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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!

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!

Did you wait until the last minute to tackle your holiday gift list? Don’t worry — we’ve got you!

For Your BFF: Skin Pharm Get Ready to Glow Gift Set

What’s better than a mask that reduces breakouts and clears complexions? Using a mask while you bask in the glow of the signature Skin Pharm candle, of course! Our Get Ready to Glow Gift Set is the perfect gift for your BFF who needs a little TLC. The Skin Pharm Charcoal Mask is suitable for all skin types as it gently removes oils, impurities and other toxins (yuck) from your skin.

We just can’t get enough of our Skin Pharm You Glow Girl Candle. You’ll recognize the light yet complex floral scent that we’re obsessed with in the office — now everyone can take it home! A luxurious blend of Italian bergamot, golden amber, cedarwood, jasmine, California orange, mahogany and santal, this candle helps create a relaxing environment, which is ideal for masking.

For Your Yoga Buddy: Skin Pharm Stay Hydrated Gift Set

Show your workout buddy how much you really love them with the Skin Pharm Stay Hydrated Gift Set that comes with our stylish Skin Pharm Water Bottle and one of our top-selling products, Skin Pharm Youth Serum. We say it over and over again, but it’s SO important to hydrate your skin from the inside, which means drinking water throughout the day. Hydrating is way more fun with our Skin Pharm Water Bottle, which combines minimal design with maximum convenience, keeping drinks hot for up to six hours and cold for an entire day. The bottle comes with a removable infuser to brew tea and is made with bamboo, metal and BPA-free plastic. Youth Serum works for all skin types to hydrate and plump skin. This light yet incredibly hydrating serum is great to apply pre- or post-workout.

For Your Significant Other: Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

You keep telling us how much you love our Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads, and how your other half keeps stealing them from you. We won’t judge if you’ve been hiding your Clarifying Pads from your S.O., but ’tis the season to be generous, so perhaps it’s time to buy him/her their own jar! Clarifying Pads are suitable for all skin types and work their magic by delivering a gentle microchemical peel to exfoliate skin, treat hyperpigmentation, clear acne and erase dullness. Because, the couple that fights dull skin together stays together, right?

For Yourself: SPF!

Your future self will thank you for wearing your SPF every day. We always say it’s the most important thing you can put on your face because it protects your skin from multiple factors known to cause premature aging. Start 2020 off strong with your favorite Skin Pharm SPF — we have three formulas to suit every skin type. Skin Pharm Clear Defense SPF 45 is ideal for acne-prone, combination or oily skin and is a non-tinted, instantly absorbing formula. The Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF is also great for acne-prone, sensitive, combination or oily skin, and has a sheer universal tint for extra coverage. Our Skin Pharm 100% Mineral Tinted SPF is ideal for dry, sensitive normal or combination skin and provides 100% mineral-blocking protection with a light universal tint.

Got questions? Give us a call at (615) 582-6726 and one of our Skin Pharm elves will help you out!

 

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!

 

 

You may have heard skincare and wellness companies use terms like “clean,” “nontoxic” or “all-natural.” Wondering what it means? You’re not alone.

Currently, this type of terminology is not regulated by the FDA for skincare and beauty products, so anyone can slap them on a product label to appeal to consumers avoiding unnecessary additives. To make things even more confusing, just because a product is “natural” or plant-derived doesn’t mean it’s risk-free (for example, would you put poison ivy on your face?). Today, we’re going to discuss parabens.

What are parabens?

Parabens, derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA), are a group of commonly used antimicrobial ingredients that act as preservatives within personal care products and cosmetics. Any product that contains water has the potential to be spoiled by the growth of bacteria and fungi that can lead to nasty problems like mold, discoloration and a degradation of the product. Parabens are added to formulas because they prevent the growth of these microorganisms and enhance the shelf life of personal care products across a wide range of cosmetic categories.

Since they’re gentle, easily absorbed and naturally derived from plants, parabens used to be the most commonly used type of preservatives for cosmetics. Some research indicates parabens are safe in cosmetics and are preferred over other preservatives to keep a formula stable. These studies claim that parabens — especially when used in small doses, as they tend to be in cosmetics or personal care products — did not have any effect when compared to natural hormones in the body. Additionally, the FDA has classified parabens as GRAS, or Generally Regarded As Safe, but is evaluating new data and will advise the public if they are deemed hazardous.

 

General chemical structure of a paraben (Wikipedia)

So, what’s the problem?

