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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Dec 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without question, the best book I’ve read on skin care.”—Paula Begoun, author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me

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“Without question, The Skin Type Solution is the best book I've read on skin care. Every recommendation made by Dr. Leslie Baumann reflects current, state-of-the-art information and research. Baumann's skin typing profiles are so well organized with precise detail that virtually any reader will be able to identify her type of skin and then choose products that really work. Her recommendations are effective because they are based on science rather than hype and unsubstantiated information found in most books of this nature.”
--Paula Begoun, author of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen "Barb" on March 1 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like many (most?) women, I have spent years (and huge amounts of money) trying to find skin care products for my problematic skin. Advertising is rarely helpful, since most ads contain a lot of hype and very little information.
Dr. Leslie Baumann, a Miami-based dermatologist, classifies skin into 16 categories, depending on whether it is oily or dry, sensitive or not, prone to excessive pigmentation or not, and prone to wrinkling or not. You answer a four-part questionnaire at the beginning of the book to find out which of the 16 categories you fall into, and then turn to the chapter which tells you what to do (and not to do) for your skin type. She tells you which types of products and ingredients will help and which to avoid, and actually names products, from drug-store inexpensive to department-store expensive brands. (For instance, many products which are touted for sensitive skin are only good for dry sensitive skin, which is a disaster if your skin happens to be sensitive and oily).
Dr. Baumann also makes recommendations as to diet and lifestyle (for instance, a low-fat diet will make dry skin worse).
All in all, a terrific book, and one I wish I'd had year ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy VG TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been cleansing, toning, moisturizing my face for years and years (my mom worked in the industry and I used to get lots of samples!) but I never stopped to find out which type of skin I had. Now after three kids, my skin looks dry and dull so I picked up this book and I'm glad I did! It's really informative and gives you many suggestions on what you should be doing to care for your skin.
I do agree there isn't much about lifestyle, but the author does suggest staying out of the sun, exercising and eating fruits and veggies. This book is more about finding which skin type you are and finding the right products to buy for the exact type. Most women do use products and I personally think they are important, especially as you get older. The author does give suggestions for low cost products to extremely expensive.
I highly recommend it!
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Not a very big book, and 1/16th of it doesn't apply to the reader. Also, many of the products are not available where I am.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Park on June 18 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is basically a product endorsement for the cosmetic industry. It focuses very little on lifestyle and nutrition. Simply put, the book provides endless lists of 'recommended' products on the market which is overwhelming given the choices. It was very disappointing.

L Park, Toronto
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Excellent information! March 10 2006
By Leanne - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after reading a review about it in a magazine, and I'm extremely pleased with it!

Before buying the book, I was worried that the questionnaire that Dr. Baumann provides wouldn't be as easy as it was to follow since, in the past, I've often found that questionnaires sometimes don't reveal your categories as clearly as they could. In this case, however, her questionnaire was simple and accurate, and I learned a great deal about my skin.

What I also like is that Dr. Baumann provides you with information in case you fall into a borderline area in one of the four categories. For instance, I fall between the Wrinkled and Tight skintypes in one category, but the book suggested that if this is the case, that I follow the Wrinked guidelines to prevent the formation of future wrinkles. She offers similar suggestions throughout, so that you know when and how to use the products she recommends.

I also like how Dr. Baumann provides products in a variety of price ranges, many of which can be found at a local drugstore. The only downside is that some of the prices were a bit more expensive than her price rating system seems to suggest. For example, each of the products is rated from $-$$$ in terms of its cost. Two of my recommended eye creams were in the $$ price range, when one, in fact, costs $55 and the other $68. It seems like these should have been placed in the $$$ range, and these aren't the only examples of this nature.

Overall, though, it's been an excellent purchase! Considering how much many of us spend on beauty and facial products, the book is a very good investment. Personally, I know that it will help me avoid making costly mistakes in the future. Instead of continuing to spend money on products that don't work for my skin type, I now feel like I will be a more confident shopper.
82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
A good place to start for the skin care novice Dec 14 2006
By Amazon customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In my teens and twenties I never paid much attention to my skin, partly because I didn't have any major problems and partly because I wasn't very interested in beauty, fashion magazines and the like. I'd wash my face in the shower and draw a couple lines under my eyes in the morning and that was the extent of my skin care and make-up routine. But, at 34 I noticed a lesion on my face that turned out to be skin cancer. It was nothing serious and was taken care very easily, but it made me start looking at my skin more closely, and, much to my dismay, I realized that I was beginning to show the signs of ageing; for the first time I noticed that I had crowsfeet, smile lines and age spots. I decided I probably should start taking a little better care of my skin, but I didn't really know "what" I should be doing. Since it's nearly impossible to get a dermatologist to spend any serious time with you, I decided to buy a book instead. I bought this one and I think it was a good choice.

