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Your Skin, Explained

Joe Posner, Ezra Klein, Claire Gordon

5 mins

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The skin is the body's largest organ, but most people don't know how to properly take care of it. In Your Skin, Explained, scientists and skincare professionals share what the skincare industry doesn't want you to know.


Your Skin, Explained

Your Skin, Explained

by Joe Posner


In supermarkets, beauty salons, and cosmetic stores across the world, you can find shelves full of skincare products. The products promise to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. Buzzwords like anti-aging, resurfacing, and extra-firming are slapped on the labels.

What do these buzzwords mean, and what does our skin actually need to be healthy? That's what this episode of the Netflix docuseries Explained is attempting to answer.

The episode interviews scientists and skincare professionals to uncover what is really known about the skin, including how it hosts an array of mites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They also discuss the function of skin and how it relates to overall health, and finally, the truth about multi-step skincare routines.

Favorite quote

Your microbiome is first formed when you are born into the world. You're suddenly populated by your mother's biome, and that forms a sort of concrete foundation that's going to stick with you for the rest of your life.

- James Hamblin, MD and author

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