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New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care

Technically speaking, spring begins this year on March 20th. Although for some of us in the northeast who are continuing to dig out from the remnants of winter storm Stella; the rest of nature is beginning to awaken from winter’s hibernation. New Awakening – Men’s Spring Skin Care.

Lawrence Jaeger of Advanced Dermatology Associates provides men skin care tips to renew your best self – spring forward to younger, healthier skin care regimen to take you through the spring and the summer months. Real men take care of their skin. ‘

Ladies, no worry. We have you covered already in our previous blog: “Renewing Your Best Skin – Springing Forward

Here’s our guide to a “New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care.”

Spring Forward – New Awakening: Men Spring Skin Care

“Winter’s end is here. The last few month have been cold, dry winter air, which is harsh on the skin. As the temperatures start to rise, removing dead cells can renew and refresh your skin for spring and the summer months ahead” – Lawrence Jaeger, NYC Dermatologist.

New Awakening - Men Spring Skin Care Tips

Seek out a dermatologist: Advanced Dermatology Treatments.

A dermatologist can help you understand how your skin is aging and help guide you to the best ingredients, products and procedures to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s healthiest best for years to come.

Also, if you have any risk factors for skin cancer, or if you have a high degree of sun exposure, you should see your dermatologist regularly. A dermatologist will be able to perform screenings and tests that can diagnose any problems, and the dermatologist can help recommend treatment to maximize your skin health.

Microdermabrasion was developed to treat acne and minimize acne scarring, as well as to minimize pox marks, wrinkles, age spots, or other scarring. During the procedure, a dermatologist uses a small, handheld tool to exfoliate your skin, revealing the newer, smoother layer of skin beneath. It is a safe and painless treatment with minimal side effects.

Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of dull skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, and even sun damage.

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines & restore volume or fullness in the face. Therefore injections and fillers are also highly encouraged during this spring period.

Chemical peels, botox, or laser skin treatments – all additional dermal treatments which can be used help to slow down the effects of aging. These advanced dermatological injections provide long-lasting results and can be administered in your dermatology office, including in one single visit.

Men’s Skin Protection – Spring & Summer Months

Daily use of sunscreen must be a priority; especially if you work or spend more than two hours a day outside.Sunscreen is still your best resource in the next months.

Even in the spring, the sun’s rays can be harmful. In fact, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is the greatest in North America during the late spring and early summer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally all skin has been covered up by clothing or materials which have shielded it from the skin. Therefore, you skin is even more susceptible to sun damage during the warmer and sunnier months.

Remember most moisturizers with sunscreen aren’t water-resistant, so you can’t rely on them to protect your face or body if you swim or sweat. Some aren’t broad spectrum sunscreens either, so they don’t shield you from ultraviolet A rays, the kind that can cause aging and skin damage. The bottom line is that everyone, even those with darker skin, should use sunscreen when they’re out in the sun for any length of time.

Sun Protection - Men Spring Skin Care

Sunscreen protection - Men Spring Skin Care

  • – When you go out, dress appropriately. Sunscreen is just one part of a smart sun protection program.
  • – Cover up with a long-sleeved shirt or light jacket to protect your arms and a hat to protect your face and neck.
    Remember sunscreen on cool and overcast days. Clouds expose a lot of UV rays; up to 80 percent of them reach the earth.
    Be Prepared.
  • – Apply sunscreen to exposed areas—face, ears, back of the neck, and hands—15 to 30 minutes before you go out to give it time to start working. And reapply sunscreen every two hours, if you’ll be outside that long.

Men need to moisturize too: It’s about hydration.

Just as your body requires more water, so does your skin.

During the spring and summer, you need hydration. Higher temperatures result in oilier skin for everyone. Since there’s humidity in the air, a heavy moisturizer isn’t necessary. Therefore, use a lighter moisturizer during spring and summer months.

So, lotion up: While your skin does get a dose of hydration from the warmer climate, sweat and sun exposure actually dehydrate the skin, so lotion is still necessary. Remember to apply the cream to your hands and nails as well as the rest of your body – these areas are often easily overlooked!

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Re-fresh the medicine cabinet: Update old skin care products.

Toss and purge old cosmetics and skin care products. These products have a shelf life. Old, outdated products can harbor bacteria and lose their effectiveness.

Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:

  • – Anything past the expiration date
  • – Products that appear dry or crusty
  • – Anything that has changed consistency, color, or smell
  • – Anything with an SPF older than one year (SPF loses its effectiveness over time and it’s just not worth the risk.)

Toss your old razors and blades.

Think that having a bad pimple is painful? There’s more threatening issues others than razor bumps or pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Ever considered that you could possible become infected by a deadly form of a staph infection known as MRSA as a result of your breakout from the result of using old and dull razors, blades and clippers.

Therefore, throwing out and replacing those old or dull blades is extremely important and sanitary for your health.

