holiday facialThe holidays are here and everyone wants to put their best face forward as they see family and friends.  Besides getting older and the cold weather, too much food and alcohol can wreak havoc on the skin.  Dr. Rabkin offers these five skincare tips and product recommendations for a glowing complexion.

“A beautiful complexion helps people look younger and feel more confident,” said Dr. Rabkin.  Following a good skincare regimen will help people look radiant this holiday season.”

5 Skincare Tips for a Glowing Complexion This Holiday Season

Tip 1 – To look perfect for a party, try an oxygenated facial the week before.  This gives the skin a smooth and moisturized appearance, helping with the way make-up looks on.


Tip 2 – A few days before an event, try a mask containing Lactic Acid, which will provide moisture to the skin and brighten your complexion. Dr. Rabkin recommends Environ’s Intensive Revival Masque, which is sold in the dermatologist’s office or medical spa.


Tip 3 – Too many late nights and champagne can take a toll on the eyes, creating a puffy, tired appearance.  Drinking plenty of water and getting sufficient sleep is important.  Also, applying an eye cream containing caffeine can help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, thus reducing puffiness and dark circles.  Dr. Rabkin recommends Darphin Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel, which can be found in many department stores.


Tip 4 – Add a serum containing Hyaluronic Acid to your skincare regimen.  This substance is one of the most water-loving molecules in nature and acts as super moisturizer when applied to our skin.  Dr. Rabkin recommends Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler, which is sold in local spas.


Tip 5 – Don’t forget the lips. During the winter months our lips get chapped and dry from lack of moisture.  Lipstick just does not apply evenly on winter lips unless you take extra care to exfoliate and moisturize.  Dr. Rabkin recommends The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, which can be found in department stores, and Fresh Lip Balm, which can be found at Sephora.

Why Voluma?

Face to Face with Dr. Rabkin

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Hayaluronic acid fillers have been the mainstay of facial rejuvenation for over a decade. They are used to produce immediate reduction of folds and wrinkles and restore age related loss of facial volume. Other uses include contouring of facial features, such as in chin augmentation and liquid rhinoplasty. Non­surgical liquid face lift incorporates the use of these fillers.

Latest addition to the family of these fillers is Juvederm Voluma XC by Allergen. It has been used in Europe for many years and has been approved by FDA in December of 2013. Voluma differs from other fillers. It’s more viscous (thicker), lasts up to 2 years (as opposed to 9-­12 months), requires great injector expertise and is somewhat more expensive than other fillers. The cost is offset by its longevity.

Voluma XC is best administered with an advanced injection technique utilizing micro-cannulas. This essentially allows for avoidance of bruising, pain, or swelling. The results are immediate and produce a volumizing, lifting effect of the entire face. Round contours and elevation of cheekbones creates a youthful, natural and attractive appearance. Procedure is virtually painless when using micro­cannulas and topical anesthetics. Voluma XC also comes pre­mixed with an anesthetic to further decrease any discomfort.

Voluma XC is a great product to be used for facial rejuvenation. When combined with other minimally invasive facial, age reversing modalities in a properly selected patient to produce immediate, relatively long­lasting (up to 2 years) beautiful results. The goal is a subtle, natural, painless, bruise­less outcome. Only a trained cosmetic, plastic reconstructive surgeon, who is an expert injector, should be offering Voluma to his or her patients. Generally, volume restoration provides a more youthful look than a surgical face lift or blepharoplasty because it recreates natural contours that we associate with a youthful face.