Spring is here, summer is on its way, and it is the perfect time to take extra care of our skin and prep for that desired summer glow. Healthy and glowing skin starts from within through exercise, a healthy diet, proper sleep, and there are also multiple things that you can do for your skin topically to keep it looking fresh and youthful-looking. With skincare, consistency is key so implementing healthy habits into your daily routine is the best way to reach your skin goals.

We enlisted Dr. G to give us the tips on how to maintain my soft, healthy, and glowing skin from the inside out.

What level SPF do you recommend patients to wear every single day, and why? 

The protection is all factored on the time spent in the sun. SPF, short for “Sun Protection Factor” primarily measures UVB protection. When one wears an SPF 30 for example, you could stay out in direct sunlight for 30 times longer before UVA/UVB damage occurs than a person with no sunscreen. This is how SPF factor’s are designated. However, this is dependent on the individual’s skin. The key to proper sun protection is the reapplication throughout the day. There is NO one miracle sunscreen that covers and protects you completely throughout the day. Everyone should be wearing an SPF 30 daily. When outdoors in direct sun or swimming reapplication is crucial.

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. 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.

A physical sunscreen contains physical blocking ingredients such as Zinc or Titanium oxide. Both of these ingredients sit on the surface of the skin creating a protective barrier from UVA and UVB rays. They are white in color and work immediately on application. Another type of Physical block can be clothing.

What are some of the best types of food to eat for healthy skin, and what are the benefits of each?

Eating fried foods, processed foods and sugar can wreak havoc on your skin causing puffiness, redness, blemishes, blotchiness, and in all cases Glycation. The Glycation process is sugar (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and speeding up the aging process – think premature wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Eating ‘superfoods’ will benefit the internal health as well as the external glow. 

Salmon: rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is none of the most beneficial due to its ability to greatly reduce inflammation and dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Fermented foods: Think kimchee, sauerkraut or pickled vegetables. These foods contain probiotics which help keep the gut healthy.  A healthy gut helps the digestive system and immune system. Probiotics have been shown to help with skin issues such as eczema, rosacea, acne and aging skin.

Foods rich in antioxidants:  Leafy green blueberries, blackberries, avocado, broccoli, nuts. These all contain high levels of antioxidants which are crucial for overall help and fighting off free radical damage.

Does eating ‘healthy fats’ really have an impact on skin health, why or why not? What are some of the best food sources of these healthy fats?

YES. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, avocado and almonds can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. 

In general, if you had to pick, what are the top ingredients to use for healthy, glowing skin? 

The best thing you can do for your skin is exfoliate. As humans age the rate of skin cell turnover slows down dramatically. Dead cells on the skin’s surface hang around much longer, a fact that tends to accentuate those fine lines and make your complexion look dull and lifeless. By removing these dead skin cells, exfoliation helps make up for the gradual slowing down of the natural skin renewal process, improving the tone and texture of the skin. 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.

One of the benefits of Doctor’s Scrub is that it delivers our signature  ‘Goldfaden Glow’. Ruby Crystals are used because they are perfectly round and have no jagged edges, which can cause irritation or broken capillaries. Targeted hydrating emollients Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel oil are incorporated to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C has the ability to revitalize aging skin due to its ability to stimulate collagen production in the skin while also helping to block the enzymes that break down collagen.

Red Tea:

One of the most important existing antioxidants is Red Tea or Rooibos which contains some of the most potent natural antioxidants known for protecting your skin from the free radical damage that can cause aging. These include 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 (SOD for short), a major scavenger of free radicals. The combination of these natural vitamins and enzymes found in red tea aids in promoting new skin health after the removal of dead and damaged cells, giving your skin a smoother, brighter, and healthier appearance. In addition, red tea also contains a number of powerful polyphenols and flavonoids that help heal and rejuvenate the skin.

Aspalathin (found only in red tea) and nothofagin, are two main flavonoids that can help strengthen your capillary walls by decreasing the permeability and fragility of veins and lymph vessels. Flavonoids also have strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the alpha hydroxy acid found in African red tea gently stimulates healthy cell turnover, leaving your skin noticeably softer and smoother. Red tea also contains zinc which helps heal and cleanse impurities while delivering calming and soothing benefits to the skin. Regular and continued use of red tea with its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties will visibly improve skin clarity, brightness, tone and texture. Red tea helps reduce the appearance of many types of skin imperfections, including fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots, resulting in younger, healthier-looking skin.

Hyaluronic Acid:

The volumizing effect it has on the skin adds vital fullness that can minimize facial wrinkles, plump up thin skin and maintain proper moisture levels by preventing dehydration in the skin. Our favorite obsession is our Needle-less product (say goodbye to fine lines, naturally).

How much water should we be drinking?