New Awakening - Men Spring Skin Care Morning Routine

 

New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care

Again these are just some general skin care tips on how to maintain the best men’s skin care regimen for the spring and summer months. In order to achieve your optimum health – schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist office to develop a personal regimen based on your needs. New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care.

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Comparing Skin Treatments

Comparing Skin Facial Treatments

Skin resurfacing treatments help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin to reveal younger, vibrant looking skin beneath -simply by encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth.

Skin rejuvenation is anything that makes the skin look better — skincare products, treatments or in-office procedures.

The Glowing Differences:

Skin Rejuvenation & Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing is simply a method of reviving (simply rejuvenating) the top layer of damaged skin. Skin resurfacing can be achieved in a host of methods. Lasers, acids or other means are the more common methods used to remove damaged cells on the skin’s surface.

“When it comes to skin treatments, there’s lots of good news in therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, adjunct professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

A growing population of healthy, active older women who want to look as young as they feel has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are more subtle and have much shorter recovery times than face-lifts.

Always consult a dermatologist to weigh the possible risks and explore your benefits from the best available treatments.

Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, so cost might also be an important factor in choosing your skin rejuvenation procedure.

The Most Common Skin Rejuvenation Procedures.

The following are several often-used techniques to remove fine wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, and other imperfections.

Botox.

Microdermabrasion.

Injections of botulinum toxin — a category that includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin — are relatively affordable, have very few risks, and require no recovery time. And they’re quite effective at temporarily smoothing a wrinkled face, brow, or neck.

In this procedure, the doctor or aesthetician sands an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, and no recovery time is needed.

Soft tissue fillers

Injections of soft-tissue fillers under the skin can add height to cheekbones, improve the jawline, diminish acne or surgical scars, restore fullness to hollow cheeks and eyes, fill fine vertical lines, re-sculpt lips, and fill in nasolabial folds (the deep lines that run from the outside of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads of solid materials suspended in gel. The gel is absorbed over time, and the beads form a scaffold for collagen growth.

Spring 2017 Internship: Integrated/SEO Marketing

Spring Summer 2017 Internship- We're Hiring NYC

Spring & Summer 2017 Internship Overview

Our spring & summer 2017 internships are designed to provide meaningful work and life experiences. Interns are selected by the mentoring professionals after a careful review of their complete application. An extensive interview will be held before you arrive to ensure the placement is right for you and provides the experience you expect.

Depending on your chosen field, you will spend eight (8) – twelve (12) fascinating weeks working in an office, lab, or clinic.

Submit your transcripts and necessary supporting documents to info@adv-derm.com | Attention: Internship.

A team member will work with you on finding the ideal placement for you. You will be notified of your internship workplace as soon as you are placed.

Spring Summer 2017 Internship- Digital Marketing

Spring 2017  – Integrated/SEO Marketing Internship

You will have an opportunity to work on dermatological products and related medical/health care brands. This internship will work directly with the integrated marketing team to gain and offer experience in digital, social, channel, and search and content, partnership marketing. The candidate will have heavy involvement in competitive/industry, auditing and analysis of the brand, managing campaigns for asset trafficking, keyword and search.

  1. 1. Work cross functionally with web, media, and social/content teams to optimize content for our prospect base
  2. 2. Search Engine Optimization focused strategies (Digital Strategies adhering to Integrated marketing concepts)
  3. 3. Support current/past marketing campaigns including, e-Newsletters, marketing visual, co-branding one-pagers, marketing/content blogs, visuals
  4. 4. Dive into program reporting and analytics to make business recommendations for improved campaign performance (optimization areas)

Required Skills and Experience:

  • – Rising Seniors or students currently enrolled in an accredited university majoring in Marketing, Communication or relevant Science/Technical majors; MBA welcomed too.
  • – Strong in analytical or technical
  • – Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • – Software skills strongly preferred: Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Google Enterprise
  • – Familiarity with automation platforms.
  • – Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • – Exquisite presentation skills; Exceptional organizational skills
  • – Desire to work in a fast paced environment while handling multiple projects
  • – Interest in dermatology, medical/healthcare, and proficient in social media.
  • – Content creators and/or visual programmers or coders; are bonus talents.
  • – Detail-oriented approach to everything
  • – Talent for effectively interacting with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • – Ability to follow directives

Internship Location:

Midtown, New York 10019: (6-8 weeks) Unpaid Internship with Bonus/Perks & Credit potential.

To Apply: Spring Summer 2017 Internship

Submit resumes, portfolios & transcript: info@adv-derm.com

To the Attention: Corey Chambers, Strategist


Dr. Lawrence D. Jaeger is an expert Medical, Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatologist with over 25 years experience treating patients suffering from a wide range of Dermatological conditions, skin diseases and growths. Visit www.lawrencejaeger.com.

