If you follow Skin Pharm on Instagram, you know that 2019 was a very busy year for founder Maegan Griffin and her team. In addition to expanding the popular Skin Pharm skin care line (we know you’re loving new formulas like Youth Eye Complex, Charcoal Mask and our most recent launch, Glow Factor), Maegan announced that we will open another practice in Atlanta in March. The flagship Nashville office continues to grow along with our Nashville family, including new patients, new employees and new Skin Pharm babies!

If you follow Maegan on Instagram, you know that she spends a lot of time developing effective formulas for the Skin Pharm line and answering questions from followers so they can find the right products and procedures to treat their skin care concerns. Driven by a mission to help patients look and feel good, Maegan leads her team of knowledgeable, approachable providers to advise patients on a personalized treatment regimen that yields noticeable yet natural results.

Also a wife and busy mom of two, Maegan recently shared more about how she finds balance in her life while running a business and finding time for wellness, travel, and friends. She also shared her own skin care routine built with the same products recommended to Skin Pharm patients. We asked Maegan to share more about the procedures she loves to keep her skin looking great. Here are five treatments Maegan can’t live without:

Gold Infusion: As fun as it looks!

1. Gold Infusion

“It’s been a busy year, so I didn’t get much done in 2019,” Maegan says. “I’ve been taking good care of my skin at home, so I didn’t feel that I needed many treatments.”

That being said, Maegan felt the effects of the holidays on her skin in early 2020.

“My skin felt wrecked from traveling, holiday food, the stress of opening another location,” she admits. “My skin felt dull, so the first thing I did in 2020 is a Gold Infusion treatment.”

This cocktail of hydrating antioxidants and vitamins is a quick, refreshing pick-me-up that energizes your complexion. Since results are visible one to three days after treatment and last about three months, you’ll stay golden until springtime!

That happy, relaxed feeling when your Botox fully kicks in

2. Botox

You may have heard that Botox is not only a solution to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, but a preventative treatment that keeps those lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place. Maegan is living proof of this.

“I started getting Botox at 24,” she says. “By starting Botox early, many patients find they eventually need Botox less frequently, and in smaller doses.”

Maegan avoided Botox during her two pregnancies (opting for microneedling instead — more on that below). Now, she says that she gets Botox quarterly, so she’ll plan her next treatment in March.

DIY Microneedling: For medical professionals only!

3. Microneedling

Maegan started microneedling in her late 20s and increased frequency during her two pregnancies when she avoided injectables and fillers. In addition to improving skin hydration, texture and firmness, Maegan’s early microneedling treatments helped build the strength of her dermis, the layer of skin below the epidermis, or the surface layer of the skin.

“I like to call the dermis the ‘business layer’ of the skin,” Maegan says. “The dermis is where you have collagen and elastin, and that’s what you want to plump up because that’s what makes you look younger. The dermis is what you want to be thicker; the epidermis is not. With our skin care, we’re trying to thin or shed the epidermis, or the rough scaly skin on the surface.”

Microneedling rejuvenates your skin by encouraging the production of new collagen, elastin and capillaries in the dermis. Since our skin thins with time, building up the “business layer” early on helps your skin hold its overall structure longer.

“Plumping up the dermis and shedding the epidermis is key to healthy, glowing and smooth skin,” Maegan explains.

Adding PRP to your microneedling further increases collagen production and speeds up the recovery process. Since Maegan feels that she needs microneedling with PRP twice a year, she’ll have her first session around May or June.

Cheek Filler: an annual pick-me-up

4. Filler

Another thing that happens when you age? Your fat pads move.

“Our fat pads move downwards and in, so our face loses structure” Maegan says. “Filler helps your skin regain structure.”

Dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin to plump lips, enhance cheekbones, chins, jawlines and temples. Fillers can also improve under eye hollowing or darkness, lift eyebrows, erase smile lines, and generally improve overall appearance.

Maegan started getting cheek filler once a year in her mid-20s, and says that this is one treatment she’ll never skip.

“I’ll always do cheek filler once a year,” she says.

Facial dermal fillers typically last between six to 18 months, depending on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Maegan has found that every 12 months works best for her, so she’s planning her next cheek filler treatment mid-summertime.

BBL: This machine kills sun damage (gently, of course).

5. BBL Photofacial

Many of us made the mistake of getting too much sun exposure in our youth. Maegan, who is now vigilant about daily SPF use, admits that she did, too. But when she was in her early 20s, Maegan got serious about her skin care.

“I had to deal with the fact that I went to tanning beds in high school,” she says. “I started using SPF every day, and vitamin C and retinol to reverse the sun damage from high school and college.”

In addition to using the right products (today, she recommends Glow Factor for vitamin C and Retinol Drops for retinol) to combat signs of sun damage, Maegan started getting BBL Photofacials in her mid-20s. This non-invasive, customizable treatment uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of red and brown pigment.

