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September is Healthy Aging Month – How Do You Age Beautifully?

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You can’t help getting older – it’s a fact of life. But you certainly can take control of how you age. And today, Baby Boomers in or eyeing retirement and Generation Xers hitting their mid-40s are choosing to age beautifully.

To that end, Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine created an annual campaign that recognizes September as Healthy Aging Month and celebrates all the ways that people today are debunking the woe-is-me perceptions of what getting older means and instead embracing their years. Here’s how you can do it, too:

  1. Stop acting your age: Many publications, and perhaps well-meaning friends, love to load you down with lists of what’s supposedly appropriate – or not – for people over 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. They’ll tell you what and what not to wear, how and how not to style your hair, how to now hot to behave. Forget it! Wear the short skirt, dye your hair that shocking shade of pink, laugh out loud and be the first on the dance floor. Live life the way you want.
  2. Stop sweating the small stuff: By now, you’ve learned that the small stuff tends to work itself out. And anyway, all that stress only serves to age your skin long before it’s time. Focus on your biggest, newest, most exiting goals and surround yourself with positive people who enjoy life as much as you do.
  3. Get moving: Though the earlier you begin a regular exercise routine, the better, it’s never too late. Consult your doctor if necessary, but commit to some amount of heart-revving, fun, physical activity daily. A walk outside is a great way to start and you may even meet a few new friends while you’re out and about.
  4. Fall in love again: Alone and longing for a new companion? Don’t let your own negative perceptions of or fears about age keep you from putting yourself out there. Seek opportunities to connect with other singles your age and take a chance. Still with a longtime spouse or significant other? Find ways to rekindle the fire that first attracted you.
  5. Try something new: Volunteer for a cause that piques your interest; go back to school; take a dance, art or music class; visit a new city, state or country; adopt a pet – the ways to experience something or someone new are endless and help to keep you feeling, acting and looking young.

Speaking of looking young, Metropolitan Dermatology can help assure that your outside beautifully reflects how you feel on the inside. Visit your nearest location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island to learn about all the youth-restoring cosmetic dermatology services we offer and find out which are best for you.

 

Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of common preventable health problems that America’s men and boys face. And a few of those issues begin with your skin. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips for protecting your skin’s health and putting your best face forward.

  • Be sun-smart: Each year, some 47,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma. Upward of 6,750 of them will die. Minimize your exposure to the sun and, when you do venture out, don protective clothing, caps and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunscreen daily. Also, schedule regular skin cancer screenings and keep an eye out for skin spots with irregular borders, asymmetrical shapes or changing shapes and colors – all potential indicators of melanoma.
  • Take a proactive approach to anti-aging: Men increasingly are opting for cosmetic procedures once nearly exclusively the domain of women. These include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Botox injections and dermal fillers. In fact, according to the latest statistics, more than 385,000 Botox procedures are administered to male patients each year.
  • Adopt a routine: Ditch the ultimately drying bar of soap, opting instead for top-shelf skincare products tailored specifically for the unique needs of men’s skin. Choose a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Find out exactly what your skin needs with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

 

Three Ways to Get Sensational Skin This Spring

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Spring is officially here. As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s likely your calendar is filling up with fun-in-the-sun events such as days at the shore with friends, browsing the boardwalk shops and attending springtime outdoor weddings. Make sure you’re ready with smooth, healthy and glowing skin. Here’s how…

  1. Get a chemical peel: This noninvasive treatment goes back to ancient times and remains one of the most effective and popular options for smoothing wrinkles; reducing the appearance of acne scars, sun spots and age spots; and improving the skin’s overall texture and appearance.
  2. Undergo laser hair removal: Those short, strappy, skin-baring sundresses are the perfect look for sultry, sunny days. Laser hair removal assures your legs and underarms are smooth and hair-free. And because effects can become permanent after a series of treatments, you’ll get to spend less time primping and more time enjoying all fun the spring and summer seasons have to offer.
  3. Consider sclerotherapy: One factor that can mar the look of your legs is the development of spider veins and varicose veins. Don’t let them cause you to forego swimsuits, shorts and sundresses out of embarrassment over the look of your legs. Sclerotherapy can help to eliminate unsightly spider and varicose veins and minimize the pain and discomfort associated with them.

