Hydrating is not just for the Heat

Can you feel that cool breeze in the air? Have you had your first Pumpkin Latte? Yes, it’s Fall. Maybe the season isn’t showing it’s colors so much here in the Lowcountry yet, but we all know it’s that time of year… how? It’s football season!! Whether you are cheering on Carolina or Clemson, pulling for the Panthers, or your own home team, everyone has a case of Football Frenzy this time of year.

With the weather cooling down and tailgate tents going up one thing that is easy to forget is to HYDRATE. We don’t mean with your favorite cocktail, but with actual water. You would be amazed at the effects dehydration, not only has on your health, but also for your skin!
Dehydration occurs when a person loses more fluid than they take in. The common rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day… but we also all know we aren’t made from cookie cutters and that doesn’t simply work for each of us. The standard to go by is to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day (If you are 150 pounds you should drink 75 ounces of water daily, or about 9.5 cups of water). We mentioned that your favorite cocktails don’t count, what about your daily tea or coffee? Unfortunately, no. Due to acidic levels and caffeine content water is actually used by your body to metabolize and digest these tasty goods.
Without water most organs cannot function properly: think liver and kidneys. Your skin is the largest organ on your body it needs hydration as much as the rest of you, even from the inside out. Healthy skin contains up to 20% water (dehydrated skin and dry skin are two different ailments, inside vs outside). If you are seeing uncommon signs of acne or unusually dry, worn, wrinkled skin, check your hydration… you could be not getting enough water in your daily diet. Increasing your water intake can simply reduce these symptoms and others as well (such as aches & pains, headaches, and fatigue).  If you feel like adding additional water to your diet doesn’t help visit your dermatologist to eliminate any serious conditions.

Continuous dehydration can also cause premature aging in the skin. When dehydrated skin loses its ability to retain moisture it affects the flow of fluids and nutrients within the skin’s cells, eventually, if not treated, these cells can become damaged. Without proper hydration your skin looses collagen- it literally dries out. Want the best kept anti-aging secret? Drink more water! Many of the latest beauty treatments and creams have collagen, which is a great ingredient (especially if you’ve neglected your hydration for too long), but the best way to replenish and sustain your natural collagen is to stay hydrated.

While cheering on your favorite teams this season, enjoying the cooler weather and all year round remember to carry that water with you (even if it’s between the cocktails)… it will do wonders.
Happy Fall from all of us at Germain Dermatology!

CoolSculpt® Your Way to Lower Body Fat and a Better Looking Body

CoolSculpt® Your Way to Lower Body Fat and a Better Looking Body
 “Wow!” “Seriously?!” you may be thinking…  Well, Yes!
In a one-hour procedure without pills, supplements, special diets or intense workout regimes, an innovative non-surgical treatment is available to remove those trouble spots that seem impervious to healthy changes in diet and solid workout programs.
Developed by two Harvard scientists who observed that cold can be applied to remove fat, criolypolysis or, CoolSculpting®, is a technology used to cool fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death.  As lipids and fats crystallize faster than other cells and are more vulnerable to cooling than the surrounding tissues, there is no damage to skin, nerves or other tissue.  When delivering prolonged, controlled cooling to an area, fat cell death and elimination will be produced naturally over time.  Over the following weeks and months, the fat cells begin to shrivel and die until the patient’s own metabolism eliminates them from the body.  The patient’s fat layer will be reduced significantly, giving the patient visible and measurable results in the targeted area.

Whether stubborn inches around the abdomen or leg area is simply a result of genetics or lifestyle habits, CoolSculpting® is an effective way to get rid of fat for good.  It is especially appealing to those who would not normally consider a cosmetic procedure or for those who don’t want the downtime and risks associated with surgery.
Each treatment cycle lasts for one hour and does not require local or other anesthesia. Patient’s may feel slight discomfort for the first five minutes of the treatment as the cooling device comes into contact with the skin and begins to freeze the tissues.  After about ten minutes, the patient may feel slightly numb as the treatment continues.  Patients are able to resume regular activities or go back to work upon leaving the office.  Results are generally seen within a few months of treatment.  CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is clinically proven and FDA approved.

