Symptoms of the Season

Tis’ the season of merriment and joy, friends and family, vacations and entertaining, but along with those come the dreaded cold, dry weather. This time of year can be wonderful for your spirit but wreck havoc on your skin.  Many people with perfectly healthy skin suffer from itching, redness, dry patches and peeling during the colder months; and those with regularly dry skin suffer severely.

Here in Charleston our skin becomes used to the humid, moist air and gets especially dry and tight in our colder months. There are certain things you can do to ease the bothersome symptoms of the season and begin spring with beautiful healthy skin.

One of the easiest fixes is to stay hydrated. This time of year we are making rounds at holiday parties, eating less than good for you foods, and enjoying a round or two of cheer. All of these festive traditions can make you dehydrated which not only affects your health on the inside, but will also affect your skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water in between all the holiday fun.

You also need to stay moisturized. Many of you probably use moisturizer each morning, but increasing this routine can save your skin during these bitter months. Make sure to moisturize your face as soon as you have cleansed, replenishing vital nutrients and oils back into your skin.  For the rest of your body you can use body oil after showering. Oils hold in moisture better than regular lotions keeping your skin moist longer through your day; they also keep water from evaporating from your skin so it is important to apply within the first few minutes from drying off from your shower or bath.  

When taking a shower or bath limiting your time to 15 minutes or under and turning your dial down to a warm temperature, rather than hot, can also help decrease the occurrence of dry skin.  The hotter and longer you are in the shower or bath the more oils are depleted from your skin resulting in drier areas. Also, make sure to use gel or cream cleansers rather than bar soaps. Best rule of thumb, according to Mayo Clinic, is to find a cleanser (for face and body) that leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth not tight or dry.

Your hands, nails and cuticles also suffer this time of year. It is just as important to moisturize your hands after washing as it is your face. If you don’t wear dish gloves this time of the year may be a good time to try them out. Dish gloves can prevent dry hands as well as brittle nails. If the weather is causing dry cuticles make sure to cut them, not tear them, and use a good cuticle oil daily.

Taking good care of your skin from head to toe during the colder seasons will help you to have glowing, healthy skin come warmer weather. If you feel your symptoms are severe and taking slight precautions aren’t helping contact your dermatologist for a consult on dry skin, there could be a more severe problem.

Tis’ the season to be beautiful!

Vote Dr. Germain Best Dermatologist 2013!

We always say we have wonderful clients, and wonderful staff, for an 8th year in a row let’s make it official! Vote for Dr. Germain for the BEST DERMATOLOGIST OF THE YEAR, 2013. We have been honored to win your votes the past seven years now and we would be ecstatic to make it ‘the great eight’.

Voting begins December 19th and runs until January 16th – You can vote online at the Charleston City Paper.  Don’t forget to share with fellow Germain fans and vote all month long!

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Men’s skin needs TLC, too!

Traditionally when we think of skin care and cosmetic procedures we think of women, but that’s not always the case. There are hundreds of skin care products and procedures today geared toward men, but most men still have a certain stigma of using products- they shouldn’t skin care and even cosmetic procedures are just as beneficial and preventative for men as they are for women! Just because men have the persona of being rough and rugged doesn’t mean their skin is too.

For example men’s skin ages just as easily as women’s and it’s reported that only 5% of men use sunscreen on a daily basis. For men and women alike using sunscreen daily (usually within a moisturizer) is the number one method to prevent premature aging, not to mention skin cancer. Men also seem to complain about adult acne. The proper shaving technique, a cleanser for their skin type and a good moisturizer will fix the common problems of adult acne in a pinch (While also lying of the booze, staying dehydrated and keeping a distance from unhealthy greasy foods doesn’t hurt.).  Using a bar of soap from head to toe just doesn’t cut it.

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There are also some great cosmetic procedures men can benefit from. Men, much more so than the average woman, constantly deal with the issue of excessive body hair. Laser hair removal is a perfect solution to this problem. It’s non-evasive, perfect for large areas of hair (ie: shoulders, back, chest) and helps reduce the amount of hair that grows back. Not to mention it is much less painful than waxing and much less of a task than trying to shave all those awkward areas. Laser hair removal is also an option for men who have severe or constant irritation when shaving facial hair.

On the opposite end most men don’t know that a dermatologist is the number one doctor to see for hair loss. A dermatologist can best determine the treatment for the hair loss, provided it is not caused by a deeper medical issue. Testosterone blocking medications and transplants are among the most popular treatments.

It’s also becoming more and more acceptable for men to use Botox, facial fillers and chemical peels. There is no shame in visiting your dermatologist for more than just a skin check. You would be surprised at what they could do for you, and what simple changes to your skin routine could do for your skin health! 

Want to pamper yourself or the man in your life? Check out the GermainRX Give Him Clear Skin Gift Set. Products include: Problem Skin Cleanser 1, Brightening Polish, Problem Skin Pads 1, Rejuvenation Pads 2.5W, Ultra Lite Moisture Dew and Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+. Come by and check it out today! 

Holiday Must Haves from Germain RX

December is here and the official holiday shopping rush has begun. No matter what your holiday traditions are the clock is now ticking. GermainRX has amazing products and specials for everyone on your list this year.

Featured in Skirt Magazine we have our Appearance Enhancement Kit which includes the latest in reconstructive technology to reverse the signs of premature aging.

Three of our favorite packages were featured in the Charleston City Paper’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. We are sure there is something for even the hardest to buy for.

1-      Get Pampered Gift Set: Skin Smoothing Body Wash, Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, Heel & Elbow Cream and Intensive Hand Cream. 

2-      Get Her Glowing Gift Set: Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10 percent, Brightening Polish, Skin Enhancing Treatment Pads 10 percent, Magic Eyes, Dermal Restructuring Therapy, and more. 
3-      Give Him Clear Skin Gift Set: Problem Skin Cleanser 1, Brightening Polish, Problem Skin Pads 1, Rejuvenation Pads 2.5W, Ultra Lite Moisture Dew and Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+.

And don’t forget our December Specials:
*Purchase one bikini hair removal package and get an underarm package FREE (a $600 value!) .

*Purchase one Filler Syringe and get the second for 25% off!
*Plus discounts on Botox, Dysport, 20% OFF Coolscultping, and 15% OFF Ultherapy