The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet: Includes More Than 100 Recipes for Beautiful Skin

Karen Fischer
Robert Rose (2013)
ISBN 9780778804406

Reviewed by April Sullivan for Reader Views (7/13)

“The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet” by Karen Fischer is a comprehensive self-help book covering any skin problem you can imagine in detail and it provides workable solutions. From cellulite to dry skin, and even the more serious problems of eczema or rosacea, this book breaks down the problems and offers the solutions. At first the book can seem overwhelming. At almost 500 pages, there is a lot of information to be had here. But once I started reading, I found that the author Karen Fischer made some great design and layout choices to really make this book readable.

For those scientific-minded people who want to know about every protaglandin and amino acid, Fischer gets very detailed and doesn’t shy away from using the big words.  For those who just want the simple rules of health, there are pull-out boxes and highlighted text that takes your eye directly to the basics. And for those who learn best from anecdotal evidence, there are case studies that drive her point home.

There are eight basic guidelines mentioned in this book. Some are as simple as #6 – Be a Hat Person. Some, such as #1 – Think Green and Friendly is more complicated information about restoring your pH balance. When she covers the more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and acne, you find that the basic eight guidelines still apply.

My favorite part about this book is the emphasis on lowering stress and eliminating negative talk about your self. She even covers the one thing I thought going into this book: “This routine could be expensive!” Fischer says, “Keep in mind that your skin-care routine should suit your lifestyle, your skin type, and your budget. Don’t ever stress yourself by spending too much money on skin creams. Stress ages you prematurely, which negates any positive effects a miracle cream may have. And besides, you just can’t look your best when you are having a panic attack about your finances.” So true!

My least favorite part about this book was the quizzes. The symptom lists were so vague I feel like I came out of each one with the condition I was testing for. Definitely not for the hypochondriac!

Finally, Fischer lays out the diet plan in such a way that the diet seems doable. The recipes at the back of the book are simple and look yummy. Who can beat a breakfast of toast with avocado and banana on top!

I recommend “The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet” by Karen Fischer to anyone who has a simple concern about their skin and to those with serious skin conditions. Karen Fischer’s positive approach makes skin care fun and delicious!

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