The Power House Ingredients
Kalahari Oil– derived from the seeds of the Kalahari melon. Kalahari melons grow in the Kalahari desert and are a crucial source of water for nomadic people.
- 70% Omega 6
- Hydrates the skin
- Contains high levels of Phytosterols. When applied topically phytosterols encourage collagen production and stop the slow down of collagen loss.
- Mongongo Oil– derived from the fruit of the mongogo tree, which withstands very harsh + extreme weather
- High levels of Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F/Omega 3 + 6)
- Provides environmental protection for skin + hair
- Reduces inflammation
- Promotes cellular repair
- Reconstructing properties
- Perfect for Redness + Eczema sufferers
Baobab Oil – Derived from the seeds of the fruit of the magical looking Adansonia Tree, also referred to as “The Tree of Life”.
- High levels of Vitamin A
- High levels of Vitamin E
- High levels of Vitamin F
- Beneficial for stretch marks and scarring
Rosehip Seed Oil– Known as the leader in skin protecting beneﬁts.
- Known to offer a unique protection from UV rays and environmental pollutants
- Wonderful protective agent for skin
- Advanced hydrating properties
Oils can be non greasy and can realign even oily complexions
Human skin naturally produces oil, but when the oil is stripped or dried out the skin can go into overdrive producing extra oil and thus causing acne or an oily complexion. For oily skin types or acne prone skin, choose a dry or balancing oil.
What to choose if you’re Oily or Acne prone:
- Argan oil or Jojoba oil, which are similar to our skin’s sebum, trick the skin to not overproduce oil/sebum and thus warding off breakouts.
- Hemp Seed Oil eliminates blackheads and is anti-inflammatory.
- Rose hip seed oil helps to heal repair tissue and brighten skin due to high levels vitamin C, Omega-3 + Omega-6 fatty acids and Retinoic acid. Many people with oily complexion also suffer from acne and scarring.
What to Avoid:
- Avocado oil and Coconut oil
- Silicone based oils
- Artificial fragrances or colors
Oils do not clog pores or cause breakouts
If you are using the correct oil for your skin type you should not experience clogged pores or breakouts. Pay attention to ingredients, fragrances, essential oils and the targeted results of the oil. Oils, which are free of silicones, penetrate deeper, deliver more targeted results and do not clog pores. When silicone is applied to the skin it creates a protective barrier. While this may sound like a positive attribute, there are a few major downsides. When silicone is applied to the skin nothing penetrates in and nothing gets released out, thus causing the perfect breeding ground for a clogged pore.
Other ingredients to pay attention to are artificial fragrances and colors, as they can to cause breakouts. Essential oils, even natural and organic ones, play a large roll in breakouts, rashes, redness and overall allergic reactions. While many of the oils are beautifully crafted and formulated, they can be too botanical and fragranced for some skin types. If you think you may have an allergy away spot test before using all over the face
Argan oil and Jojoba, which are similar to our skin’s sebum, trick the skin to not overproduce oil/sebum and thus warding off breakouts.
The Anti-aging benefits
Oils replenishes hydration, improves skin color, improve skin tone, boosts radiance, reduce pore size, reduce inflammation and help to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In our Fleuressence oil, the proprietary blend of 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts and natural oil delivers powerful vitamins and nutrients deep into the skin to boost moisture levels and skin cell revitalization. Also contains Omega fatty acids and Vitamins A, C & E, while the botanical actives work to diminish the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, inflammation, and pore size.
All the wonderful ways to use oils
- Oils should be used on cleansed skin. If the oil is being used as a serum then it is applied to clean skin before the moisturizer.
- If the oil is being used as a moisturizer then it is layered on top of the serum and or mixed with a cream moisturizer or night cream.
- Makeup glow. Some oils, like our Native Botanical Fleuressence oil, can be mixed into foundation for an overall hydrated glow
Whether you desire hydration, brightness or the Goldfaden glow, there is an oil for you.
Spring has sprung, but with warm and cold temperatures both inside and outdoors, skin can be particularly challenged this time of year (dehydration, lackluster-looking skin) . Spring makes way for sunnier and warmer skies, which can increase sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and congested/polluted skin.
We sat down with Dr. G to understand how to refresh tired Winter skin and give your skin a healthy, Spring glow
Dr. G’s tips for spring:
“Load up on SPF: During the Spring and Summer months the sun is at its strongest and we are more susceptible to the harmful effects of UVA/UVB damage.”
“Put away the retinol: While retinoids are extremely beneficial for the skin, using them can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun, which is more prevalent during the spring and summer months. Opt for a lighter dose of Vitamin A from a naturally derived carotenoid. Carotenoids (Vitamin A), found in carrots, and other orange/red vegetables, deliver the same benefits as Retinoids in a natural and gentler form. “
“Lighten Up Swap out heavy creams for lighter, oil-free moisturizers or hyaluronic-based serums. Hyaluroinic Acid is a miracle ingredient to use this time of year because it binds and locks in moisture to prevent dehydration, while being lightweight.”
“Pack on the antioxidants: Load up on power packed anti-oxidant rich serums to protect skin from free radical damage. Look for Vitamin C, Organic Red Tea, Ferulic acid and resveratrol rich ingredients.”
“Exfoliate: Cold temperatures and less exfoliation can leave a thick layer of dead skin cells and built up oil post winter months. Exfoliation whether physical or enzymatic is the best way to jump start your spring regimen for dewy fresh glowing skin.”
Our skin cells contain melanocyte cells, a cell that produces melanin, a chemical that gives skin its color. Too much melanin leads to hyper pigmented skin – including freckles, darkening of the skin in patches, and age spots. Hyper pigmentation can occur from over sun exposure, trauma to the skin (i.e. laser treatments, peels, etc.) or as a side effect of certain drugs. While hyperpigmentation is not a serious medical condition, it is one of the most common skin conditions and arguably the most difficult to treat and correct.
We enlisted the expertise of Dr. Goldfaden to help us understand how hyper pigmentation occurs, what we can do to prevent it and the best and most effective treatments, both in-office and at-home.
