Up Close with Alexis~ Germain Staff Skin Care

Just like our patients our Germain staff suffers from common skin issues, the occasional breakout & even wrinkles! Ever wonder what they do to look so fabulous? Find out on our NEW Staff Blog post. Each month we will feature a different staff member their favorite products, routines, skin care battles and more.

Alexis Parolin

Cosmetic Technician/Licensed Esthetician, 32 years young
 Skin Type:  combination skin, acne-prone, sun damage, melasma, beginning signs of rosacea
Morning Skin Care Regimen:  
Germain Rx Problem Skin 2 Cleanser
4% Skin Tone Enhancement Pads
Hydrating Eye Serum

Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen
Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Germain Rx Problem 2 skin cleanser
Comfrey toner
Magic eyes
Retinol 5x serum
Restorative bio-therapy (as needed)


Using Routine: Approximately 9 months

Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Retinol Serums
 Favorite other Product:
Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  
Calming VBeam Laser Treatment
“I’ve had several different treatments at Germain Dermatology and one of my favorites is the Calming Vbeam laser. I have redness from rosacea and from acne. After 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart, I have my redness under control. When I start to feel flushed from spicy food, embarrassment, heat or any of my other triggers, my face no longer gets bright red! My skin looks so much better without the redness.” 

*Alexis is also a fan of Clear & Brilliant, Botox and Silk peels. 

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
Jane Iredale, Radiant Pressed Powder 
Best advice from Dr. Germain:
“You never want to look different, you just want to look like a better version of yourself.” 

“This is a journey, not a race…Do what treatments you can when you can. Every bit helps!”
 And we have to mention-
“Stay out of the sun and Get your windows tinted; UVA rays goes through glass!” 

Alexis’ Best Advice:
“Preventative maintenance is key; always wear sunscreen! The less you damage your skin, the less you’ll have to fix!” 
“Don’t sleep with your make up on & don’t wash your face with bar soap. Using quality products DOES make a difference!  Always Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.”

Alexis sends you off with these last words of wisdom,  “Botox DOES work! Very effective!  Save your tax refunds, ask for gift cards for birthdays/holidays, even start a beauty fund! Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves. When people feel good, they look good. “

Know Who is Doing Your Proceedures

You may see a dermatologist each year for your annual skin check (and that is AWESOME!), but whom do you see for cosmetic needs? Do you have a favorite spa, Aesthetician or MediSpa?

For some procedures an experienced technician may be fine, but, cosmetic or not, any treatments can be dangerous and need to be handled with the utmost safety. It’s not always just the training/certification to be cautious about. You want to think of how much experience the practitioner has had, the environment of the treatment and any malpractice activity.

For instance, some aestheticians are very capable in injections (such as Botox) but their practice (such as a spa) is not capable of dealing with a medically allergic reaction or other complications that could occur. Also, understanding of the law is important. In most cases those preforming these procedures, under state law, must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.

Dr. Germain is proud to let all patients know that she personally performs all injections and oversees each procedure done in her office.  She personally makes sure each patient has the best, and safest, treatment Germain Dermatology can offer.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, consumers should ask the following questions:
Q: What are the doctor’s credentials and is he or she board-certified?A: Remember, dermatologists are physicians with extensive education, training and experience in keeping the skin, hair and nails healthy.
Q: How many of these particular cosmetic surgery procedures has the physician performed?A: The procedure should be one that the doctor performs regularly. Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.
Q: What result can I expect and are there any risks?A: Because your results depend largely on the skill and experience of the person performing the procedure, it is important to select a board-certified physician. A dermatologist can tell you if the procedure will deliver the desired results, based on the condition of your skin as well as your age and health