Ready to rev up your springtime look? Call today to schedule a visit at one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s multiple locations in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

Seven Sumptuous Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a day designed for lovers to indulge in a little romance. But whether you’re attached or single, it’s also a great day to indulge in a little quality me time, too. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these 10 top tips for showing your skin some love on Valentine’s Day and every day.

  1. Break up with stress: Prolonged stress can not only cause premature wrinkling, but also trigger an array of skincare issues such as psoriasis, rosacea and acne.
  2. Kick bad habits to the curb: Smoking and overdoing it with the cocktails both can sap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, ashen or sallow in color and prone to forming lines and wrinkles.
  3. Get physical: Regular workouts and other physical activity can boost the blood flow, increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to your dermal cells, keeping your skin healthy, rosy and vibrant.
  4. Drink up: Some 70 percent of your body is comprised of water, but that amount can diminish as you age. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep skin plump and smooth, plus flush toxins to keep it healthy.
  5. Sweeten your sleep: Skimping on sleep can do a number on your complexion. Turn your bedroom into a peaceful place and make sure to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted rest nightly to rejuvenate your skin, body and mind.
  6. Hold out for the good stuff: Skip cheap discount store skincare and cosmetic products, opting instead for high-quality options offered or recommended by skincare professionals.
  7. Pamper yourself: Make a long-term commitment to beautiful skin with regular treatments including chemical peels, IPL Photofacials and microdermabrasion.

Ready to declare your love for healthy, smooth, younger-looking skin? Schedule a consultation with a skincare professional at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location.

Give Yourself the Gift of Beauty this Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season for giving. And undoubtedly, you’re already busily shopping for and wrapping gifts carefully chosen for the ones you love. But the holidays can prove stressful. And study after study after study shows that giving yourself a little love goes a long way in ensuring a healthy body and radiant complexion. To that end, Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few top ways to pamper yourself during the festive season.

  • Botox: By far the most popular and trusted way to soften forehead lines and minimize crow’s feet.
  • Dermal fillers: A top option for plumper lips, fuller cheeks, a stronger chin line and an overall younger, more relaxed look.
  • Chemical peel: A modernized version of a centuries-old treatment for smoothing wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and spots, and improving the skin’s overall texture.
  • IPL Photofacial: A unique procedure that harnesses the power of highly -focused, broad-spectrum light pulses to even out skin tone, minimize pores, smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production for a firmer, more youthful look.
  • Laser hair removal: After all, sweater and boot season soon will give way to bikini and sandal season. You’ll want to be ready with smooth, hair-free legs and underarms.

Give yourself the gift of beauty this holiday season by scheduling a skincare consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Five Recommended Tweaks to Amp Up Your Fall Skincare Routine

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As the hot summer months give way to crisp, cool autumn days, no doubt you’re enjoying pulling out your cozy sweaters and fashionable boots. But don’t stop there. While donning your fall attire, refining your seasonal skincare routine is another beauty must. Here are five recommendations from Metropolitan Dermatology:

