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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!

 

 

 

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!

 

BBL, or BroadBand Light, is an effective non-invasive treatment to fight hyperpigmentation, acne and signs of aging. It’s basically a Swiss Army knife solution to a variety of skin issues!

Also known as a photofacial, BBL uses high intensity pulses of light to improve the appearance of brown (freckles, sun damage, age spots) and red (vascular legions, rosacea, rosy cheeks, poikiloderma) spots. BBL can also treat acne by targeting acne-causing bacteria, and improve the appearance of uneven skin texture, reduce pore size and tighten skin. This corrective laser treatment requires little downtime and is a quick and easy.

How does BBL work?

BroadBand Light gently heats the top layers of the skin, targeting areas of extra pigmentation to stimulate skin cell regeneration and collagen production. The photothermal energy reduces unwanted melanin (which produces pigmented lesions and discoloration) and eliminates fine vessels that cause redness. Excess pigment subsequently rises to the surface and sloughs off one to two weeks after the treatment. In addition to improving overall skin tone and smoothness, BBL helps improve skin elasticity and firmness.

BBL treatments are easily customizable because BBL operates on a large range of wavelengths. As medical professionals, we’re able to deliver precise pulses of light to the area being treated, enabling us to use BBL to effectively treat patients with different skin types and issues. Any area of the body can be treated with BBL. The most common areas we treat are the face, neck, backs of hands, chest and shoulders/upper arms, as these tend to be the areas of the skin that experience the most sun damage.

We can also use a different BBL filter to emit a blue light wavelength that has antibacterial effects on the “P acnes” microbe, which could be the cause of your breakouts (it’s nice to have something to blame by name, isn’t it?).

What does BBL treatment feel like?

We’ll apply a cold gel to the treatment area before BBL treatment, which is fairly painless. You’ll need to wear protective eyewear — this is a powerful ray of light therapy, after all! You should expect to feel a slight warming sensation at the very least, and a sharp rubber band snap at the most (that’s the result of the BroadBand Light absorbing into the targeted areas — pretty cool, right?). Our patients tell us that it’s not too uncomfortable.

That doesn’t sound so bad. How many treatments do I need?

You’ll need to consult with your Skin Pharm provider, but best results often require a series of BBL treatments. Fortunately, you don’t need to carve out much time in your schedule for BBL, as treatment sessions last about 20 minutes (plan for a little longer if we’re targeting larger areas of the body). Depending on the severity of the hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration, you may need one to three sessions every two to three weeks to achieve desired results. Other skin issues, such as poikiloderma, a type of sun damage that results in red colored pigmentation on the skin, can be improved with one treatment.

Sounds great. How long does it take to heal from BBL?

Patients love BBL because, in addition to the quick appointment, there is very little downtime after treatment. Your Skin Pharm provider will apply moisturizer and SPF post treatment, and most patients can apply makeup, return to work immediately and resume normal activities, although your skin may be a little sensitive and pink post-treatment (this shouldn’t last for more than a day or two) and is easily covered up. You may experience darkening of the targeted areas on your skin after your appointment, but this is temporary as these spots will fade or flake off in the next week or two. Expect to see smoother, even-toned skin and reduced visible signs of sun damage and aging.

For best results, avoid sun exposure three weeks before and after BBL treatment, and don’t forget your SPF! At Skin Pharm, we will NOT perform a BBL treatment on tanned skin, so if you show up to your appointment with recent unprotected sun exposure, we’ll unfortunately have to turn you away. Also, you may get a friendly lecture about why SPF is so important.

What are you waiting for? Email or call (615) 582-6726 to book your appointment today!

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!

How did I get into nursing?

From the time I was probably 4 or 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a nurse (well, in addition to owning a Taco Bell because I thought, how cool would that be, mom?!).

I have always loved the feeling of taking care of someone and luckily for me, science and anatomy classes were my jam. After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont University, I began working in the hospital setting, thriving in an Intensive Care Unit setting in both the Surgical ICU and Pediatric ICU. My love for nursing and my desire to further my education led me back to Belmont to earn my Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Belmont in December 2017, passed my board examination, and have been at Skin Pharm ever since.

How did I end up at Skin Pharm?

Maegan had just opened Skin Pharm in January 2017, and while I was in graduate school, I reached out to see if I could do some of my clinical hours at Skin Pharm. THANK GOODNESS she said “yes!” My grandfather owned his own practice in medical dermatology until he retired, and I knew going into a field specializing in aesthetic dermatology was an absolute dream. It’s the perfect career with a combination of nerdy research paired with a beautiful aesthetic. After completing my clinical hours — and with the birth of Maegan’s precious son Eli coming soon — I was asked to stay on as a nurse practitioner for the Skin Pharm team. Talk about dreams coming true! I am so blessed to be a part of the Skin Pharm family.

What do I like to do when I’m not at Skin Pharm?

When I’m not at work you can find me with my husband Cody and our amazing dog Weller (he’s part Australian Shepherd/part poodle …  seriously, this brand is awesome), and our soon to be SON who is due June 1st, although I guess we’ll see when he is actually going to make his arrival! We love to travel everywhere. Cody is a bit of a national parks junkie, so our trips are normally spent somewhere between snowshoeing 10 miles one day and me hitting the spa the next.

What do I wish I’d done when I was younger to take better care of my skin?

I wish I wouldn’t have believed people when they said Cetaphil and Retin-A were going to cure my acne, because there are seriously so many other products that are amazing at creating a clear complexion that won’t make your face feel like it’s falling off (if you know, you know). Also, the tanning bed. What was I thinking?! My prom dress would have looked just fine if I was three shades lighter.

