Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plump Up Your Pout with the NEW Restylane Silk~ at Germain Dermatology

It's time to celebrate! Restylane Silk is here and Germain Dermatology is among the first in Charleston to introduce this amazing treatment to patients! Restylane Silk is the first, and only, FDA approved treatment for lips and the lines around them. 

If you've always been afraid to try injections for a 'poutier-pout' now is the time to have the lips you've always wanted. 
Restylane® Silk's unique particle gel formula, along with an ultrafine needle designed for improved accuracy, helps give you softer, more precise results — just what you need for a natural-looking smile.
77% of patients treated with Restylane Silk showed at least a one-point improvement in lip fullness (measured on on a 5-point scale) eight weeks after treatment.59% of patients treated with Restylane Silk maintained lip fullness six months after treatment.98% of patients reported a visible improvement in lip fullness 14 days after injection.

Tired of seeing smoker's lines in the mirror? Are your Smile lines not making you smile? Restylane Silk is also the go-to treatment for all the delicate areas around your lips. 

Call today to schedule your consultation! (843) 881-4440
Germain RX- Dermal Fillers

Friday, February 13, 2015

Myth: Chocolate Causes Breakouts

Are you trying to resist all the Valentine's sweets floating around? If you are sacrificing for the sake of clear skin... we have good news... CHOCOLATE DOES NOT CAUSE ACNE. 

White flours, sugar and dairy can trigger hormonal changes, which in turn may cause inflammation, especially for acne-prone people. But pure chocolate, high in cacao and low in sugar and dairy (such as dark chocolate) is actually packed full of beauty benefits.

Dark chocolate  (containing at least 70% cacao) is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins (A, B1, C, D, and E) and can...  

Repair dry skin. Swap out that extra cup of coffee or green tea for a cocoa-rich drink that will deeply moisturize skin and leave behind a healthy glow. Or you could slough away dead skin cells with a DIY chocolate body scrub made out of olive oil, brown sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.

Shield against harmful UV rays. Flavonols found in dark chocolate have been clinically shown to help your skin protect itself from sunburn, redness and other signs of UV damage. When applied directly to the skin, it also has the ability to repair and hydrate body parts that have been exposed to the sun. But we wouldn't suggest slacking on sunscreen.

Erase wrinkles and fine lines. Things seem a bit calmer right after we nibble on a piece of dark chocolate, and we all know how stress impacts our skin. And as our friends over at YouBeauty explain, "Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles." Sort of like eating your way to pretty.

Add shine to lackluster locks. A homemade hair mask made out of unsweetened dark chocolate? Why yes! Add honey and yogurt to the mixture before applying to your hair. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on for about one hour. Wash out with a cold water rinse and you will have super shiny strands.

Promote hair growth. Copper, zinc and iron are minerals that promote the cell renewal growth process, and dark chocolate happens to be full of them. So eating chocolate every day will increase oxygen and blood flow to the scalp and lead to healthier and strong hair.

Via The Huffington Post

Other benefits? Dark Chocolate contains anti-inflammatory benefits, can help lower blood pressure and contains fibre which can help you feel full for longer.

Happy Valentine's from Germain Dermatology! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Just Released: CoolSmooth PRO™ Coming to Germain Dermatology

Germain Dermatology is thrilled to share the latest news from ZELTIQ®… the release of the NEW CoolSmooth PRO™ applicator for CoolSculpting.  A pre-order has already been placed, and we hope to be offering this new device in treatments as soon as May! Germain Dermatology will be the FIRST to offer the applicator in Charleston, and we can't wait to give you amazing results with the highest quality of treatment available.  

These new applicators are uniquely designed to safely control treatments at colder temperatures and include an enhanced strapping system that provides increased conformity at the treatment site, while also improving ease of use and patient comfort. *Plus- the newly FDA approved colder treatment standards will allow for shorter treatments with the same great results. 

The new applicator also features a non-vacuum based cooling to treat non-pinchable fat bulges, allowing more patients to be ideal CoolSculpting candidates.  

Stay tuned for their arrival! 

Also, don't miss our February 24th CoolSculpting night! Get all your questions answered, see a live demonstration & enjoy some cocktails too!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Up Close With Kayce~Germain Staff Skin Care

Just like our patients our Germain staff suffers from common skin issues, the occasional breakout & even wrinkles! Ever wonder what they do to look so fabulous? Find out on our NEW Staff Blog post. Each month we will feature a different staff member their favorite products, routines, skin care battles and more.

