Top Dermatologists Call These 5 Moisturizers the Best Picks for Summer from NewBeauty

Dr. Germain talked with NewBeauty and tells them which moisturizer is a great pick for this Lowcountry summer.

“With temperatures on the constant rise, rich and heavy moisturizers are taking a back seat for lighter, more hydrating options that won’t clog pores. Here, top dermatologists’ go-to picks for summer moisturizers. “

NEW! Complete Hydration Moisture Balm- Germain Dermatology

While the Fall in Charleston is mild colder months (and colder air) will be upon us before we know it. If you are currently suffering from dry skin or are dreading the drier months, and its side effects on your skin, we have the answer for you! 

Purchase in our offices or online HERE!

 Replenishes the skin and Targets the dryness and visible signs of aging.
Combines high concentrations of emollients, humectants and ceramides to help restore lipids and correct dull, dehydrated skin. 

Hydra Boost- You’ll Thank Us!

We are excited to share the Germain Rx HYDRA BOOST SERUM as our Product of the Month! 

Purchase this Patient favorite for 20% off  in office or online with code: POMAUG at www.germaindermatology.com.

DID YOU KNOW…
-The Germain Rx Hydra Boost Serum Contains fractionated hyaluronic acid, which allows the serum to penetrate deeper and provide all day hydration.

-The Germain Rx Hydra Boost Serum provides all day moisture retention and visibly reduces the signs of aging with a nourishing blend of antioxidants and humectants.
-The Germain Rx Hydra Boost Serum is ideal for ALL skin types. Even works with oily skin! 

– The Germain Rx Hydra Boost Serum combines ideal ingredients to hydrate, plump and rejuvenate the skin all in one product.


Not convinced? Check out this blog from Charleston Shop Curator on why she LOVES the Germain Rx Hydra Boost Serum- CLICK HERE. 

Get The Most Out of Your Beauty Sleep

We loved this article from NewBeauty.com on the best ways to ensure you wake up beautiful. Puts a new perspective into getting your ‘Beauty Sleep’, don’t you think? 

Your skin goes through a lot during the day. We unknowingly touch it with our fingers constantly and leave behind dirt, oil and bacteria. On top of that, it’s exposed to the sun, pollution and other factors that can cause damage. All of these combined are a perfect recipe for breakouts and signs of aging like wrinkles. That’s why the break your skin gets while you sleep is so important.
Follow these tips to make sure you wake up with gorgeous skin every day.
1. Get enough sleep
This one seems like a no-brainer, but there are still so many that don’t get enough shut-eye. Sleep is especially important because it gives your skin time to recharge. If you don’t get enough sleep, there are both short and long-term consequences. “Short term effects can be seen immediately [with] under eye bags, dark circles and sensitive skin, says Smithtown, NY, dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD. “These usually go away when the appropriate number of hours of sleep has been met. If someone is constantly not getting enough sleep, it can lead to inflammation and acceleration in aging, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and even acne.”
Additionally, when you don’t get enough sleep you yawn more. “When you yawn, your eyes tear up and fluid pools in the eye area causing puffiness,” says celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau.
2. Avoid salty food three to four hours before bedtime
“Foods that are high in salt lead to dehydration, which is what you want to avoid for your skin while asleep, says Dr. Peredo. “Salty foods can cause a fluid shift, which results in puffy eyes.”
3. Sleep on your back
“Sleeping with your face directly touching your pillow often leads to lines and creases in the skin, which can become permanent,” says Dr. Peredo.
While you’re at it, keep your head elevated with at least two stacked pillows to prevent under-eye puffiness. “Gravity has to be leveled to avoid puffiness so that fluids are distributed everywhere, not just to one given area,” says Dr. Peredo.
4. Give your skin a final wipe after you cleanse
Cleansing is an absolute must, but to avoid having a little bit of makeup left over, do the following: After you rinse off your cleanser, do a final swipe over the skin with a wipe or soft, damp washcloth. “The physical sweep over the skin makes sure that makeup is off,” says Rouleau. “This will give your skin a clean slate to absorb the reparative ingredients that you’re going to use.”
Dr. Germain encourages patients to use the Clarisonic Cleansing tool each night to ensure deeply cleaned skin, and to help products more accurately penetrate the surface.
5. Use a good moisturizer for your skin type
Many forgo moisturizer at night because they want to let their skin “breathe,” but that’s actually a misconception. “The concept of your skin breathing is actually incorrect, there are no respiratory systems in your skin,” says Rouleau. “Your skin is like a fish and needs water to live. Without enough moisture, the skin cells dehydrate and skin produces extra oil to compensate causing wrinkles and acne.”
When looking for a moisturizer, choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen. “The main goal of sunscreen is to protect skin from UV light, but non-sunscreen moisturizers will typically have a higher concentration of skin-benefitting ingredients.”
We suggest our Advanced Restorative Bio-Therapy to many of our patients. This Germain Rx product rejuvenates your complexion while you sleep. A unique combination of ingredients is designed to help your skin retain and distribute moisture to help combat dryness, repair damage, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protect against environmental stressors. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin and those on retinoid treatments. While there are many Germain Rx moisturizers this one is ideal for a broad range of skin types and so healthy for your skin!

