Ildi Pekar on Using CBD for Skincare

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Facialist and skin care expert Ildi Pekar has a red carpet client list that includes Miranda Kerr and Lindsay Ellingson and is rumored to know your dietary secrets and health deficiencies by reading the surface of your face. The formulas of the Hungarian-born Pekar are influenced by the thermal waters and botanical folk knowledge of her home country, where she was trained in anti-aging techniques for body and face, as well as the treatment of adult acne. With a commitment to natural ingredients and rigorous testing, she has established herself among the best facialists in the city since opening her NYC-based salon in 2006.

As an ingredient in complexion treatment and skin issues, CBD is gaining mainstream attention. But Pekar has been incorporating cannabidiol into her skincare offerings for the past few years since learning about the powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can work both internally and externally — a balance she found to be a perfect complement to her philosophy that beautiful skin starts from the inside.

We spoke to Ildi Pekar about her formulas and how to use her entire CBD-infused collection — a four-product line for the face, body, and mind, which we are proud to now offer in full at Standard Dose.

Ildi Pekar Facialist

Standard Dose: What makes Ildi Pekar’s CBD formulas different from others that are currently on the market?   

Ildi Pekar: We were one of the first skin care experts to incorporate CBD into beauty products and facial services. Our products go through a thorough quality inspection before they are sold to anyone, and we get our CBD oil from the plant’s flowers and leaves (as opposed to the stem) to achieve the purest quality CBD. Our CBD products have 250-500mg of CBD in them, which is on the higher end for the market.

How do you ensure the best quality of your CBD source?

Complete care is taken while the plant itself grows in the pure air of the mountains of Colorado, all the way to the point that the final product is undergoing third-party laboratory testing. The farm is free of toxic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, and they create their own organic fertilizer to help balance the ecosystem. After harvest, the plant is hand-smashed into a fine powder for further use. Everything happens on the farm, from the growing, processing, and bottling. It's vegan, kosher, and non-GMO.

How do your advise people use your CBD collection?

In your daily skin care routine, you can apply the Tissue Repair Serum morning and night, after toner and before moisturizer.

At night, skip moisturizing and apply the Sleeping Mask instead. Leave it on your face overnight —  it will absorb into the skin throughout the night. You don’t have to wash it off in the morning,

The Uplifting Blend Roller is great for anytime use, whenever you feel soreness in your body, have a headache, menstrual cramps, or anxiety. If you don’t have any major concerns, use at night before you go to bed, as it can aid in sleep and promotes relaxation.

The Balancing Drops can be used 1-2 times per day, either under your tongue (let it sit for 60-90 seconds before swallowing), or mixed into your morning coffee or juice.

What are the top three positive results your clients are reporting after using your CBD formulas?

The top three improvements my clients reports with the use of CBD are reduction of inflammation (both internal and external), pain relief, and mood enhancement.

As a sought-after facialist and skincare expert, are there any other tips you give clients and customers for using your products in their routines for the best results?

Always make sure you clean the skin thoroughly before you apply any skin care products, and exfoliate two or three times a week, so the products you use can penetrate into the skin cells on a deeper level. With the Serum and Sleeping Mask it can also help to use a facial tool, like a Gua Sha Stone or roller to push the ingredients into the skin and make sure you achieve the best results.

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