Putting Your Best Face Forward

What do we all want from our makeup? The perfect shade, perfect coverage, lots of good stuff for our skin, sun protection, etc; and to top it all off we want it to look like it’s not even there!  How does one find this magical product? Let us tell you.
– Test foundations on your CHEEK, not the inside of your wrist. The inside of your wrist hardly, if ever, is exposed to sunlight making it shades or more lighter than your face.
– Test foundations in various lighting. Makeup in sunlight can look completely different in a bathroom or under fluorescent lights, and vice versa.
– Determine your type and coverage and eliminate those that don’t cater to your needs. If you are shiny stick to matte formulas that are oil-free or a powder formula, if you are worried about fine lines and wrinkles opt for an anti-aging formula with a bit more coverage, but not heaviness as heavier makeup with settle into lines.
While there are thousands of brands and types we love to rave about Jane Iredale’s cosmetic line.  All of her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one; every product in the line is multi-functional and good for your skin! Take a peek at her choices for your flawless skin.

Still a little iffy on how to choose? We recommend this article from Oprah.com.

How are you Sleeping?

We love this article posted about the connection between sleep and beauty, especially as school is back in and sleep seems scarce! 

“Sleep is an active process that covers one third of human life. Unfortunately, only a few studies have addressed the relationship health of sleep to skin beauty. In fact, we’ve long heard of beauty sleep. Yes, it means sleep can enhance a person’s skin. Just look, when we lack sleep, your skin looks dull lusterless. This is caused by increased stress hormones to increase inflammation of skin that is certainly bad consequences on quality of skin.”
This research links between Skin and Sleep Deprivation, Your Biological Clock and Skin, and Skin and Beauty.
To find out how to get the most out of your sleep read the full article here: Sleep and Beauty

A little too much Sun?

Everyone knows the cautions of sun exposure, and if you are curious about any dos or don’ts, sunscreen tips or cancer facts you can scroll through our list of blogs and find all the information you need to be the most sun safe this Summer. However, we know accidents happen, hats are forgotten and sunscreen is sometimes NOT reapplied; therefore here are some after-sun care tips and tricks in the event that you get a little extra ‘vitamin D’.
          – First and foremost stay out of the sun until the sunburn goes away. This may be hard to do if you are on vacation, but it really is the most vital part of healing and protecting your skin as much as possible after the burn. If you must be out in the sun make sure to wear UV Protectant clothing that covers the affected areas.
         
–    Take a cool bath or shower. Cool water will stop the burning process, as well as cool yourself down. You can also apply a cold, damp towel to the burnt area for 10-15 min off and on to help take the heat out of the burn.
        –  After the shower/bath APPLY LOTION! Moisture is a huge key! It will help soothe the skin as well as help prevent or lessen peeling, itching and flaking. Products with Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are most recommended. They may also help reduce skin damage, although that is not proven.  Be careful not to use lotions or creams that have any of these listed in the ingredients: petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. Things with petroleum trap the heat in your skin (and you don’t want that!) and benzocaine and lidocaine can bother your skin. Hydrocortisone cream is acceptable for use for a day or two to relieve discomfort as well.
–           Drink lots of water! Burns take fluids from the rest of the body causing dehydration. Sports drinks and juice are also good choices. Some with severe sunburn may feel sick or dizzy- this is due to dehydration, be careful with children as this is easier for them to become sick.
          – Take an Anti-inflammatory. As soon as you are aware of the signs of sunburn take a dose of ibuprofen and continue dosage (as directed) for the next 24-48 hrs. An anti-inflammatory, opposed to just a pain medication, will help swelling and redness as well.
* If you feel excessively dizzy, weak, sick to your stomach, are experiencing  fever and chills seek medical help; or if you have blistering burns covering more than 20% of your body (DO NOT POP Blisters! Doing so can cause infection.)

Information provided by SkinCancer.org and aad.org

Be ‘In the Know’ when Choosing Sunscreen for the Season

With the Charleston beach season approaching it is important to be up-to-date with the facts for 2013 sun protection and summer skin care. In 2011 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) presented significant changes to sunscreen products. These changes were made in order to help us purchase the correct products for the protection we desire.
One of the most important adjustments was a stricter ruling on which products where allowed to present as “Broad Spectrum” on labels. Broad spectrum sun protection protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass. If the products do not pass the broad spectrum testing they must now be labeled with “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.”
Another key update to labels is the time (in minutes) the sun block will protect you during swimming or sweating. Waterproof, sweat proof and the term sun block is no longer accurate. This will greatly help with knowing when to reapply to be sufficiently protected from the sun’s ray.
When applying sunscreen use enough to generally cover all skin that is not covered by clothing or not protected by UV shielded clothes (as we have mentioned before the sun’s rays can penetrate lower quality swimwear and materials). The American Association of Dermatology suggests, “Follow the guideline of “one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass”, which dermatologists consider the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.” Make sure to apply AT LEAST a 30 SPF DAILY, and apply to dry skin AT LEAST 15 minutes before going in the sun.
We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful Charleston Summers, but to do it safely. When choosing sunscreen make sure to read the labels and choose the right one for your lifestyle and skin type. Germain RX offers a wide variety of Sunscreens for your specific skin type, including this wonderful Sheer Sunscreen for optimal protection with a hardly there feel.
And when preparing for a day out don’t forget about your lips! Lips are prone to skin cancer as well- purchase your chapstick with just as much caution and reapply often. 

You’re Invited: Ultimate Ultherapy Night

Have you been thinking of Ultherapy but not quite sure? Join us for our Ultimate Ultherapy Event Thursday, April 25th 6:00pm. Dr. Germain, herself, will be doing a presentation on this innovative procedure, plus food & drinks for all! Make sure to RSVP as space is limited- 843-881-4440. 


Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restores skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look. 
Ultherapy is an uplift, NOT a Faceflift.


Treat Yourself this Month

Being Beach ready has never been so easy! 

Botox $9.75/unit 

BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! 
Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.


   Dysport $3.00/unit

   Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

 SCULPTRA buy 3 vials for $2,000 (and get a $50 Rebate per vial!)

      Dermal fillers can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance. 


  Perfect 10 Peel- One Intermediate and One Advanced for $450! 

    Turning back the hands of time has never been so easy thanks to all the advancements in peels. Unveil clearer and more even skin tone with this most advanced chemical peel.

    CoolSculpting 20% off! 

      CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless.

Skin Care Precautions for Moms-to-Be

With Spring in the air it’s not only the flowers that are blooming…We are starting to see ducklings at the park, saplings on the trees, and baby bumps a plenty! While some moms-to-be have the all the luck of the maternal glow, the rest of us need some help. While looking at skin care products what should you AVOID during your routine while expecting?

Top of the list are products containing Retinoids.
Retinoids, a type of Vitamin A, are found in many moisturizers and are used to improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles. So far no evidence has been shown that topical use is harmful to a baby, but doctors are being extra cautious and advising to stop or limit the use while expecting due to the harmful effects of high doses of Vitamin A on babies in the womb.
Following suit is Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic acid is used mainly for treating acne (a big problem for many expecting mothers). High does in the oral form have been shown to cause birth defects and complications in pregnancy- again doctors choose to be extra cautious and suggest stopping or limiting it’s use while pregnant. One larger precaution is not to use facial peels containing Salicylic Acid as it gives the skin more time to soak in the solution- more absorption in the bloodstream.
Finally is Soy.
Yes you read that right… SOY! Most moms-to-be look for natural and healthy alternatives in diets and beauty products but soy isn’t the best go to. Expecting mothers who suffer from Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, can actually get worse effects by using products with soy. Some products use soy which have the estrogenic components removed and this makes them safer to use. Check the ingredients carefully.

Basic rule, when expecting just take care of yourself! Pregnancy effects everyone different. If your usual products are too harsh for your mom-to-be self ask your dermatologists for some gentler options. Need a stronger, but safe, treatment for your pregnancy acne? Try using oil free makeup and lotions, and ask your doctor for safe treatment options. Germain RX has an anti-aging and acne line of Pregnancy SAFE products and we can help you set up a routine that is perfect for you.

Even though some women naturally have that glow- 
we can always help you fake it! 

Get Lucky with our March Specials

   *  20% off Ultherapy~ An uplift, NOT a Faceflift! 

      Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.
·        *  CoolSculpting The best way to get problem areas Beach Body Ready!
LARGE Applicator~ $999.00
REGULAR Applicator~$500.00

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless.
·         * Perfect 10 Peel- One Intermediate and One Advanced for $450! 
Turning back the hands of time has never been so easy thanks to all the advancements in peels. Unveil clearer and more even skin tone with this most advanced chemical peel.
·         * Purchase a Fraxel Face Package- Receive a Neck Treatment Package for FREE! ~ $2,500 Savings*
Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.
·        *  Buy 1 syringe of dermal filler and get the 2nd syringe 25% off!
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane® can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.
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Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.
·        *  Botox $9.75/unit
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! 
Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

* Dysport $3.00/unit

Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.


*Dr. Germain Performs all Injections

Meet the PAs of Germain Dermatology

Our office has been lucky enough to grow and blossom over the years and Dr. Germain has had the chance to bring on some amazing Physician Assistants to help the practice. Dr. Germain stands 100% behind her work and her practices, and she would like to introduce her two right hands to you- Holly Carter, PA and Louisa Floyd, PA.

Holly is a South Carolina native, who also holds her Physician Assistant License from MUSC.  After graduation Holly was trained in dermatology specifically by Dr. Germain herself. Now with 8 years of experience at Germain Dermatology Holly sees her own patients and performs daily surgeries at the Germain Office.

Louisa is a Charleston native and a Clemson University graduate.  Before enrolling in the Physician Assistant program at MUSC Louisa worked for two years as a Medical Assistant for Dr. Germain.  Even while in school she trained with Dr. Germain during her clinical rotations.
Being very familiar with Dr.Germain’s way of practice Louisa came on board as a PA with 4 years of experience in the practice of dermatology, specifically with Germain Dermatology.

Both of the Physician Assistants at Germain Dermatology are more than qualified and prepared to treat any of your dermatological needs. From Chronic skin issues to routine skin checks these ladies will take great care of you.  Each practicing PA and professional holds to Dr. Germain’s highest standards of care.
Making an appointment is easy! Just call our office to schedule:  843-881-4440.

Fall in Love with our February Specials

We are starting out the month of love, flowers and chocolates with a few fabulous specials! These are great gift ideas, or wonderful ways to pamper yourself for the holiday!


· *  Botox $9.75/unit (Receive instant $50 rebate on Botox)
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over!

Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

·  * Dysport $3.00/unit
Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

·  * Buy 1 syringe of dermal filler and get the 2ndsyringe 25% off!
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane® can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.

Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.

·  * 3 Vials of SCULPTRA for $2,100 (Receive a $50 mail in rebate PER VIAL!)
SCULPTRA Aesthetic is a long lasting dermal filler with subtle results over time; SCULPTRA aesthetic is an easy way to get a natural-looking, youthful appearance. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, SCULPTRA gradually replaces lost collagen for results that last for up to 2 years.
·  * 20% off CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless

·  * UltraFrax:  Ultherapy +Fraxel  $900 Discount THIS MONTH!
Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.

Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.

Come in to check out our great specials or pick up a gift card for your Valentine!