Dr. Lawrence is the Medical Director of both, Advanced Dermatology Associates, a network of Dermatology treatment centers in New York City. Since 1991, Advanced Dermatology Associated has grown to become the largest privately owned practice New York City with locations in the Bronx. Visit www.adv-derm.com or call (212) 262-2500.

Central Park Medical Associates, is a private and confidential STD testing and treatment facility. Located at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107 in Columbus Circle – Central Park Medical Associates is highly esteemed for its reliability and accuracy regarding same-day std test results. Visit www.centralparkmedicalassociates.com or call (212) 246-0800.

#NewYearNewYou – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

New Year – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

You’re in good health. You physically feel fine.

No colds and other medical ailments to date.

So, why should you see a doctor and/or specialist for annual check-up, testings or screenings? 

Getting annual check-ups, testings and/or screenings can inform, alert or provide insights of one’s health. Most people only have a test or screening if they have symptoms or risks factors. But in short, some medical issues come with little to no symptoms, while others can lay dormant and quiet for years without any precursors. For example, some common medical conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes come with little to no signs or warnings, but usually made aware out of the result of another compromising factor.

However, other more pressing medical conditions such as HPV, skin & melanoma and cancers can linger for any duration of period within the body and without warnings.The key with managing these and many other diseases and conditions is to catch them early so they be managed and kept under control before they become serious threats to your health and well-being.

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Age, Gender & Extracurricular Factors Play Risks.

A lot of what happens during your annual physical will depend on your age, gender, medical history and risk factors. Your doctor will check the condition of your heart, lungs, circulatory system and auditory system. You may need blood tests as follow-up.

Are your immunizations up-to-date? Some vaccinations you had as a child may require boosters. Depending on your age, your doctor also may recommend you get vaccinated against shingles, hepatitis A and B, human papilloma virus and pneumonia.

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you be screened for Hepatitis C.

At your annual physical, your doctor also will check your height and weight and discuss lifestyle habits that can improve your health such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

Cancer Screenings are Vital.

In addition to your annual physical, it’s important you adhere to recommended cancer screenings for your age and gender. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening (total body examination by a doctor) to find skin cancers early for people who do not have a history of skin cancer and who do not have any suspicious moles or other spots. All others, report any unusual moles or changes in your skin to your doctor. Also talk to your doctor if you are at increased risk of skin cancer.

Each year more than a million people in the United States are diagnosed with the most common forms of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma — which together are known as non-melanoma skin cancers. Fortunately there are ways to detect most non-melanoma skin cancers early, when they are curable.

Genital human papilloma virus (HPV) is a very common virus. Some doctors think it’s almost as common as the cold virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that about 14 million people get a new HPV infection every year in the US. HPV vaccines can prevent infection with the types of HPV most likely to cause cancer and genital warts

  • – In women, the HPV test checks for the virus, not cell changes. The test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, with the same swab or a second swab. You won’t notice a difference in your exam if you have both tests. A Pap test plus an HPV test (called co-testing) is the preferred way to find early cervical cancers or pre-cancers in women 30 and older.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 30 to 65 have an HPV test with their Pap test (co-testing) every 5 years to test for cervical cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about co- testing. It’s also OK to continue just to have Pap tests every 3 years.
  • – Men are encouraged to have a prostate-specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam to look for early signs of prostate cancer.

Sexual Testing & STD/STI Screenings.

Young adults under 25 have the highest rates of STIs, but you can get an STI at any point of age. The most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis and genital, anal, or penile warts.

According to a latest studies which states that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the 50 to 70 age group have soared by 38% in the last three years.

STI is an infection that you get from another person during sexual activity. Often this means that the virus, parasite, or bacteria is living in your sexual partner’s semen or vaginal fluid and gets into your body through your vagina, the urethra of your penis, your anus, or your mouth, but some are transmitted through skin to skin contact.

STIs only show up on the tests a few weeks after a potential incident. This is because these tests often aren’t looking for the virus or bacteria in your body. Instead, they search for the antibodies your immune system has created to fight off the invading infection. It takes your body a few days to create these antibodies, which means it takes time for the test to pick up on them.

Each STI has a different lag time between when you get it and when it will show up on a test.

  • You can test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia in two weeks.
  • Syphilis can show up in one week or take three months to surface on a test.
  • HIV and Hepatitis B and C can show up as early as one month on a rapid test (the one that takes 20 minutes to get results), but in certain cases it can take six months to show.

Additional Health Tests & Procedures.

Some 30 million women in the United States have hereditary hair loss (compared with 50 million men), according to the American Academy of Dermatology, though that figure does not include the millions more who struggle with thinning hair because of pregnancy, menopause, stress and other health conditions.

Platelet-rich plasma showing promising results treating hair loss. The non-surgical procedure uses platelet-rich plasma known as PRP. PRP is taken directly from the patient’s blood, then placed in a machine where it spins and separates. The platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which help heal injuries. For years, platelet-rich plasma has been used to treat tendon injuries in famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Victor Cruz. But now, doctors are using the healing properties to help regrow hair.