Q: What exactly is hyper pigmentation? “Hyperpigmentation is defined as any spot on your skin that’s dark enough to effectively stand out against the surrounding area. This phenomenon is usually the result of your skin’s efforts to protect itself from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. It occurs when overexposure to sunlight causes the melanocytes in the deeper layers of your skin to produce cells that contain a skin-darkening pigment called melanin. These specialized cells known as melanosomes are picked up by your keratinocytes that are constantly migrating upwards toward your skin surface.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What are the different types of hyperpigmentation one can develop? “Age spots or sun spots (sun damage), melasma, scarring, post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What is post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation? “Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is usually temporary and can be caused by inflammatory acne, a severe burn or injury to the skin. While anyone can suffer from this, it is more common in dark skin types.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What is the difference between acne scars and hyperpigmentation? “This can be very difficult to differentiate. Acne scars can appear dark and be Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which should go away (as it is temporary). However, if exposed to the sun then this may become long-term hyperpigmentation. General rule of thumb, if the acne mark or lesion is still visible after 6-12 months then it is considered a scar.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What is the difference between hyperpigmentation, sun spots and freckles? “All fall under the umbrella of Hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure has a lot to do with the darkness and severity. If you have freckles and have sun exposure the melanin will be activated and the freckle will be darker.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What causes hyper pigmentation? “Hyperpigmentation occurs when overexposure to sunlight causes the melanocytes in the deeper layers of your skin to produce cells that contain a skin-darkening pigment called melanin. These specialized cells known as melanosomes are picked up by your keratinocytes that are constantly migrating upwards toward your skin surface and cause the dark spots/areas. Hormones, birth control pills can also cause this and sunlight can increase the severity.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: Is anyone more prone to hyperpigmentation, such as different races or skin tones? “Darker skin types are more prone. All skin generally has the same amount of melanosomes , the difference in lighter skin and darker skin is the size. Darker skin has larger melanosomes(what contains/distributes the melanin) hence more susceptible to hyperpigmentation.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: Is it preventable? If so, how? “Wearing an SPF at all times when exposed to the sun. Exfoliation can help the appearance as it removes dead, dry, dark skin cells fort he surface of the skin. Using proper actives to protect against sun damage and treat sun damage and dark spots. In office micro-dermabrasion treatments and laser treatments.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: Can it ever be reversed completely? “Yes, but it is very difficult and takes a lot of diligence. Even laser treatments are not 100% successful and the dark spot can come back.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What’s the best way to treat any existing spots? “SPF at all times, sun protective gear (hat, glasses, clothing), Exfoliation, and an active treatment serum.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What are the best in-office treatments one can receive? “Fraxel laser and Clear and Brilliant are two of the popular and introductory laser treatments that work to combat uneven skin tone, including discoloration. Micro-Dermabrasion is also very popular choice. In office chemical peels can be very effective as well. Glycolic and lactic acid peels are recommended for at-home maintenance usage.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What are 3 ingredients people with hyperpigmentation should look for in daily skincare products? “Vitamin C, GlycolicAcid/Lactic, Alpha Arbutin, and Kojic Acid.” Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
One of Dr. G’s favorite foods is sushi. Not a coincidence that the Japanese people have the highest ‘healthy life expectancy’. Below is a peak into one of Dr. g’s homemade sushi recipes, which works to improve moisture levels of the skin, while enhancing the natural glow, tone and texture. Seaweed Extract ﬁrms and nourishes skin while providing high levels of antioxidant protection. This is said to have been inspired by some of the ingredients found in Pure Start Cleanser.
What you need:
The Clean Roll
Flat sheets of sushi style nori seaweed
1 cup diced tomatoes (lycopene)
1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice ( Vitamin C)
1 cup Swiss Cress sprouts (detoxifying)
2 cups of brown rice (high in magnesium + anti-oxidnt)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of soy sauce (for flavor)
Start by laying a flat sheet of nori seaweed on a flat surface. Add a thin layer of brown rice (just like sushi). Spread rice evenly and press down so it sticks to the seaweed. In a separate bowl mix diced tomatoes, sprouts, soy sauce, grapefruit juice and sesame seeds. Apply a layer of mixture on to the rice and seaweed and roll up like a sushi roll. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy.
Dr. G’s Wake Up Bowls: Inspired by Wake Up Call
Tired of the same old thing for breakfast? Well so was Dr. G so he came up this easy, healthy and yummy vegetarian recipe. Adding good fats into your diet will not only keep you fuller longer, but also make your skin and hair glow. Avocado found in the product and this recipe offers a robust dose of hydration and long-lasting soothing and plumping benefits. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A that aids in ski. cellular renewal, brightening and even skin tone.
What you need:
1 avocado(per person) – Full of healthy omega acids and fat
12 carrots (to roast)- Daily does of Vitamin A (carotenoids)
2 teaspoons grape seed oil (anti-oxidant)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (anti-oxidant and digestion proponent)
1 teaspoon honey (super food)
You will need one avocado per person. Cut them in half and remove the seed. These will serve as mini edible bowls. Peel carrots and cut into fours. In a large bowl mix carrots with grape seed oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a flat cookie sheet roast at 4oo degrees for 30-40 minutes or until soft. Remove carrots and mash. Take a scoop of carrot mash and fill each half of the avocado. Top with a touch of dill and serve!
Dr. G is firm believer in the concept ‘You are what you eat’. If your diet is subpar, one of the first places it can show is on the skin (skin health often acts as a major indicator to what is happening internally). Being the largest organ of the body, the skin not only reflects internal state of health, but is also the first line of defense between the internal and external environment. In this recipe, the key ingredient is quinoa. Quinoa contains high levels of riboﬂavin which provides elasticity to the skin to give it the required softness and resiliency. It also works to tone the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and ﬁne lines.
