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We have partnered with 5 beautiful, kind, and strong women in our community and asked them questions about self-care, wellness, and of course BODY. Sharing our new Bodycare Collection we collaborated with them to create imagery that showcased their bodies through their lense. We’ll be sharing their imagery and stories throughout the next few weeks so that you can all get to know and love them as much as we do. ⁠

Meet Nikia Rodriguez.

#faceyourBODY

Name: Nikia Rodriguez

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 30

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

I’m a half Dominican-half Ashkenazi Jew who grew up in the Hudson Valley. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, and now share a home in Echo Park with my husband, Jeff, and our rescue dog, Poppy. Jeff and I run a production company called Picture Ridge Productions, which specializes in travel, culinary, and lifestyle content. When we’re home (for short bursts of time) we spend most of our time chasing the sun, from our yard, to hikes in the hills of Elysian Park, and (if we have it in us) a drive to the ocean.

As a daughter, sister, wife and friend, I stand for equality, in every form. I stand for empathy, kindness, nature and her protection.

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less and less interested in spending hours in front of the mirror applying makeup, or blow-drying my naturally wavy hair. But on days when I’m feeling less than 100%, I put some music on and pamper myself with a full skincare routine and makeup application.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

To me, self-care is 60% mental and 40% physical. Mentally, I practice self-care by meditating, reading, spending time with friends, and painting. Physically, self-care comes in the form of healthy eating, low-impact exercise (I love Melissa Wood Health and MadFit) and walking my dog. I’m not someone who necessarily adheres to daily schedules (when I’m not traveling for work,) so I really just take every day as it comes, and listen to my body for cues on what it needs. Depending on how I’m feeling each morning, and what my workload is like, I’ll choose one physical activity and one mental activity to stay balanced throughout my day.

 

What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?

Natural, Feminine, Resilient

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

It’s not a food, but WATER, first and foremost. I keep a glass next to me at all times! For healthy fats and Vitamin E, I love avocados and salmon. Spinach and broccoli are great sources of Zinc, and my Vitamin C facilitators are citrus fruit and sweet potato.

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

Again, I’m a pretty low maintenance gal. I like a few tried-and-true, go-to products for my face, hair and body. Specifically for my body, Goldfaden’s new Firm Believer and Doctor’s Body Scrub are the perfect product duo to use throughout the week to keep my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and ready for Summer.

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for an overpriced, full body massage.

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

I’m very concerned about the Earth’s rising climate and the planet we are leaving to future generations. We have done so much damage, that I worry it’s nearly impossible to undo without the collective force of each and every human adapting to an eco-conscious way of life.

Fill in the blank: ______ is underrated.

Cereal is underrated.

 

The skin is our largest organ measuring roughly 22 square feet. We treat our facial skin daily, which is roughly only 5% of our total skin. Facial skin is much thinner and so much more delicate than the skin on the body.  Body skin, which is bombarded with an onslaught of daily environmental aggressors requires, and deserves, a different set of products to achieve proper overall skin health and prevent signs of premature aging. 

 

Face your BODY with our NEW! High-performance two-piece Body Collection. It is all about skin fitness. Keeping your skin healthy and fit is paramount to our brand philosophy and that includes the skin on your body. The skin is our largest organ, so treat the body you’re in with GOLDFADEN MD’s BODYCARE COLLECTION.

This supercharged duo was developed to exfoliate, polish, refine and treat to keep skin looking vibrant and healthy while helping to prevent signs of premature aging. 

“Body care has become an afterthought as many of us rush through it with endless options of no-name products and time-consuming in-office procedures, or completely neglect it altogether,” says Lisa Goldfaden, co-founder of Goldfaden MD. “My father, Dr. Gary Goldfaden, has been treating patients, full-body, for decades. As we continue to be at the forefront of product innovation, we felt it was crucial to create an easy to use body collection.”

Harnessing the brand’s proprietary “body complex,” This duo of high-performance products was designed to target key concerns, such as sagging skin, uneven texture and tone, cellulite, sun damage, dehydration, dull lifeless skin, scaly skin and loss of elasticity. These products will help to firm, smooth, hydrate and revitalize skin from the neck down. After all, Goldfaden MD is a “firm believer” that skincare means caring for ALL your skin—not just the skin on your face.

Introducing BODYCARE by Goldfaden MD 

Doctor’s Body  ScrubDermabrasion

The body version of our cult classic and award-winning Doctor’s Scrub.

Polish away dead surface skin and infuse hydration, vitamins, and nutrients back into your body to reveal smoother, radiant, healthier-looking skin. This multi-active scrub features micro-fine exfoliating crystals, skin-softening Bamboo Extract, skin-brightening Fruit Enzymes, soothing Probiotic-fermented Extract, and antioxidant-rich Red Algae.

Firm Believer Body Contouring Serum

Get Lifted with Dr. Goldfaden’s FIRM BELIEVER Body Contouring Serum.

This concentrated skin tightening body serum is formulated to sculpt, smooth, renew dull skin, and help firm trouble areas on the body. Supercharged with elasticity-enhancing radish root extract, softening marula oil, hyaluronic acid and circulation-boosting coffee & gotu kola extracts, it will sculpt, smooth, and tone your skin in one easy swipe.