Since Maegan wears SPF every day and has avoided sun exposure as much as possible, she doesn’t need them as frequently anymore. She might add one to her regimen twice per year.

“If you adhere to a good skin care routine and start regular treatments at a younger age, you don’t have to be so procedure-heavy later on,” she says.

What about you? Well, you deserve good skin too!

Remember, everyone’s skin care needs are different, and at Skin Pharm we want to find the personalized routine that works for you. Consult with your Skin Pharm provider by calling (615) 582-6726 (Nashville), (404) 314-4545 (Atlanta), or by emailing us. We can’t wait to see you in 2020!

 

 

 

Have you thought about your neck recently? If not, you’re not alone. People who diligently follow a skin care routine sometimes forget to adequately protect and treat their necks.

However, this neglected area of the body shows signs of aging just as much as (if not more than) your face. Neck creases worsen over time as the skin loses elasticity, and while you can partially blame your wrinkly neck on genetics, certain habits — suntanning, smoking, repeated motions like constantly looking down at your phone — can make everything worse. Obviously, for your overall health and wellness, we advise you ditch the suntanning and smoking, but unless you plan to stay immobile or wear a turtleneck for the rest of your life, it’s time to pay attention to your neck!

Prevention is key

The number one thing you can do to protect your neck from signs of aging is to stay out of the tanning bed and avoid prolonged sun exposure. Now, isn’t that easy? Even if you’re doing both of those things, be sure to put SPF on your neck (as well as your face, chest, shoulders, arms, hands and any body part that may be exposed to sun during the day) every day.

Each evening, apply an anti-aging moisturizer to your neck, applying the moisturizer in upward motions in the AM and the PM (in the AM, follow this step with SPF). We recommend Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream, a lightweight moisturizer powered by ceramides, antioxidants and resveratrol that work together to nourish, soften and firm skin while fighting free radicals (free radicals damage healthy cells and cause aging — it’s OK to fight them). Also be sure to include moisturizer on your décolletage, as this is another often neglected area in need of TLC.

In addition to your SPF and moisturizer, your neck will likely benefit from a retinol treatment. You may already be using retinol on your face, so just be sure to include your neck. Our Skin Pharm Retinol Drops are easy to add to your skin care routine — simply apply them every other night before you put on your moisturizer. Overnight, the pure retinol, bisabolol and vitamin C will stimulate collagen production and refine the skin’s surface. Retinol can take some getting used to, so slowly introduce retinol by starting with once a week and working your way up to every other night.

Microneedling with PRP can reduce visible signs of aging on your face and your neck.

You can’t stop aging, but you can age gracefully

If you’ve learned anything about injectables, you probably know that it’s best to address wrinkles and creases before they progress. Studies show that Botox can be used to smooth fine lines on the neck just like it does on your face. Also known as The Nefertiti Lift (yes, that’s a nod to this babe), Botox is injected along your lower jaw and down your neck, targeting the platysma muscles to smooth and tighten skin.

Another option to minimize the signs of aging on your neck and prevent creases from worsening is microneedling with PRP on your face and neck. Take it one step further with PRP injections, which can smooth neck creases and wrinkles. If you incorporate treatments like Botox and microneedling before deep lines form, your neck will thank you later.

Not sure if which treatment is right for you? Call (615) 582-6726 or email us to schedule a consult!

 

It’s 2020, and everyone’s talking about fresh starts, resolutions (or whatever you want to call them) and refocusing for the new year and the new decade. Many of our patients tell us that when they start a new skin care routine — whether that’s using new products or incorporating services like injectables or laser treatments — it helps them evaluate other areas of their lifestyle. This could include diet and exercise, but it’s also about limiting sun exposure, drinking lots of water and treating yourself kindly as you integrate lifestyle changes. We’re big believers in finding balance!

At Skin Pharm, we hope you take this opportunity to ask yourself if your skin care products are working for you. If they’re not, it’s time to ditch them.

Not sure what to replace them with? We’re here to help!

Cleanser

You may not think that your cleanser can affect your skin much, but if you’re using the wrong one for your skin type, you could be causing irritation. Consider how your skin feels when you use your usual cleanser — does it feel tight after you wash, or does it feel like residue is left on your skin? If so, you may be using the wrong formula. Additionally, if your cleanser isn’t effectively removing your makeup, you could be causing more breakouts or preventing your products from absorbing. We recommend Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser for all skin types, which removes makeup and unblocks pores while leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished. For normal to dry/sensitive skin, try our Gentle Soothing Cleanser, a nourishing, non-greasy formula that gently removes all traces of makeup.