Ideal candidates are generally those with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise – love handles, muffin tops, spare tires, inner or outer thigh bulges – problem areas that are difficult to exercise away without extreme fitness or diet programs.
“I have my body back – the body I had in my 20’s!”
Patients who have undergone CoolSculpting® tend to talk about what they have gained, rather than the fat they have lost.  From “I finally look good again; It’s the real me,” to “My clothes fit better,” patients report an increase in personal confidence, Keep in mind, once fat cells are eliminated, they are gone forever.  However, attention will still need to be taken in regards to a healthy diet and fitness program as to not generate new fat cells or increase the size of those still there.  Fortunately, most patients find their amazing results the impetus to continue taking care of themselves in order to retain their new look.
If you’re struggling to lose body fat from particular areas of your body, please set up a consultation with us to learn whether CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is right for you. We are proud to be South Carolina’s first and most experienced practice to offer CoolSculpting®.

Hot Tips For The Best Results from Your Age-Fighting Products

We love the results we are seeing on those who are using the Germain Rx product line. Designed exclusively for the needs of Dr. Germain’s patients, the line includes cleansers, sunscreens, body and anti-aging products you will love.  We’d love to have you consult with us on the best skin care and anti-aging routine for your skin.  We understand you may be using and enjoying some other products as well.  In any case, we have a few hot tips on how to get the absolute best results from your anti-aging products.


Find The Right Blend of Products

Using too many products and anti-aging ingredients on your skin can be irritating and make the signs of aging more noticeable. For best results overall, consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician who can properly evaluate your skin to ensure you have an effective and safe routine to bring out your skin’s radiance.
Give The Product Time to Work
Despite some claims, most age-fighting products do not work overnight. While a moisturizer can plump up fine lines in a few days, most products take at least six weeks to work and give optimum results.
Use The Product As Directed
Some products contain active ingredients which are too harsh or do not work as well if too much is utilized.  Applying more than directed can cause clogged pores, a blotchy complexion, or other unwanted effects. 
 
Avoid Products That Sting
Tingling, stinging, or burning do not mean the active ingredients are working – it often means the product is irritating to your skin.  Note: Some products prescribed by a dermatologist may cause stinging or burning. In fact, to get more noticeable results, the skin may be injured in order to reveal fresher, more youthful skin. When supervised by a dermatologist, this can be safe and effective. Pain and stinging should not occur if using an over-the-counter product. 

Continue Using, If You Want to Continue Seeing Results
People often believe that once they get the results they want, they can stop using the product.  To continue seeing results, you must continue using the product. 
 
Do Not Tan
Tanning from the sun, a tanning bed, or sun lamp exposes you to harmful UV rays, which can accelerate aging by causing wrinkles, age spots, and a blotchy complexion.  Tanning while using products with anti-aging ingredients can aggravate and damage the skin.  Sunscreen is essential to prevent damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Use a sunscreen with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) coverage with a minimum SPF 30.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Along with wearing sunscreen, we cannot emphasize this enough.  A good moisturizer traps water in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of some fine lines (not deep lines), making your complexion look brighter and younger.
A little attention to a few small details can make all the difference when showing off your beautiful skin!  To consult with Dr Germain for your best age-fighting skin routine, please call us at (843) 881-4440.
Sources:  American Association of Dermatology, National Institute of Health, and the FDA