If you were looking for an effective and innovative body treatment ten years ago, you probably would have ended your search disappointed, frustrated, or both. Back then, you would have been lucky to find a spa that offered anything more than a standard massage or perhaps a simple body scrub. Fast forward to today, and the body treatment options seem endless. Whereas dermatologists, estheticians, and med spas used to offer facial treatments, and facial treatments only, they’re now offering a vast array of full-body treatments aimed at lifting, sculpting, smoothing, and rejuvenating everything from the neck, down.

To what do we owe this new wave of body treatments? The answer, in our opinion, is two-fold. The first is technology. With the advancement of technology, we’ve seen innovative treatments become less expensive and more accessible to a wider variety of people. The second answer is an increase in the societal awareness of skincare and wellness. People are broadening their idea of what encompasses skincare and wellness, and what those words mean in the first place.

Let’s look at it from a factual standpoint. Each full-grown human being is covered with approximately 22 square feet of skin (we know what you’re thinking, this is an interesting, albeit slightly disconcerting, fact). Despite the vast majority of our skin being located on our bodies, it’s likely that most of us spend most of our time, money, and effort, caring for the small percentage of our skin that lives on our face. That’s inherently problematic, seeing as the skin on our body is just as susceptible to natural aging, UV damage, environmental aggressors, and more.

Along with proper body care and age-prevention techniques (such as consistent sunscreen use, a healthy diet and exercise ), the right body treatments can help reduce, or at the very least stave off, damage and signs of aging. What’s more is that certain body treatments even go beyond the skin to care for our muscles, lymphatic and vascular systems, and more. You just have to know which body treatment does what. That’s where we come in. Keep scrolling to learn about a few of our favorite body treatments—including what they are, what they do, and why you might want to try them.

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage is (you guessed it) a massage technique that encourages our lymphatic system to remove waste and toxins from our bodies. Because lymph, which is the liquid that’s transported around our lymphatic system, contains white blood cells, stimulating its flow throughout the body might even boost the immune system.

As for the massage itself, it’s not harsh or painful like other massage techniques, but it’s also not necessarily relaxing, either (after all, the goal isn’t relaxation; it’s lymphatic drainage). A certified lymphatic massage expert will use gentle, consistent pressure in specific locations of the body to guide fluid where it needs to go. Proponents of lymphatic massage say that it can do everything from speeding up muscle recovery to boosting energy and diminishing bloat. Others claim it even goes as far as to be an effective tool in relieving pain from conditions like arthritis and migraines.

Infrared Saunas and Sweat Beds

If you’ve ever entered into a traditional sauna, you know the air is thick with heat. In an infrared sauna, that’s not the case. When you first walk in, you’ll barely be able to feel any difference aside from a slight warmth. The longer you stay in, the hotter it gets, until eventually, your face is red and you’re sweating bullets.

The magic (or science, really) of an infrared sauna is in the infrared lamps, which heat you, not the air around you. It raises your core body temperature to aid in detoxification and weight loss. Other benefits include decreased stress and better sleep.

A wide variety of infrared options exist—everything from infrared rooms to pods, capsules, and infrared beds—, though they all share the same purpose. Our favorite way to reap the benefits of infrared technology is by going to ShapeHouse, which is an “urban sweat lodge,” where you lay down on an infrared bed for 45 minutes at a time while catching up on your favorite TV show or listening to your favorite music.

LED Light Therapy

You may have used LED light on your face in order to prevent acne or diminish fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know you can use it on your body, too? Many estheticians and med spas are investing in full-body LED light beds to treat their clients’ full-body concerns.

How does it work? Different colors of LED light have different wavelengths, which penetrate the skin and cause specific cellular reactions. Red LED light, for instance, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which leads to an improvement in the look wrinkles and sagging skin. As most of us are probably aware, wrinkles and sagging skin aren’t just regulated to the face, which is why full-body treatment LED treatments could significantly improve the appearance of skin over time.

CoolSculpting

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat-reduction technique that utilizes cold temperatures to freeze, and thereby kill and break down, stubborn fat cells that are difficult to remove otherwise through diet and exercise. Each treatment takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what area you’re targeting (on that note, depending on the person and the area being treated, multiple treatments may be necessary). An applicator will be set against the skin, which will then bring the temperature of the fat cells down. After the temperature has been brought down, and for a long enough period of time, the technician will remove the applicator and massage the area. The results aren’t immediate, but they are noticeable. You can expect an average of 20%-25% of the fat to leave the body over the course of a few months, with initial results becoming apparent after a few weeks.

This treatment is FDA-approved for almost any “problem area” you can think of, including the lower stomach, thighs, and upper arms. Some people even treat their jawline.

These are just a popular few of the many body treatments on the market, but no matter what treatment you’re interested in, make sure you’re consulting a reputable expert before committing, and never ever underestimate the power of a healthy lifestyle and an effective skincare regimen. Because, while these treatments have real benefits, skincare and health & wellness are long-term objectives.

Written by, Kaitlyn McLintock

ABOUT THE WRITER:

Kaitlyn McLintock is a beauty and wellness writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in such publications as Popsugar, Byrdie, Hello Giggles, Who What Wear, and more. When she’s not writing, researching, and editing, or testing out the latest skincare and makeup products, she’s drinking coffee and spritzing Goldfaden’s Mist RX all over her skin.