How you cleanse your skin is as important as what you’re using — be sure to dispense two to three pumps of cleanser into your hands and massage onto dry face and eye area. Add warm water to form a lather, and then rinse clean. Gently pat skin dry.

Toner

Don’t fret if you’re not currently using a toner — it’s an easy step to forget or skip, but it’s just as easy to add! Skin Pharm patients are crazy for our Clarifying Pads, a quick step you can add to your routine after you cleanse to reduce dullness and tighten pores. Oiler skin types use these once (or even twice) a day, but dry and sensitive skin types may only need them once a week. If you’re new to our Clarifying Pads, you may notice a tingling feeling when you first start using them — that means the unique acid complex is working! — so it’s best to build up use gradually to see what frequency is best for you. If you notice more irritation, reduce usage until your skin acclimates to the formula.

The pads are easy to use — simply swipe them across your face, avoiding the eye area, and allow to fully absorb before moving to the next step.

Serum

Do you want 2020 to be your most radiant year yet? Of course you do, which is why you need to add Skin Pharm Glow Factor to your daily routine. First, apply a full dropper of Skin Pharm Youth Serum, into your hands and, using upward strokes, massage on your face, neck and décolletage. Youth Serum’s hyaluronic acid and anti-aging peptides hydrate your skin, minimize fine lines and giving instant an skin-plumping and firming effect. Once the Youth Serum has fully absorbed, apply Glow Factor to brighten and replenish skin. Formulated with freshness in mind, you’ll play chemist at home by mixing the active powder (vitamins) with the fluid (tonic in the bottle) to create your very own, effective serum. Glow Factor combines the perfect dose of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid) to brighten and replenish skin. Used daily, this serum works as a multivitamin to give you glowing skin.

Moisturizer

Incorporating anti-aging products into your skin care routine is important no matter your age. We can’t go back in time, but we can nourish our skin better as we move forward! For AM moisturizing, try our Brightening Lotion, which absorbs quickly and provides a good base for cosmetics. Suitable for all skin types, Brightening Lotion hydrates and smooths skin and uses botanical extracts to reveal radiant, luminous skin. You can also use Brightening Lotion as your PM moisturizer, but if your skin tends to be on the dry or sensitive side, we recommend our Biotherapy Cream. An intensely hydrating solution in a whipped, lightweight formula, Biotherapy cream is powered by peptides and ceramides to hydrate, plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Extra dry/sensitive types can use this AM and PM instead of Brightening Lotion.

Eye Cream

Take care of the delicate skin around your eyes with our Youth Eye Complex, a fast-absorbing gel that you can use in the mornings and evenings. Similar to our Youth Serum, Youth Eye Complex is packed with peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to decrease puffiness and treat fine lines, wrinkles and decreased elasticity. Lightly pat around eye area using your ring finger until fully absorbed. It’s ideal for AM usage as you can apply eye makeup after!

SPF

We say it over and over again, and for good reason — SPF is the number-one way to prevent the signs of aging on your skin. You need to wear SPF every day, so don’t skip this step in your skin care routine! We recommend at least SPF 30, and our favorites are 100% Mineral Tinted SPF or  Sheer Defense SPF by Skin Pharm. 100% Mineral Tinted SPF is best for dry, normal and sensitive skin types while Sheer Defense is best for those who are oily. If you’re going to be in direct sunlight during the day (any time of the year — not just summertime), you will need to reapply your SPF every two hours, or each time it’s rinsed off with water. And remember, the SPF in your makeup does not count as a reapplication, as you’re likely not applying enough makeup to get the full benefit from the SPF coverage.

Polishing

Polishing isn’t an everyday step, but something to add into your routine as needed. Using products that encourage the removal of dead skin and healthy cell turnover is essential to revealing smooth, clear glowing skin. Incorporating a retinoid product into your routine does require building tolerance, but the results are worth it. Our Retinol Drops combat hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, free radical damage, dark spots, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, and this powerful formula is suitable for use up to every other day. When you first start with the drops (apply them in the evenings after your moisturizer) you may only need them once or twice a week until you build up tolerance.

If you love a good scrub, our Clarifying Brightening Polish is a great addition to your skin care routine. Salicylic acid and bio-friendly exfoliation beads (that means they don’t hurt the planet!) gently remove dull skin. Gently massage a small amount on your skin, avoiding the eye area, and start with once a week, especially on drier skin types. Oilier skin types can use every other day.

 

When introducing any new skin care product, we advise building up use gradually to lessen irritation. Don’t be concerned if you notice that you’re shedding more skin than usual. Integrating stronger ingredients like acids and retinol promote the removal of dead skin and encourage skin cell renewal, so shedding is part of the process to revealing beautiful, glowing skin.

If you have any questions about the products we offer or what options are best for you, we offer phone consults and always love seeing you in our office! Email or call us at (615) 582-6726

Let’s kick this decade off with a bang — and great skin!

