Exfoliating 101- Germain Dermatology

We’ve had some cold days here in Charleston. For many of us that means dry, flaky skin. Before you grab that loofah and start scrubbing Dr. Germain weighs in on Winter exfoliating. 

“Never mechanically exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation should be a gentle process. Use soft wash clothes or your hands to produce a natural exfoliation on the body. Products with gylcolic acid and/or urea (such as the Germain Rx Skin Smoothing Body Wash) get between the skin cells to act as a natural moisturizer.

Even though you may feel like giving your skin an extra scrub it is best to avoid over-exfoliation in the colder months and important to use gentler, less drying, scrubs during this time. If you are using a tool, such as the Clarisonic, make sure your brush heads are clean and opt for a few days a week opposed to every day use during the Winter,” advises Dr. Germain. 

If you are searching for a new exfoliator February is the perfect month to try our Germain Rx Brightening Polish, sold at 20% off this month only. This gentle exfoliator contains micro beads with ingredients such as Glycolic and Salicylic acids, CoQ10, Green Tea polyphenols and Vitamin C. It sloughs away surface skin cells, hydrates, enhances texture, creates a fresh glow and improves skin clarity and tone. Bonus: it also removes make-up and excess oil!

Purchase in office or online for 20% off using Code: POMFEB

Even Better Brightening Polish

Our Germain Rx Brightening Polish is now even BETTER! The Germain Rx Brightening Polish is one of our patient’s favorite items and we are proud to announce that now it is not only amazing for your skin, but it is now also environmentally friendly. 
For months states have been battling the regulations against polyethylene beads in products due to their resistance to break down after being discarded. All new Germain Rx Brightening Polishes will now contain Microcrystalline Cellulose beads instead- which are biodegradable. 

Here’s to amazing skin, using only amazing products! 
We always give our BEST to our patients! 

Up Close With Kerstin- Germain Staff Feature

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

Kerstin Felton 
Cosmetic Front Office Coordinator
26 years young
 Skin TypeCombination Skin, Sun Damage, Melasma

Morning Skin Care Regimen: 

Brightening Polish/Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10%
Skin Tone Enhancement Pads 8%
Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Dermal Restructuring Therapy
Magic EyesMatte Perfection Sunscreen

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Antioxidant Soothing Cleanser/Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10%
Rejuvenation Pads 2.5x
Magic EyesAdvanced Restorative Bio-Therapy 

Using Routine: Approximately 2 Years

Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Matte Perfection Sunscreen
“It’s perfect as a quick trick for camouflaging blemishes & evening out skin tone or as a make-up primer for even better coverage.”

Favorite other Product:

Skin Tone Enhancement Pads
“It helps to reduce pigmentation issues/skin damage/freckles in between Clear & Brilliant treatments.”

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  

Silk Peel with Dermaplaning
“Helps slough off dead skin and unwanted facial hair with no downtime! Makes your skin feel so clean & smooth & Clear & Brilliant Helps to reduce sun damage/pigmentation issues with little to no downtime.”

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
Jane Iredale Loose Powder in Suntan

Best advice from Dr. Germain:

“Everyone needs to be on a good sunscreen & retinol—they are the key to anti-aging” Sunscreen with a good physical block (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) paired with retinol have helped my skin SO much. I am African-American and Irish, so even though I thought my freckles were hereditary I have learned that they are actually sun damage from all the years I spent not wearing sunscreen. Using a good sunscreen protects your skin from wrinkles and skin cancers like Melanoma & retinol helps to keep your skin turning over and producing collagen to help with acne and wrinkles. They complement each other and your skin will be the perfect testimonial! 

Kerstin’s Best Advice:“WASH YOUR FACE! It can be daunting and tedious at times but it is worth it! We all fall asleep in our make-up or get lazy and skip a night but you will end up paying for it!!”

Kerstin sends you off with these last minute words of wisodm, The only way to have GREAT skin is to protect it! If you take care of your skin now you won’t have to worry about “fixing” it later!”

Dads Deserve a Dose of Beauty, too!

Having trouble finding a gift for the man who ‘has it all’? 
Treat them to some TLC with our Germain Rx Father’s Day package.
All for $75 (a $100 value!)
*Plus you it will be Wrapped and Ready! 

Brightening Polish
Gentle exfoliator with micro beads that sloughs away surface skin cells, 
hydrates, enhances texture and improves skin clarity and tone.

Antioxidant Pads 
Antioxidant and citrus extracts that gently cleanses and prepares the 
skin in an easy-to-use pad that leaves your face feeling cool and refreshed.
Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen 
 Sheer-feeling UVA and UVB protection, SPF 50+ Sunscreen 
offers 13.75% Zinc Oxide and is suitable for all skin types.

Germain Rx: Vitamin C Serum

There is a new product at Germain Dermatology and our patients have fallen in love! The Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is quickly becoming our most popular product.

This brightening Vitamin C serum delivers skin enhancing benefits of expertly combined ingredients to achieve improved skin texture and tone resulting in healthier looking skin.

How does it work? Dr. Oz explains

One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Age Spots
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.

Suitable for all skin types, the Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is made to brighten and even out skin tone, tighten your skin, help lighten hormonal pigmentation and ward off wrinkles. Order online or stop by our office today!

Get a True Summer Glow

That Summer glow isn’t all about rosy cheeks and bronzed skin- to pull off that fresh faced photo shoot look you need shimmer from deep within. We have options for everyone here at Germain Dermatology. From the Germain RX Erase Regimen to the Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment that personal sparkle is right around the corner.
With the Erase Regimen you can reverse signs of premature aging such as brown spots, dullness and sun damage that causes your skin to lose its natural brightness. With botanical skin lighteners such as: Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Bearberry, and hydroquinone your skin will shimmer again in no time.
This regimen includes:
Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10% – Use AM and PM
Skin Enhancing Toning Pads 2% – Use AM
Rejuvenation Pads 2.5x/5x/7.5x/10x – Use PM
Magic Eyes – Use AM and PM
Facial Firming Therapy – Use AM and PM
Dermal Restructuring Therapy – Use AM and PM
Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+ – Use AM
*All of our Germain RX Regimens are customized for each patient giving them optimal benefits and results. Upon consultation Dr. Germain or one of our fabulous PAs will decide which exact products are best and which strengths to use for your skin type. 
We also offer the revolutionary Clear + Brilliant Permea Package. Clear + Brilliant is a gentle, laser skin care treatment clinically proven to fight the effects of aging skin, reveal your natural sparkle and smoothness in as little as one non-evasive session!
Clear + Brilliant:
-Is safe, non-surgical and non-invasive
-Is a gentle, revolutionary treatment that fights the natural effects aging has on skin
-Helps improve tone and texture and gives skin a radiant, youthful glow
-Creates a more even skin canvas, with reduction in the appearance of pores
-Is a perfect complement to individual beauty and lifestyle regimens

And JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER receive 20% off Clear + Brilliant! 
Make your appointment TODAY!