Get The Most Out Of Your Skin Screening

Yearly skin screenings are one of the most important steps you can take to ensure early detection of skin cancers.  In order to get the most out of your skin check follow our simple three steps:
1-    Mark (with washable marker) any spots that concern you. New spots, ones that have changed in appearance or ones that are irritating you are always important to note.

2-    Come to your appointment sans lotions, oils and makeup. Having your hair down or without product also makes it easier for your doctor to check your scalp.

3-    Remove all nail polish before your appointment. Skin under the nails is especially susceptible to UV rays, being able to see through the nail for any spots is important.
Bring any questions or concerns you may have with you- we are here to help!


Schedule Your Next Appointment with Holly Carter, PA

Trying to grab a last minute appointment? Think about seeing our amazing PA Holly Carter. Holly has been working with Dr. Germain in all aspects of Dermatology since 2005, and currently sees her own clinic. She is available to see patients Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am-4:00pm, including lunch hours. 

In reverence of Melanoma Awareness Month, Holly advises,
“Sun safety is extremely important particularly living in a coastal area where it is warm almost year around.  The sun not only causes skin cancers but causes us to age faster.  It is important to remember to protect yourself every day, and not just when going to the beach or pool.  I tell my patients to get in the habit of putting an SPF 30 or higher on in the mornings before leaving the house.”

Call to schedule an appointment with Holly Carter, PA today: 843-881-4440
*Learn more about Holly via her Feature in the Post and Courier

Put Your Best Face Forward

Looking for some ways to up your make-up game? See some celebrity tips below, it’s easier than you think. 
Applying Primer:
Primer fills in fine lines and smoothes pores, it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready.
  • Apply Moisturizer First.
  • Remember that a little goes a long way.
  • Avoid the eye area (you want to use concealer and highlighting here).
  • Let primer set for a few minutes before applying foundation.

The Perfect Eyeliner:
Pencil, gel or liquid; winged, smudged or clean ­– the options are plentiful.
When using a pencil
  •  Make sure it is always sharpened to a point.
  •  Line as close to your lash line as you can (most suggest lining your ‘waterline’).
  •  Warm tip of pencil in your fingers for smoother application.
  •  Apply in short strokes.

When using cream or gel
  • Always choose a long wear formula.
  • Set the line by pressing eye shadow on top.
  • Use and angled brush for creative cat lines and more.
  • Use a precision brush for ultra thin lines.

When using Liquid
  • Great for hooded eyelids or oily skin.
  • Clean up mistakes with pointed q-tips.
  • Use a thin applicator for easiest use.

*Extra Tip: want to widen your eyes? Skip the black liner and go for a color. Black, like in clothing, narrows your shape.
Not so False Lashes
Not everyone has time to apply false lashes before stepping out the door, nor does everyone have the money for eyelash extensions, so here are some ways to create unbelievable lashes without the hassle or the money.
  • Use an eyelash curler. Heat your curler for a few seconds with a blow dryer. Then apply curler to the base of your lash line and hold tightly while rotating your hand upwards- pinch again.
  • Apply a THIN layer of powder to the base of your lashes using a small blending brush. This will create a full base for your mascara.
  • Apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom of your lashes (not your lower lashes). Wait a few minutes then apply another coat.
  • Make any touchups with the brush tip or liquid eyeliner for gaps. 

The Art of Lipstick
Whether you wear it all the time, or just use it to glam up a night on the town there is a definite RIGHT way to apply lip color.
  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush (baby brushes are great).
  • Apply a lip cream or concealer to fill in ridges (Chapstick will make the color wear off much quicker).
  • Apply a THIN layer of your foundation over entire lip area- yes you read that right. This acts as a blender for color and a primer.
  • Always use a lip liner. Choose a neutral shade or a shade that matches your lipstick.
  • Use a Lipbrush to paint your color on, inside the lines.

For more tips visit www.makeup.com 

6 Steps to Washing Your Face- the Right Way!

We are always telling patients and customers what products are best to use for their skin and needs, but what about how to use these products. Many patients go home with a new product and have no idea how to properly use it for the best results.
One of the simplest and most widely used products is face wash. It is easy to assume you know how to wash your face, you’ve been doing it your whole life, however you may be surprised to know there really is a correct, effective, way to wash.
We love these 6 steps to correct washing from our friend, Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood.
1.     Remove eye makeup. If you don’t, it will smear all over your face, work its way into your eyes, and ruin your towels. I use Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, available at drugstores. If you wear contacts, take them out first.
2.     Splash with lukewarm water. This will help your cleanser spread over your skin, so you won’t have to use as much. Avoid hot water, which can dry your skin and aggravate rosacea and redness.
3.     Use a liquid face wash. Many bar soaps contain sulfates and other strong detergents that make a lot of suds — great for removing grime from dirty hands and feet, but irritating on delicate facial skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive, use a creamy or milky cleanser, like Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. For normal to oily skin, try a gel or foaming wash, like Olay Foaming Face Wash for Oily/Combination Skin, Orlane Purifying Gel Cleanser, or Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser (for very oily skin).
4.     For sensitive skin, massage cleanser onto skin with fingertips. For oily, acne-prone, or sun damaged skin, squeeze cleanser onto a facial sponge (like a konjac sponge) or cleansing cloth to help unclog pores and remove dead, dull skin flakes. (If you’re not familiar with them, check out my article on konjac face sponges next week.)
5.     Rinse with lukewarm water. Then pat dry with a soft towel; rubbing can redden your face and aggravate breakouts and rashes.
6.     If you use a skin-cleansing brush, rinse the brush, detach the head, and let it air-dry between uses. Many of my patients can only use their brush a few times a week, or else they break out in a rash.