BHM Book Review: Prescription for Beauty
eing beautiful, having that youthful glow, healthy hair, and luminous skin….it all sounds great, right? These are all of the things that most, if not all women would love to have. We struggle day to day in our quest to have gorgeous clear skin and are in a constant battle with our hair to grow it out to long lengths. In the end, is it really a goal that can be achieved? Sure it is.
As black women, we have melanin in our skin, which helps protect us to some degree from harmful UV rays. However, the sun can be problematic for us when it comes to dark spots on our face. Some women are fortunate enough to have never had any real problems with acne and others are not so fortunate. Then there are those who are in the middle, who don’t have serious problems with acne, but suffer from the occasional break out. Acne flare ups or similar trauma to the skin on our face can cause a build-up of melanin, which in turn causes dark spots on our face because of the excess pigmentation that is produced.
There is a book available to help those who are trying to attain the goal of clear skin as well as those who want to maintain their glow. The book, written by Dr. Susan C. Taylor, is called RX for Brown Skin: Your prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails. Dr. Taylor is a Harvard trained physician and notable authority on ethnic skin issues. She is a dermatologist who has been featured in O Magazine and Essence. Dr. Taylor noted for her professional advice on brown skin which of course, includes African American, Asian, Latina, and Native American skin. Readers can get tons of information about how to properly care for their skin in order to have and maintain a clear complexion.
Maintaining a healthy scalp is key to having healthy hair and growing your hair. If the skin on your scalp is healthy, depending on your styling methods and product choices, the hair on your head should be healthy as well. In her book, Dr. Taylor offers insight on how to promote a healthy scalp and ways to avoid hair breakage and loss.
Got brittle nails? How about paper thin nails? RX for Brown Skin explains what is needed in order to have and grow healthy nails. Nothing can be quite as frustrating as trying to grow your nails to long lengths and have them break off before reaching your goal. With this book, you can find out what to do to help your nails be the best they possibly can be.
Striving to be beautiful, however you perceive beauty, is a continual goal because not only do you have to follow steps to get there, but you have to maintain the level of beauty you have reached. Whether it is clear skin, strong nails, healthy hair, or all of the above that you desire, Dr. Susan C. Taylor’s book will provide answers to your questions on how to attain it.