Breakfast for your Skin

We understand how frustrating it can be to try and ‘perfect’ a diet. There are so many contradicting sources telling you what is good for you, what is bad for you, and what is even better for you. Supplements, shakes, vitamins, clean foods, whole foods- the list goes on; however one issue that seems to be pretty stable in the world of eating right is that breakfast is (still) the most important meal of the day.
 Most people are unaware that a healthy breakfast can actually fight off signs of aging and acne. Protein based breakfasts keep your blood sugar stable, which will encourage healthy skin.  Cereals with less sugar and higher in fiber are great sources of filling nutrients (extra step for the skin, switch to almond milk since dairy can be a cause of acne and inflammation). Eggs and breakfast meats are also a great way to start the day containing extra protein keeping you fuller longer, and stabilizing your blood sugar aiding in better eating habits as the day goes on.
 For some skin healthy breakfast ideas check out Discovery Health’s article ‘Top 10 Breakfasts for Beautiful Skin‘ and for more healthy food finds make sure to follow us on Pinterest

Shooting for Number 9

We were more than honored to be voted the BEST Dermatologist in Charleston for 2013, and for the past 8 years! However, we have to admit, we are only the best because we serve the BEST. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Voting for The Best of Charleston 2014 is underway, and we ask each of you to keep up the momentum by voting for Germain Dermatology! 
You can vote online at Don’t forget to share with fellow Germain friends. Looking forward to 9 years of being the best for you! 

Winter Wrecking Havoc on Your Skin?

Winter, or at least Charleston’s version of it, is upon us; and it can wreck havoc on your skin, hair, nails and lips.  If you happened to miss Dr. Germain on News 2’s- 2 Your Health with Carolyn Murray let us recap for you! *You can also catch the segment in full here.
Are all  moisturizers created equally?
No. You need to look for these key ingredients when purchasing body or face moisturizers: Ceramides, shea butter, and hylauronic acid.
My lips also seem extra dry?
Low humidity, colder temperatures and the wind can make your lips feel tight and dry as well as chap more easily.
I love taking hot showers when it is cold outside, is that a problem?
Yes. Hot water will soften the oils in the outermost layer of the skin. When you mix soap into the combo it can literally strip away the skin’s oil barrier, which locks in your natural moisture.
Will a humidifier help my skin?
Yes. Colder, drier air makes it harder for skin to hold in moisture. A humidifier can help to mimic the affects of warmer seasons allowing the skin to absorb and lock in moisture.
When is the best time to apply a moisturizer?
Within three minutes after bathing, mid point during your day and before bed.
Dr. Germain also urges everyone to still apply their daily sunscreen during the colder months, the sun is always shining in Charleston! 

You Are Never Too Old to Learn

With the population aging and people living longer the emphasis on health education is growing. It’s not about looking perfect or buying top of the line products it is about knowledge and routine; knowing how to preventatively take care of yourself inside and out.
We came across this great article from the New York Timesabout the focus redirecting towards education in dermatology practices. At Germain Dermatology we consider ourselves ‘education centered’ and do our best to continue our learning and insight to better serve our patients in all areas. Dr. Germain regularly attends seminars, trainings and conferences on techniques, new products and new procedures. The rest of our staff is also actively continuing their education, arming us with the best of the best to treat you.

Take a peek at the full article from the NY Times, and be sure to be on the lookout for many great educational opportunities with Germain Dermatology. As always, if you have a question about your health, skin, products or procedures please feel free to call the office and we would be happy to guide you in the right direction.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  ― Henry Ford