• Hair, face and nails are the big three of most women’s beauty routines.  They tend to forget other areas that make a big impact on overall appearance and beauty.  Here are a few forgotten areas I often remind my patients to spend time on:

    Eyelashes

    Many women focus on improving lines, circles and bags but they forget their eyelashes. Thinning eyelashes are a natural part of the aging process.  Longer, darker, fuller lashes frame the eyes and give lift, youth and beauty to the face. I encourage my patients to consider a safe, prescription product like Latisse which will show thicker, darker, longer lashes in about 16 weeks. Even without ANY makeup, long dark eyelashes add beauty and youth. Note: At a recent conference, a colleague was showing before and after photos of eyes only after having had surgery, or Botox or filler. She showed one before/after photo which was impressive. It was a patient that had done nothing more than use Latisse.

    Scalp

    We focus on our hair but forget that our scalp is an extension of facial skin. It needs to be nourished so that the hair is healthy, strong and beautiful. A beautiful blow-out is nothing if the scalp is dry. I remind everyone to do an annual deep conditioning treatment that nourishes scalp AND hair. Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Damage & Color Repair Deep Nourishing Treatment Mask is the product I recommend.  Massage it in with your fingertips and pull your hair in a ponytail. Let it absorb and do its magic.

    Elbows

    When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we almost never really “see” the elbows but they can certainly give away our age. They can appear crepey, dark and loose.   Be generous and “share” some of your retinol or antioxidant cream from your facial regimen with your elbows after exfoliating.  My favorite products for this include Vaseline, Caress Shimmering Body Lotion and AmLactin. And while you are at it, don’t forget your knees.

    Ears 

    They are very often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. They are thin skinned and can show the same signs of aging as your face!  Earlobes can sag. The skin can become spotted and most importantly, they are at high risk for skin cancer. The best approach is to keep them covered but if that isn’t possible, I’d recommend frequent application of a sunscreen like Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector SPF 50.

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    Article by: Dr. Francesca Fusco

    Dr. Francesca Fusco has been practicing medical and cosmetic dermatology in New York since 1989. Her approach is based on a philosophy that with early intervention and non-invasive treatments, her patients can delay or even avoid plastic surgery. Dr. Fusco is among the leading expert in the field of dermatology and dermatologic surgery including state-of-the art cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Fusco is an author of a chapter entitled “Nonoperative Techniques for Facial Rejuvenation” in Clinics in Plastic Surgery, co-author of a variety of medical publications and an editorial contributor for Women’s Health, Dr. Fusco is also an expert resource for the television media community. Her guest appearances include CNN, Eyewitness News, CBS News, Fox News 5 and The Today Show.
    Dr. Fusco received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1985, completed an internship in pediatrics at the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City, followed by a three-year residency in dermatology in which she served as Chief Resident in her third year. Dr. Fusco is an associate member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. http://wexlerdermatology.com/meet-our-experts/francesca-fusco

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