James Hamblin - The New Science of Skin and The Beauty of Doing Less

Season 1, Episode 45,  Sep 21, 2020, 06:23 PM

Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI on the cosmetics industry with Atlantic staff writer James Hamblin - how our need to feel clean has been conflated with superficial beauty. To be comfortable in our own skin we must first understand the job that the skin does for our mental and physical wellbeing.

Physician turned Atlantic staff writer James Hamblin went without a shower or a bath for five years -  The experiment caused outrage and disgust in some people who see cleanliness as a social responsibility, but for many he offered a vision of liberation from dependency on hygiene products that, if over-used, may do more harm than good.

In his latest book, Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less, James examines the tension at the heart of our current Covid-concerned society,  “between our need to be close to other people and the need to protect ourselves from other people..”