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New Product Alert: Introducing Skin Pharm SPF!

At Skin Pharm, we only carry products that we use ourselves. When we give you a recommendation, you can be sure that these are tried-and-true formulas that we personally believe in.

When I started the Skin Pharm line, I wanted to offer powerful and effective products that you can easily  fit into your daily routine. If you’re a Skin Pharm patient, you know that our mantra for preventive skin care is to apply SPF every day. So, I’m excited to announce three brand-new Skin Pharm SPF formulas, now available for purchase in our online store or at our office!

Skin Pharm Clear Defense SPF 45: Ideal for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, and oily skin

This non-tinted, lightweight and innovative SPF protects skin from multiple factors known to cause premature aging, including UVA, UVB and infrared radiation. Delivering a new strategy in sun protection, Clear Defense combats free radicals and provides the highest possible level of protection while also restoring youthfulness to your skin. This SPF is rich in antioxidants and features high levels of nourishing ingredients niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, and it absorbs quickly into your skin. Other key ingredients include zinc oxide, octinoxate, vitamin E and knotweed extract.

Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF 45: Ideal for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, combination skin, and oily skin

This universally-tinted formula packs the same powerful protection against UVA, UVB and infrared radiation as Clear Defense, and is a great option if you’re looking for a little more coverage for your skin. The soothing ingredients won’t irritate your skin. If you’re looking to ditch your foundation or BB cream on hot summer days but don’t want to lose coverage, this is a great option for you.

Skin Pharm 100% Mineral Tinted SPF 45: Ideal for dry skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, and combination skin

This formula boasts 100% mineral-blocking protection, which is ideal for those who experience sensitivity to chemicals found in most SPF options, and provides a sheer, universal tint suitable for most skin types. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin  — including post-procedure skin — this formula is light enough to wear alone or under makeup for daily sun protection. It’s also water-resistant up to 40 minutes and absorbs quickly for easy reapplication.


Each of our new SPF formulas address concerns including sun protection, free radical damage, large pores, acne and rosacea. Our formulas are paraben-free, sulfate-free, oil-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, naturally derived and safe for pregnancy.

Still not sure which option is best for you? Call us or schedule a consult today!

Five Easy Skin Care Tips for the Beach


Heading to the beach? We’re jealous! Seriously, though, we hope you have a great time, and we’d like to give you some quick and easy tips to help you avoid the number one beach buzzkill: SUNBURN.

  1. Apply SPF to yourself — and the rest of the family — prior to dressing for the beach. Yes, we mean before you put your swimsuits on. Not only does this ensure that you hit every inch of your skin, but it keeps you from damaging the fabric on your swimsuit or clothing with the zinc from the sunscreen. As a mom, I can attest that it’s much easier to negotiate with your kids before you get to beach — they’re much more likely to sit still while you cover them from head to toe with SPF. And yes, you may have to play the “We don’t go to the beach unless you stay still” card. Trust me, it works.
  2. Water. So much water. Bring backup for refills. If you don’t start drinking water until you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, which isn’t doing your skin any favors.
  3. Cover your head! The scalp is a difficult part of the body to protect via SPF for women and men (unless you’re bald, and then it’s easy — and necessary — to cover it with sunscreen). Your best bet is a hat. And you’ve probably heard this before, but it’s true — the wider the brim, the better. Wearing a hat also protects those sexy summer highlights from the sun’s damaging rays.
  4. Don’t forget the most-forgotten areas. Areas of the body that are often overlooked include lips and ears. If you’ve ever had a sunburn on either, we bet you’ll remember to keep those areas covered. Also remember the back of your neck, tops of feet, and underarm area, which tends to be sensitive due to shaving. Grab a buddy (a cute one usually does a better job, ha) to help with those hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Reapply. Often. Yes, it feels like a pain, but you do need to reapply your SPF throughout the day, especially if you’re sweating a lot. Every two hours is a good rule of thumb, and definitely reapply every time you get out of the water, even if you’re using a waterproof or water-resistant SPF.

