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 Why is Vitamin D crucial in skincare?

In addition to being a key factor in skin cell growth and replacement, vitamin D also plays a major role in skin repair and protection. When microorganisms attack the skin, they secrete certain extracts that stimulate your skin to produce vitamin D. This vitamin D signals your skin’s innate immune system to start manufacturing a substance called cathelicidin, a very powerful germicide. Cathelicidin disrupts the integrity of bacterial cell membranes, resulting in the death of the microbes. Cathelicidin also helps promote the development of blood vessels and encourages new cell growth, both of which are essential for proper wound healing.

Your skin is also extremely susceptible to free radical damage because of its high rate of metabolism and fatty acid content. Free-radicals deteriorate your skin’s structural support and decrease its elasticity, resilience, and suppleness. In order to protect itself from this constant oxidative stress your skin has a natural supply of antioxidants. One of the most powerful of these is vitamin D. In fact, Vitamin D has been shown to be more effective than vitamin E in reducing lipid peroxidation.

Technically speaking, vitamin D isn’t a true vitamin. A vitamin is defined as a substance that’s essential to daily life, which can’t be manufactured by the body. Since your skin can produce approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D after just 20-30 minutes of summer sun exposure, it doesn’t really fit the profile. Vitamin D more closely resembles a hormone than a vitamin. The active form of vitamin D, called calcitriol, is the most powerful hormone produced by the human body. It has the ability to activate over 2000 genes, many of which are involved in critical aspects of skin cell metabolism, growth, repair and protection.

What is better for absorbing Vitamin’s D’s benefits for the skin? Topical application, oral supplement or the Sun? 

 Applying topical products, which contain Vitamin D, or getting Vitamin D from the sun is very different than taking a vitamin D oral supplement. Oral supplements have to be broken down in the stomach and then distributed throughout the body. The last place supplements will reach (if they even do) is the skin. This is why we recommend using topical products, which contain Vitamin D for, skin health.  However, oral supplementation of Vitamin D is crucial for internal health. You need to do all.

Don’t let bad skin get in the way of your Valentine’s Date Night. Use your favorite Goldfaden MD products in lead up to your plans for clear and refreshed skin and a confident and beautiful YOU.

1. Exfoliate with Fresh A Peel: Put your freshest face forward with Dr. Goldfaden’s supercharged Lactic and Multi-Fruit Enzyme exfoliating peel. This non-irritating peel removes dead skin cells to reveal fresh, youthful skin. The unique combination of Lactic acid and Multi-Fruit Enzymes provides a superior rate of skin rejuvenation while reducing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and skin imperfections.

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Directions: Use on clean skin. Dispense a small amount of gel to your fingertips and smooth over entire face and neck. Leave on for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on tolerance. Rinse off with cool water.

2. Rejuvenate with Radical Difference: Dr. Goldfaden’s highly concentrated firming and re-texturizing super serum employs the anti-oxidant powers of Red Tea and Cherry Extracts to create a protective barrier that prevents and repairs skin imperfections, reduces the appearance of redness and rejuvenates the skin. Added hyaluronic acid maintains natural moisture retention, firms and plumps skin. This advanced formula is both oil and fragrance-free and is perfect for all skin types. Skin is left glowing and vibrant.

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 3.39.31 PMDirections: Apply 1-2 drops on cleansed skin, under moisturizer, to create a protective antioxidant barrier. Follow with your favorite Vital Boost to lock in vital nutrients. For optimal results, use morning and night.

3. De-puff with Bright Eyes: Dr. Goldfaden’s advanced brightening treatment is a must-have for the eyes. This powerhouse formula instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Soy peptide, vitamin K, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea and Jojoba Oil work together to deliver intense hydration and firmness while ensuring the eye area has a luminous and youthful appearance. Perfect for all skin types.

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Directions: Apply 1 drop on fingertip and gently pat around the eye area on cleansed skin. For optimal results, use morning and night.

4. Brighten & Moisturize with Vital Boost: More than just a daily moisturizer, Dr. Goldfaden’s Vital Boost delivers hydration, antioxidant protection and a brightening glow to all skin types. Skin boosting and rejuvenating Vitamin D maximizes the skin’s immunity, provides powerful antioxidant protection, improves elasticity and promotes a more youthful complexion. Brightening skin agent, Gooseberry, leaves skin looking dewy, radiant and flawless. Oil-free.

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 3.41.08 PMDirections: Apply morning and night to cleansed skin.