This is a guidebook that will likely be read time and time again as it proves to be an invaluable source fo ...more
Traci Slatton
Feb 22, 2012 Traci Slatton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been Debra Jaliman's patient for more than twenty years. It was with pleasure, as a happy dermatology patient with a complexion I like, that I requested a review copy of Dr. Jaliman’s book SKIN RULES: TRADE SECRETS FROM A TOP NEW YORK DERMATOLOGIST (St. Martin’s Press, March, 2012).
First, let me attest: almost the first order of business in Dr. Jaliman’s office is to ensure proper face-washing technique. After two decades, when I come in for an appointment, she still asks how I am washin
Jul 27, 2016 yiming rated it liked it
This book was useful--I found some of the "rules" more helpful than others. I had already heard of some of them, like #1: don't waste money on expensive cleansers, since it just washes down the drain. I love the no nonsense approach of rule #24: tanning beds and salons should be made illegal. "If you want to look years older than your true age, have deep wrinkles in places you never expected, and ruin the texture and color of your skin, a tanning salon is the place for you. Using tanning beds un ...more
This book is really easy to read and provides good information. My only complaint is that the timing of my reading it was all wrong. One very important rule is to stay out of the sun. This book arrived the week before I was going to Maui. Rather than take it all to heart, I did my own little paradigm shift and accepted that rule as a suggestion. I liked the "always use sunscreen" rule much better.

The best part about the book was how Jaliman listed ingredients that are good or bad for the skin. S
Mar 03, 2012 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 Stars

This book is one of the most 'to-the-point' skin care books I have read. There is nothing complicated, wordy, or confusing about Jaliman's "Skin Rules." She gets to the point, gives her suggestions, then moves on to the next topic. This makes the book a quick and easy read.

As for the info, I did learn a few things that I had never heard before about skin care. You'll have to read the book to learn her secrets, but I think a few will stick with me. I also read a lot of tips and tricks th
Jennifer Wilson
May 02, 2013 Jennifer Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ilana V
Mar 16, 2012 Ilana V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sub ...more
May 01, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you may have guessed, Skin Rules is all about skincare. The book consists of a series of rules regarding what products to use, what ingredients to look out for, and what treatments are available. I really appreciated how Dr. Jaliman talks not only about specific products, but about products from all budgets. Now I know exactly what to look for the next time I'm at the drugstore, or the next time I'm at Sephora. Whatever your price range is, Dr. Jaliman mentions a product for you.

I learned so
Apr 23, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement, own
This was a quick read, there was one chapter per every two pages. The author did not go into extensive detail about any one of the many topics she covered but it was information to get you started. I did like that she included her recommendations for products, both an expensive and inexpensive option. I also appreciated the explanations she gave about certain chemicals affects on your skin etc. It wasn't too in depth to bore someone but it did have enough of an explanation to help the reader und ...more
Dr. Sussan
Mar 16, 2012 Dr. Sussan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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. This Medical Doctor is an exceptionally trained Dermatologist and has researched the best skin treatments and product. She is candid and empathic.
Debra Jaliman looks at your skin as a reflection of your nutritional intake, exercise, and getting proper sleep!
She also encourages people to use spend your money on products for your skin
As a psychotherapist and edu
May 06, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like reading about skin care
Recommended to Amy by: I heard the author in an interview
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 bubb ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Clacie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was more like a glorified pamphlet rather than a book. I was looking for solid easy tips, and this wasn't really what I was looking for. There were a few in there, but it seemed mostly preachy about sunscreen. I understood the importance of sunscreen the first 2 times she talked about it, I don't need to read it 12 more times. Major red flag was when she stated "you may not need to use a moisturizer for your oily skin". Everything that I have ever heard/read contradicts that. So I don't kno ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at random while staying with a friend who left it out on her coffee table. I liked the first half, which is about basic skin care and taking care of your skin--I liked that Jaliman recommended products that weren't too expensive; she makes basic skin care seem very doable. The last half is all about expensive ways in which you can spend half your life desperately clutching at youthful skin, and I wasn't too interested in that.
May 28, 2016 Larisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skincare-beauty
As one of the reviewers said, this book is very short! You can quickly read in just a few hours. Not worth the price tag of $13.99.
For a skincare/beauty junkie like me, I already know most of the information in the books. Just some extra helpful tips but the information is still very shallow, not deep at all. And for a skincare beginner, you will just "know" the tip, you won't really understand the logics behind the tip. For a book written by a dermatologist, I expect much more!
Jul 15, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skincare
Quick read. I found some really useful products. There is not a lot of depth here but for what Dr. Jaliman is trying to do, I think that is fine. One really nice feature is that the products are in bold face type. This makes is very easy to refer back to listed products. I wish more authors would do that.
Dec 26, 2012 Kate added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Prescriptive non-fiction, expressive emoji

There is not a lot of information here, and in some cases, just a sentence or two printed per "tip." Some of the tips are useful--lists of chemical compounds that should or should not be in your preferred products--and some are expected, like "Eat well" and "get a lot of sleep."
Aug 23, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well formatted and you do learn some tips but take advice with grain of salt interms of product recommendations I still go with "nomore dirty looks" also she is not shy to surgery and such. But I rate this book so high because of its exceelent format easy to find what you are looking for in short chapters. no fluff!
I would give the book four stars if only more practical tips were given. Instead, prepare yourself to be bombarded with skin products. In spite of the books being a commercial, I learned tips on what not to use for my skin type. The book is a quick read so give it a try and you might discover that you're doing something wrong.
This is a great guide...but as Asia (Korea / Japan) skincare product are differ greatly from western product (especially the toner), some precaution need to note while taking advice from this book. Other than that, it's an awesome book with lots of new info and understanding of skin condition and related ingredients that help on skin issue.
Debbie D
Aug 12, 2014 Debbie D rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Good advice but quite short for each chapter. I would not recommend purchasing the book due to the shortness but would recommend checking it out of the library. I've got my list of items I want next time I go to drugstore.
Feb 21, 2013 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am I overly-knowledgable about skin or something? I read this whole book and don't feel like I really learned anything new. So I prefer to assume that I am a skin savant, and that this is not just another book filled with humdrum, recycled information.
Jan 23, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
Most of the tips given in this book are fairly well known. There are a few new treatments that i had not heard of before which made the book worth getting. From my library of course.

Borrow, don't buy.
Feb 09, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two things: dermatology is surprisingly awesome (lasers can fix everything!) and skincare, maintenance, and cosmetic adjustment is surprisingly straightforward and normal sounding. This book lays down the knowledge, and only takes an hour or two session to read.
Jan 17, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, clear, concise informative information about skin written by a NYC dermatologist whose practice includes models, movie stars...Everything you ever wanted to know about fillers, lasers, skin short one page chapters.
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