Beach skin care doesn’t end when you leave the beach — don’t forget post-sun care! I love to Epionce Renewal Calming Creme after a day in the sun. I also slather on Antioxidant Boosting Serum and Biotherapy Cream for any stress I might have caused to the skin.


How to Have the Best Summer Ever for You and Your Skin


Summertime — it’s everyone’s favorite time of year! But before you dash outside to show off your new hot bikini (and your hot bikini bod), we have some tips to make this the best summer yet for your skin.

First of all, I can’t repeat it enough — you need to wear sunscreen all day, every day! This includes cloudy days and days you think you’ll be covered. Chances are, if you walk out your front door at some point during the day, your skin will be exposed to sun. We all love our Vitamin D, but we want you to enjoy it safely.

Swing by our shop at Skin Pharm and pick up one of the following options: 100% Mineral Tinted or Sheer Defense by Skin Pharm, and Brush-On by Colorescience. 100% Mineral Tinted is best for dry, normal and sensitive skin types while Sheer Defense is best for oily skin. The Colorescience brush-on is ideal for re-application (especially during warmer months) and is great for all skin types.

OK, now that you’re covered — literally — let’s talk about what skincare procedures you may want to consider during the summer months, and how summertime can affect those treatments.

  • Botox and fillers are great for every season, and you don’t need to worry about avoiding the elements after your appointment (you’ll still need to apply that SPF, though!).
  • BBL photofacials are also popular during the summer, but you’ll need to avoid direct sun exposure and spray tans two weeks before and after treatment. We’d hate to have to reschedule your appointment, so be mindful of this when you plan to see us!
  • If you’re hooked on chemical peels or microneedling (we are), you will need to avoid direct sunlight for the 24-72 hours before and after your treatment as your skin will be in healing mode. This varies depending on depth of treatment, so feel free to ask us post-treatment if you want to be on the safe side! 

If you come to the office for your scheduled appointment with a sunburn, we won’t be able to do any of these procedures on you, unfortunately! Also, you might get a (friendly) lecture about sunscreen!

Patients often ask us if they need to change their skincare routines during the summer. If your skin tends to get more oily this time of year, you may need to switch from heavy lotions and creams to serums and lighter lotions. If you’re using products containing AHAs, BHAs and retinoids, be aware that these can cause photosensitivity, giving you yet another reason to lather on that SPF and spend some time in the shade. 

On days you plan to be outside for extended periods of time, remember to wear sun-protective clothing (as if you needed an excuse to buy that chic wide-brimmed hat). Increase your water intake so you don’t get dehydrated, as that doesn’t look good on anybody. If you do find your skin is a little parched or fried at the end of the day, do some damage control with Epionce’s Renewal Calming Cream to heal your skin, or by spritzing yourself with Avene Mist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 615-582-6726 or schedule an appointment. Cheers to the best summer ever!

How To Build a Skincare Routine

No matter what your skincare needs are, building and adhering to a skincare 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 skincare reboot. We’re here to help! Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:


Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Purifying 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 skincare routine each 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.


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 by Skin Pharm for every skin type. Sensitive skin types should use as a weekly micropeel, while oily skin types can tolerate once or twice daily.


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 skincare 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 Antioxidant Boosting Serum by Skin Pharm. The hyaluronic acid and peptides in our Youth Serum provide intense hydration and noticeable plumping, while the vitamin complex in our Antioxidant Boosting Serum helps repair damaged collagen and build new collagen.

We recently launched one of our new favorite products, our Retinol Drops, a potent yet gentle treatment to refine pores, reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, and improve 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 so you can use it every night. (Sensitive skin types may want to alternate with their nightly serum — check with us if you’re not sure!)


Neocutis Lumeire

Neocutis Lumière

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. Additionally, you may need a different product in the AM than the PM, depending on your individual needs. 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. If you’re concerned about puffiness, I recommend Lumière by Neocutis. If you’re new to using eye products and prefer a lighter formula, try Eye Gel by EltaMD.