  • -Studies show PRP works best in thinning hair.

  • PRP Patients can expect 25-25% more growth and increased thickness in existing hair after treatment.

Currently Advanced Dermatology Associates is offering Free PRP Hair Restoration Therapy Consultation at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107. To schedule your hair consultation, please contact: prp.advderm@gmail.com

The art of living your optimum health basically begins with the actions you’ve already embarked upon. Start living your best life today. The key to living your best life is being able to live knowingly in control of whatever condition of illness you may be facing. The sooner you can can take control and manage your medical being; the earlier you can become more successful at managing and keeping watch as they become serious threats to your health.

 

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Best Lip Relief – What’s On Your Lips.

Lip Relief – What do you reach for when your lips become chapped, dry and begin to experience cheilitis. Not sure which brand or product is best for your lip condition? By exploring the many options available to your troubling lip issues will you begin to take stronger returns for what’s on your lips and how you’re either helping or hurting those suckers in the end.

The Best Lip Relief: Lip Balm, Salves, Butters

Lip balm or lip salve:

Lip balm is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips of the mouth to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petroleum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol, salicylic acid, and sunscreens.

Dry lips are also caused due to dehydration. Lip balms are just intended to protect, moisturize, nourish, condition, and hydrate your lips. Lip balms are made to stop irritation of the lips by keeping them moist or hydrated. Lip balm may come in various forms such as small round tubs, jars, cylinders or twist up tubes. They may be applied using your fingers or directly from the packaging that it comes in.

Lip balms are most commonly made of beeswax or similar ingredients which form a protective layer over the skin and prevent loss of moisture. They basically seal in all the moisture to prevent dryness. A lip balm may be clear where it contains only the base ingredients or it may be tinted with a host of other ingredients.

Some lip balms are being made with SPF which means they give you an additional advantage of sun protection.

 

Lip Balm Tips (for selecting the best lip balms):

  • Avoid ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid. Some lip balms — typically those containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid — make the lips drier. “You have to apply more, and it becomes a vicious cycle,” Dr. Piliang says. “Sometimes these cause a tingling feeling when you apply them. They either cause irritation or remove outer layers of the skin. They exfoliate. Then you have less protection, and you’re more susceptible to environmental factors, so you have to apply more product. Avoid lip balms that contain those ingredients.”
  • Limit your use of lip balms containing scents or added flavoring. The chemicals in scents and added flavorings can irritate your skin or cause allergies. They dry out the skin and then it can feel more chapped.
  • Find lip balm that is at least SPF 30. Use lip gloss or lipstick that’s at least SPF30 — and use sunscreen on your lips when you’re at the pool or beach.
  • – Be cautious of those lip balms containing petroleum. As harmless and “normal” as it might seem, petroleum jelly and mineral oil, which are derived from oil refining, can possibly be contaminated with carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and 1,4-dioxane.

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Lip Butters:

Genuine lip butters will contain actual butters, like avocado butter, shea butter, olive butter. All these help to soften and nourish your skin. BEWARE – Cheap lip butters will often contain some form of petroleum as their ingredient. So try to stay away from these.

ChapStick:

ChapStick is just a brand name of lip balm manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and used in many countries worldwide. It is intended to help treat and prevent chapped lips. However, ChapStick is just a very popular brand of lip balm, and probably one of the most commonly used one, people have gotten familiar to calling every type of lip balm, “ChapStick” when it’s not always the case. ChapStick’s purpose is to prevent chapping.

Keep in mind that all chapsticks are lip balms; whereas all lip balms ARE NOT chapsticks.

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Keep These Factors In Mind When Shopping for Lip Balms…

  1. 1. Look for the seal. “The vague terms ‘green,’ ‘organic,’ ‘natural,’ and so forth are not regulated,”. Companies can slap those terms on any product, regardless of what’s inside. Instead, rely on seals signifying a product has been certified by an independent third party, such as the “USDA Organic” seal or the “Natural Products Association Certified” seal, “both of which restrict the use of unhealthy synthetic ingredients.”
  2. 2. Stick to beeswax: Pros: Beeswax works like petrolatum by creating a seal on your lips that protects them from air and other elements that can dry them out. Plus, it’s made by bees, so there’s no worry about depleting nonrenewable resources and there are no adverse health effects associated with licking too much beeswax off your lips.Cons:Due to the current decline of honeybees, beeswax-based lip balms may not be around for us to enjoy forever. Plus, the cost of the ingredient continue to raise the prices of lip products.
  3. 3. Make Your Own or DIY. If your lips are dry and you aren’t in the mood to hit the store, or you just prefer a DIY approach; use a little cooking oil to soothe an irritated pucker, “Any cooking oils will soothe chapping, including safflower, olive, sunflower, canola, and corn oils will help offer some moisture. Just don’t put any type of oil on sunburned skin. It can irritate and prolong the sensation of burning,” expresses Lawrence Jaeger, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates.