What you need:
The Energetic Salad: Inspired by plant profusion energetic eye cream
2 cups quinoa (high in riboflavin and protein)
1 cup raspberries (high levels of the anti-oxidant Resveratrol)
1/2 orange (Vitamin C)
2 teaspoons olive oil (Omega fatty acids)
2 basil leaves chopped (high in Vitamin K + Iron)
Cook Quinoa until soft and then let cool at room temperature. In separate bowl mix raspberries, orange,oil oil and chopped basil leaves. Mix together and serve at room temperature. This salad will fill you up and give you all the energy you need to finish your day!
Vitamin C is not only important externally for bright and fresh looking skin but also internally for optimum health. Grapefruit/Lemon/Orange are rich in detoxifying enzymes and high in Vitamin C, which aids in skin Brightening and helps cleanse, purify and detoxify the skin (aka, ultimate radiance booster). Dr. G’s fresh citrus salad can be eaten any time of the day and is a perfect healthy dessert. This salad is said to have inspired our multi-fruit enzymatic peel, Fresh A Peel.
What you need:
In a small bowl mix lemon, pine nuts, honey and chopped mint leaves. Sliced kiwis in thin discs and section grapefruit and oranges. Pour mixture over the fruit, mix and serve at room temperature.
2 oranges(high in Vitamin C)
1 grapefruit (highest anti-oxidant juice + High in Vitamin C)
2 Kiwis (high in vitamin C, E and K)
1/2 lemon juice (fresh)
¼ cup of pine nuts (anti-oxidant rich)
1 teaspoon of honey (super food)
2 mint leaves-chopped (anti-cancer food and aids in digestion)
What we drink is as important as what we eat. Tea should be a part of our diets and has tremendous health benefits. Whether you enjoy caffeine or prefer to skip it , there is a tea for you. Below is Dr. G’s favorite tea blend. Not only is red tea great for your health but also for your skin! It packs a punch by offering 50x more potent anti-oxidant levels than Green Tea and aids in soothing distressed and blotchy skin. Look for Rooibos and a white tea blend in all of the Plant Profusion products!
What you need:
5 tea bags or loose Rooibos/ Red Tea
5 tea bags or loose White tea
1 tablespoon rose hips (High in Vitamin C)
Honey to taste (anti-oxidant + high in Flavonoids)
Steep together for 20 minutes and serve hot or chill for iced tea.
The key to a successful, restful flight is to start hydrating a few days before you travel. Preparing for long flights is like preparing for a marathon. The hydration doesn’t only happen on the plane or during the run, it happens days before too.
Before the flight:
The main goal before flying is to actively hydrate the skin.If you start off hydrated and continue to hydrate while on the flight your skin, body and brain will thank you when you land and for days to follow. Hydration is extremely important to keep the body balanced and functioning at a high level. Dehydration leads to headaches, constipation and inability to get on a new time zone. Choose water or coconut water as your beverage of choice during the duration of the flight. DO NOT drink alcohol or caffeine (this includes tea) as they both promote dehydration. Although having a glass of wine seems like the smart choice to induce sleep, it is actually the worst choice. Try taking Melatonin to help induce sleep.
Most planes have 10-20 % humidity levels, which can lead to dry throat, dry + scratchy eyes and dry skin. Low humidity also ups your risk of catching a respiratory virus (a cold), and since about 50% of the air on flights is recycled, germs are rampant.
In-Flight: Take precautions!
You can wear a mask, nostril covers, or simply cover your face while sleeping. Another smart way to protect yourself from germs, is to wipe down your seat area. Pack disinfectant wipes and use them on the seatbelt, tray table, armrests and remote controls. Also try not to touch bathroom handles, faucets etc. You can also put down your own blanket or wrap, so you have a clean seat.
Designed to energize and revitalize, de Mamiel’s Altitude Oil is blended with organic essential oils including Lavender, Eucalyptus, Frangonia™, Peppermint and Lemon Myrtle. This multi-tasking, antibacterial formula is great for easing colds and sinus congestion in air-conditioned offices or on long-haul flights.
When it comes to taking care of your skin on a long flight, hydration is the name of the game. If you wear makeup you’re going to want to remove it before going to sleep. Invest in quality facial wipes or a gentle hydrating cleanser. After removing all makeup, apply a hydration oil to clean skin, followed by eye cream and hand cream. Traveling with a facial mist is a good way to stay hydrated and feel refreshed while traveling. Look for ingredients such as Rooibos, rose or aloe.
Post Flight: Get Moving
Exercise is another key factor in feeling good on a long journey. In addition to exercising leading up to the trip, get moving as soon as you get settled in your location. Exercise relaxes the mind and body, increases circulation and produces sweat. Sweating releases endorphins, which make us, feel good and also mitigates our jet leg.
Travel bag necessities:
- Eye drops
- Hand cream
- Lip balm/also works in the nose to protect against dryness + germs
- Hydrating face oil
- Compression socks
- Slip Eye mask
- Oribe dry shampoo
- Something warm to wrap up in
- De Manual Altitude Oil
Receive an exclusive offer of 20% off our travel Brightening Transformation Kit with code “travel”.
The Bummer: Breakouts + Irritation
Say goodbye to sugar, it is NOT your friend. Sugar is addictive and present in almost everything! Pay attention to your daily sugar intake. Even that ‘healthy’ green juice you’re drinking may have extra sugar.
Dairy intake not only affects the digestive system but also the skin. Try quitting dairy for a month and see how your skin glows brighter.
The Bummer: Dehydration
Watch alcohol intake. Alcohol has dreadful and hazardous effects on the body and skin. Alcohol dehydrates eyes, skin and inside of the body. Alcohol has a bad effect on Vitamin A, B3 and Vitamin C, which are all imperative antioxidants for healthy skin and organ function. Alcohol also affects blood sugar levels and can raise blood pressure.
- Leafy greens
- All berries
- Raw spinach
- Tomato sauce
- Bell peppers
The bummers: fine lines, dullness + loss of elasticity
Eating healthy can also reduce pollution effects on the skin and the body. Eating a diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods such as leafy greens and berries and foods high in essential fatty acids (salmon, avocado, almonds) shows on your face as well as internally.
