Sunday, February 12, 2012

Youthful Skin Forever

On Saturday, February 11, 2012 I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Gary Goldfaden, MD, a clinical dermatologist and a lifetime member of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is the founder of Academy Dermatology in Hollywood, FL, and Cosmesis Skin Care. He is also a member of the Life Extension Scientific Advisory Board.
The Life Extension Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida hosted the presentation. If you don't know know about Life Extension, you should. To quote Wikipedia it is, "a non-profit research-based foundation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, established by co-founders Saul Kent and William Faloon in 1980. Its primary purpose is to fund research and disseminate information on life extension, preventive medicine, anti-aging and optimal health, with a focus on hormonal and nutritional supplementation, deriving much of its income from the sale of vitamins and supplements."

William Faloon is the Director of the Life Extension Foundation. He is largely responsible for it's massive growth. He's also the author of the new book, "Pharmocracy".

Dr. Goldfaden's presentation was in conjunction with the publication of his own book, "Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way". His talk was an overview of what he considered important information about our largest organ, the skin.

Rather than steal the thunder of Dr. Goldfaden's book and presentation, let me hit upon some interesting and provocative ideas that he presented.

Exfoliation is a big part of the program. You essentially stimulate new skin growth by removing the outer layers. This is done by both Amber and Ruby crystals in products developed by Dr. Goldfaden.

Tea extracts are used in the exfoliation as well.

Hyaluronic acid is what gives skin moisture and gives the skin its structure. It is widely used in dermatology today and is included in the Cosmesis products, particularly useful in the more fragile areas around the eye.

A promising chemical, called Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 is similar to Botox. It is reported to reduce a facial muscle's ability to contract and form wrinkles. It has not however, been subject to double blind testing.

Some general guidelines were given on the topic of moisturizers too. Dr. Goldfaden broke it up in this way:

Oily skin- Use water based moisturizers.
Normal Skin- Use oil based moisturizers.
Dry skin - (or like that of an alligator) Use heavier oil based moisturizers.

The Doctor offered his specialized products, called Cosmesis, as a natural skin care alternative to those who prefer not to use more invasive procedures. Dr. Goldfaden does not disapprove of cosmetic procedures and regularly performs them in his practice. His motivation seems to be one of empowering the patient with knowledge and tools to take control of the health of their skin.

You can learn more about Gary Goldfaden, MD at his website -
The Cosmesis products are also available at Life Extension Foundation located at 5990 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL


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