Ensure Flawless Skin this Fall

Still paying for the summer sun damage you did to your skin? A little sun goes a long way! Fear not because we have your autumn skincare guide mapped out for you. A few minor adjustments to your regimen will keep you radiant and hydrated autumn through winter.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the most important step for radiant, clear and even toned skin. We like to introduce acid based exfoliators (Fresh-A-Peel) into our autumn regimen as they target hyper-pigmentation, pull moisture to the surface and create an overall even smooth appearance. Enzymatic/acid based exfoliators (peels and pads) are also great as temperatures and humidity start to drop. Too much physical exfoliation during fall/winter can cause dryness and redness in some people. Our tip is ‘try switching it up!’ If you’re used to scrubbing every other day, try to 2 times a week and add in a peel (on a day you don’t use scrub) for a week for a treatment.

 

Treat

Targeted serums mean business. Look for ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Retinol to brighten and reverse summer damage. Our Brightening Elixir was created to reverse the signs of aging caused by sun damage and environmental pollution.

 

Hydrate

Whether you prefer oil or a cream, this step is a must! Gone are the days of the heavy, greasy moisturizer. Products formulated with silicones can give your skin that slippery, greasy, heavy feeling and clog pores. Dr. G does not formulate with silicone, so you never have to worry about that. Try our Wake Up Call for an intense does of anti-oxidant powerhouse ingredients. If you prefer the feel of oil, our Fleuressence Native Botanical Oil not only hydrates with an infusion of omega fatty acids, it also delivers the key vitamins A, C and E!

 

Protect

As always whether you’re in the car or just simply walking to and from work, SPF is a crucial. Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean your aren’t being exposed to harmful UV rays. For superior protection with an ultra lightweight feel, try our Sun Visor SPF30 mist. This can be misted on clean skin, over makeup and as a touchup throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer-Get the facts!

October is Breast Cancer awareness month and a perfect time to learn the facts about this very common and potentially deadly disease. Below are some facts from Breastcancer.org, where you can find out more information if you or a loved one is fighting this cancer.

  • 1 out if 8 women will get breast cancer during their lifetime (12%)
  • A man’s risk for breast cancer is 1 in 1000
  • In 2015 – 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
  • In 2015- over 40,000 women are expected to die from breast cancer
  • Breast cancer has the 2nd highest mortality rate for cancers with the exception of lung cancer in women
  • 2nd to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common diagnosed cancer for American women
  • Under the age of 45, African American women are at higher risk than white women
  • Hispanic, Asian and Native American women are at lower risk of developing breast cancer at any age
  • Risk doubles if a woman has a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) that had breast cancer
  • Only 5-10% of breast cancer can be linked to having the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • If you have BRCA1 you risk goes up to 45-55%
  • BRCA2 the risk is 45%
  • 85% of breast cancer occurs with NO family history
  • Top risk factors are gender and aging

 

While exercise, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight all contribute to staying cancer free, the best weapon against breast cancer is a mammogram. There are two main types of mammograms available today, film or digital, talk to your doctor to see which is most appropriate for you. Film mammograms and digital both take two pictures of the breasts. The difference is how they are printed and stored. The actual process is the same but the storing of the results is different. Film is on film and digital is on a computer. The benefit to the digital is that they can be shared between doctors easily and blown up to see closer if something looks suspicious. There is also a 3D mammogram, which is available in 48 of our 50 states. The 3D mammogram takes images form various angles of the breast in ‘slices’, which allows for a deeper more accurate view. However, 3D mammograms are not always covered by insurance and are costly at $150 and up.These mammograms are good for younger women, women with dense breast tissue or implants. Studies have shown that 3D mammography may help up to 40% more to detect cancer. They also lessen the ‘call backs’ because they are so precise.

Knowledge and early detection saves lives. Mammograms take 10-20 minutes and while they can be uncomfortable they do not hurt. If you have a family history of breast cancer, mammograms are being recommended at an earlier age than 40. Talk to your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmas and friends. Urge them to get tested and have yearly mammograms. Another great way to help fight this disease is by raising money and participating in a Breast Cancer walk/run. Think Pink!

An Intimate Interview with the Goldfaden MD founders

This month marks the 4th year anniversary of when Goldfaden MD launched and we had a chance to sit down with the Goldfaden family (and founders) to uncover the history, passion and dedication involved with growing Goldfaden MD!

 (Founder and Product Developer) Dr. Gary Goldfaden, M.D.:

When did your passion for living a healthy lifestyle start? When I was growing up people were much less aware of healthy lifestyle choices and there was very little research around diet, exercise and the diseases and risks associated with food and weight gain. As in many households, I was raised eating white bread and soda and struggled with my weight.  As I got older, I started to eliminate processed foods and sugar, and I’ve been exercising just about every day for the past 40 years.  When my father died from a heart attack at the early age of 59, my personal health became more of a priority than ever.

What inspired you to start Goldfaden MD and when was the company founded? I have always been a creative yet clinical thinker when it comes to medical solutions, so problem-solving for my patients naturally steered me toward product development. I remember developing formulas for my wife and young children as they began to encounter various skin issues—it was a genuine and instinctive passion. When I began practicing in the late 60’s, the anti-aging movement hadn’t really begun on a medical level, and most patients sought in-office procedures as the first line of defense. As I gained experience in private practice, I realized just how significant preventative at home skin care could be for my patients and how it could hopefully reduce their need for more extreme corrective measures in-office. There was a void in the skincare marketplace of products that delivered visible anti-aging benefits but that could be tolerated by sensitive, post surgical, and allergic skin types. It was clear to me that the world needed a serious yet chemically clean line they could trust, and GOLDFADEN MD would be the answer.

What did the process look like to formulate your non-prescription, medical-grade skincare products? How long did it take? The process starts with identifying a problem I see in office, and from there develop at home solutions and preventative measures. If brightening is the goal, for example, we want to layer potent natural actives together without adding in silicones, fillers, and irritants. The challenge is keeping the formulas clean without compromising the stability. The first product I developed was Doctors Scrub, our hero product. I started mixing various ingredients together in my office until I perfected the formula through patient trials and lab testing, which took a couple of years.

To this day, do you still constantly experiment to find new and innovative ingredients? We continue to scour the globe for innovative and effective natural skincare ingredients. GOLDFADEN MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil, for example features extracts from plants in the Kalahari desert in Africa to the Rooibos fields of South Africa.

