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We’ve all got to start everything somewhere and sometime: dermatologic care is no different. Many of my patients come to me as newbies to the whole “skin care“, “anti-aging”, and “skin rejuvenation” thing. When exploring the world of dermatologic care and treatment, people often wonder when they should start, what they should do, how often they should do it and how to make sure things look natural.

For this first installment of Ask Dr. Steele, we’re answering some of the most common questions we get from anti-aging newbies!

When it comes to having healthy skin, most people think about using the right skin care products and sticking to a routine. Hopefully routine visits with a board certified dermatologist are also a part of the equation. However, people don’t always realize that there are also foods for healthy skin. These foods for skin pack a tremendous nutritional punch that can improve your complexion in just a few weeks.

Spring has sprung, and summer is near! Where are you headed for fun and sun, this summer? Before you leave on your sunny adventure, be sure to get acquainted with sunscreen, its ingredients, and how you can protect yourself and your family from those harmful rays.

It is common knowledge that that sun’s UV rays are harmful to our skin. Most notably, UV radiation is the biggest risk factor for the development of the most common skin cancers. With increased awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, sunscreen use is on the rise. Here are a few tips on protecting your skin when you’re out enjoying the sun:

Instead of heading to the beach or into the sun, I have many patients who opt for the tanning salon to get a “base tan.” It’s a common misconception that a “base tan” will protect the skin from burning or sun damage, but in fact, getting a “base tan” in a tanning bed may be even worse than natural sunlight.

When your skin tans, the change in its color is a protective response to the reaction of exposure to UV radiation. The skin is injured the same way with a “base tan” as it is when it endures prolonged sun exposure. The effects may be even worse with such focused, intense UV radiation in a tanning bed. This ‘base tanning’ misconception may lead to sunburn in the short term and/or skin cancer, wrinkles and uneven color or texture down the road, which is what the tanner thought they were avoiding in the first place!