How Skin Whisperer Ildi Pekar Uses 🥦
The first time we heard about Ildi Pekar was when a few supermodels (Miranda Kerr, Irina Shayk, and Lindsay Ellingson to name a few) talked about who they go to for glowy skin. Fast forward to 2017 and we saw the beginnings of what would become a cult favorite CBD luxury line and one of the first CBD facials in NYC. With everyone from Refinery29 to influencers swearing by her products and services, we sat down with Pekar at her airy spa in Midtown Manhattan to chat about how she got started, what she loves about cannabis, and why you don't pick crystals, (hint: they pick you).
Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, capital of the spas and beauty treatments. I was always into beauty and interested in natural healing remedies like thermal waters, high quality flowers, herbs, and raw honey; my grandmother taught me lots of natural healing tricks. When I moved to the USA, I realized that the majority of people are not familiar with many of these beauty hacks and techniques , so I decided to share my knowledge and bring a “little Hungary” into the American beauty world.
What are you proud about right now?
My amazing family and business.
What was your first experience with weed?
About 5-6 years ago, sadly a good friend of mine had cancer, so I started to do some research on what are the best natural remedies to relieve pain and comfort the body. I desperately wanted to help her. I found that cannabis is a good solution, then I figured, that if it works within the body, why couldn’t it be used as a topical ointment to heal the skin? I was very interested in its healing properties and spent years learning about it, then when I felt that I have enough knowledge, I started to work with labs what were able to create high quality CBD oil. Shortly after that I created my very first CBD product, the I PEKAR Tissue repair serum.
Editors note: This is a true serum, most brands are face oils which you should put at the end of your routine. With this product you’re able to put it on at the beginning of your beauty regiment.
What do you like using? Any favorite brands?
I would lie if I said, that it’s not mine, the I PEKAR product line.
What does "wellness" mean to you?
Being happy. Wellness is a big topic lately, but I find that lot of people just talking about wellness solutions, not actually doing it and make time to relax and just focus on their selves. Wellbeing takes time and you have to make the effort. Besides being happy, my wellness routine includes lots of yoga and meditation, because for me spiritual and mental wellness are just as important as the physical kind.
Favorite nighttime ritual?
Take a long warm, cosy bath with CBD bath bomb, listening some music music. Before bed I like to take some drops of my CBD Tincture and drink hot tea.
What skincare products do you swear by?
I use my own skin care line, the I PEKAR. I don’t have a particular favorite product, it’s just like when you have kids, you can’t choose :)
What do you wish people understood about weed and CBD?
That it is not illegal, it is not a drug, and how important it is for every one of our well being.
What do you admire most in your friends?
They understand my craziness and believe in me.
:) I love good quality chocolate.
If you're not feeling nice, what do you do?
Just zip it! Everyone has bad days from time to time, but I don’t like to influence anyone with my bad mood and would rather stay quiet then say something what I’ll regret later.
What's the advice you want to listen to more?
Be good, be honest!
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