Can you tell us about the benefit of  NATURAL ingredients—inside and out? Being aware of what you put in and on your body is crucial. Naturally sourced foods (meaning not processed, and free from pesticides or hormones) have the ability to offer a higher percentage of nutrients, vitamins and key antioxidants because there are no unnecessary preservatives, hormones, or antibiotics that can prevent the beneficial ingredients from leaving that specific product and also allows for maximum freshness of foods. Eating a diet of fresh, naturally grown or raised whole foods, is scientifically linked to decreasing risk of disease and increasing life span.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and studies have found that the skin can absorb up to about 60% of what we put on to it so it’s important to be familiar with what we are putting on our skin and stay away from harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances. Chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural makeup, skin care products, and body products work with your skin instead of against it. The integrity and purity in plant and botanically-derived ingredients—the high level of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, natural sugars, and more—provide a vital spectrum of benefits for the skin without being compromised by fillers and inactive ingredients which allow for the treatment actives to provide the most abundant of its treatment benefits within topical formulas.

Can you tell us how Goldfaden MD’s products target specific skin concerns? How are they unique compared to other products on the market? I have honed in on what I feel are the most important and often common skincare problems and built the range in order to allow consumers to address them at home and improve skin health long term. Superior formulations featuring naturally-derived ingredients with effective delivery systems set the GOLDFADEN MD brand apart. We couple scientific, results driven products with globally-sourced natural ingredients, bridging the “natural” and “physician” product categories at the prestige level in a way no other brand has.

(CEO) Robert Goldfaden:

Can you tell us some of the most important lessons your father instilled in you about health when you were young? One of them is that metabolic performance is heavily dictated by what we put in our bodies. We ate a lot of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates; no processed foods and very minimal sugar and flour. We let this approach guide our choices now in my own house, and I know it’s made me a healthier adult.

When did you make the switch from the corporate world to joining Goldfaden MD? What fueled this decision? I began my career in investment banking but quickly became eager to and indulge my entrepreneurial passion, which was to fully develop the skincare concepts my father had been conceiving over the years into a retail brand. Growing up, my father was always into formulating products and mixing things in his lab and even our kitchen sink. I had seen him really help people in his Dermatology practice, and I had always felt I wanted to be a part of that in some way. Even years later I was getting bombarded with calls from old friends in desperate need of the scrub. I knew there was a need for quality skincare products and that I had access to something really special. I made it my mission to bring Goldfaden MD to market.

As a kid, you saw your father constantly inventing new formulas. What was that like? I was often a guinea pig for testing, so got to see them come to life from the ground up. And often the product inspiration was tied to the foods we ate (i.e. Cherries/Cherry Extract, Red Tea/Rooibos, carrots/retinol), so I grew up familiar with the benefits and aware that there was “technology” in our diets that could be powerful on our skin as well. This became very beneficial when I started this business with my father.

Can you tell us about the scrub your father created for you growing up? It was known as a magic scrub and all of our friends would take some when they were over at our house. From a personal standpoint, it greatly helped my skin as I suffered from blemish prone so it worked wonders to help clear up my complexion, but it was the formula that made it so unique and a true standout product. The emollient and vitamin packed ingredient list combined with our Ruby Crystal technology provides instant and visible benefits making skin brighter and more radiant. 35+ years later, Doctor’s Scrub makes up approximately 25% of overall sales and attracts a huge variety of customers from 16 to 70+, including discerning A-list celebrities like Kate Hudson who credits it as a staple of her red carpet beauty regimen.

Can you tell us about your research of exotic ingredients? What have you learned from it? Advancements in the uses of natural actives–meaning substances produced by a live organism— in medicine have been significant. And we have witnessed a massive shift in the beauty industry toward a demand for “cleaner” products. It seems that new natural active ingredients with unique treatment benefits are being introduced almost daily, so we are constantly working to stay at the forefront of discovery and sourcing the best possible ingredients for our formulas. For example, after analyzing the research on the “Birds of Paradise” flower, we incorporated it into our proprietary complex PURFLORA™ found within the Plant Profusion range as an essential brightening ingredient. I’m fascinated to see that often times natural actives are scientifically proven to deliver an equal or greater treatment benefit to a chemically-based alternative.

(VP of Marketing) Lisa Goldfaden: 

Can you tell us some of the most important lessons your father instilled in you about health when you were young? For as long as I can remember I have been health focused. As children we were not allowed to have junk, soda, candy or fast food. My father always taught us by example through eating habits and exercise routines. He was an avid racquetball player and champion, so I spent many weekends watching him compete and learning the importance of exercise and how it relates to health. Naturally my brother and I both became involved in sports at a very young age and my father coached both our soccer and basketball teams. Juicing was also a big part of his post exercise routine and so I learned a great deal about vegetables and fruits at a young age. I also watched my father get acupuncture and chiropractic adjustment, which I still partake in today. He always placed an importance on your health inside being as important as your health outside. You cannot really have one without the other.

When did you join the family business and what fueled that decision? I joined the family business fulltime in 2006. My background is in studio art and childhood education. At the time my brother asked me to join the team, I was working in the education department at The Paley Center for Media and realized starting a skincare brand was the perfect platform to utilize my education background. I wanted to share all I had learned from our father with the public. I was mostly fueled by the fact that there really wasn’t much natural skincare available on a retail level. We were so used to using products from his practice that he created, that when a friend would ask me what I used and where to purchase it, I would have to get it for them.

As a kid, you saw your father constantly helping patients. What was that like? Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure of being able to watch my father make profound changes in so many individual lives simply by the way in which they view themselves from a physical standpoint. Experiencing skin ailments can be debilitating and eat away at our self-confidence levels and my father has always been able to provide a healing touch to his patients. Being able to watch the lives of so many people change and transform through the way of dermatological practices of enhancing the way in which our skin appears has touched me so much and what keeps me motivated on a daily basis.

On the website you say that you credit your dad for your artistic side. Can you tell me how you’re both able to use your creativity to make Goldfaden MD a unique company? Watching my father mix up batches of product in the sink at home absolutely encouraged my creativity. He utilizes his vast knowledge of western medicine with his interest in innovative exotic natural active ingredients. His ability and creativity in an almost culinary manner, to combine and mix ingredients is an imperative skill in creating a unique skincare brand. I use my creative and artistic teaching background on a retail level to educate customers and team members alike on how to pinpoint the brands greatest assets and how to distinguish the unique products among the sea of other products within the category and weigh in on the critical creative branding process. I have also been known to offer my input into product development based on where I see growth opportunities within the marketplace and consumer demands. Many of our products were birthed out of a necessity or suggestion from us. For example, our moisturizer Vital Boost was created for Lauren and myself when we couldn’t find a moisturizer that we found effective.