 

If You Have Chapped Lips,… 

  • – Don’t lick your lips. Sure, it’s tempting, because your saliva will immediately moisten your lips. But as soon as it dries, according to Wu, “things get even worse. It’ll dry them out even more.” The instant gratification just isn’t worth it. And as Fishman reminded us, “Your saliva was meant to digest food. That’s why it’s so drying to the lips.”
  • – If you can, steer clear of all “sticks.” Both matte and long-wear lipstick tend to dry out your lips. “Instead, use a creamy lip conditioner, it’s much less drying.” But the truth is, all balms or lipsticks that come in tubes contain waxes that tend to dry out your lips. You’ll be better off opting for an emollient ointment, which can be applied with the tips of your fingers with greater care and gentleness. Dragging a stick across your dry lips, especially one that’s not brand new, can only irritate the skin even further.
  • – Don’t pick your lips if they’re flakyPicking at them can trigger a cold sore or lead to bleeding. And all of that’s not just unsightly, it can be unhealthy, too, leading to serious infections.
  • – Don’t chew mint gum or use balms with mint, menthol or cinnamonYes, gum… and lip balms that share its common flavors. Cinnamon in particular is known to irritate lips. 

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Ten Anti-Aging Tips for 2017

Each year in January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.

See a better future for yourself in 2017. Start now by visualizing the life you want to experience later. 

Top Ten Anti-Aging Tips for 2017

Therefore as we prepare to turn the calendar to a new month and a new year; the urge to harness better control of one’s life always takes precedence during the last few weeks of the year. It’s apparent in everything from new year’s resolutions to gym & health or fitness commitments – all becoming the talk of the majority of conversations for the next 45 days and longer. So, if you’re like the rest of us who don’t necessarily gravitate to implementing new year’s resolutions but utilize each day as another tool to live your best life. Living a life of success in 2017 starts with taking the steps today and recognizing how those daily steps will help you reach the bigger end-goals next year.

Ten Anti-Aging Tips

Here are our 10 Anti-Aging Tips for 2017 to get you moving in the right direction for a new year, new start and beginning. The art is understanding that every day is a new beginning, and NOW, this very moment, is always a good time to start anew. Start by changing a few things now and you will begin to feel the difference over time.

10 Anti-Aging Tips for 2017

  1. 1. Eat Healthier. Nutrition is everything

  2. 2. Sleep/Rest is pivotal. Meditation too.

  3. 3. Protect Your Skin.

  4. 4. Develop an Exercise Regime.

  5. 5. Defy Time. (No Smoking & Drinking)

  6. 6. Cultivate Friendships (Create New Opportunities)

  7. 7. Help Others. Volunteer/Give, Donate.

  8. 8. Laugh More.

  9. 9. Learn More.

  10. 10. Develop a “No Fear – Mentality”

Eat Healthier. Nutrition is Everything.

Forget the food pyramid, meet the portion plate – You might remember the food pyramid from school. It featured 6 to 11 servings coming from grain, cereals, rice and pasta, followed by ever smaller quantities of vegetables, fruits, protein, dairy and, finally, fats, sweet and oils. But health officials have nixed the old food pyramid and instead now offer an easier visual guide: the portion plate. The portion plate is a plate with illustrated images showing how to balance fruits and veggies, proteins and grains at every meal.

Kids in school are learning about the portion plate, which suggests fruits and vegetables take up half of the plate. The remaining half should be split equally, with one quarter filled by proteins and the other taken up by whole grains. In addition to getting the balance right, filling a smaller plate is an easy way to begin to train yourself to eat the correct portion sizes. Keep in mind that one portion of meat, for example, is only about the size of a deck of cards. 

  • – Avoid processed foods in favor of those composed of raw ingredients.

  • – Replace those sugary and salty snacks with their healthier counterparts and reorganize your daily meal plan to include six small bites as opposed to three large eating sessions. This will keep your metabolism busy all day, give you energy, and keep pounds from piling on.

  • – Another easy trick is to avoid making sandwiches with two pieces of bread. Each piece of bread is a full serving of grains, so making half a sandwich instead of a whole sandwich can help save calories.

  • – Fight off disease, stress, and signs of aging by upping your intake of all-powerful antioxidants too.

Sleep/Rest is Pivotal. Meditation too.

Getting more sleep should be at the top of your resolution list. Although everyone loves a little R&R, sleep brings more benefits than just indulging in sweet dreams.
Adequate sleep—which equates to about seven hours a night, although most people think they can run on less—can help you manage your weight, improve your memory, live longer, and reduce stress. All those benefits just from catching enough zzz’s every night!

There are many things you can do to sleep more soundly this upcoming year, such as sleeping in a dark room, turning off electronics 30 minutes before bed, and getting a better pillow. If your circadian rhythm, the brain mechanism that manages your sleep and wake cycles, needs some re-tuning, try taking melatonin.

