Moderation On Vacation

By: Courtney Liggera, Psy. D.

"Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance."-Epicurus

As summer approaches, many of us are looking forward to vacation. We have spent months saving and planning - and we cannot wait to relax and de-stress!

However, when you're enjoying the time off, your healthy living habits don't need to "check out." Vacations can provide a convenient excuse to overindulge. Overeating, consuming more alcohol, falling off an exercise routine ... and before you know it, extra pounds have become your vacation souvenir. 

You certainly don't want to deprive yourself while you are on vacation, but thinking in moderation is critical. You can still enjoy your time away and do things in moderation. Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your healthy habits while vacation:
  1. Downsize. If you are out to eat and the portions are bigger than you normally consume, take some home for leftovers, split an entree with someone, or even order an appetizer instead of a full meal.
  2. Make healthy food choices. Ask for your entree to be served with fresh vegetables or a side salad. Instead of ordering something fried, see if it can be prepared in a healthier way like grilled, broiled or steamed.
  3. Remember that calories from alcohol count! Who doesn't dream of having a tropical drink with an umbrella in it while lounging by the pool? Alternate adult beverages with other healthier choices like water, tea, coffee, club soda or unsweetened tea.
To read more about how to practice moderation on vacation, visit our blog here. 


Consumer Reports reveals best sunscreens for 2018: 
What really works?

THE TOP RATEDLaRoche-Posay Anthelios

The sunscreen that we carry IN OFFICE

Consumer Reports has released its annual report on the best sunscreens to lather up with this upcoming summer season -- rating top brands and breaking down everything from the basic recommendations for application amount and SPF level to words to look out for on labels and environmental concerns.

Summer Skin Protection: Covering Up VS. Sunscreen

By: Catherine McGinty MSN, FNP-BC

After what seemed like another long winter, summer is finally here! Before you head outside to soak up some of that Vitamin D, we wanted to go over some facts about sunscreen and covering up, and explain the benefits and challenges of each.


To start, everyone should be wearing sunscreen at least on their face every day, no matter what. But how much protection are you getting from daily sunscreen use? That all depends on the sun protective factor (SPF) and if the sunscreen is "broad-spectrum," which means that it protects against UVA and UVB rays.  Sunscreens that are less than SPF 15 and are not broad-spectrum are able to prevent sunburn, but they are not protective against skin cancer or skin aging. So, it is important to look for sunscreens that are at least SPF 30 and broad spectrum. With that, no sunscreen is 100% effective. This is because it acts as a filter and cannot block all UV rays, even if used correctly. For example, sunscreens with a SPF of 100 only filter out about 99% of UVB rays.

Sunscreen is also not as effective if you are not applying enough, which is a common mistake. The recommendation is at least one ounce (about a shot glass worth) to all exposed areas of the body and reapply every 2 hours to maintain protection. If you are swimming or sweating excessively, you should reapply even sooner. That amount of sunscreen application can be tough when you are on the go!

Lastly, most sunscreen products are only good for 2-3 years, and those that have been exposed to extreme heat conditions (e.g. your car's glovebox) can become less effective. So, make sure you are not using that BB cream from 4 years ago that you got on sale at Target, it likely is not providing the same protection it once did.

Read the rest of the article discussing 'covering up' here



DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dana Shanis M.D. is available for Juvederm and Voluma injections. She has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. 

Catherine McGinty MSN, FNP-BC,  is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections. For more information on Catherine McGinty, click here

Allison AndrewsWHNP, is a board certified women's health nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections. For more information on Allison Andrews, click here

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

Fillers: 12:30pm-6pm
Botox: 4pm-8pm


Join us in welcoming our new dietitian... 

Beth Auguste MS RDN CSOWM

Beth is a certified board specialist in obesity and weight management and is a certified personal trainer. Beth has over 10 years of experience working in the health and wellness field. She has helped people to address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight management, food intolerances, GI disorders, diet during cancer treatment, and general health and disease prevention. She believes that the food a person chooses to eat can make a big impact on both their physical and emotional health. 

At this time, Beth is only accepting self pay patients
 at a discounted rate.

Initial visit: $80
Follow-up: $50
Beth has availability on  Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's.

We are so excited to announce our new partner...


offering our members...

10% OFF 

Train and Nourish helps people learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, get in the best shape of their lives and accomplish the health goals they've set for themselves. This is done through online personal training and meal planning programs for the gym and at home, all customized and unique to the individual based on an initial screening. Private in person training is also offered if local to Philadelphia.

Click here for more information.

As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk(s) we will be attending:

Run For Rhinos
June 3rd, 2018
Starts 8:15am
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 M Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Run/Walk For Mental Health
June 8th, 2018
Run starts @ 6am, Walk starts @ 6:30
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA
Hot Trot 5k
June 23rd, 2018
Starts @ 7am
Eakins Oval
2400 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upon your request, the Aestheticians at the DermaCenter are now accepting gratuity through Venmo.

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