How has this creativity also played into how the products are marketed? I think this creativity is woven throughout the brand. From the packing to the product names to our Social media presence, we aim for an edited natural elegance and an emphasis on the key standout piece that makes the product so unique which differs among the SKU – packaging, ingredients, design, technology, delivery system. When it comes time to name products we have everyone throw their ideas into the ring and ultimately select from there.

What’s your go-to must-have Goldfaden MD product? Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil is my must have product! I love it because it is light weight but power packed with omega fatty acids, vitamins A, C and E. Fleuressence is not only hydrating, but the glow and brightness is delivers is like nothing I’ve ever used—and trust me, I’ve tried everything.

(VP of Sales) Lauren Wolk-Goldfaden:

How did your passion for natural ingredients and beauty lead you to finding Goldfaden MD? Health and wellness have always been a huge part of my life. And I’ve always felt that beauty– specifically products–is really an extension of our overall lifestyle in terms of what we are gravitate to, so I am focused on being what I call “naturally conscious” in every aspect of my life. This includes beauty products, household cleaning products, diet and exercise. When I first met my husband, Rob, he handed me this exfoliator in a lab sample jar and said “would you try this, I am thinking about starting a skincare brand, and this would be our  lead product.” I of course instantly fell in love (first with the scrub, and later with him) and I saw the  potential for an entire dermatologist-developed natural skincare brand, since this simply did not exist in the marketplace.

When did you join the company and how have you seen it grow with your involvement? After a handful of years in advertising, working with global brands like Coca Cola, Volkswagon, and Method “non-toxic” personal care products, I wanted to follow something that I was deeply passionate about. I joined Goldfaden MD, over eight years ago and it has been the most exciting and rewarding journey. Spearheading the sales of Goldfaden MD, we have been able to penetrate growth of the brand in over 250 retail doors, in over 8 countries, and a number of international distribution partners in just over two years of being in market. It is a huge accomplishment and a true testament to the long-standing power that this brand has with our consumers worldwide. I am filled with excitement about what is coming next for the brand and to see it continue to flourish in both untapped markets abroad and building upon the success in our existing markets.

How are Goldfaden MD’s products different than other skincare brands on the market? Goldfaden MD is the first Dermatologist-developed, naturally inspired skincare brand on the market. It truly bridges what was once a gap between natural luxury and physical strength/dermatologist formulated skincare. It fills a huge void within the beauty space and one that consumers increasingly demand– they want clean products of the highest quality that deliver on their benefit promise; it’s as simple as that.

What’s your go-to must-have Goldfaden MD product? GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub and GOLDFADEN MD Needle-Less. I just can’t live without them.

The Who, What, Why, When of AHA + BHA Acids

What

Both AHAs and BHAs chemical exfoliators work by combining with the structural lipids in the stratum corneum (aka skin) and dissolving them so that the dead skin cells break away. This is just a fancy was of explaining their very efficient exfoliation method and why they’re an encouraged addition to any healthy skincare regimen.

Who

Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA (which are Lactic acid, Glycolic acid and the Fruit acids) is used as a facial exfoliator and is an excellent choice for people with sun damaged skin, aging skin and normal to dry skin types. AHA does not cause sun sensitivity and comes in many forms. AHA’s come in the form of lactic acid which is derived from milk, glycolic acid which is derived from sugarcane and fruit acids which are derived from fruits (citrus and apples/malic acid). AHA can also aid in thickening the lower layers of the skin thus delivering firmness.

Beta Hydroxy Acid or BHA (also called salicylic acid) comes from acetylsalicylic acid which is the same source as aspirin. In general, beta hydroxy acid is a more effective treatment for acne prone skin. BHA also can cause sun sensitivity and must always be used in conjunction with a sunscreen.

Why

  • They’re both powerhouse ingredients!
  • Both get rid of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Both make skin appear smoother and tighter
  • Both make skin look more even in texture
  • Improve scarring
  • Improve appearance of photo-aged skin
  • Both hydrate and exfoliate the skin


Well said from Paula’s Choice: “AHAs and BHA are different, and their different properties make one or the other preferred for different skin types:

  • AHAs are water soluble and are preferred for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin due to their ability to enhance natural moisturizing factors within skin.
  • BHA is oil soluble and preferred for normal to oily, clog-prone and bump-prone skin, and enlarged pores, and can clear pores deeply, even those with hard, tiny, white bumps on the cheeks and face. BHA is even suitable for those prone to milia.
  • AHAs and BHA work on skin’s surface; but BHA also works inside the pore lining, where clogs begin.
  • BHA has natural skin-calming properties, which make it preferred for sensitive, redness-prone skin. It’s great for sensitive skin, even for those with rosacea.”

When

  1. AM/PM: try one in the morning and one at night. If you’re targeting a skin issue then doubling down can be effective. Make sure to always hydrate your skin properly and pay attention to warning signs such as redness or red or dryness.
  2. Alternate days: Try AHA on day and then BHA a few days later. Listen to your skin and you’ll never go wrong!
  3. Spot treat: If you have combo skin, try using BHA only in t-zone or oily areas while using AHA everywhere else.
  4. Know your limits-not everyone needs both and if you’re particularly sensitive and NOT acne prone then stick to AHAs.

 

Your Summer to Fall Skincare Transition

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The dog days of summer are wrapping up—and coincides with when skin has decided it can no longer take the heat, grime and sweat it’s been enduring for the past few months, going haywire. Just some of what you might be seeing in the mirror? Photo-damaged skin, discoloration, dehydration, dull or lackluster complexion, congestion. “It’s the sun, sand, beach, warm/humid climate,” explains Dr. Goldfaden. “Added with the fact that consumers are putting on loads of sunscreen to protect against harmful UVA/UVB rays, which can lead to skin congestion and breakouts.”

So what do we do about the new constellation of pimples that has suddenly appeared on our left cheek, and refuses to budge? The changes in weather, as summer transitions to fall, is already enough to shock your skin. So make sure any changes to your skincare regimen are subtle, rather than completely abandoning your previous routine just because it’s getting a little cooler outside. “Subtle changes to your regimen can do wonders for your skin and give it what it really needs. Polish and plump: this is the key. Exfoliation (either in the form of a physical exfoliator or enzyme/chemical)–ridding your complexion of dead, dry, dull cells and revealing brighter, smoother, younger-looking skin underneath is the beginning of revealing a more healthy-looking complexion followed by a corrective moisturizer/hydrating treatment, like oils and moisturizers.”



One subtle change? Swapping out just your cleanser. Goldfaden MD has developed a new cleanser that foams, the Detox Clarifying Facial Wash. Currently the original cleanser in the line, Pure Start, is a gentle wash that helps realign the skin’s natural pH balance. Detox Wash—thanks to a hardworking combo of AHA acids—takes it a step further by fighting bacteria, clarifying pores clogged up by sunscreen, and really addressing congested skin. If your current cleanser works great—check by swiping a pad with micellar water after a wash to see there’s no grime or residue left behind—keep using it!

To treat discoloration, photodamaged skin, or a dull complexion, think about slipping a few brightening ingredients into your regimen. Vitamin C (found in Goldfaden MD’s Brightening Elixir), alpha arbutin (found in Light Treatment, specifically for dark spots) and lactic acid (found in Fresh a Peel) are all power players that can help brighten skin tone and increase radiance.

It’s not just enough to apply product to the face—aka, treating merely the visible symptoms—to treat your skin well. It’s important to balance an effective skincare routine with good choices in diet and a supportive environment. “We holistically believe that healthy-looking skin is a 360-degree approach to wellness,” says Dr. Goldfaden. He recommends eating a diet rich in fatty acids (a “hydration punch”): think avocados, salmon, leafy greens, which will “keep congestion and inflammation at bay while infusing nutrient rich vitamins and nutrients back into your system.” It also means staying clear of alcohol, white carbs and refined sugar—all of which can trigger the inflammation we’re trying to avoid.

Healthy (and Delicious) Labor Day Menu

Celebrate Labor Day with these party-friendly, delicious and healthy recipes. 

Dr. G’s Summertime Baked Salmon (incase you don’t have a grill)

2 salmon fillets (can feed 4 people)
1 teaspoons of Peppercorns (black & red)
1 tablespoon of Honey (Manuka for the texture)
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Parsley( raw for topping after baked)Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

  1. In a small bowl mix the peppercorns, honey and mustard. Spread evenly across both filets covering all the flesh.
  2. Place filets skin side down on parchment paper inside a baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20 mins or until the middle of the fish is to your liking.
  4. Remove salmon and let it rest for 5 mins then sprinkle sea salt and fresh chopped parsley on top and serve.

Summer Salad

Red Leaf Lettuce – A whole head torn up
Fresh Dill – Chopped and sprinkled throughout.
3-4 Nectarines – Peeled and sectioned
1 Med Cucumber – Sliced very thin
1 Orange halved – To be used for the dressing
(2 tsp) extra virgin olive oil
(pinch) Sea Salt
(pinch) Fresh Ground Pepper

To make the dressing, simply squeeze the orange into a small bowl, add olive oil, salt and pepper and mix vigorously with a whisk. Dress the salad just before serving.

Healthy (and delicious) Fruit Kabobs

1 Large package of strawberries, cut into halves
½ cantaloupe, cut into balls or cubes
2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
1 Pineapple, cut into chunks
20 skewers

  1. Thread the strawberries, cantaloupe, banana and pineapple pieces alternately onto skewers, placing at least 2 pieces of fruit on each skewer.
  2. Arrange the fruit skewers decoratively on a serving platter.

Power of Hydration

With the passing of the autumn equinox, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, dark nights will become more familiar than sunlight in the coming months. But by switching on the power of hydration, your skin doesn’t have to follow suit. Instead, help it glow with radiance—and guard it from the unforgiving winter weather—by introducing some high-performing, superhero products that work while you sleep. This season, it’s all about repair, repair, repair, and protect.

 

Goldfaden MD’s most powerful hydrators can be found in the Plant Profusion collection, which makes use of potent natural ingredients that you won’t find while browsing products at your typical, go-to beauty counter. Extracts from the white bird of paradise (not to worry, no animals were harmed—it’s the plant with banana-like leaves native to South Africa), garden cress, Butcher’s-broom; even raspberry and comfrey stem cells.

The powerhouse secret in Plant Profusion Supreme Serum? Japonica flower extract, which helps bring back skin to its youthful prime. “One of the most important medicinal herbs in history, it provides extraordinary levels of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties for the skin. Loaded with regenerative properties to deliver the appearance of repaired skin,” explains Dr. Goldfaden.

The oil-free serum works in synergy with the super hydrating Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream, a must for mature skin (but for those with very oily skin, try out the serum on its own first). If you’ve been used to applying the same light moisturizer in the AM and PM all summer, there are more than a few reasons why you’d want to swap in a more hardworking SPF-free cream while you snooze. For the 6-8 hours you’re in bed, your skin fully absorbs the hydration and active ingredients (aka you’re not sweating it off by the time you arrive at the office, or mixing in city grime from the polluted air). Melatonin levels rise at night, which also helps fight free radicals (there’s always more strength in numbers). Many night creams contain higher levels of retinoids or lightening agents that increase skin sensitivity when exposed to the sun—so it’s best to use them at home, in bed, away from UV exposure. Goldfaden MD’s Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream calms, soothes and hydrates—blending into the skin almost immediately, with no strong scent at all, a sheer difference from other night creams that are typically super greasy or chokingly thick.

Other routine changes to check off: transition out of aggressive scrubs and exfoliators—put that brush away!—and try something lighter. Goldfaden MD’s non-irritating Lactic and Multi-Fruit Enzyme exfoliating facial peel, Fresh A Peel, will remove the dead surface skin cells to soften and smooth out texture. Keep eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and fruits and veggies, to stay hydrated from within. And never stop drinking water!

The 411 on mole check

As Summer comes to end a visit to your dermatologist is recommend. Having a whole body check is imperative for healthy skin. Skin cancer can be avoided and prevented and early detection is crucial.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are many types of skin cancer but the three we hear the most about are Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma. To the naked eye these can all look similar which is why it is imperative to see your Dermatologist once a year for a full body scan. If you notice something different or new on your body go see your doctor. All of these skin cancers can be cured or treated if detected early. SCC (in rare cases) and Melanoma more frequently can cause death if they grow and spread. Learn the symptoms and get checked. Most likely anything you find is in very early stages and is easily treatable. Knowledge is your greatest weapon.

1. Basal Cell Carcinoma

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  • Found in outer most layers of the skin
  • Can be disfiguring if allowed to grow
  • Very rarely metastasizes (spreads)
  •  Most common form of cancer

Symptoms/Warning Signs

  • Open sore that bleeds
  • Red patch (can be mistaken for rosacea)
  • Shiny bump
  • Pink growth-can be elevated with a depression in the middle
  • Scar like looking area that can be void of color and looks stretched and shiny

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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  • Found in upper layers of skin
  • Can cause disfigurement if allowed to grow
  • Can cause death if allowed to grow (although very rare)
  • Grow deeper into the skin than BCC
  • Usually found on face, ears, lips, neck and tops of the hands

Symptoms/Warning Signs

  • Thick and rough sore
  • Scaly red sore
  • Red patch/crusty/bleeds
  • Sore with irregular boarders and crust
  • Can be brown/darker than BCC
  • Can look like a wart
  • Can be elevated with depression in middle

3. Melanoma

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  • Caused by mutation of cells found in the pigment of moles and freckles.
  • DNA is mutated due to UV exposure or predisposition
  • Can cause death
  • Can return once treated
  • Can develop without having had over UV exposure or sunburn
  • Can spread fast

Symptoms/Warning Signs

  • Asymmetry
  • Changes in size or color(pigment) of an existing mole
  • Uneven boarders of a mole
  • Can be black in color or brown
  • Can be pink in color or multi-colored
  • Diameter can be large but not necessary
  • Cancer can show up in places we may not always think to check. Seeing your Dermatologist once a year can put your mind at ease and possibly save your life.