“Yes, I want that! Um, wait … how much is it?”

Don’t feel bad if this question has crossed your mind when contemplating cosmetic treatments. At Skin Pharm, we want to help you choose the best products and services for your skin and your budget.

It’s understandable that the natural assumption is there’s a hefty price tag attached to amazing results. However, the latest advances in technology and skin care are more affordable than you might think. While the saying “Cheap cosmetic treatments are never good, and good cosmetic treatments are never cheap,”  holds true, there are some fantastic options available that won’t break the bank.

Here are a few of our favorite game-changers that are all under $1,000:

$200: It’s all about the right products. Those little bottles go a long way and pack quite the punch when it comes to making sure your skin has the proper care. From day to night, proper care is priority number one, so begin your day with a broad spectrum 30+ SPF every morning and a retinol product every night. Your skin will thank you now (and later).

Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF

Skin Pharm Retinol Drops Opened

$300: In addition to the right product lineup, freshen up with a chemical peel. Get some extra glow, minimize fine lines, improve pores and smooth out uneven skin tone.  It’s so easy, you can do it during lunch!

$400: Let’s plump it up! Add in a laser-boosting collagen treatment. These procedures have no downtime and are safe on all skin types.

$600: Bring on the injectables. Why live with forehead lines and crows feet when they can so easily be treated? Botox and Dysport are my go to injectables to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

$600+: Depending on age and desired results, you may want to consider adding fillers to your skin care routine. Juvederm and Restylane work wonders to regain lost volume as we age.

Getting a second wind now that you know cosmetic treats are obtainable? We hope to see you soon! Call us at (615) 582-6726 to book an appointment.

I recently shared my thoughts on balance and how I try to adhere to an “80/20” lifestyle. Today I’d like to share my daily routine, including the essential skin care, makeup and hair products I can’t live without. As a business owner and a mom of two young children, balance is something I’m always striving for, but I’ve got my daily routine down!

Morning Routine: Skin Care

On mornings that I exercise, I wash my face with water and apply Skin Pharm Youth Serum before my favorite Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. After class, I start my usual morning skin care routine.

First, I cleanse with Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser or Gentle Soothing Cleanser. I switch between these because I have combination skin — the Papaya is great for all skin types and the Gentle is best for dry, sensitive to normal skin — so I alternate between both depending on my mood.

After patting my face dry, I swipe a Skin Pharm Clarifying Pad over my face, making sure to give an extra swipe in T-zone, where my skin tends to be more oily.

Once I’ve allowed the combination of salicylic acid, glycolic acid and botanical extracts from the Clarifying Pad to fully absorb into my skin, I dispense one dropper of Skin Pharm Youth Serum into hands and then massage onto my face, neck and décolletage with upward strokes to hydrate and plump skin. You’ll notice that I always use Youth Serum in the AM and PM immediately after cleansing and toning — this is why we call Youth Serum one of Skin Pharm’s hero products!

Skin Pharm Youth Serum

As soon as my Youth Serum has absorbed, I put one dropper of Skin Pharm Glow Factor into my hand and smooth onto my face with upward strokes to brighten skin tone and replenish skin (that gentle tingling feeling lets me know the vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid are working to make my skin glow). On days when I feel like I need more hydration (especially during dry winter months when my skin feels parched from running the heat), I apply Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream after serums. We get a lot of questions about what order to apply products, so remember that moisturizers like Biotherapy Cream always come after serums.

Next, I gently pat our Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex around the eye area. Like our Youth Serum, the Youth Eye Complex absorbs quickly (which is ideal if you’re about to apply makeup).

If you know me, you know that the last — and, arguably, most important — step is SPF. In warmer, humid summer months I prefer Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF. In colder, drier winter months, I swap for Skin Pharm 100% Mineral Tinted SPF. Both offer a light tint that enhances my natural skin tone and protects from sun exposure.

Morning Routine: Makeup and Hair Products

When you’re happy with the way your skin looks, you don’t need to wear much makeup. With the tinted SPF serving as my “base,” I add a coat of Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara in Intense Black. I don’t wear lipstick every day, but when I do my go-to is Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Lipstick in Pussycat (04).

A few of my other staples include AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion, which contains 12% lactic acid to gently exfoliate skin while providing hydration. I’m a big fan of Kevin Murphy Killer.Curls, especially when humidity is lower in the winter months, as this formula has fights frizz while defining curls with moisture. (Yes, it’s totally acceptable to have effortless beach waves any time of year!). Lastly, I love Aesop Deodorant, an aluminum-free spray that can handle a hot yoga class or anything else that life throws at you during the day.

