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What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays? An easy way  to remember is: UVA ages, UVB burns.

Actually, both types of rays age and burn skin. But UVA does most of the aging, and UVB does more of the burning.

The important thing to remember is this – UVA rays are strong all year round, even on a cloudy day, whereas UVB rays correlate with the intensity of the sun. The sunnier it is, the stronger UVB is. Not so with UVA.

UVA passes right through clouds and glass, damaging your skin no matter what the weather is like outside.

Bottom line – wear sunscreen every day of the year to keep your skin protected!

Learn More About UV and Why You Need to Choose A Sunscreen Carefully



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Anti-Aging Guide

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Sun Protection Guide

Sun Protection Guide

A comprehensive guide to sun damage, how to choose the right sunscreen, and sun protection tips.

JAS Hyperpigmentation Guide

Hyperpigmentation Guide

Different types of pigmentation explained, strategies for treating it, and ingredients to watch out for.

JAS Sensitive Skin Guide

Sensitive Skin Guide

Are you naturally sensitive or sensitized? Learn the difference and how to care for sensitive skin.

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Skin Care Resources

Skin Conditions Guide

Skin Conditions

Common skin issues and skin stressors.

JAS Skin Biology Guide

Skin Biology

The components and layers of skin, skin pH, barrier function.

Skn Care Ingredients

Ingredient Corner

Information on common skin care ingredients.

Welcome to Just About Skin!

Over the years, I’ve spoken with hundreds of you about skin care. Many of you have the same questions. What strikes me is that nothing has changed in the last 20 years. There’s still a huge lack of accurate, reliable, and comprehensive information about skin care. Being a biochemist by training and licensed in esthetics, it bothers me a great deal when bad information is spread.

The problem is, skin care isn’t commonly studied, and we don’t learn this in school. For those of you who didn’t study a biological science, you may not have a good understanding of how skin works. Therefore, it is very hard to make informed decisions about what products to use and routines to follow. Even for me, having studied it for many years, skin care is highly complex and challenging.

Skin First, Then Products

More than ever before, we need to understand how skin works. Today the skin care industry is exploding with new treatment possibilities, thanks to rapid advances in our understanding of skin science. And there is much more to come.

Let’s focus on skin first. Then we can talk about what to put on it.

What we’re doing today is the opposite. We buy products without having a clue about our skin type and what’s going on inside it.

You can’t make a good decision if you don’t know why your skin is behaving a certain way and how to treat it correctly.

So let’s remember — Skin First, then Products. This is my core philosophy.

Not Your Typical Beauty Blog

You’ve come to an educational blog where you will find expert skin care advice grounded in science. On this site, my goal is to share my expertise and educate you about skin care – to empower you with the knowledge to make smart decisions about your products, routines, and skin treatments.

I try to explain the ‘science’ behind skin care – why you do or don’t do things a certain way – in simple terms. This is the kind of information that I think is lacking. I also share practical how to’s and professional tips.

Finally, if you’re interested in anti-aging, then you’ve come to the right place! This is my specialty and where I tend to get more advanced on the site.

I hope you enjoy this site and wish you all the best on your quest for healthy, beautiful skin!
Rita Lee

Rita Lee
Founder & Author
(more about me and this blog)

What Fans Are Saying

I’m obsessed with your blog! I’m learning so much about skincare and I really love that you give the info. rather than just sharing products – makes it so much easier to determine what I actually need and how to use it!
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You are a skin care guru! We find all of the information you post to be so interesting & extremely helpful.”  
PalmettoDerma, Sep 15, 2014
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I think your blog is very well written
Eric, blog fan, Aug 12, 2014
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Kimmie, Facebook, June 11, 2014
I follow you on twitter and I love your posts and the way you educate the readers about such simple yet important aspects in skincare
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Andrea, Instagram, May 22, 2014
I went through the blog intensively, it is soo great!!!!..learned a lot!!
Gabriela, Instagram, May 15, 2014
I love your blog!! I learn so much about skin care and taking good care of my skin!
Nikki, Facebook, May 13, 2014
You’re blog is very helpful. Thank you!
Gi, Instagram, May 12, 2014
love your content, thank you for helping spread the word and reduce pseudo science!
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, Twitter, May 9, 2014
I just came across your blog, I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!! I am a “soon to be” esthetics teacher and I love the way you explain the information and make everything simple and easy to understand! I cant wait to tell the students to check out your blog!
Nicole, a blog fan, May 8, 2014
Your blog is amazing.. love ur blog
Alia, Instagram, May 7, 2014
I love your blog by the way! It is very informative
Marina, Instagram, April 24, 2014
Absolutely fabulous skincare blog….I only trust science. Follow  ….a rare skincare site! Thanks for all your research :-)
winetrekkertv, Twitter, April 23, 2014
We think you’ve got some great advice on skincare,
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Thank you! I love your feed/acct
ShannonBruno, Instagram, April 6, 2014
Thank you so much for all the great  information You are super helpful, looking forward to learning more from you!!
Palmetto Derma, Twitter, April 3, 2014
Thanks to you, Rita….fabulous information from a biochemist on everything skin!!
Gail, Twitter, Mar 28, 2014
thanks for all the great advice :-) x
Lally, Twitter, Mar 19, 2014
I love how informative your articles are.. on my must reads.
Pia, a blog fan, Mar 17, 2014
I love your mini reviews with each post.
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Thank you so much for your blog/insta/web. It is so refreshing to find some intelligent modern info on skincare. Finally skin care info by a real woman for women!
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@JustAboutSkin ROCKs!!!!!!!! Best info bout Skin Health.”
Amala, Twitter, Mar 14, 2014
I love your page. I appreciate your input on these products; not enough people do this!
Sherry, Instagram, Mar 12, 2014
Your new blog is FANTASTIC! I have been advising several people to read it! I am really impressed, the articles are so well written and informative.
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I just wanted to let you know I love your posts.
Kelly, Instagram, Feb 21, 2014
WOW! Learning so much from you sweet lady
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Your knowledge is really impressive
Gabriel, Instagram, Jan 29, 2014
I really love your blog Rita. It’s GREAT!
Maria, Facebook, Jan 7, 2014
I love the underlying scientific basis for it.
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I love the content you generate, it is really precious!
Debra, Facebook, Dec 17, 2013
I was reading it last night and it’s awesome.
Cordelia, Instagram, Dec 3, 2013
Rita knows everything there is to know about skincare! Highly recommend!
Tanya, Facebook, Nov 26, 2013
I was in the car and started reading about UVB and UVA…I had no idea. I can’t wait to read more….
Eyee, Facebook, Nov 25, 2013
Just read the first article in your blog. It’s great! Very well organized and explained…and extensive. You’ve motivated me to get some sunscreen this very day
Kris, Facebook, Nov 23, 2013
Having benefited from hearing your biochemist’s take on the thousands of products out there, I’m so glad to see you’re sharing your insider knowledge with everyone!
Leslie, a blog fan, Nov 19, 2013
A (very) smart guide to skincare and protecting your skin, by Rita Lee who knows beauty and explains what really happens.
Debbie, Facebook, Nov 17, 2013
I LOVE your blog, I truly do. I will be reading EVERY word you print on the blog…I ‘ve wondered, asked, and forgotten about which sunscreen goes over, above, in, on, below, around (!) the serums, moisturizes, etc. Your instructions are perfect.
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