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

How is your Holiday Hair?

The holiday season is ‘the most wonderful time of year’, but it comes with some consequences. You want to look your best for the parties, the photos, the old friends and even the criticizing family members. One of the first things we primp and prep for events is our hair, but what we do to our hair can affect more than just our appearance. Everything from the tools to the type of dye you use can determine your hair’s health. The habits of how you treat your hair before and after styling can set the path for healthy beautiful, natural, hair.
Try following these tips for better hair health from the AAD:

  • Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry. Most people should handle wet hair as little as possible as wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. However, people with tightly curled or textured hair should brush their hair when wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.
  • Keep brushing to minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.
  • Reduce the use of “long-lasting hold” styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.
  • Flat irons should be used on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. If you use a curling iron, only leave it in place for a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.
  • Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.
  • When coloring your hair choose a dye that is darker rather than lighter than your natural color to minimize hair damage. If you choose to go lighter, select a dye within three shades of your natural color as more lightening requires higher volumes of peroxide.
Here’s to happy holidays and healthy hair! 

We Are Thankful For…

We are ever grateful at this time of year for so many things!
Here is our TOP 10 list for Thanksgiving:
  1.  Our Clients! We couldn’t do any of what we do without the amazing people that come into this office! First off we thank YOU!
  2. Our Staff! With a few changes over the past year we couldn’t be more proud than the staff we have at Germain Dermatology. From the office to the doctors we truly have the best.
  3. Our City! We are blessed to be practicing in such a beautiful, historic place. Charleston is an involved, giving city and we love being here.
  4. Technology! Yes, it may sound silly, but we are grateful for the many advances in dermatological technology and IT Technology. Each of these allows us to offer the best solutions and simplest visits for our patients.
  5. Our Growth! Even in a less than ideal economy we have been lucky enough to continue to grow- including a new website, updated products and more clinic hours.
  6. Education! All of our staff not only continues their education with conferences, trainings and seminars, but also strives to learn more each day- which keeps us on top of our game for each of YOU!
  7. The Ability to Give Back! With all our blessings we feel it is very important to give back to our community. We have been lucky enough to be able to participate in community health fairs (offering free cancer screenings), charity auctions, and much more.
  8. Awareness! With campaigns such as SPOT Orange the awareness of skin cancer and yearly skin screenings is on the rise. Unfortunately, Skin Cancer cases are still on the rise as well. Our hope is with this push in awareness we can begin to bring those statistics down.
  9. FUN! We are very thankful to be able to have fun with our staff and our clients throughout the year. With events like our CoolSculpting Nights, Sparkle Party, and more we are able to get to know our patients on a different level and have fun while sharing the things we love!
  10. Our Families! We can’t leave out all those who help us ‘behind the scenes’ of Germain Dermatology. Those that listen to our exciting new additions, pour us a glass of wine on hard days, and keep us smiling and motivated every day throughout the year. 
We wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving with loved ones and thankful hearts. We truly are thankful for so many things- and it is in large part because of YOU!