  1. Humidify and hydrate: Cool temperatures can sap moisture out the air in your home – and out of your skin. Protect your skin from drying out by using a high-quality indoor humidifier to help keep the air moist. If you don’t have one, take the DIY route of placing a bowl of water on your nightstand, letting it evaporate nearby as you sleep. Be sure to hydrate from the inside as well, drinking plenty of clean water throughout the day.
  2. Switch cleansers: Purifying cleansers or gels are great for clearing away the sweat and grime of a hot summer day. But when the temperatures begin to drop, so do your skin’s moisture and oil levels. Summertime cleansing formulas can further strip away beneficial oil and moisture, leaving your complexion ashen and dry. Switch instead to a cream-based or soapless cleanser.
  3. Layer on the thickness: Fall attire means a layered look involving thicker fabrics, and that approach is great for your skin, too. Lightweight moisturizers that work beautifully during the hot summer simply won’t hold up to the cold, windy temperatures. Choose a thicker moisturizer for the fall and winter months. If you have especially dry skin, layer on the protection by applying a few drops of a high-quality facial oil followed by a moisturizing cream.
  4. Shower smart: Long, steamy showers are tempting on a cold day. Unfortunately, they’re also incredibly drying to your skin. Stick to shorter showers with lukewarm water and consider installing a shower filter if you have hard water or if your skin is particularly sensitive.
  5. Feed your face: Just the thought of the coming Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas feasts make us crave high-calorie comfort foods. Indulge wisely, but be sure to include skin-healthy treats like fresh vegetables and unsalted nuts.

Of course, the advent of fall also is a great time for beauty-boosting treatments like chemical peels and IPL Photofacials. Get your complexion ready for the holiday party season with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Six Preventable Causes of Premature Aging

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Facial aging is a top concern among both women and men. But it’s not just the years that add lines and wrinkles and folds to your look. A range of other factors can do damage to your complexion. But there’s good news. Most of these factors are choices we make daily, which means their aging effects are preventable.

Six of the top preventable facial aging factors are:

  1. Sun exposure: Upward of 70 percent of the skin aging process depends on the amount of sunlight our skin is exposed to throughout our life. Solar radiation accelerates destruction of collagen, the connective tissue that helps keep skin taught and smooth.
  2. Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can sap your blood’s levels of vitamin C, which is a key component in the body’s production of collagen fibers.
  3. A poor diet: Adopt a nutritional diet that’s low in sugar and high in protein and antioxidants. Sugar can cause your skin’s connective tissues to lose elasticity, while protein helps to boost production of protein structures such as hyaluronic acid and collagen and elastin fibers. Fruits and vegetables are the top source of antioxidants.
  4. Stress: Prolonged periods of emotional stress can boost your body’s secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones accelerate multiple aging processes including connective tissue damage and osteoporotic processes that damage bone density and cause changes in bone structure.
  5. Sleep deprivation: During deep sleep stage, the pituitary gland in your brain secretes growth hormone which aids in the constant renewal of various body and skin tissues.
  6. Alcohol: Having a few too many cocktails can sap the body of hydration, making it much more prone to wrinkling. Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A which is essential for cell renewal and turnover.

To help keep your skin looking young and vibrant, adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle and treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location to schedule a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or IPL Photofacial.

How Stress Affects Your Skin

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the health effects of stress and teach successful coping strategies. It’s a great time to learn just how everyday stress can take its toll on your skin, say skincare specialists with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Stress can be a primary trigger for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, fever blisters and cold sores in part because it saps your body’s immune system. Plus stress-induced habits can affect your skin’s look and health. For instance, frowning and furrowing your brow can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. And rubbing, scratching or biting your fingers or lip can cause skin damage and make you all the more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Of utmost concern, studies have shown that chronic stress can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and can cause cancer cells to spread at a faster rate.

To help prevent stress from leaving its mark on your complexion, adopt and maintain a daily skincare regimen using high-quality products, including a high-SPF sunscreen. Get plenty of exercise and adequate rest each day. Learn to prioritize and delegate tasks and be adamant about taking time for yourself regularly.

Also, invest in taking care of your skin beyond your daily routine with customized services like chemical peels or microdermabrasion. And if stress already has marred your look, corrective services like IPL photofacials or Botox injections can help restore a youthful, rejuvenated look. Visit the Metropolitan Dermatology website to schedule a consultation.

Why More Men are Choosing Cosmetic Procedures

Men increasingly are opting for the same cosmetic procedures that women have loved for years.

