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Dr. G is a pioneer in the beauty and wellness community, who practices what he preaches. We sat down to ask him about the most crucial vitamin for the body and the skin. The answer may surprise you as its been around forever.

We talk about this time and time again – the importance of both internal and external health is what leads to optimal skin health because our skin is our largest organ (60% of our body). That being said, Dr. Goldfaden recommends ingesting Vitamin C through foods or supplements and also applying Vitamin C  for optimal health and exterior glow – arguably the most important Vitamin for glowing + radiant skin.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radicals, supports the immune system and helps make collagen in the body. Vitamin C has also been shown to lower LDL (the bad cholesterol), ward off heart disease and absorb iron in the body. However, tricky humanslack the ability to produce their own vitamin C. Oral supplementation is important for optimum health, 65-90mg per day should do the trick. Don’t take too much as it can interfere with the absorption of other crucial vitamins and upset the digestive system. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C is also beneficial, like red peppers, bell peppers, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, kale and fermented foods (like kimchi or sauerkraut) all rank super high in Vitamin C.

Why is ingesting Vitamin C not enough?

Just eating foods high in Vitamin C is not necessarily going to deliver all the incredible benefits to the skin. Due to the fact that the absorption of vitamin C is drastically limited by active transport mechanisms in your intestines, very little of what you eat or take orally ever makes it to your skin cells. Essentially, the only effective method for replenishing the vitamin C in your skin is to go straight to the source and apply it topically. In fact, it’s been shown that applying vitamin C to the skin is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion. Another advantage to applying vitamin C topically is the fact that once it s absorbed into your skin, it can’t be washed or rubbed off. Significant amounts of it continue to remain active in your skin for up to three days.

What role does Vitamin C play in our body?

The ability of Vitamin C to revitalize aging skin is largely due to its beneficial effects on collagen. Collagen is a tough, fibrous protein that is relatively inelastic and very strong. It supplies the basic framework that gives your skin its form, firmness, and strength, while elastin provides flexibility. Overall, the amount of new collagen that your skin produces declines with age, while the rate of its destruction increases. Fortunately, topical vitamin C has been scientifically proven to help stimulate collagen synthesis. It also helps block the production of enzymes that break down collagen, making it one of nature’s most effective anti-aging nutrients. Vitamin C is not only essential for collagen production and maintenance, it’s also a very powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in your the skin.

His challenge to us this fall, is to up our diets with foods high in Vitamin C as well as apply a daily serum containing Vitamin C. Our Brightening Elixir serum was created for this purposes. Loaded with 10% Vitamin C (gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin), Vitamin B3 + B5, Ferulic acid and Vitamin E, this serum will keep you even, glowing and healthy all year long.

Meet Amina Belouizdad. With an impressive pedigree starting with hotel development in China, real estate private equity investing in the US, and creating the perfect all-in-one bags (think backpack to tote to cross-body bag) for ladies on the web (make sure to check out Bartaile!) buckets her in the multi-faceted expertise lane. She speaks a handful of languages, holds two Finance degrees from McGill and Wharton, and is now holds the CCO position at the newly launched The Private Suite LAX (the most luxurious new private traveling experience). Amina is an expert global traveler and we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her and learn about her travel must-haves and tips.


What are your go-to wellness travel essentials? 

I don’t wear much makeup in general, and when I travel I like to wear even less. I focus on hydration and exfoliation. So, I always pack Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for hair and body, LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and the Goldfaden MD doctor’s scrub.

Check bags or carry-on?

If you check bags, we can’t be friends!

What are your top 3 Carry-On items you cant travel without? 

I tend to pack with 1 or 2 color schemes in mind, so that everything goes together. All black and white is a no-brainer, but sometimes I’ll do blues and beiges too. Having said that, these are my must-packs:

  • Running shoes for impromptu workouts
  • LA Dodgers baseball cap (I have 3 of them!) for bad hair days and LA pride
  • Leather jacket because it makes everything look better

Last trip you took?

In the last month I’ve been to New York (twice), San Francisco, Washington DC, Anguilla and Saint Barth’s.

What do you wear when you fly?

Black jeans by Mother, graphic tee that usually says something French, Chanel skate sneakers, and a cashmere cardigan.

Best airline snack or meal?

I try to not eat on planes (no matter the cabin!), and I always carry on a few giant bottles of Smartwater.

How do you avoid jet lag?

I fight to adjust! If I’m landing during the day, I’ll make sure I stay awake during the flight, no matter how painful it is. If you force yourself to adjust the first 24 hours, it gets much easier from there.

Favorite city? 

Can I have three? New York, Paris and London.

Kindle, iPad or book?

 Book. I’m old school.:)

Gjenmi jewelry was born from a love story. An adoration for the feminine, a belief that beauty is discovered within, a dedication to feeling empowered, a respect for the past and a commitment of the future.

Their story begins in 2013, when founder and designer, Jennifer Pak created a bespoke jewelry collection for her bridesmaids to wear for her nuptials. After noticing the joy the pieces brought to her bridal party, she embarked on creating a line of fine jewelry for the classic woman in a modern world. Our name Gjenmi, is derived from her Korean American background – “Gjen” for half of her English name Jenn and “Mi” half of her Korean name Mi Reh [translating to future]

Gjenmi creates modern heirlooms. They cherish the art of making things by hand and are inspired by the timeless grace of antique and vintage designs.

We sat down with the powerhouse founder and designer Jenny Pak to learn more about how to navigate one of life’s greatest (and often times hardest) pleasures – motherhood.

Do you have any beauty shortcuts that mom’s need to know about?

I am all about shortcuts! I love taking a shower in the evening, rolling up my damp hair in buns and waking up with beach waves ready to go! The mornings are so hectic and it’s always so hard to get out the door- this is my favorite time saver.

Everyone has that ritual that makes them feel confident and pulled together, what’s yours?

Good hair and good skin can make me feel like a new person. Getting a monthly facial and quarterly trims are always things I make time for in my busy schedule.

Do you have any first-time mom advice?

Everyone has a different story, solution, family. Don’t be so hard on yourself and do what feels right and what works for your family. My solution may not be yours and vice versa. The best mom, is a happy mom!

What beauty product can you not live without?

Sunscreen! After two babies and a handful of Melasma spots to prove it, I have been really good about applying sunscreen daily. Skin damage is no joke!

How do you find balance?

The best way to find balance for me, is to either hang out with my closest friends over dinner or go on a date with my husband. Juggling life can be so UNBALANCED and being the best version of yourself with people that support and love you has always helped me blow off steam or relax me after a wacky week!

How do you de-stress?

Korean Spas! My favorite right now, is Crystal Spa in Koreatown after my old favorite (Natura) closed. Second to that, is something relatively new I have been doing- which is taking 1 creative class a month. It really lets you un-wind and look through other outlets of creativity. I recently took a figure drawing workshop and it was so freeing and different from what my mind and body does everyday, all day. I highly recommend it!