Not to toot our own horn, but I am so happy that GOLDFADEN MD products are free of Butylene Glycol. This petroleum derived ingredient seems to still be in most skincare products.  Even lines that consider themselves “natural” are still using it. People, Butylene Glycol is petroleum! Would you dip your hand into a vat of crude oil and spread it on your face?

Although no real side effects have been proven from use of petroleum based products, many naturalists do not want to even tempt fate. Butylene Glycol always rates pretty low on the hazardous scale(1-3) depending on the test, but it’s still hard to get over the fact that we’re putting dirty oil on our skin and it is getting absorbed.  As I mentioned last week about 80% of what is applied to your skin is absorbed. Petroleum based products may not make you sick but they are certainly not making you healthier. Petroleum derived ingredients can clog pores, causing your skin to not be able to breathe and if you’re a sensitive skin type, you could really have problems.

There are few skincare brands that offer butylene glycol free products.  A great place to shop for these is on  While they mostly carry organic products they have an amazing assortment of products for skin and hair. And of course GOLDFADEN MD does not use any of the black listed ingredients. 

I urge you to read labels and look up ingredients that you may not recognize, you might just save your life.  Keep it clean!!

I had an eye opening experience this week while working in New York.  I am always curious about other skincare lines and from time to time will purchase and use something other than GOLDFADEN MD, for research purposes. This week I decided to try NARS Aqua Gel Hydrator Mask. I was told by the NARS sales girl that the entire skincare line is natural, “no paraben’s”, she happily informed me. To be perfectly honest the product felt amazing and was very hydrating. But it is NOT natural. It may not contain parabens or alcohol, but it still contains un-natural or what we natural skincare junkies like to refer to as ‘dirty’ ingredients. I’m not here to rip on NARS or any company that still uses these types of ingredients. I am just urging you to read the ingredients on the back of the box of anything before you put it on your skin. While there is no real governing body dedicated to natural skincare ingredients, there is a list of ingredients to stay away from.

  • Silicone derived emollients such as Dimethicone or Cyclomethicone (these block your skin from breathing and are found in over 80% of skincare and makeup foundations)
  • Beeswax, although natural, blocks the skin from breathing.
  • Hydroquinone is popular in skin lightening products but is one of the worst ingredients you can use. This can bleach and thin your skin forever. Do NOT use.

Just pay attention to what you are buying. Studies have proven that up to 80% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. That is a lot of chemicals! Keep it natural!


Dr. Gary Goldfaden, MD, reports:

There is a key ingredient to healthy skin that is one of the most dynamic substances that the human body produces. It controls everything from normal bone growth and immune system response to healthy eyesight and neuromuscular function. It is absolutely essential to the long-lasting health and beauty of the skin through its crucial involvement in skin cell metabolism, growth, repair and protection. This amazing and largely overlooked nutrient is none other than vitamin D.

A True Skin Saver 

Every skin cell begins its life deep in the base layer of the epidermis. As these immature cells detach and migrate upward on their 2 week journey to the surface, they go through a series of complex changes in both form and function. The rate at which these cells divide, the nature and timing of their changes, as well as their transit time to the surface, are all controlled by growth factors and other molecules that are triggered by the presence of vitamin D.

The skin loses and must replace about 40,000 cells every minute. If enough vitamin D is not available to fuel this process, replacement cells won’t be manufactured quickly enough. Inevitably, the outer layer of skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It begins to sag from lack of adequate support. Dryness and wrinkles eventually set in as moisture is lost to the outside.

A Modern Epidemic

The skin can synthesize approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D after just 20–30 minutes of summer sun exposure. Unfortunately, between the ages of 20 and 70, about 75% of this ability to produce vitamin D is lost. In addition, today’s predominantly indoor lifestyle and widespread use of UV-blocking sunscreens have severely decreased the amount of vitamin D the average person produces.

Other limiting factors play a part as well. Darker skinned people need 5-10 times more exposure to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D as lighter skinned people. Those who live in latitudes beyond 37 degrees north or south of the equator are also at greater risk of lacking vitamin D. It is now estimated that roughly 75% of all teens and adults in the United States are vitamin D deficient. To make matters worse, most of the active vitamin D the body is able to produce is used to help build and maintain strong bones and not to nurture the skin. Woman’s Health Magazine reports on the additional health benefits of Vitamin D + suggests that it is the ultimate D-fense against diseases. 

A Skin Solution 

Skin care products containing vitamin D are the most effective means of addressing this growing problem. Topical creams and lotions featuring highly bioavailable forms of vitamin D can specifically target the skin,  effectively replenishing this vital nutrient directly at the source. Boosting levels of vitamin D promotes healthy skin by stimulating cell growth, repair and metabolism, enhancing your skin’s immune system, and quenching free radicals that cause premature aging.