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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted April 19, 2017 in BOTOX® Cosmetic, Injectable Fillers

Woman Smiling Holding Easter EggsSpring is in the air, which means the weather is going to start heating up. As the sun comes out, it is important to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Sticking to a healthy skin care regimen can help to prevent sun spots, fines lines, and wrinkles. It is never too late to practice healthy skin care habits. Even though we can’t halt the aging process, we can slow it down with an everyday skin care regimen.  

The Do’s and Don’ts of Skin Care

Here are some helpful summer skin care do’s and don’ts everyone should try to follow to maintain healthy skin and inhibit the development of signs of aging.

DO wear sunscreen. Applying sunscreen daily, even on cold days, helps to fight off the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. DO get plenty of sleep. Everyone has heard of the term “beauty sleep,” and the term carries meaning. Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep allows the skin to freshen and repair any damaged skin cells overnight.
DO eat healthy food. An unhealthy diet contributes to breakouts, inflammation, and collagen loss. It is of particular importance to avoid the excessive use of alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes. DO moisturize daily. Keeping the skin hydrated is important. Applying a moisturizer daily and drinking plenty of water will help maintain a healthy complexion and flush toxins out.
DON’T touch the face. The more you touch your face, the more problems arise. By touching the face too often, you are exposing your skin to dirt and toxins that induce breakouts and blemishes. DON’T take scalding hot showers. Water that is too hot can strip the skin of its natural oils and proteins that help keep it healthy. This dries out the skin and deprives it of necessary protection.

When Daily Skin Care Is Not Enough

Following a healthy skin care regimen is important to hinder the aging process. However, some skin problems may need more than over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Taranow offers a variety of injectables and facial fillers designed to correct aged skin, such as:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: This injectable contains botulinum toxin type A that inhibits the facial muscles from constricting in order to smooth fine lines such as crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic last three to six months.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC: This hyaluronic acid filler helps restore volume in the cheeks. The results can last up to one year.
  • JUVÉDERM®: This hyaluronic acid filler can help smooth facial creases on the cheeks and around the mouth (marionette lines). The results of JUVÉDERM® last six to nine months.
  • RADIESSE®: This volumizing filler is made of calcium-based microspheres that act as a scaffold under the skin to provide support and stimulate collagen growth. The effects can last one year or more.

To learn more about how you can maintain healthy skin and more information on our cosmetic procedures, schedule your consultation with Dr. Taranow today! He is a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you to achieve a more youthful appearance. Contact us by calling (212) 772-2100 or by filling out our online contact form.