Protect Your Skin.

Yes, sunscreen is one huge area of emphasis or concern. But in this case, we’re referring to protecting the entire organism – your entire body. This ideally starts with having a current up-to-date diagnosis of knowing where your health issues, concerns and medical problems stand as as of date. Scheduling your yearly physicals, body examinations and sexual history/infection tests can all give you and your doctor the necessary information to help you develop a healthier lifestyle in 2017 with the best available care.

Lower your blood pressure. Cut your sodium intake. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 2,300 milligrams daily, which is about a teaspoon of salt. Some people—middle-aged and older adults, people with high blood pressure and African-Americans— need less than 1,500 milligrams per day, the AHA says.

You should visit your healthcare provider regularly, even if you feel healthy.

The purpose of these visits is to:

  • – Screen for medical issues

  • – Assess your risk of future medical problems

  • – Encourage a healthy lifestyle

  • – Update vaccinations

  • – Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness

The list of routine medical checks or screenings include: cancer screenings, sexually transmitted diseases/infections, testicular, prostate, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and yearly physicals.

Visit us at Advanced Dermatology Associates for skin, cancer, hair & nails checkups & Central Park Medical Associates for sexually transmitted infections/diseases.

Develop an Exercise Regime.

Make a commitment to fitness. In order to maintain healthy body function, a regimen of stretching, whole food nutrition, relaxation, and plenty of sleep is crucial for sustained wellness. A dynamic, yet balanced routine will help to nurture vitality, reduce the risk of injury or illness, maintain stress levels, and support immune function. Don’t just make a resolution and join a fitness center you won’t see after February—make a commitment and build fitness into your schedule. Join a class at your fitness club, an exercise group or a team sport. Or, if you can afford it, hire a trainer. Doing any of these things will not only make your workouts more productive, but they will also be more fun.

Defy Time. (Cut the Smoking, Drinking & Sugar)

This year, make a resolution to look and feel younger every day. Start by cutting out those wrinkle-inducing habits like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and over-indulging in processed sugars.

  • – Make hydration your new best friend. Prioritize drinking enough water throughout the day and hydrate your skin daily from top to bottom.
  • – To reduce wrinkles and firm up your face without drying out your skin, reach for retinol. This anti-aging formula has been perfected over the last three decades and includes a number of anti-aging catalysts, such as snow algae and summer snowflake.
  • – Moisturize, oxygenate and hydrate your skin while reducing the signs of aging for smoother, younger looking skin, and a younger feeling soul.

Cultivate Friendships (Create New Opportunities)

Always keep friends close. Time passes and life isn’t promised. Work schedules, family obligations; life gets in the way of friendships. So spend more time cultivating and building upon current or old relationships; as well as developing newer ones. Refresh your network. Have a host of contacts you’ve lost touch with over the last few months? Pull up those numbers and refresh your network!

Now is the perfect time to check in and keep your network working for you.

Help Others. Volunteer/Give, Donate.

You can’t delight everybody all the time but you can do something extraordinary for someone each day. Find a customer, colleague, relative or a friend each day and do something remarkable. Using the one-a-day principle will make your business and life remarkable.—Mark Sanborn, leadership development speaker and author of the best-selling book The Encore Effect.

Want to extend your lifespan? Think about regularly assisting at a soup kitchen or coaching a basketball team at an at-risk high school. Research has shown that these kinds of activities can improve health in ways that can lengthen your lifespan—volunteers show an improved ability to manage stress and stave off disease as well as reduced rates of depression and an increased sense of life satisfaction—when they were performed on a regular basis. This might be because volunteering alleviates loneliness and enhances our social lives—factors that can significantly affect our long-term health.

Laugh More.

This is the fun stuff. Trim years off your age by adopting an active smile. Laughter and a grateful grin can do wonders for your overall glow.
There is already so much to love for laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done. These two doctors have researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results:

People who laugh more lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.

REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS: By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance.

BOOSTS T-CELLS: T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS: Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

Continuous Learning.

Expand your thinking with new experiences. Be a student of all you do. You must become an expert in your field. How? Read! Ask questions of mentors and peers. Attend training. Start today by identifying areas for improvement, looking for training opportunities in your field and signing up for seminars and training’s, reading or listening to personal-development material, seeking out people you would like to emulate and approaching those you’d like as your mentors. —Stedman Graham, speaker, entrepreneur and author of You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success

Each month for 30 days in a row, commit to doing something new that you have thought about doing, but have not done, and notice how it affects your life.

Some possibilities: do aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, listen to only positive music, don’t read the newspaper, stop watching television, eat only vegetarian or raw food, verbally appreciate at least 10 people a day, get eight hours of sleep, meditate for 20 minutes, visualize your goals as already complete, do 20 minutes of yoga, read a self-help book every morning for 30 minutes, plan your next day’s schedule and prioritized to-do list before you leave work, do five things every day that forward your No. 1 goal, spend an hour with your spouse, call one of your children on the phone, write a handwritten thank-you note to someone, drink 10 glasses of water, take a nap, listen to a motivational CD on the way to work.