Steer clear of foods that encourage and cause Glycation. The Glycation process, which is basically, sugars (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and therefore speeding up the aging process. Glycation equals loss of elasticity and collagen, which equals sagging skin. Foods that feed Glycation and cause inflammation in the body and the skin are carbohydrates, fried foods, sugar, fatty meats and alcohol.
The Bummer: Breakouts
- Everyday pollution from industrial soot, car exhaust, the ozone layer, second hand smoke
- Not washing your face after the gym
- Not taking off your makeup at night
- Bad ingredients (Say NO to: PEGS, mineral oil, alcohol, silicone)
The bummer: Fine Lines
- Chronological age- you can help DNA by using targeted skincare products and protecting skin from sun and pollution with SPF and an anti-pollution, anti-oxidant rich serum.
- Sun damage- Exfoliate, treat with a serum (think Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Ferulic acid) and protect with an SPF.
- Smoking- just don’t do it! And if you did then follow the steps above to erase the signs. Smoker’s skin is usually dull, gray and showing signs of loss of collagen and elasticity. Exfoliation followed with a treatment serum can help reverse the damage.
The bummer: Dullness
- Not exfoliating
The Bummer: Irritation
- Overuse of acids and Retinol
- Incorrect choice of moisturizers
Ease up on aggressive acids and treatments. Try a nourishing oil that has brightening effects. Think cold pressed oils full of Omegas fatty acids.
As spring approaches we are teased by up and down temperatures. Every season we discuss how to adjust your skincare regimen and spring can be particularly tricky due to the unstableness of the weather. Hydration is still a major concern during the spring but sunnier, clearer skies lead to more sun damage and pollution.
When discovering how to change your regimen it is important to know your skin type. Below are the most common skin types and a few seasonal changes to try.
Combination skin simply means there are two or more skin issues occurring at the same time. Combination skin is usually oily in the T-zone (forehead and nose and chin), while other areas are dry and/or flaky. This is a very common skin type. Signs that you have combination skin would be large looking pores, shiny skin and blackheads. The term ‘combination skin’ can also be used when referring to the presence of wrinkles, rosacea, dryness or breakouts that are present in certain areas of the face.
Dr. G says:
“Remember the most important step in a combination skin regimen is exfoliation. Exfoliation helps fight the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria and will help ward off breakouts, excessive oil and large pores.”
Changes to try:
- Flip-flop your exfoliation products. If you usually use a physical scrub, try an acid peel or wipes and vice versa
- Use anti-oxidant serums to spot treat the different problem areas of the face. Warmer weather means the skin can withstand more aggressive treatments.
Oily skin types usually display dull or shiny skin, a thick complexion, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. Oily skin types are very prone to acne.
Dr. G says
“The good news for oily skin types is that they tend to develop fewer wrinkles as they age.”
The best way to take care of oily skin is to exfoliate frequently. Look for AHA cleansers (lactic, glycolic or fruit acids) or a BHA or Salicylic acid (would be most appropriate for acne sufferers). Clay masks can also be very helpful in controlling oil production. There is a misconception that oily skin doesn’t need to moisturize. If the skin is very oily an oil free moisturizer will help keep the sheen of the skin down. However facial oils, especially silicone free and dry oils can also be beneficial.
Tips to try:
- Invest in an oil free SPF
- Reintroduce an oil free moisturizer during warmer months (especially if you live in humid climate)
- Try a clarifying mask-look for soothing ad detoxifying ingredients Camphor and Sulfur
Dry skin types can be defined as skin that itches, has scaling, redness or dry patches. Dry skin types may also just feel tight, itchy and lacking in hydration. During the spring, dry skin can still feel in need of extra hydration. Introducing a multi-tasking oil to your daily regimen can be beneficial. Look for oils that hydrate and brighten, which are good for coming out of the dead of winter and targeting dull skin.
Dr. G says:
“Eating a diet high in omega fatty acids and hydrating fruits will help internally to battle dry skin.”
Tips to try
- Place a small humidifier near the bed while sleeping
- Only exfoliate 1-2 times per week
- Try a creamy cleanser
What constitutes a “natural” beauty product? There’s still no universally accepted standard, even though the market is growing at a rapid rate. The skin is the body’s largest organ and research proves it capable of absorbing up to 60% of the ingredients in the products we apply – that is a large number and we’ve become more aware of what ingredients are found in our products for this reason. Many synthetic ingredients have been recognized to cause irritation in some people and may have damaging effects longer-term.
All of Goldfaden MD products couple scientific expertise and nourishing active plant cell extracts to restore and improve the appearance of aging skin and are made without harsh synthetic ingredients. Our commitment is to create safe, yet effective products that utilize the most effective and innovative naturally-derived, result driven ingredients from around the globe.
Each Goldfaden MD product is developed naturally in the US with a quality guarantee: organic and natural ingredients, paraben-, petrochemical-, mineral oil-, alcohol-, silicone- and gluten-free, no animal testing, 100% vegetarian, hypoallergenic and free of artificial colors and fragrances.
Here is a breakdown of some key ingredients where we substitute natural alternatives:
Natural alternatives to chemicals
Goldfaden MD alternative: Carotenoids which are found in plant based foods. We use carrots. Pluses about Carotenoids are the stabilization of the product is better and they aren’t as harsh, which is better for sensitive skin.
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is a chemical, also called “benzene-1,4-diol.” (Benzene is a known carcinogen). It’s a type of phenol, which is just a fancy name for a certain class of chemical compounds that are similar to alcohols. Illegal for over the counter sale in many countries.
Goldfaden MD Alternative: Alpha Arbutin. Alpha arbutin is derived from the bearberry plant, specifically from the leaves. Alpha arbutin suppresses the pigment in the pigment producing cells as opposed to killing the cells, as hydroquinone does.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid can be derived from rooster combs, made synthetically in a lab or from a vegan source.
Goldfaden MD vegan alternative: We extract our Hyaluronic acid from sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have the additional advantage of having high levels of magnesium. The mineral magnesium is essential for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid in the body. Many people struggle to get adequate amounts of magnesium in their diet; this is largely because the typical Western diet has low levels of magnesium.