Evening Routine: Skin Care

If I exercise in the evening, I gently cleanse before class with an Ursa Major Essential Face Wipe (these are great wipes to gently remove makeup before you do your evening skin care routine, or if you exercise midday or after work) and hydrate with Skin Pharm Youth Serum. When prepping for bed, I cleanse with the Skin Pharm Papaya Cleanser or Skin Pharm Gentle Soothing Cleanser to remove SPF and makeup before applying products.

On evenings when I exercise after work, I usually use a Skin Pharm Clarifying Pad after cleansing for a deeper treatment (oily skin types may already be using these twice a day). Next, I apply Youth Serum (the same way I did in the AM). Once that has absorbed, I apply Skin Pharm Retinol Drops or a prescription retinoid depending on how much I want to exfoliate. I focus application on areas of the face where I have melasma, or discolored patches, on my forehead and cheeks.

I then apply our Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex, gently patting around the eye area just like in the AM, and Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream to nourish and rehydrate skin overnight.

Two or three times a week, I use our Skin Pharm Clarifying Brightening Polish to exfoliate (be sure to be gentle when using this powerful exfoliator) and I also add the Epionce Enriched Firming Mask on evenings when I feel like I need more hydration. (Yes, this is the same mask that we love for long flights, road trips, Netflix marathons on the couch, etc.)

You’ll notice that the general rule is to let each product fully absorb into your skin before you apply the next one — it’s really that simple!

If you have questions about which products are best for you, schedule a consultation today!

One of my favorite things about Skin Pharm is the open dialogue we have with our patients. We love interacting with you on Instagram, where we’ll ask you questions about topics like the products and services we offer, where we should open our next location, or what we can do to make your experience here better.

I’m often asked how I balance running a business with being a wife and mother to two young children. I’m not going to lie: It’s not easy. But it’s also the most gratifying life I could have imagined. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I have figured out that living a roughly 80/20 life works for me.

Roughly 80/20? What does that mean?

The fact that I’m calling it a “roughly 80/20 life” tells you a lot about me. I’m not the kind of person who counts every calorie or micro manages every second of the day. There are days where I’ll come home from the office, have dinner with my family, and after the kids are in bed, I’ll have an idea that I want to explore or bounce off my husband Brad. I can’t predict when inspiration will strike, so I can’t draw a hard line between work and play.

I aim to be disciplined 80% of the time. When it comes to diet, I do my best to eat nourishing food — high protein and low carb works for me — and fit in regular workouts. I never eliminate anything, but I bring healthy food to the office — I love salads and the hot kale wrap from E+Rose — so I have plenty of fuel to get through a busy day. I constantly drink water throughout the day, as I know it’s important to hydrate from the inside out. I limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol I consume, because I feel the toll it takes on my skin.

For exercise, I’m a big fan of CorePower Yoga, especially their incredible Yoga Sculpt classes, and I try to get a solid workout in three times a week. I like to think that chasing two toddlers around burns calories that I can’t even begin to quantify!

I try to get as much sleep as possible, which can be challenging with young kids, but I notice the effects on my skin — and my mood — when I’m sleep deprived. I’ve also noticed that I need more sleep than I used to (but really, could any of us keep up with the college versions of ourselves today?).

So if that’s the 80%, what’s the other 20% look like?

I’m human. I have days where I snack all day, eat too many carbs and too much sodium, drink tequila and skip workouts. Pizza is a weakness. Cereal is a weakness (if Lucky Charms are in the house, I’m screwed). But I feel the effects of this “20%” behavior pretty quickly, and that’s enough to get me back on track, which is why I don’t feel the need to entirely eliminate anything from my diet. By being disciplined more often than not, my body and skin thank me.

One of my favorite ways to pack nutrients into a quick, easy meal is to make a smoothie. I’ve asked you to share some of your favorite smoothie recipes on Instagram before, but I have a super easy one I keep coming back to: Lean1 Protein (chocolate flavor) mixed with a handful of spinach and either coconut water or water and ice. Sometimes I add a scoop of peanut butter when I use the smoothie as a meal replacement.

 

 

You planned ahead this year and made sure you booked your appointment for fillers and microneedling so you’d be extra glowing for all those holiday parties, yay! But you didn’t plan on the combination of cold temperatures, dry air from the heat being on overdrive, late nights, and one too many glasses of bubbly wreaking havoc on your skin. If you wake up feeling less than fabulous, here are some tips to get you back on track.

Help! Everything feels dry.

Did you wake up feeling like a raisin today? We know the feeling. Cold air carries less moisture than warm air, and cranking up the heater isn’t helping, either — all that dry air can cause skin irritation ranging from redness and flaking to cracking, chapping and even bleeding. Gross, we know. Add alcohol — which increases inflammation in the skin and can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to redness — and you’ve set yourself up for one rough morning. Fortunately, that rough morning can be avoided with a bit of preparation.