Epionce Renewal Lite Facial Lotion

In the morning, you’ll need a formula that absorbs quickly and provides a good base for cosmetics. We like Renewal Lite Facial Lotion by Epionce or Skin Pharm’s Youth Serum. As for your last product in the evening, we recommend Biotherapy Cream by Skin Pharm or the thicker version of the above mentioned Epionce product, Renewal Facial Lotion. If you’ve been relying upon your moisturizer — or your makeup — to be your sun protection, I advise that you add a separate SPF product to your skincare routine. Which leads me to the most important thing you can put on your skin each day …


Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF

Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF™

Patients often ask me what the most important skincare product is, and my answer is always the same: SPF. The best care is preventive care. No matter your age, applying a product with SPF — I 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.


Starting a new skincare 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. I recommend talking to a dermatology provider to determine the best retinol product for your skin type, and how often you should use it.

The feedback that I get from my patients is that it’s worth finding the products that work best for you, and sticking with them until you see results. (We’ll talk more about that in another post, so watch this space!) 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

If you know what you want, check out our online store!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Having a hard time deciding on holiday gifts? We’ve made it simple with our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide:

For your friend that loves the beach:

-Skin Pharm 100% Mineral Tinted SPF: chemical-free actives, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, provide safe but sure sun protection
-Colorescience Brush-On: offers powerful SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection, alone or over makeup

For the teenager with pesky break outs:

-Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Cleanser: combines powerful papaya enzymes and salicylic acid for mild exfoliation of dead cells that lead to clogged pores
-Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF: helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration

For the person in your life who deserves some R+R:

-Epionce Enriched Firming Mask: formulated with botanical ingredients to help soothe and improve the visible appearance of elasticity and firmness of the skin
– Skin Pharm Youth Serum: contains three peptides + hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

For the girl who wants bright and luminous skin:

-Skin Pharm Antioxidant Boosting Serum: high potency combination of Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate), vitamin E, and ferulic acid ester
-Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads: these pads synergistically deliver a gentle, microchemical peel to exfoliate/correct problem acne and prevent future breakouts, leaving skin cleaner, clearer and blemish free

Happy Holidays!



The Right Skin Care for Every Age

People often ask me how I manage to take care of my skin with two young children. I’ll be honest with you — it can be challenging some days — and especially some nights — but it’s a lot easier once you find the products that work for you and stick to a routine. I’ve been diligent about this since my 20s, so I thought I’d share some tips on how you can take care of your skin, no matter your age.


If You’re In Your 20s …

Lucky you. Now’s the time to really focus on preventive care – don’t leave the house without applying your broad spectrum SPF. We’re currently loving broad spectrum SPFs with hyaluronic acid like 100% Mineral Tinted SPF by Skin Pharm. Use a skin cream that’s rich in antioxidants, which prevent damage by limiting the production of free radicals. Try Skin Pharm Skin Pharm’s Antioxidant Boosting Serum. If you’re still dealing with breakouts, use an acne treatment like Skin Pharm’s Clarifying Pads.

It’s not too early to start using Botox as part of your preventive skin care regime, as Botox combats wrinkles caused by muscle movements. While you probably don’t need filler for deep lines or wrinkles, filler is great for enhancing your lips if you want to plump them up a bit. Schedule regular chemical peels every 1-3 months to keep your skin bright and smooth.


If You’re In Your 30s …

Add on to the routine above by integrating a retinol product in the evening to help increase skin cell turnover rate. We’re big fans of our hand-picked retinol products because they have additional brightening benefits. Be sure to add retinols in gradually as they can initially cause some irritation as your skin adjusts – start with once a week, and work your way up to every other day as your skin tolerates it (and be sure to keep that SPF on – your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight).  Also add an eye cream – try Neocutis Lumiere – to protect and prevent wrinkles on the delicate skin around the eye area.

Keep up the regular Botox appointments – every three to six months – to combat fixed lines, and consider filler for exaggerated lines that may have formed around the mouth – aka “smile lines.” In order to aggressively fight signs of aging and improve overall skin appearance, consider adding collagen-boosting treatments every few months, such as laser therapy or microneedling.


If You’re In Your 40s …

Enhance your previous routine by adding peptides and growth factor serums, which help with further fine-line correction. We swear by Skin Pharm Youth Serum. Continue Botox treatments, adding the lower face area (especially around the mouth) to manipulate those aforementioned smile lines that can turn downward as we age.