A few areas skin cancer can show up are the following:

  • Moles – look for change is size, color or shape
  • Nail beds
  • Scalp
  • Soles of feet
  • Palms of the hands

Protection and prevention are the greatest tools for staying healthy and skin cancer free. Always remember if something looks or feels different or abnormal see your Dermatologist.

Our Summer rescue secret weapon. Discover Retinol.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which can be derived from both animal and plant sources(carotenoids). Retinol in some topical form is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Wherever it is derived from, topical vitamin A plays a major role in maintaining the youth of your skin by boosting the process of cell regeneration. Vitamin A and its retinoid analogs stimulate skin cell renewal by increasing the rate of cell division. Through its powerful action as a signaling agent, vitamin A stimulates the binding of epidermal growth factor to your skin cells, thereby encouraging new cell growth. This helps keep your skin soft and smooth. In addition, vitamin A actually thickens your epidermis, which becomes thinner with age, and also improves the elasticity of your skin. Try our Wake Up Call or Fleuressence for a boost of Retinol.

“Liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and spinach are among the best places to find  vitamin A. We derive ours from carrots.”

Dr. Goldfaden

Why you need it:

  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increases collagen production
  • Delivers an overall tighter, firmer, plumper appearance to the skin
  • Retinol will not negatively affect younger skin
  • Helps prevent the signs of aging.
  • Carotenoids = Vitamin A in fruits/plants is “Pro-Vitmain A” and delivers similar effects
  • Retin-A has been prescribed and used by teenagers battling Acne with no negative side effects. It is crucial however, to always wear an SPF if you’re using Retin-A or a retinoid product.

 

 

 

Drench your skin (and body) in super hydration, Dr. G reports

The sun is hot and temperatures are high. Dehydration can occur quickly and be very dangerous both internally and externally. Dehydration is when the body loses water and electrolytes and cannot function properly. Many regular outdoor activities (running, golf, even the pool) can lead to dehydration during the summer months and nothing does more for thirsty skin than hydration. Stay hydrated internally by drinking enough fluids, especially water, and eating foods with high water content and incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skin regimen. Hyaluronic acid holds up to 100x its weight in water (i.e. keeping skin plump, hydrated and youthful-looking). Skin is left supple and hydrated.

photo by @rachels.fit.kitchen

 

Dr. G’s tip: “Add a pinch of sea salt to your water. Sea salt contains over 80 essential nutrients our bodies crave. This water will keep you hydrated longer as the minerals will hold water in the body longer.”

Foods to eat to increase hydration:

  • Leafy greens
  • Watermelon
  • All berries
  • Lettuce
  • Raw spinach
  • Tomato sauce
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut water-potassium, electrolytes
  • Bananas-potassium
  • Add sea salt to your water

Infuse hydration and replenish your skin:

Super Botanicals

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We hear about them all the time, but what is a super botanical?  A super botanical is a botanical or plant that has two or more health and skin advantages. Super botanicals can be found in a number of plants and botanicals that we can use topically as skincare or ingest for nutrition. Below are a few of Dr. Goldfaden’s favorites!

Gooseberry

  • High levels of Vitamin C
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Promotes skin brightening
  • Delivers radiance and flawless complexion

 Where to find Gooseberry:

Vital Boost “Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer”

Grapes

  • Packed with health-promoting nutrients
  • A natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, В12, А, С, K and folic acid
  • Contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, antioxidants and enzymes
  • Scientific research suggests that the potent antioxidant compounds found in grapes—called polyphenols—help neutralize the free radical damage caused by sunlight, pollution and smoking on your skin
  • Grape seeds and their oil, grape skin, and grape juice all contain different types of active polyphenols such as resveratrol, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and flavonoids
  • Grape polyphenols have outstanding antioxidant power, help reinforce microcirculation, and protect your collagen and elastin fibers from breaking down
  • Polyphenols act as a potent inhibitor of enzymes and pro-inflammatory factors that can damage your skin and hasten the outward signs of aging

Where to find grape seed oil:

Fleuressence “Native Botanical Oil” and Plant Profusion Restorative Night Cream

Quinoa

  • Contains high levels of riboflavin which provides elasticity to the skin
  • Works to tone the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • A flowering plant in amaranth family
  • Edible seeds
  • Essential fatty acids which contribute to hydration
  • Contains proteins and amino acids

 Where to find Quinoa:

Plant Profusion Energetic Eye Cream



 

 White Birds of Paradise

  • Increases the appearance of skin luminosity
  • Improves hydration and smoothness
  • A native South African plant
  • In South Africa it is commonly called the crane flower and is featured on the back of the 50 cent coin
  • Helps with the appearance of uneven skin darkness/ dark spots and dull complexion

Where to find Birds of Paradise:

Highest percentage is in Plant profusion Supreme Serum. The entire Plant Profusion collection utilizes Birds of Paradise.

Red Tea

“One of the best health-promoting ingredients I’ve found to help revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. As a matter of fact, most of our products contain a concentrated red tea extract as part of their formula. That may give you an idea of how indispensable I believe this substance is for its ability to regenerate new skin cells, fight the visible signs of aging, and provide potent free radical protection.” Dr. Goldfaden

  • Red tea ( Rooibos) is made from the oxidized and dried leaves of the Aspalathis linearis plant that only grows in one spot on Earth— a tiny, mountainous region of South Africa in Western Cape Province.
  • For centuries the native South African tribes have used this natural remedy to alleviate ailments ranging from infantile colic and allergies to asthma and skin problems.
  • The most important therapeutic aspect of red tea is undoubtedly its powerful antioxidant capacity.
  • Red tea contains some of the most potent natural antioxidants known for protecting your skin from the free radical damage that can cause aging. **vitamins C, E and beta-carotene.
  • Red tea is known to possess 50 times the antioxidant capacity of green tea due to a high concentration of a special enzyme called superoxide dismutase.
  • Red tea also contains potent polyphenols and flavonoids that help heal and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Red tea helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots.

