How many times have you mistakenly put your skin through the ringer? For me, more often than I'd like to admit.

With the amount of products I use and review, it's easy to get a little overzealous in my skin care routine. Especially when my dermatologist tells me I need to up my retinoid. So when I met Lisa Goldfaden, Vice President of Marketing for GOLDFADEN MD (one of my newfound skin care loves), I was a mess! However, it turned out to be such a good thing.

lisagoldfadenGOLDFADEN MD is known for its problem-solving skincare remedies, targeting a range of specific skin concerns inspired by treatments developed in Dr. Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice. Timing was perfect, as crazy as that sounds. Add yet another new skin care product, or five, to my face? Yes.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Goldfaden for a facial at Jeffre Scott's in Charlotte. I came in with inflamed skin and left in recovery mode. What was truly remarkable was the difference in how my skin felt (from the inside out) and looked in less than 24 hours. Crazy! And today, my skin looks amazing.

GOLDFADEN MD is the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skin care line in the industry. The highly efficacious, non-prescription skin care solutions utilize state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and anti-oxidant rich botanicals. No harsh ingredients. My skin can attest to that. I absolutely love the Pure Start gel cleanser. So gentle, yet so effective. Needle-less, another favorite, is packed with 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid and advanced anti-aging Hexapeptides to plump, tighten and smooth the appearance of fine lines and deep creases. The best part, it works immediately, in addition to providing long-term results. I couldn't help but add Radical Difference, their super serum with Red Tea and Cherry Extracts. It creates a protective barrier that prevents and repairs skin imperfections, while reducing the appearance of redness. Others that I look forward to adding soon — Doctor's Scrub, Fresh A Peel, Wake Up Call and new-to-market Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil.


Oh, and if you've been looking for an awesome hand cream, Hands To Heart puts all other hand creams to shame! It was developed to address the unique needs of the hands. It's rich, yet fast-absorbing and helps fade dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while instantly smoothing and plumping skin. It's deliciously addicting! 

If you want a naturally effective skin care regimen, you need to try GOLDFADEN MD. Stop in Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and ask for a few samples. Or, shop online. You will find the products to be super gentle, while addressing your skin's every need.

Available exclusively at Jeffre Scott

goldrescuecreamTight, dry winter skin. Never again.

My very favorite super intense moisturizing cream, Gold Rescue Cream from Omorovicza, is head and shoulders above the rest during these bitter cold months. I find myself longing for this both morning and night. It's so rich, you only need a tiny bit. I rub it between my fingers and pat it onto moist skin. It's emollient and has a tendency to rescue and heal my skin from whatever conditions and climates I've encountered.

Powered by a potent thermal-water-in-oil barrier formulation that transforms the skin, Gold Rescue Cream revitalizes and rejuvenates even the driest of complexions. Colloidal gold repairs and strengthens, while a combination of peptides reduces the depth and appearance of wrinkles and plumps the skin. 

I'm no stranger to Omorovicza. It's one of my all-time favorite skin care lines. And for me, this nourishing cream leaps to the top.

It's paradise for the skin!

diamondextremeSkin care addict, I am. And I'm not ashamed to admit it.

There are many of us out there who find it impossible to resist certain products. Natura Bissé is one of those lines that I can't find any flaws in. Therefore, I can't get enough of the products.

The Diamond collection is special (though truly, all the NB lines rock). This particular formula triggers your skin's own defense mechanisms in order to repair your skin and protect it from harmful aggressors. I love a rich, luxurious cream that hydrates impeccably, regenerates, fights wrinkles and provides elasticity. And who doesn't like to wake up to amazing skin?

The best part about this moisturizer, it's not heavy. It feels wonderfully soft on the skin. Your skin will eat it up. And the compliments will ensue.

Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte, Turner & Scott in Asheville and Bailey & Scott in Raleigh

supercreamThe more I get to know the Omorovicza skin care line, the more I fall in love.

With a linen closet full of überly luxe treatments, I have just added another from the newest collection, Blue Diamond.

While I'd love all three Blue Diamond products, I am in most need of a super hydrating moisturizer that can take my skin to the next level. This silky smooth, anti-aging formula strengthens the skin's ability to reverse the aging process. A diamond-peptide compound prolongs the healthy life of skin cells and repairs the DNA chain, while a complex of essential amino-acids and copper increases the production of collagen and elastin for greater elasticity and firmness.

But, of course! I want that for my skin.

My skin is completely obsessed with Dr. Dennis Gross. And for good reason. His products work impeccably.

While I have many favorites, I have to share two that have made more of a difference than I ever anticipated.

ddg2The Hydra-Pure® Firming Serum is a blend of detoxifying compounds that defend against harmful elements, protecting and resurfacing skin while building collagen. It is packed with 20 powerful antioxidants that fight signs of aging by working together to penetrate skin and restore its healthy glow. After using this product for several months, I can attest that the texture and elasticity of my skin improved by leaps and bounds. But don't just take my word for it. There's plenty of research that shows that Hydra-Pure's® unique blend of Chelators, combined with vitamins and antioxidants, reduces environmental effects leading to wrinkles, acne, redness and irritation. Thank you, I'll have another!

And a product that I could never live without having tried it is the Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum. I have hooded (ish) eyes and I never imagined that an eye product could actually treat my eyelids. This anti-aging ferulic acid and retinol eye serum gently, but powerfully, reduces visible signs of aging in the delicate skin of the eyelid and around the eye while smoothing texture and tone. I use this morning and night. Love this eye serum! Step aside crepey eyes — this rock star is all over you.

Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and Turner & Scott in Asheville