My Essentials: Audrey Kunin

Photography by Aaron Leimkuehler

Audrey Kunin isn’t just a doctor—she also plays one on TV. Not only is she a board-certified dermatologist and founder and chief creative officer of DERMAdoctor, you’ll often find Kunin touting her skincare know-how on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends. When she launched more than 20 years ago, Kunin had a smattering of products from which to choose. Now her formulas—which she whips up right here in the metro—are so extensive and well-known, she recently appeared on QVC-UK in London and is revered in Dubai. (Our absolute fave? Her Kakadu C Eye Souffle Cream.) We caught up with the maven of clinical skincare recently at her shiny new warehouse in Riverside to find out her must-have essentials.

Audrey ’s essentials…

Shop Local: I’d have to say Nell Hill’s. Design work for product development is something I do daily—and wandering through their gorgeously detailed decor speaks to my creative side.

Date Night: My husband and I love to attend concerts and live performances. Our favorite venues are the Kauffman and Starlight. Most recently we saw Hugh Jackman, and the show was magnificent.

Cocktails, Anyone: The Hope Diamond at Eddie V’s. It’s purple, decadent, and an interactive drink experience.

Fave Product from my Line: My Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E make my skin feel alive and refreshed. And my complexion looks radiant. It’s two treatments in one—which saves time and amps up my anti-aging regimen.

Hidden Gem: Christopher Filley Antiques is a real-life treasure hunt. Years ago I found a vintage painting hidden in a stack against a wall. It still hangs in my living room.

Favorite Kansas City Spot: Loose Park. Walking the park or simply throwing down a blanket, people watching and absorbing the surroundings is incredibly peaceful and brings me incredible joy.

Favorite Neighborhood: Life in the Midtown area is a daily dose of history, culture, and beauty. It’s a visual wonder.

Guilty Pleasure: Chips, guacamole, and a margarita on the patio of Brookside Barrio.


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