You can combat the dry air by sleeping with a humidifier and by adding ultra moisturizing products to your skincare routine, such as our Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream. This skin lifesaver is packed with intensely moisturizing ingredients that work together to repair your skin’s barrier function, combating dryness, restoring firmness and visibly reducing signs of aging, all while you sleep.

For days — or nights — when you need some extra TLC, we recommend Epionce’s Enriched Firming Mask. Powered by botanical ingredients that nourish stressed-out skin with a proprietary blend of barrier lipids, this mask calms visible redness and irritation. This mask works as a quick 10-minute refresher in the AM and is gentle enough to wear all night (we love it for long flights and car rides, too!).

We tend to drink less water in the winter, so be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water not only directly hydrates your skin, but is helps flush toxins out of your body and can improve symptoms of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Help! I’m broken out like a teenager.

Dry winter air can actually cause your skin to produce more sebum, leading to breakouts. Another major culprit is going to bed without washing your makeup off your face, which is just really bad for your skin (and your pillowcase). For normal to oily skin, we recommend Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser, a deep cleanser with salicylic acid (a godsend for acne-prone folks). Normal to dry skin types should opt for Skin Pharm Gentle Soothing Cleanser, which strips all your makeup and impurities while soothing skin with rich botanical extracts.

All skin types will benefit from one of our best-sellers, our Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads, which deliver a gentle, microchemical peel to exfoliate skin, clear acne and prevent future breakouts. Sensitive skin types may only need to use the pads two to three times a week, while oiler types can tolerate daily use.

If you’re in need of a stronger peel, we’re big fans of our Light Refresh Peel, a simple, non-invasive treatment that reduces pore size and treats uneven skin tone and blemishes. A series of peels not only improves any sun damage left over from the summer, but can smooth rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels also stimulate collagen production underneath the skin, improving the overall appearance of your skin. Peels are quick and easy and require minimal recovery — they can be done on your lunch break — so you’ll be refreshed and glowing for those holiday parties in no time!

Curious what products and treatments are best for your? Call us at (615) 582-6726 and schedule a consultation today!

 

 

No matter what your skin care needs are, building and adhering to a skin care routine can be daunting. If your bathroom drawers are filled with half-used products that are irritating, underwhelming or ineffective, it’s probably time for a skin care reboot. We’re here to help!

Here’s a guide to our six-step skin care routine get you started (for the TL;DR types, watch this short video about our Skin Pharm “hero products” here):

STEP 1: CLEANSER

Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser

Properly cleansing your skin is an essential step as it removes impurities from makeup or the environment (yes, pollution affects your skin). This is the obvious first step in your skin care routine each morning and evening. We like Papaya Enzyme (for normal to oily skin types) or Gentle Soothing (for those with dry, sensitive skin) by Skin Pharm. In the mornings, you can use a cleanser if you like, especially if you’re hitting a morning workout and want to freshen up before you apply makeup. If you worry that cleansing could irritate your skin, you can substitute micellar water or gentle towelettes. Also, a couple of times a week, add in an exfoliating step to your cleansing routine. We like Clarifying Brightening Polish by Skin Pharm.

STEP 2: TONER

Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

Don’t fret if you’ve skipped this step in the past, or if you haven’t used a toner since you were a teenager. Most cleansers made today are pH balanced and do not require a toner immediately after. This step is more-so an opportunity to apply a solution to your skin that will target main concerns (i.e. appearance of pores, dull appearance). And don’t be afraid, because today’s toners are nothing like the stinging, harsh formulas you may recall from your adolescent years. We recommend the Clarifying Pads (to treat acne, dullness, large pores, hyperpigmentation and signs of aging) or the Brightening Pads (to treat hyperpigmentation and signs of aging) by Skin Pharm for every skin type. Sensitive skin types should use the Clarifying Pads as a weekly micropeel, while oily skin types can tolerate once or twice daily (AM or PM is fine — whenever it best fits your schedule).

STEP 3: SERUM

Skin Pharm Youth Serum

Serums help nourish your skin, promoting healing and fighting the visible signs of aging. These go on before moisturizers for maximum absorption. Be sure to pick a serum that can deliver the powerful punch of ingredients you need for your skin type and skin care concerns. If you have extremely damaged skin, you may want to use a serum both morning and evening. We’re partial to our Youth Serum and Glow Factor by Skin Pharm. The hyaluronic acid and peptides in our Youth Serum provide intense hydration and noticeable plumping, while the vitamin complex in our Glow Factor helps repair damaged collagen and build new collagen. Glow Factor is packed with active vitamins (in powder form — you get to play chemist and add this to the liquid!) and the perfect dose of antioxidants to brighten and replenish your skin. Think of it like a daily multivitamin for your face —  use every morning after your Youth Serum to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and brighten your skin tone.

