With PillowtalkDerm, I want to bring a smile into people’s lives through silly PJs, skincare, empowerment,” Dr. Idriss says. “I want to have a brand that’s not just skin deep. My own story is so much deeper than skin. I want to help other people find their own voice and confidence, not just from the outside in but the inside out.
Overlooking Bryant Park, the Midtown Manhattan space, which she ultimately landed on after touring some 40 buildings, is decked out with feel-good touches: an olive tree (a trace of her Lebanese roots) stands front and center; jars of color-coded gum balls are on offer for anyone in need of a pre- or post-treatment sugar fix; playful Gray Malin prints and paintings done by Idriss herself line the walls. The shelves of the inviting waiting room, meanwhile, host art books, skin-care heroes from La Roche-Posay and Jordan Samuel (and eventually Idriss’s own forthcoming line, PillowtalkDerm), and, most notably, a handful of custom-made gifts from a number of her devoted 366,000-plus followers, who tune in for her weekly Instagram Live series.
I called dermatologist Dr. Shereene Idriss to ask if she felt glycerin held up to hyaluronic acid, and she went a step further and said she prefers it — it’s an unsung skincare hero that, she says, is better at increasing skin hydration, minimizing water loss, and protecting the skin from irritation. (Because it’s so conditioning, the ingredient can leave your skin feeling a bit sticky afterward. As someone with ultra dry skin, this has never bothered me — but if you have an oilier skin type it’s something to consider.)
I make a decent focaccia now, but a few years ago I was terrible. Actually, I was God-awful—couldn’t pay anyone to eat that mealy cardboard. The problem was I hadn’t figured out my “rhythm,” which is a thing you have to nail down in bread making. After a while I developed a feel for things:… Continue reading How Are You Treating Your Quarantine Zits?
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