Chemical dyes: Link directly to skin allergies. Studies have found a breast cancer link to red 04 dye.
Goldfaden MD alternative: NO dyes whatsoever, we allow our products to be the color nature intended them to be. As for fragrance, we use only natural fruit extract when it is present in an ingredient.
Dimethicone: A manmade toxic synthetic pigment and silicone-based polymer. Dimethicone sits on the surface of the skin and doesn’t allow it to breathe, causing irritation. Using Silicone-based skincare products also inhibit the actives from penetrating into the skin, which reduces the treatment amount in the actives.
Mineral oil: Petroleum-derived oil that suffocates the skin and is considered “comedogenic,”which means it can clog the pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads.
Goldfaden MD alternative : Squalane from olives (vegan) form. Not to be confused with Squalene which is usually derived from shark liver oil but may also come from plant sources such as olives. The main reason Squalane is used is because it has a much longer shelf life and more stable in formulating.
Dark circles and puffiness under the eyes result from blood escaping from tiny facial capillaries that have been compromised. Topical products in conjunction with a few easy DIY tips can get your eye area healthy, hydrated and bright!
Do It Yourself ideas:
Dr. G says, “Sleep with your head slightly elevated. Fluid retention occurs while we sleep because we are lying flat and circulation can be affected. Excess sugar, salt and alcohol will add to fluid retention. Consumption of all these pollutants can escalate swelling and puffiness to the eyes and face.”
- Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase. This will keep skin from drying out as cotton absorbs oil.
- Sleeping on silk pillowcases or wearing a silk eye mask can also help reduce face lines/creases in the morning and not tug on the skin as you move throughout the night (less wrinkles)!
- Put a cool air humidifier next to the bed to keep skin hydrated
- Ice in the morning can help relieve puffiness
- Lymphatic drainage (start near the tear duct and massage upwards and across the brow bone. Pay attention to the sinus area as well)
- Try keeping Red tea bags in the freezer. Red Tea helps with inflammation and redness!
Ingredients to look for in topical eye treatments
- Arnica + Vitamin K- Arnica is used for muscle soreness and inflammation and Vitamin K is helps to stop bruising and bleeding under the skin. A powerhouse combo!
- Soy + Rice bran peptides- have been shown to inhibit elastase and collagenase, (these break down collagen and elastin in the skin) and can help the skin retain its natural firmness.
- Quinoa seed extract-high levels of Riboflavins-protein to rebuild thinning skin
- Caffeine- depuffs!
During the month of February we are going to take a deeper look (no pun intended) at the eye area and why it often shows the first signs of age. Below are the common complaints and issues everyone struggles with, how to prevent and battle them. Take a look…
Image via About Style
What causes it?
The skin of the eye region is much thinner and more delicate than facial skin and contains less collagen to begin with. Thinner skin is more prone to filling easier with fluid, thus causing puffiness. As we age so do the muscles of the eye regions. The muscles in the eyelids will begin to sag from normal aging and gravity and may appear hooded, adding to the puffy appearance of the eye.
Use anti-inflammatory ingredients such as caffeine, Red Tea, oatmeal, caffeine, and cucumber. Try and eat a diet low in salt and sleep with your head slightly elevated to ward off edema.
What they are?
The break down of the fibrous network composed of proteins, elastin, and collagen, resulting in thinner skin in the eye region as you age. Facial expressions like laughing, frowning or rubbing further contribute to the destruction of the skin proteins and stimulate the formation of wrinkles (crow’s feet), dark circles, and bags under the eyes. Dark circles usually mean there is lack of microcirculation.
What causes them?
Dark circles can be hereditary, from allergies and rubbing the eye area. Dehydration and lack of sleep can sometimes cause them as well.
Retinoids (Vitamin A), brightening ingredients such as Vitamin B, Vitamin K, Arnica, Soy and Rice Bran Peptides. Riboflavin and protein heavy ingredients such as Quinoa can help tremendously.
Under eye wrinkles
What causes them?
Facial expressions like laughing, frowning or rubbing further contribute to the destruction of the skin proteins and stimulate the formation of wrinkles (crow’s feet).
Always wear protective eyewear/sunglasses when outdoors. Always wear SPF. Try not to pull or stretch that area of the eye, particularly when removing or applying makeup. Hydrate and treat the eye area with Retinoids, Vitamin C and protein rich ingredients such as quinoa extract.
What causes them?
The natural aging process causes them due to expressions like laughing, smiling and frowning. Facial expressions like laughing, frowning, tugging and rubbing can contribute to the destruction of the skin proteins and stimulate the formation of wrinkles (crow’s feet).
Try to limit the amount of tugging and rubbing on this area. Be particularly careful when applying or removing makeup. Do not over expose this area to sun, always wear sunglasses and a hat along with SPF for protection. Try and get an ample amount of sleep, eat a low salt diet, use topical Retinoids and peptides, Vitamin C and protein-rich ingredients to aid in the rebuilding of the skin. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase may also reduce the tugging of your skin on cotton.
Crepey + Sagging skin
What causes it?
Not unlike wrinkles, crepey and sagging (a natural part of aging), skin is due to a loss of collagen and protein fiber breakdown. As we age our body produces less collagen thus skin begins to lose elasticity and plumpness and becomes more susceptible to the tug of gravity. Crepey and sagging skin can occur on both the lids and under the eyes.
Try to limit the amount of tugging and rubbing on this area. Be particularly careful when applying or removing makeup. Do not over expose this area to sun, always wear sunglasses and a hat along with SPF for protection. Try and get an ample amount of sleep, eat a low salt diet, use topical Retinoids, Vitamin C and protein rich ingredients to aid in the rebuilding of the skin. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase may also reduce the tugging of your skin on cotton.
The skin under the eyes is quite different from the rest of your face, and as you age, it reveals aging signs up to 20 percent faster than the rest of your face (yes, scary!). That’s because of a whole confluence of disheartening factors. The skin here is extremely thin, with the lowest elasticity, firmness, and oil production, the worst barrier function (i.e. limited absorption of actives and poor protection from environmental stressors) and , and often times develops the deepest wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know and practice with your eye treatments through the decades.