You’ll notice we said parabens “used to be” the most commonly used type of preservative. You may have also noticed an increasing number of skincare and personal care products now touting “paraben-free” labels. What happened?

Despite the FDA’s safety classification, some researchers have questioned if parabens can disrupt the body’s endocrine system or whether they have an estrogenic effect, interfering with the hormonal balance in the user’s body. While we noticed these studies are perhaps carried out in a way that is unrelated to what happens when parabens are applied to the skin, we think the potential of parabens presenting as harmful ingredients is something to take seriously (the EU does, for example — they’ve banned five types of parabens for use in cosmetic or personal care products).

Of course, it’s your choice to whether or not you should use parabens in your skincare routine. At Skin Pharm, we do not use parabens in any of our products. For transparency, we list all ingredients on individual product pages and packaging and our team is always happy to help.

If you’re trying to avoid parabens, check your labels for the following common ingredients: benzylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.

Have a question for Skin Pharm? Ask it here!

So many paraben-free Skin Pharm products to choose from!

 

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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Moisturizers — you know you need them, but do you understand what they do for your skin? As we are entering the drier months of the year, moisturizers are even more important for your daily skincare routine. We’ll break it down for you, and we’ll make it more fun than science class.(Because this is all about giving you the best skin possible, right?)

What is a moisturizer?

A moisturizer is a topical product designed to maintain levels of oils and water in the skin sufficient for it to be soft and pliable. Moisturizers can be creams, lotions, serums or oils that are applied to the very top portion of the skin, or the epidermis. The top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum (composed of dead cells that you actively shed) and the bottom is called the basal cell (made of living cells that replace the dead cells in the stratum corneum). The dermis is directly underneath the epidermis and consists primarily of proteins such as collagen and elastin fibers. There is also blood supply here. 

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Why do I need a moisturizer?

A certain amount of transepidermal water loss (a fancy way of saying water from inside our body evaporates out of our body) is necessary to ensure skin is not too greasy and, alternately, not too dry. When skin gets too dry — whether it’s affected by the temperature, humidity, hormone changes, or other factors — we treat it with moisturizers to maintain levels of oils and water in the skin. 

Are there different kinds of moisturizers?

The three kinds of moisturizers include humectants, occlusive agents and barrier enhancing agents. 

Humectants, also known as “moisture magnets,” are water-soluble compounds that attract water molecules. Water is attracted from the atmosphere around you and from water within the body. These are ideal for treating mild dry skin conditions. 

Examples of humectant ingredients include: Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sodium lactate (lactic acid), polyhydric alcohols (glycerin, butylene glycol),and aloe vera. 

Occlusive agents, which are water insoluble (meaning they cannot dissolve in water) cover skin to prevent water from evaporating. When water from within the body tries to evaporate, the skin does not allow it, and the top of the skin swells with water. 

Examples of occlusive agents include: Beeswax, petrolatum (Vaseline), squalane, mineral oil, olive oil, lanolin, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate and dimethicone.

Barrier enhancing agents (BEA) are specific combinations of natural lipids that hold water within the skin. If the skin is not producing enough BEAs, applying these topically can improve skin health. When BEAs are applied to the skin, they can actually cause the skin the skin to make more of the BEAs that are needed for a healthy skin barrier, such as niacinamide!

Examples of BEAs include: cholesterol, palmitic and stearic acid, ceramides and niacinamide. 

Is there going to be a quiz or are you going to tell me what products I should use?

No quizzes today, we promise! The Skin Pharm line has several products with moisturizing ingredients. Our Youth Serum is packed with three peptides and hyaluronic acid and is suitable for all skin types and can be used in the AM and/or PM. For normal to dry skin types, our Biotherapy Cream is a lightweight moisturizing cream that nourishes and repairs the skin’s barrier function, restoring skin firmness and visibly reducing signs of aging. Biotherapy Cream is ideal for PM use, treating your skin while you sleep.

We’ve created additional Skin Pharm products that gently exfoliate (say goodbye to those dead skin cells we talked about earlier) while providing the  added benefit of moisturizers to counteract any anticipated irritation or dryness. These include our popular Clarifying Pads (hydroxy acids exfoliate while added botanicals brighten and hydrate) and our Brightening Lotion ( botanicals treat dullness while peptides and glycerin address dryness).

Still have questions about what products are right for your individual skin needs? Call us at 615-582-6726 and book an appointment today!

 

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.

Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

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