Friday, May 1, 2015

SPOT Orange~ Raising Awareness for Skin Cancers

May is Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness month, a cause that we take very seriously at Germain Dermatology. Skin Cancers, unfortunately, will effect 1 in 5 Americans despite the advances in medicine, which is why it is so important to use this month to raise the awareness and spread the education needed to prevent this disease!

The American Academy of Dermatology launched a campaign called SPOT Skin Cancer encouraging thousands of it's members and supporters to commit to raising awareness and prevention options for Melanoma and Skin Cancers each May.

We are PROUD to be supporting this campaign and kicking off the month with SPOT Orange Melanoma Monday. A day to rally together in the effort of educating the public on how to perform self exams, how to get proper skin screenings and ways to protect themselves from becoming a statistic. Show your support on Monday, May 4th by wearing your best Orange gear (We understand this may be an issue for Gamecock fans, but it is for a good cause!).

Get your whole office to join, your friends, your family, whomever you can gather and snap a picture in support of Melanoma Monday. Share your photo on our Facebook, tag us on Twitter @Germain_Beauty or Instagram @GermainDermatology and one lucky person, office or group will have the chance to win a FREE Germain Rx Sunscreen of their choice. We will be sure to show off our staff rocking their orange, too! 

Check out these great resources from the AAD:
Types of Skin Cancer
How to Detect Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Quiz

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Give Magic This Mother's Day

We love to share the Magic of one of our favorite products this time of year.

Our Germain Rx 'Magic Eyes' is a wonder cream of sorts. Containing retinol, peptides and green tea extracts Magic Eyes reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, increases firmness & diminishes dark circles all in one.

Dr. Germain’s mother, Mimzi, has used this product for years and we think everyone can attest that her eyes look AMAZING.

Therefore as Mother’s Day rolls around it only seems fitting to discuss this product, after all, it is 'Magic for your Mother's Eyes’. We are happily offering this Germain Rx favorite for 20% off throughout the month of May.

So stop in this May & grab a little magic for your mom, or yourself, and see the results first hand

*We are also offering Clarisonic Mia Cleansing Systems Buy One, Get One 50% Off from NOW through MAY 8th. Don't miss out on this great deal to treat yourself, your mom, your mother in law or even best friend to Glowing Skin! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Up Close with Lauren~ 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.

Lauren Holloway

Cosmetic Patient Care Representative, 24 years young
 Skin Type:  combination skin, acne-prone, sun damage

Morning Skin Care Regimen:  
Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10%
 Skin Tone Enhancement Pads 6%
Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Skin Enhancing Cleanser 10%
*Used with Clarisonic Cleansing System
Rejuvenation Pads 5x
Magic Eyes
Restorative Bio-therapy

Using Routine: Approximately 8 months

Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Favorite other Product:
Antioxidant Toning Pads

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  
"My favorite cosmetic procedure is by far the Clear and Brilliant. With just two treatments I saw a difference in the overall tone of my skin. I have received so many compliments on how radiant my face looks now! The clear and brilliant has such little downtime for the results it produces.  Immediately after the procedure my face was only red for about an hour and I was able to resume my normal skin care regimen the next day! I am a forever fan of this laser."

Lauren is also a fan of Laser Hair Removal and Botox.  

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
Jane Iredale, Satin Loose Powder 

Best advice from Dr. Germain:
“The key to anti-aging is a retinol and a sunscreen.”  
 “Strive to be the best version of yourself.”

“When using retinol peeling is healing.”

Lauren's Best Advice:
"Educate yourself on skincare. The primary reason people are not investing in quality products or procedures is because they aren’t aware of the benefits. Also, before and after pictures are KEY. I have a picture that was taken before I started with a skin care regimen or had any cosmetic procedures done. The difference is HUGE. Sometimes we aren’t aware of the improvements but, trust me, others will notice. 

As I said before I have received so many compliments on how great my skin looks. All of that can be attributed to maintaining and caring for my skin. Lastly, use sunscreen EVERYDAY. Even if it’s a short commute to work in the car. You would be surprised at the amount of sun exposure we get without even realizing it. Protect, prevent, and maintain!"

Lauren sends you off with these last words of wisdom, "Do something that makes you feel beautiful. Happiness looks great on everyone."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beards Be Gone~ Men's Shaving 101

The cold months are gone and summer temps are here. It's time to shave those beards and put your best face forward. Here are some great tips on how to get the closest, smoothest shave this summer from our Germain Dermatology PA Lousia Floyd.

  • Make sure your razor isn't old and dull. Use a new one more often than not, and clean it regularly.
  • Shave in the direction of the hair growth. WITH the grain, not against.
  • Shave in the shower or right after shower when hair has had time to soften. Never dry-shave.
  • Consistently use a fragrance and dye free shaving cream for sensitive skin. 
  • Always apply a moisturizer after shaving.
  • If prone to folliculitis or "razor burn", apply a topical antibiotic like benzoyl peroxide and/or clindamycin after shaving. Our Germain Rx Rejuvenation Pads or the 'Bump & Blemish' serum is ideal for those prone to razor burn, post shave breakouts and general shaving irritations. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Decade of Beauty- THANK YOU!

Dr. Germain and the Germain Dermatology staff are so greatly honored to have been voted CHARLESTON'S BEST DERMATOLOGIST for 2015 by the City Paper
This year marks 10 YEARS of being chosen as your best and we are ecstatic. 

Each year Charleston continues to grow and we are proud to be a part of such an amazingly talented city. Having this honor for 10 consecutive years is humbling. We cannot thank each of our staff, patients, friends and locals for their votes.
Congratulations to ALL of this year's winners! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Up Close with Alexis~ 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.
Alexis Parolin
Cosmetic Technician/Licensed Esthetician, 32 years young
 Skin Type:  combination skin, acne-prone, sun damage, melasma, beginning signs of rosacea

Morning Skin Care Regimen:  
Germain Rx Problem Skin 2 Cleanser
4% Skin Tone Enhancement Pads
Hydrating Eye Serum

Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Germain Rx Problem 2 skin cleanser
Comfrey toner
Magic eyes
Retinol 5x serum
Restorative bio-therapy (as needed)


Using Routine: Approximately 9 months

Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Retinol Serums
 Favorite other Product:

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  
Calming VBeam Laser Treatment
"I've had several different treatments at Germain Dermatology and one of my favorites is the Calming Vbeam laser. I have redness from rosacea and from acne. After 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart, I have my redness under control. When I start to feel flushed from spicy food, embarrassment, heat or any of my other triggers, my face no longer gets bright red! My skin looks so much better without the redness." 

*Alexis is also a fan of Clear & Brilliant, Botox and Silk peels. 

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
Jane Iredale, Radiant Pressed Powder 

Best advice from Dr. Germain:
"You never want to look different, you just want to look like a better version of yourself." 

"This is a journey, not a race...Do what treatments you can when you can. Every bit helps!"
 And we have to mention-
"Stay out of the sun and Get your windows tinted; UVA rays goes through glass!" 

Alexis' Best Advice:
"Preventative maintenance is key; always wear sunscreen! The less you damage your skin, the less you'll have to fix!" 
"Don't sleep with your make up on & don't wash your face with bar soap. Using quality products DOES make a difference!  Always Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate."

Alexis sends you off with these last words of wisdom,  "Botox DOES work! Very effective!  Save your tax refunds, ask for gift cards for birthdays/holidays, even start a beauty fund! Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves. When people feel good, they look good. "

Friday, March 27, 2015

CoolSculpting Made Better~ Just in Time for Summer!

Just in time for 'Bikini Season' Germain Dermatology is now offering a NEW post CoolSculpting procedure for quicker, more noticeable fat reduction results- The Fat Cracker. 

While the name is humorous this is no joke. Shock Wave Therapy applied to areas post CoolSculpting procedures is said to improve results by 20% and show noticeable changes in 8, rather than 12, weeks time. 

Shock Wave Therapy is a short, but intense, energy wave which travels faster than the speed of sound. This treatment not only improves results and speeds up fat reduction it also is a viable tool for treating cellulite associated with fat. 

Call us today for your free consultation, and have the body you want by Summer!