Get that Glow

Article by Samantha Schoengold Beranbom

Photography by Provided by NicholsMD

Originally published in Fairfield Lifestyle

We typically focus on our skincare during the summer. However, prioritizing skin health is essential even during the colder months. Beloved local skin expert and dermatologist Dr. Kim Nichols of NicholsMD of Fairfield tells us how to love our skin all year round. Addressing medical and cosmetic concerns while providing high-end NYC luxury, NicholsMD of Fairfield is the stop for all your dermatological needs.

Q: How would you describe your practice?

A: At NicholsMD, we've curated a boutique space where skincare intertwines with personalized attention. Our practice embraces the latest advancements in dermatology, offering evidence-based solutions. Whether it's routine skin examinations or advanced cosmetic procedures, we prioritize safety, efficacy, and a patient-centered experience. We firmly believe in the transformative power of education, encouraging our patients with knowledge to make informed decisions about their skincare. At our core is a commitment to building lasting relationships. We cultivate an environment of trust, open communication, and collaboration, ensuring that each patient feels genuinely heard and understood.  

Q: What is your specialty? 

A: Our focus is on providing impactful but natural results so that patients can look and feel like the best version of themselves. My team and I are always looking to accentuate our patient’s best features so they can live their on-the-go lives feeling confident in their own skin. Beyond treating their skin conditions or concerns, we make sure that we provide individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain healthy, beautiful skin. Central to this is the understanding that wellness is the cornerstone of healthy skin. We advocate for a healthy lifestyle encompassing a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and sufficient sleep, recognizing that these factors impact not only skin health but also the overall well-being of each individual.

Q: How do you advise correcting bad habits or poor decisions and redirecting for a more successful outcome? 

I always encourage patients to ask questions. Education is pivotal in correcting poor skincare habits and empowering patients to make informed decisions. A primary concern is inconsistent or improper sunscreen use, with many underestimating its year-round importance. To rectify this, I stress the necessity of daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen application, educating patients on its cumulative effects and role in preventing short-term and long-term damage. Another prevalent mistake is self-diagnosis and treatment without professional guidance, leading to delays and potential exacerbation of issues. Neglecting regular skin check-ups is also a critical error, particularly for early skin cancer detection. I emphasize the importance of routine examinations, stressing that early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes. 

Q: Which treatments do you recommend that offer the most natural-looking results to maintain a healthy, vibrant appearance? 

A: At NicholsMD, we love to enhance an individual's natural beauty by seamlessly combining minimally invasive treatments and thoughtfully curated skincare products for the most natural-looking results. A standout favorite is "The Greenwich Secret," our trademarked treatment that marries microneedling with radiofrequency technology, providing a powerful lift, tightening effect, and skin retexturing. Central to my philosophy is the emphasis on a customized skincare routine incorporating medical-grade products. Ingredients like vitamin C, peptides, and growth factors contribute to overall skin health, creating a daily regimen that complements our in-office treatments. I love adding Exosomes into treatment plans—a topical serum rich in growth factors and regenerative properties, aiding post-treatment healing, collagen production, and overall skin rejuvenation. Another favorite of mine is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment which harnesses a patient's own platelets to stimulate collagen and elastin production naturally. This approach enhances skin texture, tone, and elasticity, resulting in a subtle yet rejuvenated appearance. Notably, it also proves beneficial for hair regrowth. Our commitment lies in harmonizing these elements to achieve a naturally radiant and revitalized outcome.

Q: Is there one simple step that everyone can take to improve their overall skin health? 

A: Absolutely, a simple yet powerful action for everyone to enhance their overall skin health is consistent and adequate sun protection. I emphasize the crucial role of diligent sun protection as a non-negotiable wellness must-have. Incorporating a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 into your daily routine is a game-changer. Sunscreen acts as a shield against the harmful effects of UV rays, preventing premature aging and sunburns and, most importantly, reducing the risk of skin cancer. Its consistent use is essential for maintaining overall skin health, preventing fine lines and wrinkles, and addressing various skin conditions, including acne and rosacea. Whether rain or shine, summer or winter, this one step can make a significant difference in maintaining healthy, radiant skin.  

NicholsMD of Fairfield

1215 Post Road Fairfield CT

@nicholsmd_dermatology nicholsmdfairfield.com

Education is pivotal in correcting poor skincare habits and empowering patients to make informed decisions.

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