Develop a “No-Fear” Mentality.

Create an environment fostering your success. You might not even realize to what extent you are influenced—negatively and positively—by things and people around you. Start a journal to keep track of these influences so you can eliminate the negative and increase the positive.

For instance, if being around a certain friend always makes you feel discouraged or drained, you should limit time with that person. Nurture your emotional well-being by choosing friends who genuinely want you to succeed and who encourage you. Also, consider your environment—is your home or office dreary or energizing? And make sure to read and listen to inspirational and motivational material. Make it a point to go to funny movies or watch a TV sitcom that makes you laugh. Increase your productivity.

Your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be some far off goals, they can be attainable ways to better yourself each day. You have the power to change your current situations by developing a successful 2017 game plan for starting today.

Ten Anti-Aging Tips 2017

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Battling loose skin after major weight loss and dieting?

Well, anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows that the weight loss itself is only half the battle. The war begins after the weight has fell off and the areas of loose skin begin to boldly appear.

Don’t fret – we’ve got your covered with some optimum skin care tips to attack that problematic post-weight-loss skin the natural way; before you venture out to seek out surgical or cosmetic alternatives.

Tips To Tighten Skin – Post Weight Loss

Lose Weight Gradually.

Most experts recommend aiming for 1 to 5 pounds per week, depending on your starting point.  

Exercise To Build Muscle.

Replace the fat that once filled out your skin with lean mass by focusing your fitness routine on strength training, says Lori Shemek, PhD, author of How to Fight FATflammation! “You want the muscle to essentially replace the fat that is being lost to prevent loose or sagging skin,”

Practice Good Sun Protection.

If you spend any time outdoors, take the precautionary steps to reduce your exposure to the sun’s collagen-destroying UV rays. If you’re exercising, plan your walk or run for the early morning or late in the day, when the sun is less scorching. Always wear a UV protection sunscreen as the fall and winter months have high levels of UV rays.

Eat Plenty of Colors.

Pile your plate with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health, Chipps says. Specifically, load up on vitamin A or lycopene—a recent research review in Experimental Dermatology reports this antioxidant offsets damage from UV rays. (Try these 25 best foods for healthy skin.) You’ll find it in tomatoes, red peppers, and other rosy-hued veggies. Meanwhile, leafy greens and citrus fruits boast plenty of vitamin C, which helps build collagen, Chipps says

Stay Smoke-Free.

Toss your cigarettes and take an extra step away from any cloud of fumes you pass. Lighting up makes your skin less resilient. exposure to secondhand smoke raises levels of inflammatory proteins in your skin, reducing collagen levels and contributing to thin skin and wrinkles.

See an MD Dermatologist.

You may want to hold off for a face-lift or other surgical procedure until you’ve reached your ideal goal weight—skin responds best to these operations from a “steady state.”  Those minor in-office procedures can address troublesome areas once you’ve stopped losing the weight, Lawrence Jaeger says.

Speak with a dermatologist about radio frequency devices, which warm and expand collagen fibers to immediately improve your appearance while also stimulating new collagen production for longer-lasting results.

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Casual Sex vs Relationship Sex

SEX – just as individuals, comes in all different shapes, sizes and types. From the start, as men and women, we’re wired differently and our manners in how we approach sex are as complex. In today’s world of choices, there’s more options on the table involving sex.

So before you jump head on into the heated sex conversation, let’s explore the differences in being in a casual sexual situation versus a committed/relationship sex. Depending on your current dating status, it’s a decision that could impact your health, life and future.

Which Yields More Tangible Returns – Casual Sex vs Relationship Sex?

Casual Sex – Basically, it’s the friends with benefits (FWB) or hookups –  or sexual activity that takes places outside of a romantic relationship and implies an absence of commitment, emotional attachment, or familiarity between sexual partners. Examples are sex in casual relationships, one-night stands, extramarital sex, prostitution, or swinging.

This doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no sense of responsibility or care. In a casual encounter you’re likely to focus on the here and now. You can enjoy the moment without much thought about what your partner thinks of you or what you think of them. Without the emotional complications of a relationship, you’re free to concentrate on physical satisfaction.

In casual sex, the relationship never changes because it’s just sex and either person can meet someone at any time and abandon the arrangement.

For many people, not being too familiar with the sex partner is the fuel to casual sex. They find the mystery exciting and, if there’s no chance of meeting again, inhibitions can easily be forgotten. You can role play as a new identity and act out a secret fantasy with little to NO fear of rejection.

Casual sex has risk, mystery, urgency and may focus on physical (sexual) satisfaction.