What would I like to continue to learn?

Cosmetic dermatology is an ever-evolving career path. I love the research involved in my job. Ever notice how the aesthetic scene seems to take social media by storm? There are updated research articles, new injecting methods, and unlimited amount of data that we study daily to provide you the best services possible. At Skin Pharm, our continuing education is limitless so we can provide you with the safest and most up to date practices.

What do I hope for my patients?

I hope that when you come to see me, you feel heard and understood. Whether your concerns are skin care, procedures, and/or naturally focused injectables, I’m your girl. I’ll listen to your needs, tailor treatments specifically to you, and watch your self-confidence rise. I hope you leave me feeling that all of your questions were answered, needs were met, and that you’re just as excited as I am for your next visit.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Skin Pharm Sheer Defense SPF

Skin Pharm Retinol Drops Opened

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

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

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

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

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

We love Botox, and we’re not ashamed to admit it! And you shouldn’t be, either.

We love that Botox erases dynamic wrinkles, or fine lines caused by repeated facial movements. These movements range from smiling and laughing (which we certainly don’t recommend cutting back on for the sake of your face) to glaring and frowning (we’re not here to mess with ability to look angry, or even your RBF). But did you know that Botox injections can be used for far more than targeting wrinkles?

Lip Flip

The lip flip is one of our most requested procedures, as it creates a more pronounced, defined lip without adding volume. We inject a small amount of Botox into the orbicularis oris, the muscles around the mouth, to relax these muscles, slightly rolling the lip outward. The results are subtle but noticeable, relaxing the upper lip and enhancing the Cupid’s bow. If you’re looking for more definition in your lips but not necessarily more volume, this treatment is for you! If you want volume, we can do a lip flip in combination with other lip fillers — just ask your nurse practitioner about what options are the best fit for you.

 

Gummy Smile

Since we’re talking about the mouth, Botox can also help the appearance of a “gummy” smile, or an excessive amount of gum visible under the upper lip. In the past, this was often treated by excessive orthodontic treatment or surgical procedures, but now we can simply inject Botox to relax the lip, giving you a more balanced, confident smile. Studies show that this treatment is a non-invasive option that provides visible results, especially for patients looking for a minimally-invasive solution. Again, talk with your Skin Pharm nurse practitioner about the best treatment option for you, as additional lip fillers like Juvederm or Restylane could also help balance by adding fullness.

Jaw Botox

Masseter Botox — injecting Botox along the jawline — can slim and define your jawline, further defining your face shape. We can also do this in combination with fillers like Juvederm or Restylane for added balance and definition. This procedure has an added benefit for individuals who are prone to clenching or grinding their teeth, as it relaxes the masseter muscle where tension is held. Our patients tell us that in addition to the defined jawline (which they love), they’re experiencing fewer headaches and jaw pain. Talk to your Skin Pharm nurse practitioner if you’re experiencing headaches or jaw pain, as Botox may help alleviate these symptoms.

Remember, Botox takes up to two weeks to fully take effect, so plan accordingly if you’re getting injections before an event.
Questions? Give us a call at (615) 582-6726 or book an appointment.

 

How did I get into nursing?

I wish I had a cool story to tell about how I got into nursing. But the truth is, I was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school. My mom told me she did not want me to go into college “undecided” on a degree. So I asked her, “Well, what should I do?” She told me that I was always better at science and math courses, so I should try nursing. And if it didn’t work out, I could use the prerequisite courses to do something else in healthcare.

Fortunately, I loved nursing once I got into the program and now, here we are!

How did I end up at Skin Pharm?

I first came to Skin Pharm as a patient. I had seen Skin Pharm founder and owner Maegan Griffin for treatment of acne and rosacea (and, of course, Botox injections!). During my nurse practitioner program, I did a specialty rotation in dermatology. I fell in love with all things skin and found that I was extremely drawn to cosmetic dermatology. As I began to think of pursuing a career in cosmetic dermatology, I knew Skin Pharm was the place I wanted to be. I started keeping in touch with Maegan about potential opportunities at Skin Pharm. As Skin Pharm quickly expanded, Maegan told me she was looking to hire another provider. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but she chose ME!

What do I like to do when I’m not at Skin Pharm?

When I’m not working, most of my time is spent with my husband, Mitchell. We are lake and beach people, so when the weather is nice, that’s where you will find us. I love living an active lifestyle — I can’t sit still — so I enjoy all types of exercise.

My husband and I just had a baby boy, “Dunn” Samuel Stoffer, and I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life as a mother (while also keeping up with my career!).

Say hello to “Dunn” Samuel Stoffer!

What do I wish I’d done when I was younger to take better care of my skin?

I hate to admit it, but I used to go to the tanning bed in high school. I wish I hadn’t done this, and I wish I’d listened to my mom when she told me to wear sunscreen EVERY DAY!

What would I like to continue to learn?

I love that I chose a career that is always changing (because how boring would it be if it didn’t?). I strive to continually learn the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments for my patients. I always say that learning is so much fun when you love what you do.

What do I hope for my patients?

I hope each patient that I encounter feels that their needs, wants and goals are recognized. I also want them to know that I will do everything I possibly can to make these achievable for them. I personally use the products and have the treatments performed that I recommend because I believe in them. Ultimately, I hope my patients become the most confident version of themselves. When you look good, you feel good; when you feel good, you do good.  

 

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!

 

Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

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