Dr. Howard Murad is "The Father of Internal Skincare" and for good reason. Dr. Murad was an originator of dietary supplements, a pioneer of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and founder of the Inclusive Health movement to not only ensure flawless skin but better overall health for his own patients and skin care savants worldwide. Glam caught up with the doctor as he makes his rounds at the Vista Del Mar Childcare center to battle bad acne, sits down with Sephora for a little art therapy, and applies the teachings of his new beauty bible, Conquering Cultural Stress: The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging and Happiness-- all before making it home in time for dinner with his wife:
I usually wake up pretty early so I eat my breakfast and read the morning paper. I enjoy my time in the mornings before things get really hectic, it’s just so peaceful.
I like going to the gym in the mornings to get my energy going for the day. About once a week, I pick up my grandkids as well for breakfast and take them to school. It’s important that I make time for my family, especially my grandchildren; they keep me youthful!
Once a month, I visit the Vista Del Mar Childcare Center and work with about 25 teens and children in the Residential Treatment Program. I see them for their acne or other skin issues they may be experiencing. These kids have had a lot of stress in their lives and suffering from acne only compounds that stress. I enjoy giving my time to help these kids, they’re really remarkable. Anything I receive from the insurance company for collection, I’ll donate back to the program and these kids. Sometimes I’ll prescribe them medications for their skin if their condition is severe enough although today, I leave them with products from our Acne line or our Acne Starter Kit and head to the office.
This week, we’re hosting educators from SiJCP (Sephora inside JCPenney) at our Murad Headquarters – they’re such a lively and fun bunch! In addition to learning about new product launches and service protocols, I’m leading an art therapy painting session with them on one of the patios of the office. Art is a deep passion of mine and I lead these sessions to encourage others to find their passions and return to their more youthful selves – if you feel young and vibrant, your skin will reflect that!
We have our monthly corporate education presentations and I speak to our teams about Cultural Stress and my new book, Conquering Cultural Stress. I think it’s especially important to reinforce this with my own employees. They all work so hard and I have to remind them to take time out for themselves and aspire to be imperfect rather than perfect. The message isn’t that they aren’t perfect, because in my eyes they are, but they shouldn’t expect perfection from themselves. Like I always say, be imperfect; live longer!
After lunch I usually have several meetings between New Product Development, Public Relations, or our Operations teams. I like to be really hands-on in the business. Today I meet with our Executive Committee about some new launches we have in the works and then with PR for a phone interview.
I have a few appointments this afternoon with my patients, which is one of the most rewarding parts of my day. Getting to interact with them and help them achieve not only beautiful skin but also whole-body wellness helps me in the rest of my work. They remind me why I do what I do.
Head out of the office and meet my wife Loralee at home for dinner. We usually cook at home together but every once in a while we’ll eat out somewhere. I like to try new things and new restaurants. I love to experience different foods!
I wrap up remaining emails from the day at home and always leave my phone charging in a separate room to help me disconnect. It’s important to be fully present at home. I take an evening stroll with my wife to the park, but sometimes we watch a movie. This is my favorite part of the day!