Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Your Summer Survival Guide — June 5, 2021

Your Summer Survival Guide

Everyone knows you need your hat, sunscreen and coverup at the beach.  Here are a few other tips to keep the fun in your trip:  

1) Make sure to bring an unscented moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Cerave cream.  Moisturizers that have certain scents can sensitize you to the sun and cause sunburn.  

2) Don’t forget quality sunglasses with UV protection.  UV rays or increase the risk of cataracts.  

3) If you are prone to fever blisters try the Jane Iredale lip gloss with sunscreen and ask your physician for a prophylactic prescription for Valtrex to take on vacation.

4) If you haven’t had laser hair removal, using a benzoyl peroxide wash in the bikini area can prevent razor rash.  Be careful though as it can bleach clothing.  

5) If you have the misfortune to get a sunburn, take ibuprofen, use a little hydrocortisone for 2 to 3 days, and try applying Neosporin Pain—it contains a topical anesthetic.

Hair Care for the Eyes — June 2, 2021
Summer Must Haves — May 26, 2021

Summer Must Haves

Since I’m on vacation, I finally have time to catch up on reading all my favorite magazines.  Here is a synopsis of their best advice on beauty products.  

  1. Best exfoliant is a summer favorite—SkinMedica AHA/BHA.  It’s mild enough to use at the beach.  
  2. The consensus favorite for antioxidants to neutralize sun damage is still Skinceutical CE Ferulic.  
  3. DEJ eye cream can give you visible changes in as little as four weeks with its amazing peptides to combat dark circles and fine lines.
  4. Best serum and worth every dime is TNS Advanced by SkinMedica, although I still prefer their sister product TNS Essential Serum.
  5. If your oily skin doesn’t like sunscreen, try Ella UV Clear.  

All of these are available at ArkLaTex Dermatology.  For those of you traveling with limited space for packing like me, a great over the counter cleanser is Cetaphil, and it can be bought in small travel size.  

Have fun on vacation with all your favorite products!

Lighten Up! — May 23, 2021

Lighten Up!

Three great ways to lighten those dark spots with ZO skin care

  1. ZO pigment control—contains hydroquinone and also glycolic acid.  Bleaches and exfoliates at the same time.  May make you a little sun sensitive, so wear your sunscreen. And be prepared to peel a little initially. 
  2. ZO pigment control plus brightening cream—contains antioxidants as well as hydroquinone to destroy free radicals while it lightens skin. It’s all you need under your sunscreen. 
  3. ZO pigment control plus blending cream—a hydroquinone that mixes easily with Retin-A at night. Talk to your dermatologist to customize your skin care.

Recipe for Sexy Eyes — May 19, 2021
Accent on Eyes — May 16, 2021

Accent on Eyes

A common complaint I hear every day is about dark circles under the eyes. This is not from melanin and is not related to sun. 

So try these tips: 

  1. Retin A each night.  It builds collagen and protects fragile blood vessels. 
  2. DEJ eye cream.  It gives the skin an illuminating shine. 
  3. Restylane in the tear troughs to blur the demarcation between eyelid and cheek. 

Talk with your dermatologist about which will help you.

Sculptra — May 15, 2021
My Skincare Routine — April 25, 2021

My Skincare Routine

Are you taking the skincare challenge with me?

Here’s a look at my current skincare routine.

AM

1)Obagi gentle cleanser 2) ZO complexion renewal pads 3) ZO pigment control cream 4)Sunscreen

PM

1) Obagi gentle cleanser 2) Complexion renewal pads 3) Pigment control cream 4) Retin A 5) ZO growth factor serum


Use ZO exfoliating polish 3-4 times a week.

Take the Skincare Challenge With Me! — April 11, 2021
Are You Layering Your Skincare Correctly? — March 28, 2021

Are You Layering Your Skincare Correctly?

It’s not only important to use the right products, you need to use them in the right order to maximize the benefit.  Think prepare, treat, and seal your products in. 

Here’s a simple 4-step guide: 

1) Cleanser

2) Toner to remove excess oil that would block penetration of products

3) Serum—your antioxidants and/or growth factors

4) Moisturizer to seal in your products—this can be in your makeup or sunscreen


Need product suggestions?  Cosmetic consults are free at Arklatex Dermatology.