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This product helps brighten the complexion, prevents dry skin and wrinkles, non-irritating and therapeutic.

Get yours online at www.germaindermatology.com or in our two South Carolina offices.  Use the  online code POMAUG (yes, it stands for Product of the Month August)

Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. Want to know more?

Suffering From Summer Time Dry Skin?

Has your dry winter skin rolled over to the warm summer months? Dry skin can be frustrating, especially when you are constantly moisturizing with no results. Review our list of sneaky dry skin culprits to see if you are inadvertently feeding your irritation.
#1 Fragrance. No, we aren’t saying not to spritz yourself with your favorite perfume; this is referring to the hidden scents in many of your day-to-day routines.  Facial lotions, body lotions, body washes, detergents, deodorants, fabric softeners, fabric sprays and so forth can all contain fragrance which tends to irritate already dry skin or make it worse. Check the ingredients list of your items and eliminate any products containing the word fragrance. We often suggest ‘free’ or ‘clear’ items and non-fragrance skin care products. *Don’t want to throw away your delicious country cucumber melon lotion? Opt for high quality products with natural scents containing ingredients like shea butter, coco bean, honey or vanilla.
#2 Soap. Nothing strips skin of moisture faster than cleansing. This is why those who tend to shower multiple times a day or continuously wash their hands tend to suffer from dry skin. Use gentle (and fragrance free) products, especially hand and body soaps, and moisturize with a high quality lotion/oil within 10-20 min. of washing. *Fabric Softeners can also contain high amounts of soap, which can irritate dry skin, always check ingredients.
#3 Hard Water. Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals like magnesium, lead, and zinc. These minerals can leave a film on skin that causes dryness.  Investing in a home filtration system can get pricey- Dr. Dennis Gross, NYC Dermatologist, suggests a great alternative- add products high in vitamin A and C to your beauty routine to counteract the film left by hard water.
#4 Chlorine & Salt Water. Our skin is only made to withstand being in water for certain lengths of time. Whether swimming in a pool or ocean, taking a bubble bath or a long shower water can ultimately strip the natural oil barriers protecting our skin. During the summer, especially in coastal regions like Charleston, water activities can cause or worsen dry skin symptoms. To make things worse, both, chlorine and salt water dehydrate your skin intensifying the affects of the water. *Moisturize after a long swim, as you would after a shower, to best control the effects. Those with severe dry skin can apply lipid based products that will actually block the damage from prolonged water exposure.
#5 Air Conditioning. Yes, it is a fact that both heat and air conditioning can harmfully affect the moisture levels of your skin. Air condition pulls humidity out of the air causing, worsening or irritating dry skin. *Running a humidifier in your bedroom, or even your office, (through summer and winter) can help to balance the moisture in the air and relieve dry skin.

If your dry skin doesn’t improve with these lifestyle alterations, worsens or becomes painful come visit us at Germain Dermatology. Dr. Germain and staff are experts in skin care and will help you get to the root of your dry skin! Call today 843-881-4440

Symptoms of the Season

Tis’ the season of merriment and joy, friends and family, vacations and entertaining, but along with those come the dreaded cold, dry weather. This time of year can be wonderful for your spirit but wreck havoc on your skin.  Many people with perfectly healthy skin suffer from itching, redness, dry patches and peeling during the colder months; and those with regularly dry skin suffer severely.

Here in Charleston our skin becomes used to the humid, moist air and gets especially dry and tight in our colder months. There are certain things you can do to ease the bothersome symptoms of the season and begin spring with beautiful healthy skin.

One of the easiest fixes is to stay hydrated. This time of year we are making rounds at holiday parties, eating less than good for you foods, and enjoying a round or two of cheer. All of these festive traditions can make you dehydrated which not only affects your health on the inside, but will also affect your skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water in between all the holiday fun.

You also need to stay moisturized. Many of you probably use moisturizer each morning, but increasing this routine can save your skin during these bitter months. Make sure to moisturize your face as soon as you have cleansed, replenishing vital nutrients and oils back into your skin.  For the rest of your body you can use body oil after showering. Oils hold in moisture better than regular lotions keeping your skin moist longer through your day; they also keep water from evaporating from your skin so it is important to apply within the first few minutes from drying off from your shower or bath.  

When taking a shower or bath limiting your time to 15 minutes or under and turning your dial down to a warm temperature, rather than hot, can also help decrease the occurrence of dry skin.  The hotter and longer you are in the shower or bath the more oils are depleted from your skin resulting in drier areas. Also, make sure to use gel or cream cleansers rather than bar soaps. Best rule of thumb, according to Mayo Clinic, is to find a cleanser (for face and body) that leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth not tight or dry.

Your hands, nails and cuticles also suffer this time of year. It is just as important to moisturize your hands after washing as it is your face. If you don’t wear dish gloves this time of the year may be a good time to try them out. Dish gloves can prevent dry hands as well as brittle nails. If the weather is causing dry cuticles make sure to cut them, not tear them, and use a good cuticle oil daily.

Taking good care of your skin from head to toe during the colder seasons will help you to have glowing, healthy skin come warmer weather. If you feel your symptoms are severe and taking slight precautions aren’t helping contact your dermatologist for a consult on dry skin, there could be a more severe problem.

Tis’ the season to be beautiful!