Men increasingly are opting for the same cosmetic procedures that women have loved for years.

Cosmetic procedures have long been considered a woman’s thing. Not anymore. Today, men increasingly are opting for many of the same aesthetic and youth-preserving procedures that women undergo every day. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, statistics show that men account for eight percent of the non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2013.

Here are the top aesthetic procedures that men are choosing more and more frequently:

  1. Botox – 385,358 procedures
  2. Laser hair removal – 190,546 procedures
  3. Microdermabrasion – 178,410 procedures
  4. Dermal fillers – 95,361 procedures
  5. Chemical peel – 94,625 procedures

So what’s pushing this male-centric trend? A top factor is recent economic troubles that have made competition for good jobs tougher. Mature men often feel they’re at a disadvantage when competing for positions and promotions against much younger candidates, particularly as older workers increasingly are delaying retirement. Cosmetic procedures that effectively shave years off a man’s looks their looks can help level the playing field.

Plus, today’s Americans are far more health conscious and physically active than in generations before. Not only are we living longer, but many men and women feel far younger than their actual ages. Cosmetic procedures like those listed above can help close the gap between the age a man is and the age he feels. Finally, changing attitudes have made undergoing cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures far more socially acceptable for men today than in the past.

If you’re a guy who wants to look as young and energetic as you feel, contact Metropolitan Dermatology for a consultation. Call the Clark location at 732-574-1399; the Kearny location at 201-997-8008; or the Teaneck location at 201-837-3939.

Six Signs of Sun Damage

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Springtime is here and summertime is right around the corner. While you’re no doubt anticipating some fun in the sun as the temperatures rise, know that over-exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can lead to a myriad of health and beauty issues. Cellular damage, premature wrinkling, age spots and skin cancer all are results of failing to adequately protect your skin.

Unfortunately, many people either are unaware of the signs of sun over-exposure or simply fail to take them as seriously as they should. Do you know the signs of sun damage? New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tell-tale tips:

  • Sun tan: That gorgeous golden glow actually is the result of injury to the skin’s upper layer that can accelerate aging and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. Don’t be fooled by the popular argument that a mild “base” tan can be healthy or protect your skin from sunburn on your next outing. Truth is, UV damage to your skin can happen in minutes and have a cumulative effect.
  • Sunburn: Sunburns actually are first- or second-degree burns to your skin. First-degree sunburns are characterized by redness of the skin, heat to the touch and mild pain that goes away within a few days. But if you experience a deeper redness and blistered skin, you’ve got a second-degree burn that may require medical treatment.
  • Wrinkles: Over time, the Sun’s UV rays can cause a cumulative breakdown of elastin, the fibers that hold your skin’s layers taught and smooth. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of the signs of aging in adult skin is are direct results of suntans or sunburns experienced before age 18.
  • Skin tone changes: Those varied patches of light and dark skin signify changes in the skin’s pigmentation. Persistent redness may be a sign of sun damage to your small blood vessels and, unfortunately, that damage typically is permanent.
  • Freckles: They may be cute and they’re generally harmless, even if they increase in number with continued sun exposure. But if one of them changes in size, shape or color or becomes painful, it may not be a freckle at all. Instead, it could be an early cancer. You’re particularly at risk if that cancer turns out to be melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin disease.
  • Farmer’s lip: That persistent dryness and cracking of the lips calls for much more than a little ChapStick. Known informally as “farmer’s lip,” it’s actually a precancerous condition called actinic cheilitis. Other signs include swelling, loss of the sharp border between the lip and skin, and prominent lip lines.

Protect your skin by minimizing your time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and applying a high-SPF sunscreen every time you venture out into the sunshine. If you already see signs of sun-induced aging in your skin, consider an IPL photofacial or microdermabrasion. And if you any suspicion of cancer, get a melanoma screening immediately. Call New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939 to schedule a consultation today.


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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location coming in early 2017

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