HEALTHY SUMMER SKIN

The joys of summer are here!  Protecting your skin with daily use of sunscreen is the easiest and most obvious way to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin cancer.  However, did you know that other factors, inside and out, might affect your skin’s natural radiance as well?  Be good to your skin and you will love what you see.  Here are some great tips to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long!      
Here are a few tips we love on keeping your skin looking it’s best:
Sunscreen
Use daily on your face and exposed areas.  We love Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45.  Germain Rx has four sunscreen products to choose from, so please consult with us to determine the right one for your skin type. 
What about your make up?  While some make up lines offer facial foundation products that contain sunscreens, most powders and lighter products may not offer enough protection for you.  To be certain, always be sure to wear a true sunscreen underneath your make up.
Hitting the beach or pool?  Apply 15-20 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply every two hours and after swimming or perspiring.
 Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45
Nutrition
Enjoy the fruits of summer!   Summer is a great time to enjoy antioxidant rich foods   such as cherries, blueberries, cantaloupes, melons, pineapple, tomatoes, spinach, and other leafy greens, just to name a few.  Along with salmon and other Omega-3 rich fish, Vitamin C rich foods are great additions to a healthy diet, which can be like a mini makeover for your skin. 
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that an increase in Vitamin C rich foods is associated with a less wrinkled appearance and less dryness.  The study concluded that healthy dietary behaviors might provide additional benefits in skin appearance.
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;88(2):480.

LOVE YOUR SKIN!!
Photo courtesy of Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Hydration
Almost all major systems in your body depend upon water.  Skin included!  Water helps dissolve and carry nutrients, along with oxygen to cells, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush out waste products, lubricate joints, keep tissues moist and regulate body temperature.  Water helps toxins leave via the skin and allows for perspiration to cool the body.  The end result of a well-functioning body fueled by proper nutrition and water intake is clean, glowing skin!
To function properly, the body must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.  Water is your best source along with fruits and vegetables.
How much water to drink each day depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.  We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.”  That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations.  Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember.  Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.
Source: mayoclinic.com
Moisturize
Time in the pool, the ocean or even showering can dry and dull your skin’s appearance.  Hot water, chlorine, and harsh skin cleansers can strip oils from skin.  Your body continuously needs moisture, especially on these hot days.  If your skin is feeling stressed, use warm water instead of hot, apply a gentle cleanser and moisturize face and body right after shower or bath to trap water in the skin.  
For the body, we love Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème.  Your skin will drink it in, soothing any redness and softening any dry or cracked areas.  For face, please consult with us to find the best product for your skin as well as for other detailed facial care.
Source: American Association of Dermatology

Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème


Goodbye Dull Skin!

Regardless if you’re married, dating, divorced or single there is one thing we want to help you love, YOUR skin. Turn back the hands of time without an invasive surgery with our peels and microdermabrasion.  

Come on in this month for a consultation with Dr. Germain and her talented staff and they can help determine the best peel for your skin. We have a variety of peels to choose from. By meeting with Dr. Germain she can also suggest combining your peel with products to enhance your results. One of the most dynamic skin treatments around is the SilkPeel® Using Dermalinfusion™, this process exfoliates the skin leaving you feeling younger and more refreshed! Also ask about services like Pelleve, Ultherapy and more! 

You can also choose to have out Dermasweep, microdermabrasion which combines exfoliation and infusion of targeted topical solutions to keep your skin looking vibrant and fresh. Microdermabrasion is a safe and painless process that removes dead skin cells allowing the pores to be opened and cleansed while also encouraging collagen growth. 
Treat your skin right during this month of love by calling us at 843-881-4440 for a consultation. After one treatment you’ll be 100% better and be ready to come back for maintenance! 

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Love your Younger Looking Skin



We want to wish everyone a very happy and loving Valentine’s Day! Regardless if you’re married, dating, divorced or single there is one thing we want to help you love, your skin. Turn back the hands of time without an invasive surgery with our peels and microdermabrasion.  