Filler is great for those increasingly exaggerated lines forming, and for the hollowing areas under your eyes or around your temples. Schedule a resurfacing peel every 1-3 months to treat pigment, lines and wrinkles.


If You’re In Your 50s …

Adding on to the above, you may need to increase filler treatments for exaggerated lines and hollowing areas, and also for regaining structure — especially in the apples of your cheeks — and to provide an overall lift to the lower face. For a more intensive non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment, try a fractional resurfacing treatment such as a C02 laser, which can soften wrinkles, tighten skin and improve overall texture.


I hope that helps! If you’re confused about what order to put your products on, the general rule of thumb is to apply the thinnest product on first, working your way up to the thickest product, with the exception of a retinol cream, which usually goes on first. Feel free to ask any questions about skin care and the procedures we offer by emailing us at info@skinpharm.co.

Your Pregnancy Skin Care Routine, Decoded

I’ve been pregnant for most of the past two years. My daughter recently turned 1, and my son will be born in October. I can attest that the pregnancy glow is real —you can thank your increased hormones and blood flow for that!

Unfortunately, that glow is only temporary, so you still need to take good care of your skin. During my pregnancies, I’ve had to abstain from many of the anti-aging treatments we offer at Skin Pharm such as cosmetic lasers, Botox, fillers, and certain skin care ingredients, but I still adhere to a daily routine.

Here are some easy tips for taking care of your skin throughout your pregnancy:

  • Stay away from light and laser therapy (such as IPL), and from injectables (Botox and other fillers) for the entire duration of your pregnancy. Unfortunately, we don’t have any medical studies supporting the safety of these procedures during pregnancy. However, I do get microneedling done during pregnancy, as it’s the most natural way to boost collagen. Just get this cleared by your OB/GYN before scheduling your appointment.
  • Most topical masks are fine and can provide instant brightening and tightening effects. We like the Enriched Firming Mask by Epionce.

Those aforementioned hormones are your best friend when they lead to the fabled pregnancy glow, but they can also be your worst enemy. Changes in your hormones can cause acne, which is quite common during pregnancy.
Since you need to stay away from products made with retinoids (i.e. retinol, Retin-A, retinyl palmitate) and high concentrations of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, turn to products and peels containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. Glycolic acid is safe because it is derived from sugar cane, and lactic acid is derived from dairy sources, fermented vegetables and fruit. We recommend Skin Pharm’s Pore Refining Drops, a 10% glycolic acid serum, or Epionce’s Lytic Tx, a retexturizing lotion for at-home treatment. For a mild micro peel, we recommend Skin Pharm’s Clarifying Pads containing 2% salicylic acid, 5% glycolic acid and 5% lactic acid. These pads help exfoliate skin, unclog pores, address breakouts, and prevent future breakouts.

Use these nine months to step up your SPF game. Most of us can do a better job of protecting ourselves from sun damage, and those increased hormones make you more susceptible to pigment changes and discoloration. Invest in a high-quality SPF product to keep pigment at bay. We’re big fans of 100% Mineral Tinted SPF (best for dry, sensitive skin due to its tinted moisturizing base) and Sheer Defense SPF (best for oily skin with its lightweight formula and acne-fighting ingredients).

  • As always, wash your face every morning and evening with a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove all makeup and sunscreen. We like Skin Pharm’s Gentle Soothing Cleanser for all skin types, and gentle towelettes, which are great for those days you need to remove makeup prior to cleansing, or just to keep in your gym bag to remove dirt and toxins immediately after a workout.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep your skin (and your baby!) healthy.

Skin Care for Every Budget

“Yes I want that!  Um… wait, how much is it?”  Even the upwardly mobile are budget conscious, so don’t feel bad if this question has crossed your mind when contemplating cosmetic treatments.

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. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorites that are all under $1,000. In fact, I started my list with game-changers from just $200.

$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 #1, so begin your day with a broad spectrum 30+ SPF every morning and a retinol product every night.

$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!