Where to find Red Tea:

The highest percentage of Organic Red Tea can be found in our Radical Difference serum and Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream.

Dr. G weighs in on summer skin issue: Facial Redness

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Are you red in the face? The culprits that generally cause facial redness especially during the summer can be annoying but are possible to manage and/or even avoid. Certain topical skincare products as well as warm temperatures, exercising outdoors, certain foods and drinks can encourage facial redness. Dr. G breaks down the culprits with tips and tricks to try this summer.


Exercise induced redness:

  • Occurs when the small capillaries widen to send more oxygen to the muscles
  • Facial redness generally affects those with fair skin more than others
  • Occurs due to the body temperature rising as extra blood rushes to the surface of the skin as a result of working hard

Solutions:

  • Try running indoor at the gym with the AC on
  • Take a cold shower post workout. Not only does cold-water help with redness it cools your body down fast
  • Keep a cold bottle of water and towel with you and use as a compress

Product induced redness:

  • Retinol is a necessary powerhouse but absolutely has side effects. Vitamin A (the ingredient that makes up Retinol) can cause redness, dryness and sun sensitivity
  • If you want to stay on your Retinol regimen, cut back on the number of days you use these types of products
  • ALWAYS wear an SPF + HAT
  • Limit acids, Glycolic, and aggressive exfoliators (go gentle on the scrubbing)

Alcohol + Food induced redness:

  • All alcohol can cause facial redness but wine tends to be the worst due to sulfites, tannins and histamines. * try mixing in a sparkling water or skip the alcohol all together
  • Caffeine (especially if you have Rosacea) but the heat of the coffee may add insult to injury of already redness prone skin
  • Spicy food * Dr. G says “reach for hydrating fruit instead”

Dr. G says increase anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing ingredients /foods

  • Red Tea (Rooibos)
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Green Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Cucumbers

If excessive redness does happen, try applying a cool compress, splashing your face with very cold water, going indoors and allowing your body to cool off. Wearing a little concealer on areas that do tend to get red can help too.

Summer Super Smoothies

Craving a cold, yummy fruit and veggie smoothie? You’re not the only one. During warmer months we aren’t as hungry and don’t desire as many heavy/ hot foods. And besides we all want our summer bodies to look good in our bathing suits. So lighten up! Swap one meal a day for a nutritious, antioxidant rich smoothie. The combinations are endless.

Below are a few of our favorites, which also all have detox properties. Feel free to add your favorite protein powder or vitamins! Dr. G’s favorite extras are flaxseed, hemp seed, collagen, plant based protein powder and bee pollen.

Image via SHUTTHEKALEUP

Summer Daze

Squeeze ½ Lemon

½ cup of cubed Watermelon

½-frozen banana

A hand full of watercress

Blend and enjoy!

Summer Spice

A few slices ginger (very potent)

½ cup of frozen mango

¼ teaspoon of chai powder

½ cup of coconut milk

A hand full of spinach

Blend and enjoy!

Summer Coolie

½ cup of red tea (chilled first)

½ cucumber

½ cup of frozen raspberries

½ frozen blueberries

½ of avocado

Blend and enjoy!

Lauren + Lisa Summertime Essentials

Find out what our co-founders are lusting over this Summer to keep their skin, hair, and wardrobe on point and fresh for every destination.

Lisa’s Must haves

Must have for skin– Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir 

  • Why I love it? “Because I’m prone to hyper pigmentation and sun damage, as I love to exercise outdoors.”

Must have for hairMiriam Quevedo Gold Oil Spray

  • Why I love and need it? “I have curly hair and summertime humidity can make it dry and difficult to manage. Gold oil spray hydrates, tames and smells incredible”

Must have clothing ? Dodo Bar Or wrap skirt

  • Why I bought it? “Light weight, super comfy and versatile. Pair with a tank and platform wedges or a tshirt and sneakers”

Must have makeup? Ritual de Fille Ash & Ember eye soot in the hue ‘Viscera’.

  • Why I love it ? “Formulated with beautiful long lasting pure pigment and oils. Super clean and non- irritating to my sensitive eyes.”

Lauren’s Must Haves 

 Hair: Ouai Wave Spray + Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner.

Why I love it: Super light weight, smells great and de-frizzes.

Skin: Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel + Facial Detox Mask

Why I love and use it: to keep pores flawless, complexion bright and blemish-free.

Makeup: A little RMS magic luminizer + lip to cheek in Demure are my go-to’s along with Well Peoples mascara.

Why I love it: I like to go very light on makeup in the summer. I’m also keen on staying natural and clean in my makeup choices.

Clothing: 

Bathing suits: Marysia swim wear

Why I bought it:  all things-best bathing suites that are flattering on all body types.

Dresses + tops:

  • Ulla Johnson flowy tops and whimsical dresses – I’m obsessed with her label right now.
  • For an easy slip on from beach to dinner, GOEN J makes great lightweight cotton dresses that are stylish, sexy and flattering.I Just purchased a white ruffle slip that I will be living in all summer!

Shoes:

  • k-Jacque; my goto shoes, you can’t go wrong.

Find all our favorites linked to above and look an feel gorgeous this summer!

Post Sun Skin Tips, Dr. G reports

Summer weather has arrived and it can be very tempting to get a little sun. Sometimes a little sun can turn into a bad sunburn. Protect yourself by always wearing an appropriate SPF, hat and sunglasses. Below are a few post sun steps to ensure you stay healthy and hydrated all summer long.

PS: Don’t forget to reapply SPF after swimming!

DON’T: take hot showers: Hot showers can be dehydrating to skin in general, especially after a Summer of being in the sun because the effects can be even worse (i.e. premature aging, stronger definition of fine lines, to name a few). The next time you hop in, turn the water temperature down about 10 to 15 degrees, and don’t take more than two showers a day.

 DON’T: Don’t use photosensitizing ingredients on the skin during the day. Certain ingredients in these types of products can react adversely on your skin in sunlight, which makes skin susceptible to burning more easily and causing lasting sun damage. Stay clear of retinoids, acids, fruits acids, topical steroids and differin creams, which can enhance sensitivity. Opt to use these products at night only.

