Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fighting Hyperpigmentation with Goldfaden MD

I've gone on and on about my struggle with hyperpigmentation, especially after child birth. Without going to extremes with lasers, professional treatments or resorting to terribly carcinogenic products like hydroquinone, I've felt a little bit at a loss for items that really work. But that doesn't keep me from trying just about everything that I can get my hands on to see what works for me, and truth be told, I've learned that slow and steady wins the race if we're avoiding chemicals. Many more natural alternatives aren't going to be quick fixes, they're going to work over time in order to avoid harsh repercussions on skin.

In my battle I've come across Goldfaden MD. If you haven't been introduced to the brand, it's an antioxidant and plant based line developed by a dermatologist (Dr. Gary Goldfaden) who wanted to marry the results of in-office procedures with at-home products that didn't contain harsh ingredients that would further irritate skin. We all know that's a tall order, but they kept working at it, finding inspiration in nature and creating highly effective items that target the most common skin concerns. One of which being hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Light Treatment

This product is a gentle, multi-pigment targeting treatment with Alpha Arbutin, Red Tea and Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin hydrated while evening tone and fading dark spots. The product itself is a clear gel-like consistency that spreads evenly and absorbs quite quickly. With a higher price point, I feel better that a little does go a long way. I experienced no irritation at all nor disruption in makeup application. I've used other treatments that seemed to "peel" off if I put foundation or night cream over it, so thankfully I felt like this one got to work right away. I used it for 4 weeks and overall I think it works, but that further results will continue to reveal themselves. I did notice a more even tone and texture, as well as boosted hydration. Some of my bigger pigment issues didn't seem affected, but smaller spots or recent ones from breakouts did start to disappear. I feel like these results were also in part of using the next product in conjunction with Light Treatment.

Vital Boost

This oil-free moisturizer is perfect for daily use. Even though my skin leans toward dry, this lotion did a fine job of hydrating without feeling heavy. Perfect for the warmer weather we've been having. Vital Boost was created to provide antioxidant and Vitamin D protection, to avoid further damage to the skin, while also building immunity, elasticity and brightness with added Gooseberry. I really loved the glowy aspect, while the lotion quickly absorbed it left a really beautiful radiance, without at all feeling greasy. Overall this item promotes the transformation of the Light Treatment, while also protecting from further damage.

*Sunscreen is advised while using Light Treatment. I didn't notice any additional sun sensitivity, but I also use sunscreen like it's going out of style, which also prevents further sun damage. Vital Boost does not contain sunscreen. A great option is Goldfaden's Sun Visor which you can find in my Shop Favorites section. It's a light mist that can be sprayed over Vital Boost or even makeup and patted in.

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