The Beauty Bible for amazing skin
Get a peek into Skin Talks, now on stands .
Did you know that your skin is the largest and the most visible organ of your body? Did you also know that it ages the fastest? Renowned dermatologist to the stars and the girl-next-door, the petite and pretty Dr. Jaishree Sharad—who also happens to Nykaa’s skin expert—has just published a book Skin Talks that urges everyone to become their own skin doctor! She decodes everything you need to know about your skin; how and why it ages, home remedies for common skin concerns, skin care through the seasons and more. With the foreword written by thespian Amitabh Bachchan, it promises to be a compelling read and the answer to your prayers for your best skin ever.
The first part of the book titled, ‘Beauty is skin deep’ helps you identify your skin type and how to treat it, followed by a chapter on common skin saboteurs—think sun, smoking, alcohol and lifestyle stressors—and how you can fight them better. Part two discusses nagging beauty problems like acne, scarring, pigmentation, dark circles, stretch marks and crackled heels along with cool tips on how you can keep them at bay. There is an entire chapter on skin aging and various anti-aging treatment protocols for men and women. The third and final section is a comprehensive guide on choosing the right skin care product for your skin type along with seasonal and age related variations. Bridal skin secrets and basic skin care regimes have also been discussed in detail.
We caught up with Dr. Sharad and asked her more about the book, Skin Talks.
What prompted you to write this book?
The publishers at Random House, the internationally renowned publishing house wrote me a mail expressing their interest in promoting a lifestyle book on skin care. They wanted me to author it. I have always been passionate about writing. So when I got the opportunity, I thought this was a good way of spreading knowledge about skin care.
Who is the book aimed at?
The book is meant for people all age groups, and will appeal to girls, boys, men and women.
How easy is it for people reading the book to follow the tips and routines you recommend?
The book is written in simple English. There is no complicated medical jargon. I have included a number of small anecdotes or patient problems which one can easily relate to and figure out how to take care of one’s own skin.
Can one really find treatment for pigmentation or under eye bags simply by reading the book or do they have to visit a dermatologist like you to be treated?
It is impossible to read a book and get treated for any ailment. However, the do’s and don’ts are mentioned elaborately. This also helps in the medical treatment that the person is undergoing. Skin care tips for a glowing skin and anti-aging can certainly be read and followed.
Is skincare for Indian skin very different from skin care for western skin?
Certainly, Indian skin is usually Fitzpatrick skin type 3-4 which is a medical classification. Indian skin tans easily but burns rarely. Indian skin is more prone to pigmentation and dark circles. White (Caucasian) skin on the other hand, is more prone to freckles, sun spots, early wrinkles, fine lines and sagging.
Why should one follow a different skincare routine in winter, summer and the monsoons?
The environment and climate plays a huge role on our skin. Winter dehydrates skin, summer sweat makes it more prone to infections, while the monsoons are a breeding ground for microorganisms. Skin Talks mentions what you can do to avoid seasonal issues in detail.
What causes skin aging?
Genetics, pollution, unhealthy lifestyles, sun, smoking and stress are all responsible for skin aging. Skin Talks has a dedicated chapter on this.
Do anti-aging creams really work?
The best antiaging creams should be good moisturizers first. Creams with peptides, Coenzyme Q 10 and Vitamin C will work provided a high SPF sunscreen and moisturizers are also used.
How can busy people–men and women–incorporate an effective yet easy skin care routine in their lives?
Make sure you use a sunscreen and moisturizer regularly. Eat a low-sugar and low-fat diet. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. Learn to de-stress, sleep for at least six to seven hours every night and get 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.
Do home remedies really work?
Not all home remedies work. Some can have detrimental side effects. So please read the book Skin Talks and stay cautious.
Can you suggest one easy-to-follow home remedy for acne, acne scars, pigmentation and loose skin?
All will be revealed in Skin Talks. If I give all the tips here, who will buy the book?!