6. Use an eye cream
If there’s any time of day when you absolutely should wear an eye cream, it’s at night. “They work better at night because you’re not wearing makeup,” says Rouleau. That said, be careful not to put them too close to your lash line because your lashes can pick it up and deposit it into the eye, which causes puffiness. 
One of our best selling products is our Magic Eyes. This moisturizing treatment contains Retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as peptides to stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase skin firmness while you sleep! 

The Magic of Moisturizer

Moisturizer is one of the most important parts of your skin care routine. Not only is choosing the right moisturizer vital, but also knowing how to use it correctly.

Washing your face with the correct cleanser is the first step to utilizing your moisturizer. Even on those busy, late nights washing your face properly makes the difference. It takes more than a splash of water to clear your skin of the day’s pollutants, bacteria, sweat and makeup.

In addition to cleansing exfoliating helps all products work at their finest. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows products to be absorbed easier and penetrate deeper- including your moisturizer. Exfoliating tools like the Clairisonic (available through Germain Dermatology) are ideal to help you get the most out of your skin care routine and products.

While skin is still damp apply your moisturizer- this will help lock in the water already on your skin– using gentle upward strokes. This light massaging motion will ensure even distribution and penetration.

Visit Dr. Germain to find out which moisturizer is best for you, follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to beautiful, soft skin.

Hot Tips For The Best Results from Your Age-Fighting Products

We love the results we are seeing on those who are using the Germain Rx product line. Designed exclusively for the needs of Dr. Germain’s patients, the line includes cleansers, sunscreens, body and anti-aging products you will love.  We’d love to have you consult with us on the best skin care and anti-aging routine for your skin.  We understand you may be using and enjoying some other products as well.  In any case, we have a few hot tips on how to get the absolute best results from your anti-aging products.


Find The Right Blend of Products

Using too many products and anti-aging ingredients on your skin can be irritating and make the signs of aging more noticeable. For best results overall, consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician who can properly evaluate your skin to ensure you have an effective and safe routine to bring out your skin’s radiance.
Give The Product Time to Work
Despite some claims, most age-fighting products do not work overnight. While a moisturizer can plump up fine lines in a few days, most products take at least six weeks to work and give optimum results.
Use The Product As Directed
Some products contain active ingredients which are too harsh or do not work as well if too much is utilized.  Applying more than directed can cause clogged pores, a blotchy complexion, or other unwanted effects. 
 
Avoid Products That Sting
Tingling, stinging, or burning do not mean the active ingredients are working – it often means the product is irritating to your skin.  Note: Some products prescribed by a dermatologist may cause stinging or burning. In fact, to get more noticeable results, the skin may be injured in order to reveal fresher, more youthful skin. When supervised by a dermatologist, this can be safe and effective. Pain and stinging should not occur if using an over-the-counter product. 

Continue Using, If You Want to Continue Seeing Results
People often believe that once they get the results they want, they can stop using the product.  To continue seeing results, you must continue using the product. 
 
