1. Sunscreen: Choose SPF 30 or higher

Always use a sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher. The SPF in your sunscreen absorbs and reflects the sun’s rays so they don’t burn or damage your skin.

Keep in mind, though, that higher isn’t that much better when it comes to SPF numbers. “Many people think they can safely stay in the sun longer if they choose a higher SPF,”. “But that isn’t the case.”

Here’s why: SPF protection doesn’t increase proportionately with the designated SPF number. So while SPF 30 absorbs 97% of the sun’s burning rays, SPF 50 absorbs just slightly more — 98%.

2. Difference between over the counter skin care products and medical

There are many types of Skin care products on the market today, and at times it can be a little overwhelming on what is best for you. There is one distinct difference between buying a skin care product from one of the many skin care companies like Avon or Mary Kay, versus the skin care products you can only buy from a medical practice like Obagi, Skin Care Products. And the difference is Cosmeceutical vs Pharmaceutical, and the easiest way to remember it, is that the Transformation of your skin at a cellular level comes from Pharmaceuticals which you can only get at a doctors office, not Cosmosuticals.

3. What age do you start taking care of the skin?

Taking care of your skin starts at birth by using sun screen. As you age the type of skin care changes depending on your environment, health habits, and so on. But the key is taking care of your skin before you see the signs of aging or sun damage. Using the right skin care products or having skin care procedures done are all preventive measure in slowing the signs of aging and reducing the damage to your skin. For skin care procedures you can start with a microdermabrasion in your late teens and on. It is a non-invasive procedure that improve dull and uneven skin color, relieves clogged pores and blackheads, softens general roughness or thickened patches of dead skin, increases the circulation in your skin for a more natural glow and can even reduce the amount of make up needed.