20’s – Prevention (and late night recovery repair)
Woke up looking as rough as you feel? 20’s are a decade of work hard, play hard.
Treatment: In need of a quick fix to telltale signs of overindulgence and under-sleeping, like puffiness and dark circles, look for eye creams that contain anti-inflammatory fighting ingredients like Vitamin K, Arnica, Caffeine and/or soothing tea extracts.
30’s – The first signs
We begin to see some signs of aging in the early 30’s. These changes include hyperpigmentation or”dark circles” around the eyes. Additionally, we may begin to see some fine lines and textural changes around the eye area due to the thinness of the skin.
Treatment: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory creams containing vitamin A, C and E can also help to ward off free-radicals and give an extra boost to collagen production (hello enhanced plumpness to the skin). By building collagen the treatments help to minimize the appearance of dark circles that are in-part caused by blood vessels close to the surface of aging, thinner skin and reduce inflammation around the eye area.
40’s – Age is here to stay
Throughout the 40’s, dark circles may become more prominent, along with more visible lines. Even after getting ample sleep (8 hours), your eyes are giving you that “tired look” even when they feel fresh; we’ve all been there!
Treatment: Retinol creams or for those who can tolerate them, gentle prescription-strength retinoids can be helpful. These creams help to increase cell turnover thereby minimizing dark-circles and textural changes. They also can help stimulate collagen production thereby preventing volume loss down the road.
50’s +- Soften Wrinkles
Say no more…
Treatment: In addition to continuing to use products that contain retinol, anti-oxidants and skin rejuvenating properties, peptide-based eye creams often present an effective alternative (especially if you have sensitive skin) if you’re looking for a way to avoid dermal fillers or plastic surgery. Peptides are designed to provide collagen-boosters (say goodbye to those stubborn fine lines) to your skin and improve circulation, so you can often expect reduced darkness and an increase in skin plumpness and elasticity.
Pollution is a daily reality for most of us. Whether from external or internal sources, we must protect ourselves. A 360 degree approach to overall health includes pollution protectio9n and repair.
Pollution + your skin + and aging
Pollution releases microscopic particles or free radicals that can go deep into the skin and cause damage to otherwise healthy cells. The outcome is loss of elasticity (wrinkles and sagging) and Hyperpigmentation (dark spots). Pollution can cause uneven skin tone, dehydration, dryness, dark spots, expedited aging, wrinkles, sagging and a deterioration of collagen
Protect + Shield with Lifestyle choices
First and foremost always wear an SPF! Look for anti-oxidant ingredients as they fight free radicals. A few of the most studied and effective anti-oxidants are Red Tea, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Japonica flowers, Water Cress Sprouts, Retinol and Resveratrol. We have a serum launching very soon that incorporates Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B- specifically for polluted skin protection! Lucky for us Dr.G recently introduced Brightening Elixir– an anti-pollution serum that contains Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Vitamin E!
The Sun is the number one environmental damage for skin. Both UVA/UVB rays are harmful. Protect yourself by wearing a hat and sunglasses. Shielding your skin, head and eyes can help with sun damage and pollution-based aging. Always wash you face to remove the residue and makeup from the day. Remember all the pollution from car exhaust, factories and the weak ozone layer sits on the skin!
Eating healthy can also reduce pollution effects on the skin and the body. Eat a diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods such as leafy greens and berries and foods high in essential fatty acids (salmon and almonds). Stay away form foods that can encourage and cause Glycation. The Glycation process, which is basically, sugars (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and therefore speeding up the aging process. Foods that feed Glycation and cause inflammation in the body and the skin are carbohydrates, fried foods, sugar, fatty meats and alcohol.
Repair the damage
The best way to repair environmentally damaged skin is to introduce an anti-pollution based skin care regimen- Exfoliate (remove the dead and polluted skin cells), cleanse, treat (serum), seal (moisturizer) and protect (SPF).
Exfoliation is the best method for ridding pores of pollutants. Scrubs can get into the pores and clean them while also removing dead skin cells, bacteria and prior damage. Chemical peels are also a terrific way to exfoliate and remove damaged skin cells.
The most potent and highest regarded pollution fighting ingredients are: Red Tea, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Retinol and Resveratrol. Look for these in serums and moisturizers.
A few healthy choices can save you skin and keep you looking youthful and healthy for years to come!
The New Year is traditionally a time for renewing, resetting, clearing, cleansing, and detoxing. However, January is not the only time for these rituals, as it is something that should be kept up all year long!
Just as we are getting out of the party excess mode and focusing heavily on cleansing our internal system through diet (remember all of the endless sweets and alcohol consumption over the last few weeks?!), it’s equally as important to focus on our external (topical) system as well. Since our skin is the largest organ of our body it’s equally important to cleanse and nourish our external system, through proper skincare so that we can provide our entire body with a detox cleanse.
We enlisted Dr. G to breakdown the highlight of different types of detox ingredients that we want in our masks that are essential to a detoxifying regimen and maintain usage throughout the year.
Fact: The average person’s face contains roughly 20,000 pores, each of which act as a ‘pocket’ for dead skin, oil, dirt, and makeup. Throughout the course of a day, these impurities will gradually make their way into the pores, promoting the formation of acne blemishes, irritation and inflammation. Hence, why it’s so important to practice proper skin detoxification, particularly in the form of a potent skin clarifying mask which adds an extra punch of detoxification to any regimen.
Acids: Removing dead skin cells and along with them, pollution and dirt from the skin. Glycolic, lactic, salicylic acids and fruit enzymes are common in all types of “chemical” exfoliants. Enzymes are also reported to diminish scars, age spots, fine lines, and discoloration, and may also penetrate the skin to cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture.