 DO: Thirst Quenching Treatments: In order to effectively get your skin back in tip-top shape, Vitamin C is your answer. Vitamin C visibly brightens the skin and improves the overall look and tone of the skin. Power-packed vitamins including, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and Ferulic Acid also help hydrate, brighten, soothe, and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

DO: Double up at night. Skin cell regeneration is slightly higher at night making it a crucial step to apply products with active ingredients in the night as your skin is able to absorb the active ingredients in skincare products better since active ingredients are less effective when exposed to sunlight.  In addition, your skin would not have to compete with the other products you apply like makeup or sunscreen to fight the UV rays, pollution and other harmful environmental elements in the day. Layer up a potent packed repairing treatment (powerful nighttime ingredients to look for include: peptides, retinol, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Don’t forget to layer an extra hydrating moisturizer on top to ensure supple, plump hydrated glowing skin.

 DO: Exfoliate. Exfoliating the face, neck and chest is key after a summer day of sun and sunscreen. The upper layer of skin gets thicker, harder and drier and pores can be clogged by sweat and sunscreen residue. Removing the surface layers of dead skin, oil build up and grease will give a dewier look and helps to produce more collagen, allowing skin to look more plump.

DON’T: Get sunburned. If you do try a few at home soothing steps. Cool compresses and baths are effective for cooling down the skin and inflammation that accompanies sunburn. After a bath make sure to later your body in a hydrating lotion or body oil. Look for soothing, anti-redness and anti-inflammation ingredients such as aloe, red tea, cucumber, oatmeal, chamomile and cornstarch.

Dr. G recipe: Keep cornstarch ice cubes in the fridge this summer to help calm red or sunburned skin. Mix cornstarch with water until dissolved then pour into ice trays and freeze. Pop them out if anyone gets too much sun or heat.

 

 

 

Truly Transparent with Goldfaden MD

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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. Many synthetic ingredients have been recognized to cause skin irritation and may lead to damaging effects longer-term. All of our products are made without hars synthetic ingredients; we are committed to create safe, yet effective products that utilize the most effective and innovative naturally-derived, result driven ingredients.

To show you this, we enlisted the help of some of our influencer friends on social media to help show you why they use our products! See below to see what some of them had to say:

@courtneeruthie: Goldfaden MD has been a dream for my super sensitive skin being organic plant based with no gluten, toxins, alcohol, silicone, or mineral oil. oh and no animal testing! At 23, I just now understand the importance of taking care of your body and skin. It’s made the biggest difference! What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in it.


@alexandra_asnaghi: Do you love your skin? I take care about the largest organ of my body with Goldfaden MD and the vegetarian, gluten-free, plant based skincare line. Today: Detox Clarifying Facial Wash! So soft and foamy. I wear green, and you?

 

@ilonashabovta: Invest in your skin \\ …taking care of your skin is so important & what you put on it is just as important as what you feed your body. That’s why I love Goldfaden MD bc its a plant-based, dermatologist-developed skincare line that doesn’t test on animals and is paraben free. After my sun-kissed vacation this stuff is magic.

 

This is our pledge to you! See below for some more info on our products and scope out our selection here if you’d like to shop!

 

 

Beauty and the Beach: What you need to know

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; so don’t take yours for granted. Proper sun care includes protecting the eyes with sunglasses and proper products. Not only can the delicate eye tissue of the upper and lower lids get sunburned but the actual eye cells can be damaged from years of overexposure to UV rays. Below Dr. G suggests a few solutions for keep the eyes youthful looking and safe.

photo via @margoandme

Dr. G recommends:

Sunglasses

  • The bigger and darker the better
  • Sunglasses should cover the entire eye- think Jackie O!
  • The darker the lens the more protection
  • Wrap around shades if exercising or working in direct sun

SPF

  • Eye tissue is 15% thinner than facial skin-protect it!
  • SPF must be worn around the eye area
  • 10% of skin cancers are around the eye area
  • Crows feet love sun damaged skin

After sun products

The kiddies

  • Children have larger pupils than adults which allows more sun in
  • Encourage hats
  • Choose a clean SPF and apply everywhere
  • Encourage kids to wear sunglasses (Velcro wrap around glasses)
  • Goggles in the water as eye can be susceptible to UV rays off the water reflection

 

Summer Ready Body: Dr. G’s Skin-Saving Tips

Summer is here which means more pool and beach visits, BBQ’s , sun dresses and bathing suits.  No one is really ever  bathing suit ready.   Cellulite, uneven skin tone, veins and  broken capillaries be gone! This year you don’t have to fear revealing more skin thanks to Dr. G’s tips on how to look summer ready.

photo via @margoandme

The culprits that scare us away from stripping down to our tiny bikinis are issues most women deal with. With a few tricks you’ll feel comfortable this summer!

“A fake tan is very helpful in disguising body issues. The darker the skin appears the fewer imperfections and uneven areas will be noticeable.”

Dr. G

The Culprit: Facial redness

The solution:

  • Limit the use of alcohol as it dilates blood vessels
  • Limit outdoor exercise during hottest hours of the day
  • Limit retinol, glycolic acid and aggressive exfoliators
  • Increase use of anti-inflammatory products with cooling/ soothing ingredients such as, red tea (Rooibos) alpha lipoic acid, green tea and oatmeal.

The Culprit: Cellulite

The solution:

  • A healthy diet full of essential fatty acids and leafy green vegetable and fruit is the best defense against cellulite.
  • Exercise is also extremely beneficial due to the increase in circulation
  • Sweating will increase circulation and flush salt out of the body
  • However, cellulite is genetic in some cases and not much can be down to fully get rid of.
  • Products that contain caffeine may be beneficial for smoothing out the appearance of cellulite.
  • Dry brushing skin removes dead skin cells and increases circulation. This may help to breakdown stubborn cellulite and prevent
  • Pour yourself a glass of bone broth. Bone broth is high in collagen, protein and Glucosamine, all help keep joints healthy, strengthen the immune system and fight cellulite.

The Culprit: Varicose veins

The solution:

  • Varicose veins are extremely hard to get rid of but can be managed by keeping weight at a healthy level, exercising and elevating the legs when possible.
  • Try wearing support socks or compression socks to assist in better circulation.
  • Self-tanners will help to cover uneven skin tone and color.

The Culprit: Lumpy Bumpy Skin

The solution:

  • Exfoliation is crucial in correcting lumpy and bumpy skin.
  • Look for a body scrub that contains both physical and enzymatic
  • Dry brushing. Dr. G tip: Remember to always brush towards the heart so the lymphatic system can flush and drain the fluid.

 

Dr. Goldfaden’s Sun Safety Tips

Going into the Summer season there is so much to be excited about – longer days, BBQ’s, Sun, Sand and beach, but it’s also a time where we need to put skin protection on the top of our list. We sat down with Dr. G to understand what being “Sun Safe” really means and also learn about some post-sun skin tips from the king of reversing sun damage.

photo via @graymalin

What are your sun protection recommendations for someone dealing with rosacea?

