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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!

 

 

 

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!

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

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

 

Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

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