we’re moving!

A tiny glimpse of the new Skin Pharm! We will be moving to a new location on February 4, 2019. Our new address will be:

2416 21st Ave S, Suite 201
Nashville, TN. 37212

Just a few weeks until we share this space with all of you!

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:
-EltaMD Elements: tinted SPF with antioxidant protection
-EltaMD Renew Eye Gel: helps eliminate the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles

For the teenager with pesky break outs:
-Skin Pharm Papaya Enzyme Purifying Cleanser: cleanses deeply and removes cosmetics, yet is  gentle enough for twice-daily use
-Epionce Renewal Lite Facial Lotion: hydrating formula for visibly smoother, tighter skin

For the person in your life that just needs some r+r:
-Epionce Enriched Firming Mask: extra hydration for firmer looking skin
-Skin Pharm Antioxidant Mist: soothes, softens and rejuvenates skin

For your friend that wants bright and glowy skin:
-Skin Pharm Antioxidant Boosting Serum: packed with vitamins C + E, this gives an overall glowing appearance
-Skin Pharm Clarifying Toner Pads: helps reduce acne associated redness, irritation, and inflammation

For your mom who loves a little pampering + anti-aging:
-Skin Pharm Youth Serum: helps improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles
-Neocutis Lumière: soothes and refreshes the delicate eye area to help improve signs of fatigue

Lastly, this is the perfect duo for anyone!
-Skin Pharm Gentle Soothing Cleanser: hydrates skin with essential anti-aging nutrients
-Skin Pharm Clarifying Toner Pads: mixture of salicylic acid and glycolic acid that delivers a gentle exfoliant and help prevent future breakouts

Happy Holidays!

Thankful

As we are about to celebrate Skin Pharm’s 2nd birthday, we can’t help but reflect on how much we have grown. We are so thankful for everyone who has invested, encouraged, and supported us through this wonderful journey. From our Skin Pharm family to yours, we hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

goodbye summer, hello fall

Summer might be coming to an end, but this means peel and laser season is just beginning! Schedule a consult to see which treatment is best for your skin.

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 EltaMD UV Elements (best for dry, sensitive skin due to its tinted moisturizing base) and EltaMD UV Clear Tinted (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 Cetaphil 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.

step one: cleanse

One of the most important parts of your skin care routine is cleansing. Our skin is exposed to pollution, dust, sweat, and other external impurities throughout the day. Help your skin breathe by cleansing regularly.

Ring Ring Hotline Bling

Love what we do, but unable to make it in the office? We offer phone consultations to customize a routine that meets your specific skin goals. Call us between 9:30am-5:30pm CT, Mondays through Fridays at 615-582-6726. Bonus: We’ll even ship all the products to you!

The Latest in Skin Rejuvenation

Take your microneedling treatment to the next level with platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains a high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors to help your tissue heal and grow new cells, supercharging the microneedling benefits. This treatment is a safe and effective treatment for all skin types who wish to improve their skin quality.

With minimal downtime, microneedling + PRP can be administered every four to six weeks. To achieve best results, schedule a seasonal treatment.

Meet Carly Edwards, MSN, APRN, NP-BC

Carly is a Nashville native and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, graduating cum laude from Belmont University. After finishing her degree, Carly began working at Vanderbilt University in two different Intensive Care Units for the next five years. She thrived in this environment and loved the attention to detail that was needed to take care of her patients. While working in the ICU, Carly continued her education, gaining her Masters of Science in Nursing at Belmont University. She is now a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, through which she is board-certified.

With a family business in medical dermatology, going into a field specializing in aesthetic dermatology was Carly’s lifelong dream. Carly’s favorite part about working at Skin Pharm is creating a custom and individualized plan for every client. Carly specializes in treatment plans focusing on overall skin health and natural enhancements through laser technology, injectables, and microneedling.

In addition to practicing at Skin Pharm, Carly enjoys traveling the world with her husband Cody, exploring different national parks, and becoming a pasta connoisseur.

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 EltaMD UV Elements. Use a skin cream that’s rich in antioxidants, which prevent damage by limiting the production of free radicals. Try Skin Pharm Skin Pharm Antioxidant Boosting Serum. If you’re still dealing with breakouts, use an acne treatment like Skin Pharm 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.