The Best Part of My Day: Yigal Dakar on Being a Dad

When Yigal Dakar (GM of Sonya Dakar Skincare) isn’t working long hours at the office he’s spending time with his family teaching his two daughters confidence, courage and humility. Yigal shares with us how he manages to balance work, self-care and last but not least teaching his daughters valuable life lessons.

What are four important life lessons that you’re committed to teaching your daughters?
First, I have to acknowledge my amazing wife Jacqueline. I could not be the father I am without her.

1. I always encourage my daughters to “”BE BOLD!” It doesn’t take a lot to be bold. It could be choosing to do the right thing when no one else is ready to do so. Other times being bold means holding back. When the initial inclination is to react in a brash manner, staying in control makes a bolder statement. But ultimately, I encourage my daughters to not be afraid to take chances.

2. Never forget who you are and where you came from.

3. Be appreciative of everything in your life. This one requires constant reminders.

4. Turn off the lights when you leave the room! It sounds funny, though it teaches them to be mindful.

What do you teach your daughters about a positive outlook and confidence?
I try to teach by example. Looking back at my younger years, I don’t remember many lectures from my parents, though I have vivid memories of what they’ve done and experiences we shared together.

What’s something that you learned from your father that you want to pass onto your children?
My dad was blessed with an analytical mind. Over the years I’ve learned from him how to look at situations from different perspectives to achieve the desired goal.

How do you practice self-care when juggling work and parenting?
I try to work out every day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. In trying to keep my self-care clean, I’ve substituted many commonly used personal care products for natural baking soda, which has so many usages.

For my skincare routine, I exfoliate daily with Omega Polish-I have combination skin, so I use the Active formula. I use Eye Need every day, and I have to say my eye area looks better than any of my friends’. To keep my skin feeling great, I blend a few drops of Organic Omega Booster with Stem Cell Transformer and apply every morning.

It doesn’t take a lot to keep your skin in good shape, every man should be doing it.

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