Kayce Bates
Medical Assistant, 29 years old
 Skin Type:  combination skin with signs of sun damage, melasma, and is acne-prone

Morning Skin Care Regimen:  
Germain Rx Problem Skin Cleanser I
Skin Tone Enhancing Pads
Brightening Polish
Dermal Restructuring
Super Sheer SPF

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
 Germain Rx Problem Skin Cleanser I
Retinol 5x Pads
Bio Therapy Moisturizer

Using Routine:5 years
(on and off due to pregnancy/nursing)

Favorite Germain Rx Product: 
Skin Tone Enhancing Pads
 Favorite other Product:

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  Laser hair reduction
Laser Illumination Peel
Botox & Filler
 "The peel helped with my sun damage and the injections decreased my stubborn static lines. The results  made me feel better about my overall appearance."

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
 Jane Iredale BB cream and Jane Iredale pure pressed powder 
Kayce uses 'Satin' during Winter and 'Suntan' during Summer months.

Best advice from Dr. Germain:
“Stay out of the sun!”
“Use retinol and SPF every day for the rest of your life.”
(Retinol is the best medication on the market for anti-aging and fine lines).
“Do not touch your face!”
 (keeps bacteria off your face)

Kacye's Best Advice:
 "Wear daily: Retinol, SPF, and a Mineral-Based Make-Up that won’t clog pores. Wash your face twice a day with a Clarisonic and your favorite cleanser."

Kayce sends you off with these words of wisdom from Dr. Germain,
“Age gracefully!  Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Time to Vote- Best of Charleston 2015

Today kicks off BEST OF CHARLESTON voting!

2015 would mark a DECADE of Being the Best for Charleston~ we would love to have that honor.

Being titled best dermatologist in Charleston for the past 9 years has been so humbling,  and we have to admit, we are only the best because we serve the BEST. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Voting for The Best of Charleston 2015 is underway, and we ask each of you to keep up the momentum by voting for Germain Dermatology!

You can vote online at Don’t forget to share with fellow Germain friends. Looking forward to making it a perfect 10 of being the best for you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Keeping Your Resolutions~ It's easier than you think.

Did you make a resolution, or two, about your health? After the holidays it's easy to feel like those few extra pounds have turned into needing some serious weight loss, and we are here to help.

In some cases those hard to loose pounds are stored in places hard to target by even those who are most physically fit. Especially as we age fat is harder to loose in places like your hips, outter and inner thighs and, of course, the tummy. But don't get discouraged! Germain Dermatology offers the revolutionary procedure Coolsculpting to help you target those hard to reach areas.

Non-invasive, no down time and customized to your particular needs, Coolsculpting will help make those resolutions a reality. Come see what all the talk is about at our Coolsculpting night~ Tuesday, January 20th at 6:00pm, at the Germain Dermatology Office. Dr. Germain will be giving live demonstrations, Q&A, FREE consultations as well as food & drink.
*There are only a few spots left, so CALL TODAY to RSVP 843-881-4440.

Need an extra boost? Germain Dermatology also offers Metabohealth injections~ loaded with important B vitamins to increase your energy and boost your metabolism. Metabohealth is for everyone and no appointment is necessary. Just stop in today to 612 Seacoast Parkway in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to experience Metabohealth for yourself.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Winter Skin Woes

It seems Winter has finally decided to show up in Charleston, while we may get a few warm days throughout the season the Winter (mild as it may be) can take a harsh toll on your skin. Whether you suffer from a dulling complexion or cracking skin this season Dr. Germain has great tips on how to fight the season's affects.

- Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water and increasing your intake of Omega 3s (by diet is best, but supplements are also good).
- Cut back on long HOT showers or baths.
- Don’t over exfoliate. While gentle exfoliation, or the use of a Clairisonic cleansing brush is good, many people think using scrubs and harsh exfoliation methods will help get rid of dry skin and flakes- but it actually makes it worse.
- Wash your face 2x a day using cool water, without a wash cloth.
- Use a soap-free cleanser (cream cleansers are best, such as our Germain Rx Restorative Cream Cleanser)
- Moisturize within 3 minutes of cleansing or bathing. Upgrading to a heavier, cream based moisturizer this time of year is also a good idea, or using body oil when getting out of the shower.

Looking for an easy route? Update your skin care routine with the Germain Rx Silk Regimen

The Silk regimen is great for all skin types and can be used for the entire body. It soothes and moisturizes dehydrated, scaly skin using Vitamins A, C, E, with Co-Q10, Green Tea Extract, and Glycolic Acid.  The regimen includes: Germain Rx Skin Smoothing Body Wash, Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, Heel & Elbow Cream and Intensive Hand Cream.

See below for more great tips on 'Winterizing Your Skin' from Dr. Germain~