The New York-based dermatologist and skincare brand founder understands the alchemy of beauty. He discusses the restorative powers of love and a good Netflix binge.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

When my plate is full I get a bigger plate.

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL?

I like science.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PET PEEVE?

When someone interrupts me in the middle of a sentence

WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?

My iPad, unopened mail, and a small tray to put everything that goes in my pocket the next day.

WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Nails scratching a chalkboard.

WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?

Whenever I’m having a tough day, Netflix binging helps turn it around.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Having no regrets or misgivings.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT?

The debut of my new at-home device, SpectraLite EyeCare Pro. Before now, I couldn’t recommend anything else to my patients, so I decided to design my own.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Aim high.

WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?

Eating ice cream, reading comic books, and watching TV.

FAVORITE WORD?

Love — it’s the only thing I’m sure matters.

FAVORITE WORK OF ART?

“Cloud Scene” by Magritte. It’s so life-like yet surreal and liberating.

FAVORITE BOOK?

Catcher in the Rye. I’m fascinated by how people think.

How can readers keep themselves protected from the sun this summer?

One effective sunscreen is all you need. The key is finding a sunscreen you love, so you continue to use it! Sunscreen must be applied before any other product (except a liquid or serum) — its defensive ingredients need to cling directly to skin in order to be most effective. And don’t forget hairline, lips and ears! The most often missed spots.

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