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What secret beauty weapon do top supermodels Miranda Kerr, Irina Shayk, and Lindsay Ellingson all have in common? Skincare specialist Ildi Pekar. Idli has been one of New York City's most sought after estheticians for years because of her breadth of skincare knowledge and anti-aging expertise.
Glowing supermodel skin is not hard to achieve when you have Ildi on your side. Ildi has honed her extensive skills in both her native country of Hungary and the United States to bring her clients the most effective skincare techniques. At Ildi's salon you can expect a thorough, knowledgeable, and personalized experience to put your best face forward. Read below for an in-depth interview with Ildi Pekar for expert skincare tips and insights.
What inspired you to be an esthetician?
I was exposed and taught about beauty and incorporating that with well being since I was young. Growing up in Hungary, we had beautiful thermal waters and baths; it was just so natural to be ‘natural’. Back then in Hungary, we didn't have the technology we do today to provide extensive beauty treatments. We were exposed to flowers, herbs, and thermal waters for healing our skin and body inside and out.
Becoming an esthetician was more than providing beauty treatments. It was an opportunity for me to teach and heal those I come across about incorporating natural + wellness together; an opportunity I had to seize.
As someone who has been educated in skincare practices in Europe, what would you say are the biggest differences in American skincare?
When I first came to this country, I realized that getting facials was not in everyone’s beauty routine. Everyone opted to buy a product or cream that would “fix” the problem. With very little education, they were actually causing their condition to be worse for their skin in the future. You can heal your skin and prevent a lot of damage from occurring in the future by receiving monthly facials. Most people wait until they have the problem to treat it, when they should just take the basic steps in caring for it to prevent it. Getting facials regularly can help maintain young beautiful skin overtime.
In Europe, beauty isn't commercialized the same way it is in America. It is part of the European culture to take the time to care for yourself inside and out where as here, we are pressured to have lifestyles that can be tougher on the body.
What do you recommend to your clients as the best anti-aging skincare practices to commit to every day?
I can’t express enough the importance of going to bed with clean skin. Moisturizing/balancing your skin is also very crucial in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Protecting your skin is so important, I recommend using SPF every time you expose yourself to the sun.
We agree - it’s so important that people understand the importance of sun protection all year round! How do you practice proper suncare for yourself?
In the winter, I would recommend using SPF 15. If I am going to spend more time outside, I would always keep re-applying. In the summer, I use SPF 30 for extra strength on the skin since the sun can be more harsh.
What do you look for in a sunscreen?
I look for clean ingredients. Something light and also lightly scented to avoid clogging my pores and breaking out.
What is your personal skincare routine? How do you change it for the seasons?
At night, I use a I PEKAR Gentle Cleanser and exfoliate once or twice a week following up with my I PEKAR Moisturizer. In the morning I tone with thermal water; I believe in leaving your natural oils on your skin. I apply eye cream, moisturizer, and sunblock. Once a week I mini-facial with a relaxing mask keeping my skin routine simple yet effective.
What are your signature treatments and client favorites?
Hard to choose! Everything we do here is customized and tailored to every clients needs as our main focus is for them to see the results they are looking for. I would say our top selling treatments would be: Lift Facial, Deep Cleansing Facial, Stem Cell Facial and LED Light Therapy.
What do you think is the next skincare trend for 2016-2017?
People are FINALLY becoming aware of what they are putting onto their skin. Natural/organic is definitely trending right now and I do hope it is here to stay. The next skin care trend I see becoming big is “fixing from within” coming out with treatments and products that start healing from the root of the problem.
Finally - in the spirit of the Valentine’s Day holiday - how do you treat yourself and those close to you with love?
I’m a big believer in LOVE! I enjoy the simplest moments with my friends and family just enjoying each other and laughing. We are always learning and growing and it is truly an extraordinary experience every time.
Get in touch with Ildi Pekar:
315 Madison Avenue, Suite 2600
New York, NY 10017