Our Retinol Drops are a potent yet gentle treatment that refines pores, reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, and improves skin texture. This lightweight formula is the key to glowing skin, packed with retinol, Vitamins C and E, sea whip extract and bisabolol, which helps calm the anticipated reaction of retinol. Use Retinol Drops every other night.

STEP 4: MOISTURIZER

Step 5: Moisturizer

In the morning, you’ll need a formula that absorbs quickly and provides a good base for cosmetics, which is why we love Skin Pharm’s Brightening Lotion. Suitable for all skin types, Brightening Lotion uses botanical extracts and natural skin brighteners to reveal the radiant, luminous skin of your dreams. Gentle enough for everyday use, this formula hydrates skin while smoothing and brightening the complexion. 

You can use Brightening Lotion as your moisturizer in the evening, but if your skin tends to be on the drier or sensitive side, we recommend our Biotherapy Cream. Powered by peptides and ceramides, this whipped lightweight moisturizer hydrates, plumps and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Extra dry/sensitive types can use this AM and PM instead of Brightening Lotion.

If you’ve been relying upon your moisturizer — or your makeup — to be your sun protection, we advise that you add a separate SPF product to your skin care routine (more on that in Step 6).

STEP 5: EYES

Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex Open

The skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your face, so it’s important to choose a product that is gentle but capable of addressing your main skin concerns, such as wrinkle prevention, puffiness or dark circles. We created Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex, a fast-absorbing gel, for AM and PM use. Like our Youth Serum, the Youth Eye Complex is packed with peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to decrease puffiness and treat fine lines, wrinkles and decreased elasticity. Depending in your individual needs and concerns, you may need a different product in the AM than the PM. For example, a gel that quickly absorbs before makeup application is ideal for morning use, while a heavier cream is appropriate in the evening. For AM use, Total Eye by Colorescience has SPF and is lightly tinted, providing protection and hiding dark circles from the world.

STEP 6: SPF

Skin Pharm Mineral Tinted SPF 44

Patients often ask what the most important skin care product is, and our answer is always the same: SPF. The best care is preventive care. No matter your age, applying a product with SPF — we recommend at least SPF 30 — on a daily basis is the single most effective way to protect your skin from damage and the signs of aging. We carry options for every skin type, and our favorites are 100% Mineral Tinted SPF or  Sheer Defense SPF by Skin Pharm, and Brush-On by Colorescience. 100% Mineral Tinted SPF is best for dry, normal and sensitive skin types while Sheer Defense is best for those who are oily. The Colorescience brush-on is ideal for re-application (especially during warmer months) and is great for all skin types.

If you’re going to be in direct sunlight during the day (any time of the year — not just summertime), you will need to reapply your SPF every two hours, or each time it’s rinsed off with water. And remember, the SPF in your makeup does not count as a reapplication, as you’re likely not applying enough makeup to get the full benefit from the SPF coverage.

BONUS STEP: MASKS

Once a week, treat your skin to a detoxifying treatment with our Skin Pharm Charcoal Mask. This mask is ideal for normal, combination, oily and acne-prone skin. Powered by a combination of sulfur, charcoal powder and kaolin to absorb toxins from the skin, the Charcoal Mask reduces breakouts and reveals a clearer complexion. All skin types  — especially those with dry or sensitive skin — can use Epionce’s Enriched Firming Mask, a hydrating formula with botanical ingredients to soothe and calm redness and irritation. The mask also improves the appearance of elasticity and firmness, and is gentle enough to use whenever your skin feels dehydrated (for extra hydration, do not rinse — it’s safe to wear overnight). We love it for long flights and road trips, too!

QUESTIONS?

Starting a new skin care routine can be intimidating, but we promise that it gets easier once you make it part of your daily ritual. If you get confused about what order to apply products in, remember that the general rule of thumb is to apply the thinnest products first, and then work your way up to the thickest product. The one exception is your retinol product, which should be applied after cleansing and toning and before your moisturizer. We recommend talking to a Skin Pharm provider to determine the best retinol product for your skin type, and how often you should use it.

The feedback that we get from our patients is that it’s worth finding the products that work best for you, and sticking with them until you see results. (We talk more about that here) We’re always here to guide you so you feel confident to face the world each day. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 615-582-6726 or schedule an appointment here

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We get it — the weather has turned colder and the days have grown longer. We’re certainly not judging anyone for choosing pajama pants and binge-watching marathons on the couch over going out. But we can’t stay inside forever, can we? Thankfully, we have the impending holiday season — and all of the socializing that goes along with it — to pull us out of our funk. This year, we want to help you look your best!