Danger is oftentimes a part of casual sex. There’s a sense yearning for being naughty, of tasting the forbidden fruit or someone else’s property. Some people enhance their sexual encounters by choosing public places or partners they feel should be off-limits.

As children, we’re told that casual sex is wrong or forbidden. Therefore, what’s more exciting than doing something so wrong.. When it feels so liberating?

In 2014, a study published in the Journal of Sex Research looked at single, heterosexual college students age 18 to 25. The research found that a greater proportion of men (18.6%) than women (7.4%) said they’d had casual sex in the past month. Unlike the 2009 study, researchers found that, regardless of gender, casual sex was negatively associated with psychological well being and positively correlated with psychological distress. Based on this, the research team concluded, “For emerging-adult college students, engaging in casual sex may elevate risk for negative psychological outcomes.”

Relationship Sex – in a committed or defined relationship – Relationship sex provides the opportunity to show affection and get as close as possible to one another.

During this period sex can be very exciting. There’s still some of the ‘mystery’ of casual sex and also some risk, but the difference is that sex is more mutual when people are “in love”, care about or have some bond of relationship.

Scientists have discovered that the biochemical state of falling in love is similar to obsessive compulsive disorder. • During this period sex can be very exciting. There’s still some of the mystery‟ of casual sex and also some risk, but the difference is that sex is more mutual when people are “in love”. When a relationship matures, sex matures. You now have the advantage of knowing each other well. Fear of rejection is replaced with trust and security.

This allows you to move into a stage of experimentation and mutual growth. You can take the time to fine-tune your skills as a lover.

In committed or relationship situation, the dynamics change. Each person has the ability to vocalize their wants from the relationship. A committed relationship is something you can discuss openly. Texting, Netflix and chilling – Don’t Make a Committed Relationship. It’s Communication.

Is Sexual Choice Influenced By Partner Supply.

Here’s where an established body of literature in sociology and demography – called mating market theory (MMT) – can help out. According to MMT, relationship preferences are expected to follow not simply from these fixed biological propensities, but also to be heavily influenced by partner availability.

If we think of the number of men and women in market terms, namely supply and demand, the rarer sex has more bargaining power in the market place. Individuals of the less numerous sex are more likely to get their way because they are awash with options. In theory, they can, if not pleased with a relationship, or terms therein, easily replace a disappointing partner.

The more abundant sex, by contrast, has fewer outside options and must cater to the preferences of the rarer sex.

For example, when there are extra women, men face a favorable market and can behave promiscuously, offering little parental investment to their mates. However, when women are in short supply, they can demand relationship faithfulness and commitment – with men responding because female partners are rare and therefore a valued resource. And if he’s out on the prowl, so may she be!

Remember Healthy Sex Is a Mind-Set.

Protect Yourself. Choose Your Sexual Partners Wisely.

The take-home point is this: context matters. Yes, men and women likely employ different strategies to find partners because of biological differences, but these strategies are strongly affected by partner availability and desires.

Consider that the choice you decide to take and understand the differences. Weigh out the best returns for yourself to fully understand where the best answer truly lies for you. It’s starts with  self-valuing yourself from the start.

 

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Gray Hair Theories – You Should Know the Truth

 

There are a lot of “skin and hair care” myths out there, so we want to debunk a few. Discovering the truth will ultimately help you properly combat your hair issues. Gray Hair Theories – You Should Know the Truth

 

Only The Old (Aged) Gray?

Gray hair is the result of the lack of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Each person has their own pace and ability to produce it, which is why you see some people who at the age of 25 are already “painted gray” and others who are over 50 and still retain their natural color.

1 + 1 = Two Grays ?

False. There is still no scientific basis to support this theory or rumor. There is no possibility to evaluate what would happen if we plucked that first gray hair, which most people do.

You’re Stressing Me Equals More Grays.

False (to be tested). It is a little difficult to determine if a “peak stress” today will result in gray hair tomorrow. The pressure we experience in our society does not forgive anyone, but this is not why there are more gray-haired in the streets than about fifty years ago. There are family groups more likely to have gray hair than others, due the genes related to the loss of hair color.

Genetics determines the average age at which a person begins to have gray hair. Test it analyzing your family and you will find out for yourself.

Gray Hair Is Gray.

False. The mixture of dark hair with gray hair gives a visual effect that makes us see it as if it were gray. But in reality, the color of gray hair is yellow, not white or gray. This is because only the hue that arises without keratin or corresponding melanin remains. Depending on the inner part of the hair, it can be more yellowish or more whitish.

Lack of Vitamin B12 Accelerates Gray Hair Growth.

True. If you are still young (under 35 years) and you have a lot of gray hairs, this is probably due to a lack of vitamin B, especially B5 complex and pantothenic acid. You can use a vitamin complex or start eating foods that contain it.

Gray Hair Can Only Be Dyed (with permanent color).

False. There are many remedies to cover the gray hair, and you should not get carried away by the myth that the permanent dye is the only technique that works.

Gray Hair Theories