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Fathers Day is right around the corner and one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. My dad, Dr. G, is an inspiration to all of us at Goldfaden MD, but mostly to me. From teaching me to ride my first bike to how to run a skincare company this guy can do it all. We want to share with you some of Dr.G’ favorite things that maybe the dad in your life might like as a gift.

Even though he is a health nut, everyone needs a little bit of sweetness. Dr. G loves dark chocolate. Obviously dark chocolate is extremely beneficial to your health and the darker the better.  Look for 70-90% cocoa for the highest levels of antioxidants. Vosges Chocolate now makes superfood infused chocolate bars by including delicious ingredients like pomegranate and blueberry. One of Dr. G’s favorite chocolate companies is Mast Brothers out of Brooklyn.

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You will never see Dr. G without vibrant colors on, from his sneakers to his dress shirts. His favorite shirt designer is Robert Graham. These shirts are psychedelically colorful and have embroidered cuffs and collars. For shoes, Dr. G only wears New Balance sneakers. He has around 150 pairs of sneakers in every color and design imaginable. His favorites are the sport limited events editions. New balance came out with a shoe to commemorate the Boston marathon and new york marathon. They also created a Brazil shoe for Carnival. When working out,which is a huge part of Dr. G’s life, he wears Lululemon shorts and hoodies.

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Who better to ask than Dr.G for his recommendations for products for men on Father’s Day! Must haves for men :

Radical Difference-for its soothing abilities – great as an aftershave

Sun Visor– because even men need to wear SPF

Bright Eyes– because men need to target darkness, puffiness and wrinkles

Fresh A Peel– perfect chemical exfoliator for men and it won Men’s Health Magazine 2014 Grooming Awards!

Hopefully the Dad in your life will like one of these suggestions.  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!

Retinoids are not the newest kids on the block, but have recently become more mainstream as the skincare consumer becomes more savvy. Below is a look at what you need to know when considering starting Retinoids/Retinol. While I do use Retinol based products, I have not jumped onto Retinoids yet. Please let us know if you have and what your overall experience has been.

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What are they?

Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A.  Retinol is the non-prescription, more gentle version of a retinoid. Retinoids are prescription only and you need to see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to start on one. These are the favorite anti aging ingredient because so much research has proven them to help turn back the hands of time.

What do they do?

Retinoids were originally for Acne treatment when doctors noticed a side effect of less wrinkles/lined skin in patients. Retinoids work by preventing the rise of an enzyme called collagenase and boosting collagen already present in the skin. Retiniods and Retinol speed up cell turnover, which causes skin to look younger and smoother. They also reverse signs of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and even out pigmentation.You can expect improvement in overall skin tone and brightness. You can expect to see the benefits of Retinoids within 4 weeks of starting. Retinol, due to its more gentle makeup takes around 12 weeks to start noticing a difference, but continual long term usage is very beneficial.

What are the side effects?

There is no such thing as a free lunch, but the side effects are not that bad. Some people will experience redness, peeling, dryness or skin irritation. The best way to start using a Retinoid is every three days. This will allow your skin to ease into it. If you are having no irritation try every other day and eventually graduate into every day use. There has always been a myth about Retinoids/Retinols causing sensitivity to the skin when exposed to sun. This has been shown to not be true. Yes, retinoids are light sensitive(and susceptible to breaking down) but they do not make skin susceptible to increased UV damage or sunburn. Studies have shown that Retinoids do not lower the MED—or minimal erythemal dose, which is the amount of UV skin can tolerate before burning and showing signs of burning. So, yes you can take them on a tropical vacation.

Who needs them?

Some doctors and skincare experts say it is never to soon to start using Retinoids, but a safe rule of thumb is to start in your mid 30’s to early 40’s, depending on your skin. If you’re nearing 40 and deciding between peels and Retinoids, use Retinoids. But the sooner you start the fewer signs of aging you will develop. Overuse of Retinoids can cause skin to look red, taught and dehydrated, so ease in slowly. Always remember to moisturizer over the top, especially if in dry or cold climates.

 

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Cutting-edge science and research is unlocking the secrets (and amazing benefits) of topical anti-aging technologies, but what does that mean for us? With so many questions arising about when to start using anti-aging skincare, what products to select and what ingredients to look for, we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Goldfaden, Dermatologist and ingredient expert, and get his thoughts and recomendations on some of the most common questions related to skincare today.

When should we begin to use anti-aging skincare products?

Protecting your skin from UVA/UVB damage through the daily use of a sunscreen and starting a proper and preventative skincare regimen that consists of: exfoliation, cleansing, an anti-oxidant rich serum, moisturizer and an eye treatment in your early-20’s is vital to keeping your skin line-free, pigmentation and the loss of elasticity at bay. We all want that fresh, luminescent and radiant skin forever and starting on a regular anti-aging regimen in your 20’s makes such a huge impact on the overall health of the skin. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What are your top tips for keeping skin young?

Exfoliation is key – You would be surprised how much smoother and brighter just one exfoliating treatment can do for your skin. Regular exfoliation also allows topical products, particularly super potent treatment serums, applied onto the skin afterwards to penetrate deeper, increasing the overall treatment. Never leave home without applying a sun screen – it is essential to keeping ourselves protected from free radical damage and skin cancer. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What are some effective ingredients to look for?

Some of the ingredients that I often lean on to incorporate into our formulas, due to their potent benefits on the skin, include skin plumping hyaluronic acid, anti-inflammatory vitamin K and Arnica, skin brightening alpha arbutin and gooseberry berry extract, skin exfoliating ruby crystals, collagen boosting retinoids, antioxidant rich tea, plant and fruit extracts. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What about supplements and our diet in general? How can those help?

Clear and glowing skin starts from the inside. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the most beneficial is Salmon (this is a great feature on all of the health benefits that Salmon offers from Live Strong), 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

Can you share some of your favorite anti-aging products?

based – penetrate deep into the dermis levels of the skin for the ultimate topical nourishing skin treatments. Serums offer a potent jolt to the skin that typically target specific problems to offer the highest levels of treatment in a topical product. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD