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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!

 

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!

 

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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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.

We’re not here to give you exercise advice — although as medical professionals, we certainly recommend that you find an exercise routine that works for you — but we do have some tips on how to take care of your skin no matter when you work out.

Morning Workout

After you wake up, wash your face with water (if you have dry skin) or with your preferred cleanser (if you have oily skin). Apply a lightweight moisturizer, like Skin Pharm Youth Serum, which absorbs instantly but packs a power punch of hyaluronic acid and peptides to keep your skin hydrated during your workout. If you’ll be exposed to sun — we’re talking to you, outdoor exercisers — be sure to apply SPF (Skin Pharm Sheer Defense is ideal) before you head out the door. After your workout, cleanse your face as soon as possible and follow your prescribed morning skin care routine.

Afternoon Workout

If you work out in the afternoon, you’ve already done your normal skin care routine in the morning, and you’ll need to wash your face with cleanser to remove all makeup before your workout. Then, apply a lightweight moisturizer. Again, if your workout is outdoors, apply SPF. After you exercise, cleanse your face as soon as possible (sound familiar?) and then you’ll do your entire morning routine again.

Evening Workout

If you prefer to exercise in the evening — or maybe that’s your only option, so kudos on choosing that over happy hour — you’ve already done your normal skin care routine in the morning, and then you’ll wash your face with cleanser to remove all makeup before your workout (yep, that also sounds familiar) before applying a lightweight moisturizer. Cleanse your face as soon as possible.

Whether you work out in the morning, afternoon or evening, you’ll follow your prescribed skin care routine in the evening. 

If you’re asking why you have to wash your face so much, keep reading …

We get it, it’s hard enough to find a time to exercise each day, so you’re probably thinking, “Do I really need to wash my face that much?”

Sorry, but yes, you do. It may be tempting to sneak in a quick sweat session in without washing your face, but as you exercise, you’re activating your sweat glands and opening your pores. A face full of makeup can irritate skin and clog pores, causing breakouts. So, even if it’s just by using a cleansing wipe (we like Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes), be sure to remove all makeup from your skin and apply lightweight moisturizer to hydrate your skin while you sweat. And that post-workout wash is just as important — you need to remove the germs and sweat and whatever else you picked up from the gym or studio off your face ASAP.

This will be easy — and worth the effort — once you make it part of your routine, just like your workout.

Good advice for exercising (and for life)

How did I even get into nursing?

Thankfully I was good at science. I didn’t love math or history, so I joke that science was the path of least resistance. After taking (and enjoying) a Human Anatomy and Physiology course, I received clarity, and continued on with my pre-nursing requirements to become a RN (registered nurse), and eventually a Family Nurse Practitioner.

So no, I did not dream of being a nurse when I was  6 years old (I was too busy singing Spice Girls), but I did find this path organically. And we’re all about things happening organically at Skin Pharm.

While in undergraduate school I discovered that I had a huge interest in the heart — literally, in the human heart. I took a job on congestive heart failure, and on that unit I was amazed at how an ill heart could present visible symptoms in the skin with weeping, oozing wounds. Perhaps this was where my interest in skin was piqued, but it still took several years for me to find my path to what would eventually become Skin Pharm.

Upon graduating, I knew the ICU would be great opportunity for me to exercise being a critical thinker, and to apply my knowledge of how to treat a sick patient when any or all of the body systems are failing. The experience I received was invaluable, but I knew it wasn’t my forever job.

I took a job with a plastic surgeon who focused on reconstructive surgery, which was partially a continuum of what I was previously doing, but more specialized. He didn’t have much of an interest in cosmetic plastic surgery, but he offered me the opportunity to learn injections and lasers. Once I realized how much I enjoyed medical aesthetics, I read every article, watched every video, went to every course, and asked for every trainer to visit the office.

I was also studying to earn my Masters Degree at this time and found a particular interest in a course called Clinical Decision Making for the Family Nurse Practitioner. This course emphasized the utilization of evidence-based practice and integration of technology into primary care — all coming together now, right?

I was 24 years old and just beginning to pay off student loans, so I found myself amazed by the money people would spend on their faces.

But I also realized that the people sitting in the chair — who were investing a great deal of money in themselves — took their consults very seriously. They took my advice about how to take better care of their skin, and their overall health.

So, when I said, “Buy SPF before you even start Botox,” they would. And they’d use it — I could see the difference in patients I’ve been seeing for several years now, and it’s still my number-one piece of advice for patients. When I said, “Get out of the tanning bed and then come back for lip filler,” they really did it!

I was doing cosmetic procedures, which some may view as superficial treatments, but I was also playing a part in helping people make positive changes that didn’t just impact their appearance, but their overall health. When you can help someone make a healthier choice, there’s nothing superficial about that.

Launching Skin Pharm — and then the Skin Pharm skincare line — was a big leap, but I knew it was the right one.

We quickly outgrew our first office, landing at our current spot on 21st in Nashville, where I work alongside my dream team each day.

But my job is never really finished. There’s always new medical research for me and my team to learn about, or innovative technologies and treatments to consider bringing to Skin Pharm. I do my best to balance my work with everything else in life — like spending time with my husband and two kids, hanging with friends, or traveling — but I wouldn’t change anything. Well, except maybe having more hours in the day!

 

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