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The Remarkable Life of the Skin Reviews

The Remarkable Life of the Skin by Monty Lyman

The Remarkable Life of the Skin

An intimate journey across our surface

Monty Lyman

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2 reviews

Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781787632080

How does our diet affect our skin? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ and reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you've ever imagined.

4 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
20 Jul 2019

"our extraordinary organ"

If skin is the house that contains us, then within this clever, optimistic book there are many floors. Lyman ranges impressively from Didier Anzieu, the psychoanalyst who talked about the concept of the skin-ego, the surface of the body as integral to the functions of the mind, to the bold but rather less cerebral 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria. She put her trust in Crème Celeste, a concoction of spermaceti wax (from whale heads), almond oil and rosewater, together with raw veal and crushed strawberries held to her face by a made-to-measure leather mask as she slept. Bet that confused the Demodex mites.


4 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
7 Jul 2019

"This microscopic look at skin is crawling with revelations, from tiny mites to cellulite and skin care"

This is an exciting introduction to a little-known microscopic universe and to a talented new writer. Lyman’s next book will apparently be on the subject of pain. I will be pouncing on it.