BEFORE: LASER ILLUMINATION PEEL 

AFTER: LASER ILLUMINATION PEEL 


Come on in this month for a consultation with Dr. Germain and her talented staff and they can help determine the best peel for your skin. We have a variety of peels to choose from such as the Beta Life peel, Jesnner’s peel and the Glycolic peel. By meeting with Dr. Germain she can also suggest combining your peel with products to enhance your results. One of the most dynamic skin treatments around is the SilkPeel® Using Dermalinfusion™, this process exfoliates the skin leaving you feeling younger and more refreshed! 
You can also choose to have out Dermasweep, microdermabriasion which combines exfoliation and infusion of targeted topical solutions to keep your skin looking vibrant and fresh. Microdermabrasion is a safe and painless process that removes dead skin cells allowing the pores to be opened and cleansed while also encouraging collagen growth. 
Treat your skin right during this month of love by calling us at 843-881-4440 for a consultation. After one treatment you’ll be 100% better and be ready to come back for maintenance! 

Thanksgiving is here!

The week of Thanksgiving is here. It’s amazing to think that 2011 has flown by so fast. We’ve been keeping busy at the office and have you, our wonderful patients, to thank during this Thanksgiving. 

We will be closed on Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25 so our loyal staff can spend quality time with their families. 
Before you know it, Christmas and Chanukkah will be here. If you’re stumped at what to get your loved one, we have gift certificates for everything from CoolSculpting to Botox. Watch their face lights up when they open our beautiful gift boxes full of Germain Rx skin care too. 



Also a reminder, we are an official drop off location for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy today! Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for your loyalty to Germain Dermatology. 

Feeling Sluggish?

Often we hear from Charleston moms that they’re not feeling themselves. From running the kids to practice to dance class, there’s never enought time in the day leaving many of them tired and completely out of energy. 


Here’s some easy ways to get a good boost of energy: 



1. Drink water: You may be dehydrated which is making you feel sluggish, so grab a glass of water and enjoy. 


2. Stop and Breathe: Sometimes, taking a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply and “meditate” of sorts is a good energy builder. 





3. Get up & mooooove! Moving around –even for 5 minutes — can increase your circulation. 


4. Step away from the computer: Of course when you’re finished reading this blog. Breaks from a computer really help! 









5. Be thankful: Often, we’re all caught up with the daily hub-bu of life we forget to be thankful for all the wonderful gifts we have. When you are thankful, you’ll smile and that will give you energy too. 









And if you’re still feeling sluggish, we now offer Metabohealth Vitamin Injections. There’s no appointment needed and they help increase your energy and boost your metabolism. We are offering them for $25 each or a package of 4 for $75. Stop in our office at Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant at 612 Seacoast Parkway. 


Thanks for reading! 














Smooth-Out That Skin

Have you been trying to rejuvenate your skin, but haven’t found any treatment that works? If so, you may be in luck with a new skin resurfacing system called DermaSweep.
DermaSweep is a revolutionary skin rejuvenating system that allows you to maintain your healthy and beautiful skin. This state system is state-of-the art exfoliation and skin-revitalizing system treats a wide variety of skin conditions and skin types and will have your skin looking better in no time.
This procedure can help reduce early aging lines, as well as acne and surgical scars in addition to many other skin conditions.
You’re probably wondering how it works. DermaSweep features a vacuum pump that gently lifts the skin surface as the device “sweeps away” the dead layer of skin in a very precise manner that leaves the skin smoother. The “vacuum” also increases the blood flow and cleans the pores, thus making your skin healthier in no time!
You are probably asking yourself whether the DermaSweep procedure is painful. While you may feel a bit of skin tightness after the procedure, DermaSweep is safe and painless. When using a topical cream during the treatment, your skin will feel cool and refreshed in no time!
The treatment generally takes about thirty minutes depending on the skin condition being treated and it can be done during a normally scheduled visit with Dr. Germain and her staff.  In most cases you will be able to return to your normal schedule, but you may be advised to avoid direct sun exposure for a few days after your treatment.
After the treatment is over, your skin will have a very vibrant glow that is sure to have you looking and feeling beautiful!
If you are interested in DermaSweep, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Germain and her staff at (843) 881-4440 for more information.