“The sun is arguably the most common trigger for Rosacea. Rosacea suffers need to be particularly sun smart and practice what I like to call ‘Smart Sun Safety’ or SSS. SSS consists of the use of a physical sunscreen, containing Titanium or Zinc oxide, protective clothing (which includes a hat and sunglasses) and not being exposed to the sun during high-risk hours of the day. When choosing and SPF avoid ingredients such as phalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, preservatives and mineral oil. A physical sunscreen is always better in my opinion than a chemical one. Chemical sunscreens, due to the nature of having to be absorbed into the skin, can interact and cause irritation, rashes or clogged pores. Dry mists or sprays may be more beneficial for Rosacea suffers as there is no rubbing of skin needed thus possibly aggravating skin and causing more redness and irritation. Post ‘sun care’ is very important for Rosacea suffers also. Look for calming ingredients such as green tea, red tea or chamomile, which target redness, inflammation and irritation while delivering a cooling sensation.”

Sun protection before make-up is one thing, but is it necessary to reapply SPF during the day?

“Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is crucial to proper sun protection. When in direct sun (at the beach, pool or on a boat), sunscreen should be reapplied every 30-45 minutes. Sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming even if you have on waterproof sunscreen. A physical sunscreen is always better than a chemical one. Chemical sunscreens, due to the nature of having to be absorbed into the skin, can interact and cause irritation rashes or clogged pores. Another downside to a chemical sunscreen is that the sun has to actually touch and reach the skin, whereas a physical sunscreen is blocking the UV rays from ever touching the skin.”

And if so, what are your recommendations for reapplying sun protection after make-up?

“A dry mist or spray will allow over and after makeup coverage without messing up makeup and adding bacteria from the fingers to the skin.”

Are there any products outside of an SPF that we should be using to prevent against harmful UVA/UVB rays? 

“The use of potent anti-oxidants have been proven to fight against free-radical damage (from UVA/UVB rays and environmental stressors) that break down skin cells and cause premature aging. Using a potent-packed anti-oxidant rich daily serum is equally as important as SPF to ensure that you are protecting the skin on multiple levels.”

What are three routine related things people should do/no do before visiting a clinic for a treatment – specifically to reverse sun damage (pigmentation/dehydration)? And why? (ie: are there ingredients they should avoid, medications, drinking water etc.)

Do not exfoliate, use peels or Retinoid type products the night before or morning of the facial, especially if you tend to be sensitive. A reputable spa will usually request paperwork be filled out listing any medications being taken or applied topically. The aesthetician should ask you if you’re taking medications or using Retin-A or retinoid products. Since Retinoids are aggressive they do not mix well with ingredients like Glycolic and Vitamin C to name a few. Some skin types can handle it but most will be irritated, so why take the chance.

Why is exfoliation important for maintaining healthy, youthful skin?

Exfoliation is extremely important. The removal of dead skin cells will make skin look younger, tighter and absorb treatment products better.”

What does ‘un-exfoliated’ skin look like?

“I always use the example of an unpeeled onion. Before an onion is peeled or skin is exfoliated it appears dry, crackly, dull and lackluster. Un-exfoliated skin can look rough, uneven and have dark spots, as there is a build up of dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria.”

What are some mistakes people make when it comes to exfoliating?

“Over exfoliation is a common mistake people tend to make. Over exfoliation can occur from overuse (too many days in a row), too harsh of an acid for specific skin types (sensitive skin does better with Lactic acid as opposed to Glycolic), scrubbing too hard, or mixing too many exfoliation ingredients at once (don’t scrub and peel together). Over exfoliation can also happen if skin is already dry, sunburned, wind burned or during seasonal changes.”

What are your top recommendations for exfoliating at home?  

Exfoliate skin two to three times a week, unless you suffer from rosacea or eczema. Depending on the season and climate, exfoliation can be increased or decreased. Both physical and chemical exfoliation is recommended but never on the same day. Rosacea and Eczema suffers should use chemical exfoliators and gentle gel based cleansers.”

What is the best way to treat a sun burn? 

“While skin is still damp, use a gentle moisturizing lotion (but not petroleum or oil-based ointments, which may trap the heat and make the burn worse). Repeat to keep burned or peeling skin moist over the next few days. The use of an anti-inflammatory serum is also recommended – look for ingredients like aloe vera, red/green/black tea and Vitamin E as it helps to soothe aggravated skin and reduce redness.”

What is one surprising complexion cures you’ve learned on the job?

“I’ve been in practice for over 40 years and one cure I always recommend and go back to is a cold compress. Cold compresses relieve issues related to sunburn, bug bites, redness, itchiness, inflammation and can be made anywhere. Sometimes simple and natural is the best.”

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Is the city ruining your skin?

We all know the common skin culprits when it comes to breakouts what the causes including,  bacteria and oil, hormones, and certain foods or medications. Have you ever thought about where we live to be some of the main contributing factors to some of our skin woe’s?

Big City Skin – The Issues:

Pollution

According to Dr. Goldfaden, pollution and smog in big cities can clog pores, but also lead to dryness in the winter. Additionally, the free radicals in the ozone layer of smog can cause premature aging, such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity, and those who live in highly polluted urban areas are at higher risk of developing eczema and rashes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Vitamin D absorption

Atmospheric pollution has been shown to block the absorption of UVB needed by skin to make the Vitamin D so crucial for our overall skin health and proper functioning. “This is where vitamin D comes in: rates of cell division and differentiation are triggered by growth factors and other molecules that are controlled by the presence of vitamin D” say’s Dr. G. If adequate amounts of vitamin D are not available, your epidermal cells won’t differentiate optimally. As a result, the outer layer of your skin may become thinner and more fragile.

The Solutions:

Imagine all the pollution, dirt and bacteria that cover the face after a day outside in a city. Free radicals are attacking form every angle breaking down skin cells causing loss of elastin and collagen in the skin. Detoxifying products are crucial to ward off free-radical damage on the skin and keep skin looking flawless, bright and blemish-free. A detox cleanser is imperative. Look for an acid based cleanser to eradicate surface layer bacteria, dirt and oil. The use of a  bi-weekly pore-clarifying mask can be helpful as well to keep pores free of gunk, dirt, oil and bacteria which lead to breakouts.

Protect + Repair: Dr. Goldfaden’s advanced brightening and antioxidant serum helps to protect against photo-aging and free radical damage, while leaving skin hydrated and radiant.

Smoggy and polluted climates also call for serums and moisturizers that target environmental damage and almost shield the skin. Look for powerhouse Vitamin D as an ingredient! A great option to try is our Vital Boost moisturizer, a daily skin-boosting and antioxidant-infused moisturizer with a powerful dose of Vitamin D.