Skin care is a tricky area. Some basic care is necessary for good hygiene and basic health. More advanced skin care falls into beauty treatment. And no matter how much money is spent on skin care, there always seem to be even more expensive treatments and products out there. Review these 10 tips to pick up some basic, effective skin care knowledge. 1. The secret to great skin is great skin care. This means that not only should your skin be cleaned and moisturized correctly for your skin type, you should also protect your skin with sun screen. This prevents serious damage and aging that the sun can cause over time. A good sun screen or make up with SPF in it can be very beneficial. 2. Skin care is important for everyone, from the very young to the very old. One tip to help keep your skin continue to look its best is to use sunscreen each and every day. The sunscreen will protect your skin from premature aging, and of course, it also protects against skin cancer. Sunscreen is an economical, accessible, easy way to take care of your skin. 3. To help your skin look its best, consider adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. These foods contain protective properties that help the skin maintain its healthy appearance. Leafy greens, cantaloupe, oranges and blueberries, are all excellent choices to incorporate into your meals. Not only will they improve your skin, but they have other health benefits as well. 4. Prolonged use of oral steroids may cause capillaries under the skin’s surface to dilate, which leads to noticeable redness and flushing. Care for your skin during therapy, by adding oatmeal to a warm bath and applying nourishing lotions and creams to your skin that contain chamomile, vitamin K or extract of licorice or lavender. 5. You should apply a moisturizer to the skin after washing and toning. Moisturizers are lotions that lessen wrinkles, soften skin, and reduce dryness. Different skin types require different moisturizers. A person with oily skin should use a gel based moisturizer. A person with drier skin should use a cream or lotion based moisturizer. 6. If you are going to get expert advice about skin care, talk directly to a dermatologist. Research shows that primary physicians are much less likely to detect abnormal skin conditions than the experts in the field of dermatology. It may cost a little extra, but if you are concerned, it will be money well spent in the end. 7. At every stage of life, use some kind of moisturizer. Young people with acne can use aloe vera gel or juice as a natural, oil free moisturizer. Older people who are experiencing skin dryness can switch to a richer form of moisturizer or simply add a drop or two of organic oil (sunflower, tea tree, etc.) to the aloe gel for light, natural moisturizing. 8. Red nose, red eyes, splotchy face: it must be cold season again! Keep your colleagues from noticing that your sinuses are suffering by using a concealer with a yellow base on problem areas. This will counteract any redness you may have. Bonus tip: draw white highlighter just under your bottom lash line and at the corner of your eyes to make them seem brighter. 9. If you are trying to shrink your pores, try using a mask. You can make one at home by using egg whites. You don’t need any other ingredients and this can work with just one use. Egg whites tighten your skin, shrink your pores and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 10. Washing your hands with or without soap can dry them out. Keep your hands moisturized at all times by applying hand cream every time your hand touches water. It will keep your hands noticeably nice and smooth. Buy a small travel size hand cream and keep it with you when you go shopping and you have to use public restrooms. You get as much out of skin care as you put into it. That applies not just to money – it applies less to money than any other factor, maybe – but to time and research. There are plenty more tips and tricks like these out there, just waiting for you to learn.