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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!

Dr. Goldfaden breaks down how skin ages and what we need to look for in protecting our hands, yes HANDS, from premature aging.

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UNDERSTANDING HOW SKIN AGES

As we age, our skin cells become less and less capable of producing the energy needed for DNA repair and cell renewal. Our bodies’ natural supply of internal antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase also diminishes. This allows free radicals generated by ultraviolet light, smog, cigarette smoke, X-rays, drugs, and other factors to inflict cumulative damage to the lipid bilayer that covers our skin cells. This constant oxidative assault also causes the fatty membranes of cells to become more permeable, with the result that our skin gradually loses moisture and becomes dehydrated.

Aging likewise involves a progressive decline in the body’s ability to synthesize essential fatty acids required by the skin to maintain adequate moisture. Collagen, the primary protein in the skin’s connective tissue, is especially susceptible to free-radical damage, and this accounts for the sagginess and wrinkles so often seen in aged skin.

Age spots, another common skin feature associated with aging, are caused by specialized skin cells known as melanocytes, which make up about 8-10% of the epidermal skin cells. Melanocytes continually release small amounts of brown-black pigment called melanin, which determines normal skin color and also helps protect the skin by limiting the penetration of ultraviolet light into the epidermis and by scavenging DNA-damaging free radicals. As skin ages, these melanocytes grow fewer in number and often cluster together, appearing as brown, or even black, patches on your skin.

ANTIOXIDANTS REPAIR AND REJUVENATE SKIN

Although the aging process and its adverse effects on your skin may seem both relentless and inevitable, a number of natural compounds have been scientifically shown to support the repair mechanisms of skin cells and boost their healing capabilities.

One group of compounds that effectively counteract the damaging effects of free radicals are antioxidants. Topically applied antioxidants confer significant protection against free-radical assault and even partially reverse some aspects of skin aging. Several noted animal and human studies have demonstrated that antioxidants of low molecular weight, such as vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid, exert strong protective effects against free-radical damage.

Due to its ability to induce superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, red tea extract exerts antioxidant effects that are approximately 50 times greater than those of green tea. Red tea extract contains potent, protective natural antioxidants and enzymes, such as vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, which facilitate skin cell renewal, giving skin a smoother, brighter, and healthier appearance.

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MOISTURIZERS SOFTEN DRY, ROUGH SKIN

Another critical group of nutrients required for healthy skin are natural moisturizing agents that protect against dehydration. One of the most important of these is hyaluronic acid, a large sugar-like molecule found in every tissue of the body, particularly in collagen-rich connective tissues.

The network of collagen fibers below the skin is filled with a jelly-like mixture of water, protein complexes, and hyaluronic acid, which facilitates the transport of essential nutrients from the bloodstream to the living cells of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is critical to this mixture because of its ability to attract and bind with water. Unfortunately, due to damaging free radicals, up to half of our hyaluronic acid reserves are depleted by the time we turn 50. Replenishing the skin with hyaluronic acid promotes healing, repair, and antioxidant activity. Hyaluronic acid also provides volume and fullness, and is crucial in maintaining smoothness and moisture in the skin.

COMPOUNDS TO REJUVENATE OLD SKIN CELLS

The fat-soluble antioxidant CoQ10 is highly effective in countering the normal decline in mitochondrial energy production that accompanies aging.8 Coenzyme Q10 is especially important for aging skin due to its essential role in assisting fibroblast cells.

Another nutrient that fights sagging caused by the destruction of the skin’s underlying collagen structure is DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol). In one study, DMAE was shown to produce a firming effect on the skin, perhaps because DMAE helps to stabilize cell membranes. Based on clinical reports, DMAE may be the first topical agent that can help firm sagging skin directly. DMAE also greatly increases the skin’s radiance, tone, and firmness, while decreasing micro-inflammation.

Retinol, a pure and active form of vitamin A, is one of the few substances with a molecular structure small enough to penetrate to the skin’s lower layers, where collagen and elastin reside. By stimulating collagen and elastin, vitamin A derivatives create firmer, smoother skin and also work to increase cell turnover by stimulating the production of new cells underneath the skin’s surface. This accelerated cell turnover promotes the exfoliation of dead skin cells and allows healthier cells to appear. As a result, the skin appears softer and smoother, and signs of aging start to diminish.

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LIGHTENING AGENTS IMPROVE SKIN TONE AND COLOR

The final group of compounds that can improve the health and appearance of aged skin are skin-lightening agents. These compounds help reduce unsightly, mottled areas of hyperpigmentation where melanin has pooled underneath the skin. Two ingredients that appear to work synergistically to address this condition are N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide.

Glucosamine’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in promoting joint health are well established. When combined with niacinamide, a vitamin B derivative, N-acetyl glucosamine is more effective in reducing hyperpigmentation than niacinamide or N-acetyl glucosamine alone. Treatment with N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide reduced both the size of hyperpigmented spots and improved the consistency of melanin distribution in the skin. In-vitro studies of human skin cultures also found that N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide stimulated the production of hyaluronic acid and increased healthy collagen expression. This improved hydration of the skin helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Being among the top concern of patients in Dr. Goldfaden’s office and around the world, Dr. Goldfaden has specially developed Hands To Heart “Anti-Aging + Brightening” hand treatment to address the unique needs of the hands, this rich, yet fast-absorbing cream helps fade dark spots and reduces the appearance of fine lines while instantly smoothing and plumping skin. Breakthrough anti-aging ingredients CoQ10, niacinimide, glucosamine and retinol along with potent hyaluronic acid work to provide skin with a more youthful appearance leaving hands nourished, protected and supple.

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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