FGW: Meet my new best friend…

September 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm 1 comment

It’s pretty rare that you find something you love enough to save up your lunch money for the next 4 months just to get it. It’s also rare that I would ever even THINK of recommending a product that’s got a high price tag. MBBers, meet rare:

Dr. Gary Goldfaden says his career in dermatology was sparked by a skin problem he experienced during his first year of medical school. With 30 years of practice in Florida, Dr. Goldfaden knows what we do; sun, toxins, and poor care generally have a horrible effect on our skin. When he set out to find his own ‘miracle ingredient’, he settled on red tea, thanks to the lovely skin of his rough living mother in law. Goldfaden isn’t the only line touting red tea’s benefits, and it may not even be the best…but man, it’s awesome.

I had the pleasure of trying out 3 Goldfaden products; Daily Scrub, Pure Power, and 3-in-1 Daily Moisturizer.  These items are a few of their “Daily Foundations”, which cover the skin care basics most of us use daily. Goldfaden also offers Daily Complexes, Intensive Treatments, and Daily Body-Care, with a little something for everyone.  A handy drop down menu displays products appropriate to your skin issues without jumping you all over the website.

As a huge fan of manual exfoliators, I wasn’t as impressed with the Daily Scrub as I’d hoped. I found it to be overly rough and gritty in texture, especially for something meant to be used every day. While it’s labeled as “best for dry, damaged, or distressed skin” I wouldn’t be recommending it to friends with distressed or sensitive skin. I scrub the heck out of my skin on a regular basis, and it was even a bit much for me. A basic exfoliator coupled with a $65.00 price tag puts this squarely in the ‘too pricey’ range for me.

The other two items I tried though…wow.

Pure Power ($85) is an antioxidant serum that does a little bit more. In addition to red tea, Pure Power contains hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component in skin. Hyaluronic Acid (also called hyaluronan) is involved in tissue repair. It’s important to note that excessive UVB exposure causes cells in the skin to decrease hyaluronan production and even begins to increase the rate of hyaluronan degradation, so renewing the hyaluronic acid in your skin is so important in fighting the effects of sun damage.  A fantastic serum for all skin types, this sank in almost instantly and left my skin smooth and comforted. It didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything and there was absolutely no increased oiliness from this product. I noted that the irritated blemishes on my face seemed to heal faster, and I thought I was imagining it until I began researching the ingredients*. I’m 100% sold on the comforting and healing powers of this serum.

Dr. Goldfaden’s 3-in1 Daily Moisturizer ($65) truly stands out amongst its peers. This oil free moisturizing lotion is almost more of a liquid and is incredibly light. More red tea and hyaluronic acid, as well as seaweed extract. Clearly this combination of ingredients was well thought out. I was skeptical as to how well such a light lotion could hydrate but I quickly discovered that there’s a reason I only do this in an amateur capacity. A small amount of lotion goes a long way and leaves me with quenched skin all day long. BUT, it does so without leaving a greasy or slick layer of product on my skin. I have never in my life discovered a moisturizer that does so much and feels like so little.

After weeks of using these products I am starting to wonder how I can live without them. Though they are expensive they aren’t the MOST expensive thing out there, and since it takes such a reasonable amount to feel results your dollar will get adequately stretched. If had the income to regularly purchase this, I wouldn’t hesitate to do so. As it is, I may just save up and treat myself to this for special occasions, like Mondays. My skin is as soft as my baby daughter’s and it feels fabulous. It has been a long time since I walked around all day without thinking about my skin. These products are so light and effective that my skin simply doesn’t cross my mind throughout the day.  It’s amazing how much more fun skin care is when you aren’t feeling greasy OR itchy!

The team at Goldfaden is offering a special discount code for Mythbuster Beauty readers. Type in rtea8 at checkout to receive a 20% discount! 

*I don’t poke around for info until AFTER I’ve had a chance to really use a product and formulate an opinion. I wouldn’t want to be swayed by what I read and I believe you deserve the best, most honest reviews I can give you! XOXO, Mo

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. lauren  |  September 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I love these products!!! I agree with everything that you said….they are so light, non-greasy and effective!

    Reply

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