Clay: The uber-potent mineral has a super absorbanent material that yanks out dirt and it’s a naturally occurring mineral that works to soothe redness. They work the same way as charcoal, by drawing dirt out of skin. Oily skin and acne-prone people alike swear by clay, because it helps to expel toxins and and reduce redness. Rule number one of clay masks: Never let them dry completely. Using clay-like masks can be pretty heavy-duty (using too frequently and/or leaving on for too long), so limit use to twice a week max so that you can benefit from the proper treatment.
Charcoal: Acts like a magnet, pulling grime and junk off the skin. Tip: Charcoal needs a bit of time to activate and penetrate the skin, so the most effective charcoal-based products on the market, come in a mask form (i.e. not a cleanser or sponge) so that it will allow for a chance to penetrate the skin and provide the ultimate treatment benefits.
Take it from Dr. Goldfaden himself, your skin needs a little special TLC coming off of a month of parties, sugar, alcohol and little sleep. Start the New Year off with these expert tips that will keep your skin looking youthful, glowing and vibrant all year long.
- Sleep with your head slightly elevated. Fluid retention occurs while we sleep because we are lying flat and circulation can be affected. Excess sugar, salt and alcohol will add to fluid retention. Consumption of all these pollutants can escalate swelling and puffiness to the eyes and face.
- Drink ample water throughout the day (recommended at least 9oz) or coconut water (high in potassium/electrolyte) before going to bed as this will rehydrate your body, help flush out unwanted toxins, reduce inflammation and keep skin looking plump and hydrated.
- Regular Exercise (3-5 times per week, even for just 30 min) Even though it my be the last thing you feel like doing, sweating will help de-puff the eyes and face, circulation will get blood pumping (and also awaken the complexion) and the release of endorphins will make you feel better internally and glow externally.
- If your eyes are swollen, ice them with frozen Rooibos tea bags. We always keep some in the freezer. Rooibos is high in anti-inflammatory agents and is also very soothing.
Stay Clear Of:
- Alcohol seems almost unavoidable during the holiday season. Small amounts in moderation are okay and if possible try to stick to red wine (at least you get the resveratrol bonus). Alcohol contains a ton of sugar, which causes glycation (the breakdown of the proteins in the skin (collagen and elastin), ultimately causing skin to sag and age. Glucose also causes cells to be malformed and irregular thus creating free radicals.
- White Sugar (which is in everything) also causes glycation. When choosing a holiday treat to either eat or bake, try adding Honey or Cacao, as they are great alternatives to white sugar and they are both super foods. Cinnamon can also be substituted and it helps with inflammation!
Dr. G’s Skincare Must-Haves:
De-Puff, Brighten and Tighten
Arguably the first place over indulging appears is the eyes and eye area. Darkness, puffiness and overall sagging will improve with an appropriate brightening and de-puffing eye cream (along with sleep). The eye region gets dehydrated very quickly as we do not have oil glands for self-lubrication. Bright Eyes triple action eye concentrate will not only make the eye area look and feel more hydrated, but it can double as a makeup primer! Powerhouse ingredients, soy and rice bran peptides have been shown to reduce venous blood clotting. They have also been shown to have a localized effect on the hemodynamic properties of blood vessels and to increase blood supply to the superficial tissue of the eyelids. This means they help with circulation and distribution of blood flow, avoiding clotting and dark circles. Moreover, these two peptides have been shown to inhibit elastase and collagenase, which degrade collagen and elastin in the skin, thus helping the skin retain its natural firmness. Keep this in the refrigerator for an extra cool sensation and will also help decreases swelling!
The process of exfoliation is a lot like peeling away the dry, outer skin of an onion to reveal the living layers beneath. Whether the exfoliation is done using mechanical abrasion or a controlled chemical/enzyme peel, removing dead viagra efectos adversos and damaged skin cells on the surface allows the fresh new skin underneath to become visible. This newly exposed layer of skin feels much softer and smoother. Its surface reflects light better, making fine lines and other small imperfections harder to see. Age spots and other areas of unwanted pigmentation are less noticeable because the dead skin cells containing the pigment have been removed. Exfoliation unplugs clogged pores and allows for the release of natural skin oils. Regular exfoliation also helps to maintain open pores, decreases pore size, and minimizes many types of superficial scarring. In addition, removing the top layer of dead and damaged cells allows other health-promoting agents such as moisturizers, antioxidants, and collagen-boosting ingredients to better penetrate the skin and work more effectively.
Dr. G’s January pick: Fresh A Peel – a multi fruit acid peel for hydrated and bright skin. The unique combination of Lactic acid and Multi-Fruit Enzymes provide superior rate of exfoliation while reducing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and skin imperfections (and Lactic Acid also pulls moisture to the surface of the skin which creates a plump complexion). Apply to dry clean skin for 2-5 minutes and then rinse with cool water. The finished result will be even, smooth, bright and fresh-looking skin. Don’t forget the neck and chest areas too! Hit the road dead skin cells!!
Mask Away: Detoxify your complexion
Facial Detox is a powerhouse product that reduces blackheads, pore size, redness and inflammation to reveal a healthier, blemish-free complexion. “We are extremely proud to introduce the first ever mask + spot treatment to the GOLDFADEN MD range,” says Dr. Goldfaden. “The prestige marketplace was lacking a natural solution to common breakouts and blemishes that would be effective enough to be deemed high-performance without any chemical additives or irritating medicine, and we are proud to be the brand to fill that void.”
Facial Detox utilizes potent naturals including zinc oxide, sulfur and camphor to correct and purify broken out or blemished skin. This gentle mask’s ingredients go beyond treatment of existing problem areas to heal the skin and prevent further breakouts.
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Claim: Sweating eliminates toxins, alcohol and pollution from your pores.
Fact: Toxins in the body are broken down by the liver buy levitra canada now and excreted in urine. But if you find saunas relaxing, then bake away—just be aware that all you’re sweating out is water, salt, protein, and nontoxic urea.
Claim: Sweating makes you break out.
Fact: Acne happens when sebum glands become clogged with oil, not sweat. The exception is bacne: A damp sports bra worn too long can push bacteria into the sebum glands, causing zits.
