Spring Cleaning – Who’s got the itch?

Have you gotten the Spring Cleaning itch? Why we commonly think of our rugs, clothes and over stuffed closets when making our cleaning lists it is also important to consider your skin care products and make-up. 

Prescription or dermatologist brand skin care products should be fully effective and safe to use for two years after bottling. “If you use your products and regimens routinely you should never approach an unsafe usage date,” notes Dr. Germain, “Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of anti-aging and preventative products.” If you are using ‘drug store’ brand creams and serums general rule of thumb is to toss at a year old. 

Using expired products not only weakens the results but can also lead to irritation or bacterial infections (especially those that do not seal appropriately, ie: jars or pop tops). 

When cleaning out make-drawers and bags it is suggested to toss any items that no longer have lids or tops as bacteria can spread more easily, especially for eye products. Otherwise as a general rule you should toss mascara every three months, eyeliner and eye shadow every six to 12 months, lipstick every one and a half years and foundation/powders ever year according to Women’s Health Magazine. 

If you’re really taking the cleaning to an extreme this year Real Simple gives a great list of shelf life rules for a variety of house hold and bathroom products: Click Here. 

And don’t miss the perfect time to restock with our SPRING KICK OFF Sale, online only March 23-15th. Shop all weekend with code: SPRING18 at www.germaindermatology.com. 

*Some exclusions may apply. 

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

Know Who is Doing Your Proceedures

You may see a dermatologist each year for your annual skin check (and that is AWESOME!), but whom do you see for cosmetic needs? Do you have a favorite spa, Aesthetician or MediSpa?

For some procedures an experienced technician may be fine, but, cosmetic or not, any treatments can be dangerous and need to be handled with the utmost safety. It’s not always just the training/certification to be cautious about. You want to think of how much experience the practitioner has had, the environment of the treatment and any malpractice activity.

For instance, some aestheticians are very capable in injections (such as Botox) but their practice (such as a spa) is not capable of dealing with a medically allergic reaction or other complications that could occur. Also, understanding of the law is important. In most cases those preforming these procedures, under state law, must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.

Dr. Germain is proud to let all patients know that she personally performs all injections and oversees each procedure done in her office.  She personally makes sure each patient has the best, and safest, treatment Germain Dermatology can offer.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, consumers should ask the following questions:
Q: What are the doctor’s credentials and is he or she board-certified?A: Remember, dermatologists are physicians with extensive education, training and experience in keeping the skin, hair and nails healthy.
Q: How many of these particular cosmetic surgery procedures has the physician performed?A: The procedure should be one that the doctor performs regularly. Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.
Q: What result can I expect and are there any risks?A: Because your results depend largely on the skill and experience of the person performing the procedure, it is important to select a board-certified physician. A dermatologist can tell you if the procedure will deliver the desired results, based on the condition of your skin as well as your age and health