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Soap saves lives. But did you know that excessive use of soap and skin-care products are harming our health and the environment? Apart from in hand-washing there is no need to use soap on our bodies at all?

Doctor and preventative medicine expert James Hamblin gave up showering five years ago and only ever uses soap on his hands. In Clean he introduces a new way to think about cleanliness - one that is cheaper, simpler and better for our skin, our immunity and the world in which we live.

Hygiene prevents the spread of disease and saves countless lives. But in recent decades, rather than safeguarding us from illness, an obsession with ‘cleanliness’ seems to have been having the opposite effect. As we are now starting to realise, our overuse of soap, sanitisers and untested, misleading skin-care products is doing untold damage to our skin’s vital microbial layer, which influences everything from acne, eczema and dry skin to how we smell. Not only might our obsession with soap-based cleanliness be exacerbating or even causing many of the skin conditions we seek to remedy or avoid, it may even be weakening our immune defences and increasing our vulnerability to allergies. 

Lucid, accessible and deeply researched, Clean explains how we got here - thanks to the concerted efforts of the multi-billion-dollar cosmetics industry - and introduces us to the emerging science that will be at the forefront of health and wellness conversations in coming years. It shows that the new goal of skin care will be to cultivate a healthy biome and to embrace a natural approach to being clean.

©2020 James Hamblin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Interesting and relevant health ideas

Good to hear a different perspective regarding skin care and health. The ideas feel relevant and timely as our understanding of the role bacteria play on health develops. Would have liked more depth in certain areas. An easy listen overall.

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Expansive, important writing.

James touches so many topics through the lens of hygiene and skin it boggles the mind. Well worth the weeks of fascination and enjoyment I got from it!

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Suprisingly Awesome

I purchased this book because I thought it would be interesting. It did cross my mind that 7 hours was a long time to talk about cleaning ones' skin, I suspected this book may not hold my attention for the full 7 hours but I was wrong. This book is not just about skin and skin products it covers much, much more , It was really informative and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am now equipped to make smarter choices in regards to what is effective and what is money wasting hype when it comes to choosing skin care products for myself and my family.

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Everyone should read

So many important messages. Very eye opening and well worth reading. Definitely took away a lot of valuable insights

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A great inciteful read!

Enjoyed this book immensley. The narration was great & easy to listen to. Very Informative

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Rarely informative

I almost never review books or other items I spend time on, but this book was so informative and eye opening, while being interesting, that I felt the need to help proliferate it...
I can of course only recommend reading it

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