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

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Skincare for the Holidays — November 5, 2019

Skincare for the Holidays

Start getting your skin ready for the holiday season! Remember, lots of treatments can’t be done last-minute.

  1. Peels, lasers, Botox and fillers should be done at least 3 or 4 weeks before a big event.
  2. Keep on using sunscreen, RetinA and antioxidants daily.
  3. Back off exfoliating to 1 or 2 times a week.
  4. Increase your use of eye creams and moisturizer.
  5. Sleep with Vaseline on your lips.
  6. Add monthly facials and Silk peels to your routine.

Let me customize a skincare regimen for you!

Your Holiday Season Survival Kit — November 21, 2017
The Quick Fix — November 2, 2017

The Quick Fix

You have less than a week until THE BIG EVENT. What can you do for a quick fix if you can’t afford downtime? 

1) Have a facial–our gentle calming facial is a good choice

2) Dermaplaning quickly removes facial “fuzzies”

3) Silkpeel combines microdermabrasion with a chemical infusion to freshen and brighten

4) Makeup consultation for derma blend to cover blemishes/bruises/discoloration that can’t be covered with ordinary makeup

Plan Ahead – Start Now to Look Great By New Year’s — October 29, 2017

Plan Ahead – Start Now to Look Great By New Year’s

1) Trouble fitting into your dress? You have time for two Cool Sculpting sessions before the holidays.

2) Sagging jowls or cheeks? Get your Sculptra, Juvederm or Restylane products. Any bruising will be long gone before holiday parties! Watch Dr. Baker receive Sculptra treatment: https://youtu.be/8EWGe0Qxq58 

3) Unwanted red or brown spots on face? Consult and laser treatment. Some procedures have little downtime, while others may have a week or more.

4) Facial wrinkles? A combination of Botox and lasers to erase these lines!



Holiday Guide to Skin Care — December 18, 2015

Holiday Guide to Skin Care

photo credit: orangejack/ Flickr/creativecommons.org

What you put in your mouth affects what happens to the outside of your skin. Here are a few “ins” and “outs” of holiday skin care:

  • Hydrate inside, hydrate outside. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water during these low humidity months. Switch to moisturizing creams or ointments for the outside. Don’t skimp on the outside. Apply creams thickly immediately after bathing (you may blot off excess).
  • Alcohol on the inside (as in beverages) will make your face puffy. On the outside, it will dry your skin.
  • To avoid yo-yo weight gain and loss (which stretches your skin), try my “half a peanut diet”. Cut your portions in half to enjoy holiday dishes and avoid overindulgence.
  • Antioxidants inside (vitamins C &E) protect your internal health. On the outside (skin), they prevent the formation of free radicals that age your skin.
  • This should be obvious, but don’t smoke and don’t participate in indoor tanning. Smoking destroys elastics fibers resulting in more wrinkles, age spots and potential skin cancer.

Party responsibly and have a skin-healthy holiday season!


The Perfect Spray Tan — October 30, 2015

The Perfect Spray Tan

Winter is fast approaching. With holiday parties and events coming up, we at Ark-La-Tex Dermatology want to look great, without tanning beds. So it’s time for a spray tan! Here are some tips to maximize results. 

1) Shave and exfoliate before your appointment.

2) Do not use any cream or lotion the day of treatment.

3) Remove your makeup with a toner if you want tanning on your face.

4) Wear loose fitting clothing that won’t give you “wrinkle lines” when you dress after treatment.

5) Bring clothing to cover up while spraying that won’t give you inappropriate tan lines.

6) Go to a center (like ArkLaTex Dermatology) that hand sprays you to get a customized look.

7) Try it out in advance. Don’t get your first spray tan the day before your wedding!