Just like our patients our Germain staff suffers from common skin issues, the occasional breakout and even wrinkles! Ever wonder what they do to look so fabulous? Find out on our Staff Blog post. Each month we will feature a different staff member their favorite products, routines, skin care battles and more.
26 years young
Skin Type: Oily, Adult Acne, Melasma, Sun Damage
Morning Skin Care Regimen:
Germain Rx Antioxident Soothing Cleanser
Germain Rx Skin Ton Enhancement Pads
Germain Rx Magic Eyes
Germain Rx Matte Perfection Sunscreen
Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Germain Rx Problem Skin Cleanser 2
*Or Germain Rx Brightening Polish
Tazorac 0.1% Gel
Germain Rx Skin Enhancement Treatment Cream 20%
Using Routine: 4 years off and on due to changes with Pregnancy
Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Germain Rx Skin Tone Enhancement Pads
“The Perfect lighter blend of kojic acid, arbutin and bearberry to achieve an even glow.”
Favorite other Product:
Germain Rx Brightening Polish
“It is the perfect Exfoliator that isn’t irritating for my skin.”
Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):
“I tried to have one silk peel a month while I was pregnant, and I believe that was a major factor of how my acne continued to stay stable during pregnancy. I also loved the Germain RX ‘Pregnancy Regimen’.
Best advice from Dr. Germain:
“What’s the biggest room in your house?…the room for improvement!” – Dr. Germain
“You never want to look different, you just want to look like a better version of yourself.”
Katie’s Best Advice: “The key to anti-aging is sunscreen and retinol. These are the two most important things that should be in everyone’s daily skin care regimen. Retinol is the backbone to all regimens, while sunscreen is your preventative main. If you are wanting a third product Vitamin C is the next in line!”
Katie leaves you with this last message:
“It’s a journey not a race, do what you can when you can.”
With Spring in the air it’s not only the flowers that are blooming…We are starting to see ducklings at the park, saplings on the trees, and baby bumps a plenty! While some moms-to-be have the all the luck of the maternal glow, the rest of us need some help. While looking at skin care products what should you AVOID during your routine while expecting?
Top of the list are products containing Retinoids.
Retinoids, a type of Vitamin A, are found in many moisturizers and are used to improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles. So far no evidence has been shown that topical use is harmful to a baby, but doctors are being extra cautious and advising to stop or limit the use while expecting due to the harmful effects of high doses of Vitamin A on babies in the womb.
Following suit is Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic acid is used mainly for treating acne (a big problem for many expecting mothers). High does in the oral form have been shown to cause birth defects and complications in pregnancy- again doctors choose to be extra cautious and suggest stopping or limiting it’s use while pregnant. One larger precaution is not to use facial peels containing Salicylic Acid as it gives the skin more time to soak in the solution- more absorption in the bloodstream.
Finally is Soy.
Yes you read that right… SOY! Most moms-to-be look for natural and healthy alternatives in diets and beauty products but soy isn’t the best go to. Expecting mothers who suffer from Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, can actually get worse effects by using products with soy. Some products use soy which have the estrogenic components removed and this makes them safer to use. Check the ingredients carefully.
Basic rule, when expecting just take care of yourself! Pregnancy effects everyone different. If your usual products are too harsh for your mom-to-be self ask your dermatologists for some gentler options. Need a stronger, but safe, treatment for your pregnancy acne? Try using oil free makeup and lotions, and ask your doctor for safe treatment options. Germain RX has an anti-aging and acne line of Pregnancy SAFE products and we can help you set up a routine that is perfect for you.
Even though some women naturally have that glow-
we can always help you fake it!