*Sweating (aka exercise) stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers and boosts overall mood. In addition, working up a sweat stimulates and increases circulation in the body resulting in that post-workout glow. Overall, exercise and working up a sweat is key to keeping inflammation low, increased mood and glow, and controls overall health and wellness.
Myth: Drinking a lot of water will keep your skin clear.
Fact: While water is very important for a heathy diet and complexion, it sadly will not stop acne. Acne and breakouts can be caused by all sorts of issues, but are most directly related to hormones and bacteria.
*However, drinking lots of water and staying hydrated will help fine lines and wrinkles appear less pronounced. Skin will look less dull and dry as water also helps to flush salt and pollutants out of the body. Consistent water intake also helps the eyes look clearer.
Fact: Glycation is the main enemy when it comes to the skin and the aging process of the body in general.
*The glycation process, which is basically, sugars (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin, which excels the aging process.
Fact: Foods that feed glycation and cause inflammation in the body and the skin are carbohydrates, fried foods, sugar, fatty meats and alcohol. Limiting the above mentioned triggers and increasing intake of vegetables and fruits high in anti-oxidants and essential fats will keep skin glowing and clear.
Myth: Acne prone skin should not exfoliate for fear of spreading the bacteria to other areas of the face.
Fact: Exfoliation not only clears up existing oil and bacteria, it also removes dead and dry skin cells and inhibits future breakouts. Exfoliation helps acne!
*Regular exfoliation helps treat existing scarring due to Acne. Causing a more even skin surface and smaller pores.
Myth: Face oils are only for dry skin and not acne prone skin.
Fact: Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil, which are similar to our skin’s sebum and trick the skin into thinking enough oil has been produced, so that it does not need to overproduce oil/sebum, thus causing breakouts.
Fact: Hemp Seed Oil eliminates blackheads and is anti-inflammatory.
Fact: People with an oily complexion also suffer from acne and scarring.
Fact: Rose Hip Seed + Baobob Oil help to heal, repair tissue and brighten skin due to high levels Vitamin C, Omega-3 + Omega-6 fatty acids and Retinoic acid.
*Acne prone skin should avoid Avocado oil and Coconut oil as they can be too heavy.
Myth: All sunscreen can cause Acne + breakouts
Fact: Look for a physical sunscreen that contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc oxide, as these ingredients sit on top of the skin to protect instead of being absorbed. Also look for oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreens that come in a dry mist application.
*Stay clear of ingredients like PABA which can cause clogged pores and allergic reactions.
Myth: All ingredients are safe, because there being sold.
Fact: Ingredients matter, no only for what they do inside your body but topically as well. Certain widely used and popular ingredients can be the cause of acne, breakouts and allergies.
*There is no governing body that says what is natural or not in the beauty industry. So you must be your own advocate. Read labels, google ingredients and know what they do.
Fact: Look for naturally derived ingredients that do not contain mineral oils, alcohol , sulfates, silicones, parabens or artificial fragrances.
The holiday season has started which means lower temperatures, holiday parties, sugar and late nights. This year it is easier than you think to keep skin glowing and young. Take the time to recognize the culprits that make us look drab and tired and then fight them with this years season saviors
The NO glow culprits
- Lack of exfoliation- causes build up of dead skin cells and appearance of dark spots from sun and uneven skin tone
- Pollution – environmental, alcohol, sugar, sun. Causes dullness, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and wrinkles
- Dehydration- cause wrinkles, dryness and drab looking skin
This Season Saviors
Fresh A Peel is our multi fruit acid peel for hydrated and bright skin. The unique combination of Lactic acid and Multi-Fruit Enzymes provide superior rate of exfoliation while reducing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and skin imperfections (and Lactic Acid also pulls moisture to the surface of the skin which creates a plump complexion). Apply to dry clean skin for 2-5 minutes and then rinse with cool water. The finished result will be even, smooth, bright and fresh-looking skin. Don’t forget the neck and chest areas too! Hit the road dead skin cells!!
Treat + Target
Brightening Elixir, featuring Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) 9%, Ferulic acid 3%, Vitamin B 3%, and Vitamin E 2% (alpha tocopherol) to protect skin against damage caused by free radicals (including UVA/UVB), increases firmness, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, improves skin tone and boosts hydration for a brighter, visibly healthier complexion. Bye pollution + dullness!
Fleuressence Native Botanical oil is a non-greasy, golden elixir, which replenishes hydration, may help improve the appearance of skin color, tone and boost radiance. With three unique usage options, Dr. G’s proprietary blend of 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts, Kalahari Oil, Mongongo Oil and Baobab Oil, which all deliver powerful Omega fatty acids and Vitamins A, C & E, may help skin against environmental stresses while skin is left looking glowing and hydrated. Fleuressence can be used as a serum for ultimate brightening effects, mixed with a moisturizer of choice or dropped into foundation for an extra radiant complexion!
Plant Profusion Night Cream was developed specifically for dehydrated, tired and dry skin. With daily use, skin is deeply hydrated, soothed, and radiance is increased. Delivering a powerful multi-functional anti-aging formula, which combines potent plant stem cells, antioxidants, and nourishing plant extracts to provide superior hydration. Supreme functioning Raspberry and Comfrey plant stem cell extracts along with Birds of Paradise extract may help promote soothing, smoothing and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Can be worn during the day too!
Everyone wants to be glowing this holiday season, but unsightly mistreated, ignored neck and chest skin can ruin an outfit. Plant Profusion Neck Cream is this season savor when it comes to glowing, hydrated, supple skin. Most people simply forget to protect and restore the neck and décolleté area. The neck and chest area show the body’s chronological age of and the sooner restored the better. Plant Profusion Neck Cream is a hydrating and reparative treatment that is loaded with collagen encouraging plant stem cells, lifting and tightening peptides, hydrating pink grapefruit oil as well as Dr. G’s secret delivery system, PURFLORA. Hyper-pigmentation, crepey skin, wrinkles and dehydrated neck-bands beware! If you’re still gift hunting, look no further! And there is no wrapping necessary with the gorgeous gold packaging.