Do Not Tan
Tanning from the sun, a tanning bed, or sun lamp exposes you to harmful UV rays, which can accelerate aging by causing wrinkles, age spots, and a blotchy complexion.  Tanning while using products with anti-aging ingredients can aggravate and damage the skin.  Sunscreen is essential to prevent damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Use a sunscreen with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) coverage with a minimum SPF 30.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Along with wearing sunscreen, we cannot emphasize this enough.  A good moisturizer traps water in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of some fine lines (not deep lines), making your complexion look brighter and younger.
A little attention to a few small details can make all the difference when showing off your beautiful skin!  To consult with Dr Germain for your best age-fighting skin routine, please call us at (843) 881-4440.
Sources:  American Association of Dermatology, National Institute of Health, and the FDA

HEALTHY SUMMER SKIN

The joys of summer are here!  Protecting your skin with daily use of sunscreen is the easiest and most obvious way to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin cancer.  However, did you know that other factors, inside and out, might affect your skin’s natural radiance as well?  Be good to your skin and you will love what you see.  Here are some great tips to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long!      
Here are a few tips we love on keeping your skin looking it’s best:
Sunscreen
Use daily on your face and exposed areas.  We love Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45.  Germain Rx has four sunscreen products to choose from, so please consult with us to determine the right one for your skin type. 
What about your make up?  While some make up lines offer facial foundation products that contain sunscreens, most powders and lighter products may not offer enough protection for you.  To be certain, always be sure to wear a true sunscreen underneath your make up.
Hitting the beach or pool?  Apply 15-20 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply every two hours and after swimming or perspiring.
 Germain Rx Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 45
Nutrition
Enjoy the fruits of summer!   Summer is a great time to enjoy antioxidant rich foods   such as cherries, blueberries, cantaloupes, melons, pineapple, tomatoes, spinach, and other leafy greens, just to name a few.  Along with salmon and other Omega-3 rich fish, Vitamin C rich foods are great additions to a healthy diet, which can be like a mini makeover for your skin. 
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that an increase in Vitamin C rich foods is associated with a less wrinkled appearance and less dryness.  The study concluded that healthy dietary behaviors might provide additional benefits in skin appearance.
Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;88(2):480.

LOVE YOUR SKIN!!
Photo courtesy of Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Hydration
Almost all major systems in your body depend upon water.  Skin included!  Water helps dissolve and carry nutrients, along with oxygen to cells, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush out waste products, lubricate joints, keep tissues moist and regulate body temperature.  Water helps toxins leave via the skin and allows for perspiration to cool the body.  The end result of a well-functioning body fueled by proper nutrition and water intake is clean, glowing skin!
To function properly, the body must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.  Water is your best source along with fruits and vegetables.
How much water to drink each day depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.  We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.”  That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations.  Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember.  Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.
Source: mayoclinic.com
Moisturize
Time in the pool, the ocean or even showering can dry and dull your skin’s appearance.  Hot water, chlorine, and harsh skin cleansers can strip oils from skin.  Your body continuously needs moisture, especially on these hot days.  If your skin is feeling stressed, use warm water instead of hot, apply a gentle cleanser and moisturize face and body right after shower or bath to trap water in the skin.  
For the body, we love Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème.  Your skin will drink it in, soothing any redness and softening any dry or cracked areas.  For face, please consult with us to find the best product for your skin as well as for other detailed facial care.
Source: American Association of Dermatology

Germain Rx Tranquility Body Crème


Give the Perfect Valentine’s Gift: Beautiful Skin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and while your friends are wrapping chocolates, buying stuffed animals and ordering flowers why not spice it up this year for your honey? Yes women love flowers but they only last a week or two, chocolate just adds to a woman’s waist and stuffed animals get stuffed in the closet after maybe a month. Germain Dermatology has tons of products that will give the gift of beautiful skin that will last for years and years. 



A daily skin regime is important for keeping tight and young looking skin. Here at Germain Dermatology we’ve developed personalized skin care products for each of our Charleston, Daniel Island, James Island, Johns Island, Sullivans Island and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina patients. We have over 20 products that will cleanse and tone your skin as well special products for moisturizing, sun protection and firming the area around your eyes

If you’re looking for a more romantic feel in a product we’ve got you covered there as well! Purchase our Tranquil Body Crème to soothe away the stress and feel relaxed instantly. This product is the perfect after shower (or rose peddled bath) moisturizer and helps to hydrate and improve skin texture, while to soothing red, irritated, and cracking skin. Also, think about our Tranquil Body Oil, a fast absorbing oil sure to spice up the most romantic Valentine’s night. Even if you don’t have a sweetie this Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to these amazing products to show your skin some love! 
Call us at 843-881-4440 to select the products you’d like or feel free to order them online