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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!
Detailed Guides on Common Skin Issues
A detailed look at the underlying causes of acne, ingredients that target those factors, and tips on managing acne.
Learn about the aging process and age-fighting strategies for slowing it down.
A comprehensive guide to sun damage, how to choose the right sunscreen, and sun protection tips.
Different types of pigmentation explained, strategies for treating it, and ingredients to watch out for.
Are you naturally sensitive or sensitized? Learn the difference and how to care for sensitive skin.
A guide to skin types and essential how-to’s.
Skin Care Resources
Common skin issues and skin stressors.
The components and layers of skin, skin pH, barrier function.
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.
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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!
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I love your page. I appreciate your input on these products; not enough people do this!
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I was in the car and started reading about UVB and UVA…I had no idea. I can’t wait to read more….
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
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!
A (very) smart guide to skincare and protecting your skin, by Rita Lee who knows beauty and explains what really happens.
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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