Your skin is made up of about 65% water (it’s the largest organ of the body), which means that you need to be hydrating your body all throughout the day. I’m sure you’ve heard this way too much, but drink lots of water! Most people are not consuming enough water every day (8-10 glasses on average), but water is a necessary nutrient for healthy, glowy skin. Make sure that you are not allowing yourself to get dehydrated and drink multiple glasses throughout your day. Fill up a large water bottle or fill up your favorite glass many times, and drink that water! Your complexion will show!

What are some tools that we can be using at home? 

Dry brushing your body is a great way to stimulate your lymphatic system and drain waste to smooth the skin. The mechanical action of dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating dry winter skin. It also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward. It’s also excellent for exfoliation by sweeping away dry patches of skin, and can even smooth cellulite. Our favorite is Goop dry brush!



In these challenging times, we could all use a little pick-me-up. Today, we bring you four easy ways to bring your spirit up and make your day better.

Set The Mood: Upbeat Playlist

These tunes are keeping our spirits up during lockdown and some of them have us dancing around our kitchen!




Home Workouts: 

Elite trainers all over the world are motivating us to stay fit with great at-home workouts. Here are some of our favorites!


  • It starts with the breath. ‘Inhale for four, exhale for four and don’t worry if you have some thoughts – just keep coming back to the breath.’ Lauren Wolk-Goldfaden
  • Take time before bed to unwind, pamper and recharge. Switch off your phone, slip on a pair of luxurious silk pajamas, light a relaxing candle and dive into that book you’ve been meaning to read for months.
  • Epsom Salt Baths – take 15 min for yourself and soak into a hot epsom salt bath to relax your muscles and calm your nerves.
  • Drink hot water with Lemon: It helps detoxify your body and it’s soothing at the same time.

At-Home Facial: 

This is the time to spend on YOU! Learn how to enhance and maximize your at-home regimen and view our virtual workshop, At-Home Beauty with GOLDFADEN MD!

You can watch the video, listen to the audio, and check out the complete product list in Holisticism’s Liminal Library.

Since we are not going to get our regular facials, our Doctor’s Scrub + Doctor’s Scrub Advanced are our go-to right now to keep our complexions glowing.

Eating healthy is one thing, but a total rehaul of not only your kitchen products but also your cleaning and beauty habits? Now that just seems downright daunting, but we’re here to tell you it’s not as hard as you think. We’re not talking totally life overhaul. That can be overwhelming. We’re talking small steps and simple swaps to set the stage for living clean. Over the course of our lives, we have adapted a clean living effort that poured over into other areas of our lives and we want to share our go-to’s from beauty to cleaning and tell you why it’s important. Ready to come clean?

Why did your family decide to turn to all clean products?

Dr. Goldfaden has been formulating and researching plant based ingredients, natural alternative ingredients of over 25 years. He found that 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 abundance.

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.

What benefits have you experienced since turning to clean products?

Overall, the skin is less reactive, appears clearer in tone and texture and is less comprised for fillers, artificial fragrances and silicones which means that the actives are able to penetrate the skin more effectively increasing the overall treatment. We experienced the reduction of redness, rash, irritation and milia.

What are some of your favorite clean products for the home? 

Mrs. Meyes, Kinn Living and Branch Basics. You don’t need harsh chemicals to clean your home! 

How has becoming a clean family affected the food you have at home? 

Being aware of what you put in and on your body is crucial as the skin showcases the nutrients from both an internal and external standpoint so what we put into our bodies is just as important as what we are putting on. 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.  As a family we grew up eating organic food, lots of raw vegetables and good quality animal proteins and fats.

What makes Goldfaden MD products clean?

We do not formulate with silicones, mineral oils, parabens, Petrochemicals, PEGS, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes or alcohol. Learn more about our standards.

Which ingredients should be avoided in skincare?

The top skin irritants including; Silicones, mineral oils, PEGS, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes or alcohol.

Which ingredients should be avoided in food?

High fructose corn syrup, gluten, artificial colors, and dairy in some cases. In general, adding in more healthy, plant-based foods that you actually enjoy eating!

What are some of your favorite clean makeup brands?

Ilia primer, Alima Pure mascara, PYT eye-shadow pallet, RMS

Who are some of your favorite clean beauty retailers to shop? 

Credo Beauty and GOOP.

What is the difference between the terms green, natural, and clean? 

All of these terms are used interchangeably within the beauty industry, which is confusing and at times misleading for some consumers. Our take on these words are as follows:

Green: An eco-friendly brand in packing, sourcing and brand messaging.

Natural: A brand that uses some natural ingredients and is free of certain ingredients (however, there is not a standard list used across the industry, so this is dictated by the brand’s credo).

Clean: Similar to a natural brand, but more likely a brand that doesn’t formulate with certain deemed “dirty” ingredients ie: PEGS, mineral oils, artificial ingredients, petrochemicals Etc.