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As wonderful as summer can be (thanks to longer days, trips to the beach and pool, and lighter brighter vibes in general), it’s not necessarily ideal as far as our skin is concerned. After all, exposure to UV rays is the leading cause of visible signs of aging—not to mention it can lead to some pretty serious hazards for skin and overall health. In search of intel and solutions to save our skin all summer long and 365 days a year, we tapped celebrity esthetician and Goldfaden MD’s Educational Advisor Gina Mari. Heed her advice on all things sun safety and skin repair. Plus: helpful FYIs on the ingredients you’ll want in your skincare routine, ASAP.

What is the biggest misconception people have about sun safety?

That you only have to apply sunscreen once in the morning and then you’re good for the rest of the day. We have been educating people on the proper use and application of sunscreen for years now and it still amazes me when a client comes in literally fried and says, “But I put it on this morning!”

What skincare ingredients can heighten photosensitivity and what are your tips for using them in the summer months?

Products that contain ingredients such as retinoids, vitamin C, alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide will definitely make your skin much more sensitive to sun exposure. As opposed to discontinuing the use of these ingredients, simply lower the percentages that you’re using creating an overall milder formula for your skin. And, I would suggest only using your actives at night.

What skincare ingredients can help minimize sun damage, whether immediately or more long term?

Several ingredients listed above are extremely effective. Additionally, niacinamide, kojic acid, azelic acid and hydroquinone have proven great results. Consistency with the use of whichever combination or stand-alone ingredient your product/products contain is key. As all of these ingredients work to exfoliate and resurface (even if it’s the slightest amount) so applying a hydrating product with ingredients such as alpha lipid acids, hyaluronic acid and ceramides will really help speed the healing process as well as help you maintain results.

Direct sun exposure aside, what are the surprising culprits that can wreak havoc on your skin in the warmer months?

Skin, hair and nails are really affected by basically sun, salt and sand! We all need to enjoy our lives and a little vitamin D is good for you. Protect your skin during the daytime and focus on repairing and restoring in the evening.

What is one thing you wish everyone would do (or not do) in terms of sun exposure and skin health?

Using and reapplying sunscreen as suggested is great and there are some really cool sun-protecting clothing items such as hats, swim shirts, etc. that really assist with additional protection. Essentially we want to protect and renew our skin every day and that will lead to healthy-looking skin.

Do you have a go-to hack to reduce post-sun skin sensitivity?

Really take extra care with cool baths and soothing products that contain ingredients like aloe vera. Please, please, please, don’t scratch or peel the burnt areas…that will extend your healing time.


Gina Marí is a skincare expert with a unique approach to skin renewal and preservation. She was named “Top Celebrity Facialist in Los Angeles” by Allure Magazine and works with a list of high-profile, A-list clientele who know her as meticulous, compassionate and forward-thinking. Gina curates skincare programs for her clients, designed for both immediate results and long-term maintenance to improve the health and vitality of the skin “Seeing my clients happy, glowing and confident is a gift that constantly inspires and motivates me,” she says. Immersed in the developing science of skincare, Gina conducts advanced research and utilizes cutting-edge technologies in her skincare programs, constantly discovering new treatments to help her clients with their individual skincare concerns and goals.


Goldfaden MD understands the power of women. So in honor of International Women’s Day, we are highlighting some of the strongest women we know and sharing their advice and insights into how they find their own version of success. 


Rene Macdonald, Founder and Creative Director of Lisou

“My mother always told me you can achieve anything if you’re willing to work hard, and as a black woman, you’ll have to work harder than most. The most useful thing I do is meditate—it calms my racy mind and hopefully makes me a better person for others.”

Her go-to Goldfaden MD product: “When it comes to self-care, I look for skincare that’s effective, easy and quick, with great results. Doctor’s Scrub is an amazing product that leaves my skin glowing without being abrasive.”

Christine Bullock, Founder of KAYO Bodycare and Creator of Evolution 20

“As a mother of three little girls and CEO of a global company, it’s becoming harder and harder to

manage it all. A friend told me to imagine I’m a juggler. Some of the balls are glass and some are plastic. We can’t juggle it all, all the time, so we have to figure out what responsibilities or tasks in life are ‘made of glass’—they are vital to our health and happiness—so they can’t be dropped. Then, figure out what is made of plastic and can be dropped.”

Her go-to Goldfaden MD product: “I love the Doctor’s Scrub because it always leaves my skin so refreshed, soft and smooth. Plus, my skincare seems to work much better after a mini-exfoliation.”

