45: James Hamblin – The New Science of Skin and The Beauty of Doing Less

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, (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clean-Culture-Hygiene-Obsession-Benefits/dp/1847925553/?tag=bookomi-21)  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..”