We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Goldfaden, the dermatologist behind the brand GOLDFADEN MD and get his insight on how to stay looking young while you inevitably age. With over 40 years of dermatological experience, GOLDFADEN MD products deliver results. His committed to a cruelty-free line of skincare products as well as a quality guarantee to provide a product that is formulated with organic and natural ingredients as well as remaining paraben-, petrochemical-, mineral oil-, alcohol-, silicone- and gluten-free. The products are tested for all skin types, are hypoallergenic and free of artificial colors and fragrances. Because of this promise, Goldfaden MD delivers naturally-inspired, physician-strength skincare solutions.
Q: What are your top tips for keeping skin young?
Dr. Goldfaden: “In addition to practicing a healthy lifestyle including getting ample sleep, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, maintaining a healthy diet (low sugar and alcohol intake) and regular exercise (three times weekly), incorporating exfoliation + Sun Screen is key key to healthy-looking skin. 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 reaction, removing dead 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.
Our ozone layer is being depleted and allowing more harmful rays to reach our skin than ever before. This also increases our risk for skin cancer as those cells are damaged by the sun’s harmful rays. A sunscreen with an SPF of 3o is recommended for daily use. Even when it is cloudy and there isn’t any visible sun or warmth, the sun’s rays can still get through and damage our skin. The sun is the cause of those brown spots that many patients complain about that pop up on our bodies as we age in addition to premature aging (fine lines, skin sagging, loss of collagen).” Dermatologist, Dr. Gary
Q:When should we begin focusing on an anti-aging skincare routine?
Dr. Goldfaden: “Protecting your skin from UVA and UVB damage through the daily use of a sunscreen and starting a proper and preventative skincare regimen – exfoliation, cleanse, anti-oxidant rich serum, moisturize and eye cream – in your mid-20′s is a vital step towards keeping fine lines, pigmentation and sagging at bay. The skin is at it’s healthiest state during your 20′s and it is also when most of your habits begin and stick when it comes to proper caring of the skin. It makes all the difference in the world for obtaining proper skin health and appearance. By the time 30 rolls around, you will be thankful that you started proper skin early.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: How important are eye creams and what should we look for in a treatment throughout the decades?
“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.
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 Ecan 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
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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.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Q: What about supplements and our diet in general?
Dr. Goldfaden: “Clear and glowing skin starts from the inside. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the most beneficial is Salmon, can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Daily consumption of vitamins specifically my favorite vitamin – Vitamin D and an overall multi-vitamin greatly impacts your overall health.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD
Thanks Dr. Goldfaden for the great advice!