Claire Le Marquand and Kirstie Beecroft, Co-Founders of Kirstie Le Marque

“As co-founders, the best advice we both received (and took) was just that—to have a co- founder. Many people start businesses by themselves and succeed brilliantly, but we always discuss whether Kirstie Le Marque would be where it is today had we not done this together. Having one another to bounce off, brainstorm with, cry to and, most importantly, laugh and celebrate with has been invaluable. It isn’t for everyone, but for us it has been everything.”

Their go-to Goldfaden MD products: 

“A good eye cream should be in every 40-something woman’s beauty arsenal. Bright Eyes brightens my under eye-darkness, reduces puffiness and smoothes fine lines. And, for me, the biggest selling point is the natural, clean, plant-derived ingredients—I want to know what I’m putting on my skin.” – Kristie

“I use Doctor’s Scrub everyday. I love the combination of exfoliation and hydration. And if it’s good enough for Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, it’s good enough for me!” – Claire 

Shira Barlow, MS, RD, registered dietitian, nutrition expert and author of THE FOOD THERAPIST

“There’s still a lot to be done in terms of supporting mothers with young children in the workplace. I think so many great companies and institutions and industries lose out on contributions from really smart, capable, talented women because there’s just not enough flexibility and support. But I do know so many amazing women coming up in the next generation and I’m totally inspired by them and how they ask for what they need unapologetically, and I have a lot of hope for the future.”

Her go-to Goldfaden MD product: “Doctor’s scrub!! But I use it off-label on the back of my arms because that’s where I need it the most.”

At Goldfaden MD, we believe that all of your skin—not just that on your face—deserves the VIP treatment, which is why we’re proud to add Body Surge to the Goldfaden MD Bodycare Collection. This hydrating and restoring body moisturizer works overtime to ensure that your skin stays quenched, firm, and radiant from top to toe, around the clock, all year round.

Keep reading to discover the key ingredients driving the biggest benefits in Body Surge. Plus: 3 tips to make sure your skin retains as much moisture as possible as you integrate this silky, fast-absorbing moisturizer into your full-body regimen.Meet the power players in Body Surge

As we began to formulate Body Surge, we wanted to make sure it provided a wealth of benefits for your skin. Of course, enhanced moisture takes first priority—but we also figured that increased firmness, radiance, and skin barrier protection sounded great and will look and feel even better.

Take a look at the main ingredients in Body Surge that work together to nourish and improve your skin from the neck down:

  • Watermelon Seed Oil packs deeply nourishing nutrients such as fatty acids, which not only provide but also lock in moisture so dryness won’t stand a chance. In addition, this botanical emollient enhances skin softness while helping to balance and strengthen your skin barrier.
  • Soap Bark Extract works its plant-powered magic to provide a surge of hydration and give skin a tighter, firmer, more supple appearance. If skin laxity is a concern, you’ll make great strides with this natural anti-aging hero.
  • Kakadu Plum is revered as the food with the highest natural vitamin C content in the world. When this highly concentrated ingredient is applied topically, benefits include everything from antioxidant protection and skin repair to an unbeatable glow.

Similar to all Goldfaden MD products, Body Surge is non-toxic and plant-powered, plus free of countless irritants, aggressors, and other unnecessary additives that your skin doesn’t need—including but not limited to parabens, silicones, gluten, alcohol, mineral oil, and synthetic colors and fragrances.

3 tips to enhance your body moisturizing routine

As wonderful as Body Surge is to hydrate, moisturize, and revitalize your skin, it never hurts to go the extra mile to ensure that your habits and entire routine complement your skin goals. With that in mind, we recommend adopting the following tips.

1. Be mindful of your shower routine

Avoid taking showers or baths with very hot water, as doing so can dry out your skin. Instead, lukewarm or cool water will help to boost both hydration and skin resilience. Plus, when you get out of the shower, tap (don’t rub) your skin dry with a towel.

2. Take advantage of the golden minute

The best time to apply Body Surge is when your skin is still slightly damp from a quick towel dry—ideally within 60 seconds of hopping out of the shower or bath. Applying body moisturizer within this “golden minute” allows you to benefit from the greatest hydrating and moisturizing potential, as dampness enhances absorption of the products you’ll soon apply. (For this same reason, we also advise applying serums and/or moisturizer when your face is still slightly damp after cleansing or using a facial spray like Mist RX.) With that said, you can still apply Body Surge whenever you need it throughout the day, enjoying relief from dryness and dullness.

3. Be consistent and round out your routine

As is the case with all skincare routines (or any healthy habit, for that matter), consistency is key. Apply Body Surge daily to witness improvements in your skin’s hydration, suppleness, and radiance. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to shop the full Goldfaden MD Bodycare Collection, which includes Doctor’s Body Scrub for in-tub exfoliation and Firm Believer for major elasticity-enhancing and circulation-boosting benefits.