I do make a distinction between science and skepticism although others don’t. Of course terms need to be defined and ‘science’ in particular can have a very broad meaning.
I see science as far bigger and far more powerful than skepticism. It’s about observation, measuring, hypothesising, testing etc. and is the best method we have for acquiring meaningful knowledge. Skepticism, on the other hand, is all about scrutinising claims for validity. That’s why it is vitally important to science – skepticism is the filter through which claims have to pass.
Having said that, I think that skepticism is far more useful as a tool for everyday living as it can be applied without the need for a person to be a scientist. We’re all bombarded with all sorts of bogus claims in life and we can use the method of skepticism to (hopefully) weed out the bogus and leave the good.
Science has nothing to say about whether joining a Multi Level Marketing scheme is a good move for example, but applying skepticism to the claims of MLM will show up how bogus they really are.
I think that skepticism can be used as a highly beneficial tool by anyone who adopts the method as a way of examining things, without the need for a science background.