‘Tis the season of giving …

Sure, you may be thinking about all the holiday gifts you’ll need to buy this year, but we’re big believers that taking good care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. If you’re hoping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles before that holiday party, now’s the time to gift yourself injectables so you’ll look — and feel — your best this season.

What are my options?

Injectables can treat both dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are lines that are caused by repeated facial movements like smiling or frowning (think forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet around the outer eye corners). They are not visible when your face is at rest. Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau all contain neurotoxins that treat dynamic wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions that cause these lines when injected into the problem area.

Research suggests that these injectables could be used as a preventive treatment, especially when used long-term. If you’re wondering if you’re ready for Botox, we suggest talking to a Skin Pharm provider about how early treatments can slow the signs of aging down the road.

Static wrinkles result from a loss of elasticity and are still visible when your face is at rest. They require a different approach than neurotoxin-based injectables. Dermal fillers that are powered by hyaluronic acid are your best option to combat static wrinkles. You may be familiar hyaluronic acid — it’s a naturally occurring ingredient in customer favorites like Skin Pharm Youth Serum and Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex. The amount of hyaluronic acid that our skin contains decreases as we grow older, which is one of the factors towards developing static wrinkles. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm smooth static wrinkles and improve facial volume.

What do I need to know in advance?

Injectables are suitable for most patients (with the exception of pregnant women) looking to treat visible signs of aging. Injectables are minimally invasive treatments with little downtime or prep work. You don’t need to do much in advance, although some patients avoid NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen up to two weeks before the appointment to minimize bleeding and bruising. The injection procedure itself is relatively quick — usually just a few minutes — and while you may experience redness, bruising or swelling at the injection areas, you should be able to resume normal activities. We do recommend that you avoid rigorous exercise for at least 12 hours, so be sure to get your workout in before your appointment. Avoid rubbing or picking at the injection areas after your appointment, and if you experience any discomfort or swelling, apply cold packs to the area. Any visible signs of the injections should disappear within a few days.

I have a big event coming up. When should I book my appointment?

Great question! We get this a lot. If you’re getting injectables, we recommend scheduling your appointment two weeks before your event. This allows the injectables to take full effect and for any swelling, bruising or redness to disappear. You’ll see the effects from Botox and other neurotoxin-based injectables for three to six months, while dermal fillers like Juvederm last for nine to 12 months.

Questions? Call us at (615) 582-6726 or email us at consultations@skinpharm.co.

 

 

 

It’s hard to say goodbye to summertime, but it’s also easy to say hello to boots, scarves, plaid flannels, PSLs and everything else that’s great about fall. But before you run outside and jump in a pile of leaves, there’s something else you need to move to the top of your to-do list: updating your skin care routine.

But I have a skin care routine. Now I have to change it?

Even if you’ve consulted with a Skin Pharm provider and you’re using our recommended 6-step skin care routine, you may need to tweak your routine when the seasons change. Higher humidity helps skin retain moisture, and we find that many of our patients need extra hydration in the fall. In Nashville, the hot, humid days are gone and cool, dry air is affecting everything from our skin to our static-filled hair.

How do I get extra hydration?

If you’re not already using Skin Pharm Youth Serum as part of your AM routine, this is the perfect time of year to add it (and if you’re only using in the AM, you may want to double up and apply in the PM, too). The lightweight formula absorbs quickly but hydrates and soothes skin.

During your nighttime routine, consider adding Skin Pharm Biotherapy Cream, a lightweight moisturizing cream that combats fine lines and wrinkles, nourishing and repairing your skin while you sleep.

My skin is already really dry. Help!

We are huge fans of masking at Skin Pharm — we apply masks to our freshly washed faces on planes, road trips, or when we’re sitting on the couch at home. Our favorite hydrating mask is Epionce’s Enriched Firming Mask, which instantly (OK, it takes 5-10 minutes) calms red, irritated skin and improves the visible appearance of elasticity and firmness of the skin. Powered by hyaluronic acid, shea butter and willow bark extract, this mask is suitable for all skin types. If your skin is super stressed and needs some extra TLC, leave the mask on instead of rinsing it off (this is a great way to hydrate skin during long flights, too).

Is there anything else I should do?

If you’re regularly using exfoliants like our Skin Pharm Clarifying Brightening Polish or retinoids like our Skin Pharm Retinol Drops, you may need to reduce frequency in the fall and winter months. Be sure to discuss any irritation or redness you’re experiencing with your Skin Pharm provider so we can tweak your routine and figure out how to keep your skin clear and glowing year-round.

Speaking of clear and glowing …

If you really want to keep your skin looking its best year-round, don’t even think of going outside without your SPF. Whatever formula you’ve been using in the summer should work fine for fall or winter. If you haven’t tried our SPF products yet, you can read more about them here.

Still not sure which one is right for you? Ask us at consultations@skinpharm.co.

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