The book helps you assess the type of skin you have and determine what products and procedures are best for you. It also impresses upon you the importance of sunscreen. For many skin types, like mine, Dr. Baumann suggests a Retinoid product that you have to get through a dermatologist. This seems to have been good advice as I have read several articles in other sources (NYTimes and Consumer Reports) that say that Retinoids are the ony products which have been scientifically proven to reduce the signs of ageing. So, for the recommendation of suncreen and retinoids, I'm very thankful to the author.

As far as some of the other product recommendations are concerned, I have taken them with a grain of salt. If I choose to use them, I buy the cheapest ones or look for another product that has the same active ingredient. Is she endorsing certain products for financial gain? Possibly. But, she does give you enough information so that you can seek out cheaper alternatives. One thing is for sure, this book did not save me any money. A tube of Avene (the Retinoid) alone is costing me $50/month and if you buy all the other "stuff" (special cleansers, eye cream, antioxidant moisterizers, etc.) you could "easily" find yourself spending over a $100/month on your face.

The author is also a big proponent of Botox. She herself has been using Botox since she was 29. I personally perfer to stay away from needles and injections. Not only is it extremely costly and something that you need to do on a regular basis, but for me it seems like it's taking the anti-ageing program a bit too far. We all are going to age, so a certain amount of acceptance (resignation?) seems in order. I want to keep my skin in the best condition possible, but I also want to be able to accept my ageing body and face (with it's smile lines and crows feet). While I can "totally" sympathize with women (and men) who have these procedures, it is my hope that I can acquire a healthy attitude about ageing and spend all the money I would have invested in Botox on something more fulfulling, like wonderful vacations. But, perhaps this is easy to say while I'm still in my thirties. Maybe I'll feel differently in my sixties.

At any rate, I think this is a very informative book and it has helped me make some well-informed, positive changes that hopefully are paying off.
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
A must buy book April 9 2006
By M. Edwards - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have had problem skin my entire life - acne, sensitivity. I have been sold every product under the sun wuth a promise it would help and never did. I finally took Accutane which cleared up my skin but made it even more confusing to buy products. I finally have the answer.

I read the book and took the quiz only to find out not only do I have sensitive skin but I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. I threw out more than half my skin care products and bought several on Dr. Baumann's recommended list for my skin (dry, sensitive, wrinkled, non-pigmented). My skin has never been this clear - no spots, no itchiness, no flaking, nothing but clear soft skin. I even feel comfortable going without makeup now. Even after the Accutane my nose still had a lot of clogged pores and even they seem to be clearing up now.

Despite what others have said Dr. Baumann is very upfront that she tests for several companies - in fact she tests for so many that she is truly impartial - many of the products she would test would be from competing companies. Common sense tells you this. I also liked the dietary recommendations for my skin type - I have incorporated a few and have seen a difference.

This book is a must have for anyone - it demystifies the skin care industry and helps you figure out what to use and what not to use. It gives options and information you cna use for a lifetime.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
"The Skin Type Solution" is a good ingredient for healthy skin. June 2 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Leslie Baumann has written an excellent resource for anyone with dermatology woes. As a young OSNT with rosacea I was very happy to see that she had included a good deal of information regarding my own skins needs in well thought out and researched articles.

The product recommedations, however, are a mixed bag. Some of the recommended products contain irritating ingredients and her work with Johnson & Johnson casts some doubt on the impartiality of Dr. Baumann's critiques. That being said there ARE some excellent, inexpensive products to be found in this book. The questionnaire is very easy to interpret and the medical procedure descriptions are very informative.

Dr. Baumann's message, I believe, is that skincare products are only a piece of the puzzle that is glowing, healthy skin. Good products, she argues, help to attain certain benefits for the skin, much like this book, which offers a good primer for anyone interested in holding off the hands of time. After all, at a certain age, you get the face you deserve.
52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
An indispensable guide to beauty and the science behind it March 1 2006
By Alison - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Buying beauty products no longer has to be a guessing game-- where you try to sort through the hype and figure out what will work for you. In this book, Dr. Baumann takes all the guess work out of it. First she helps you evaluate and understand your skin's uniqueness. Then she shows exactly what products you need (and don't need to use) in day and night regimens customized to each skin type. Plus her advice is clear, credible and covers all the bases because she is not peddling her own skin care line, but has taken the time to evaluate and rate all the skin care products available.

Baumann is a true scientist, and I've never seen as comprehensive a skin care book as this one. And it's so valuable to finally know how to pick the right products and avoid the ones that will sit unused cluttering up my shelves.