Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Kiran Lohia was born, educated and trained in New York, but now practices in New Delhi. A Columbia University graduate and an M.D specializing in Dermatology, she is additionally American Board Certified with further degrees in Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Surgery, and a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Dermatology, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology and IADVL among others. In addition, to these accreditations, Dr. Kiran Lohia has completed a Diploma course in Cosmetic Science through the U.K. Society of Cosmetic Scientists along with a Masters in Dermatology and a Diplomate in Clinical Dermatology. Due to her extensive studies, Dr. Lohia has the distinction of being one of few physicians worldwide with both Cosmetic Formulation and Dermatology degrees, making her a worldwide expert on skin care products and their topical applications. Currently, at Lumiere Dermatology Clinic, Dr. Lohia practices both clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and treats all skin, nail and hair diseases in men, women and children.
What is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession about skincare?
The most important thing I have learnt about skincare is know your skin type before going for any clinical treatment or a skincare product. Caring for your skin from an early age by using retinol, heavy moisturizing, and laser treatments makes your skin look fresh, bright and natural.
What is your daily skincare regime?
I actively apply a combination of Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid as it is ideal for Indian environment. Retinol and Tretinoin are few other skin ingredients I never forget to use along with sunscreen.
Has your beauty routine changed much over the years?
What did the women in your family—or any other important women in your life—teach you about beauty?
The most important woman in my life is my mother, who has taught me that beauty is never superficial. Hence, I carry the same legacy with my patients and always suggest treatments that act on the skin from inside, stimulate collagen production which helps keep skin youthful and radiant without applying any skincare product.
Do you have any natural cures for breakouts or any other skin issue?
Mix two tablespoons of raw honey, one tablespoon of yogurt, and half tablespoon of cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon when used together helps fight acne because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
What are your most favorite makeup and skincare products?
I use retinol in all it’s versions. Use it religiously and your skin will look younger. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic+Retinol Brightening solution has made my skin super bright.
How do you style and care for your hair?
Regular hair-drying, pollution or over exposure to the sun, these are just some of the reasons that can make your hair dry. I oil my hair regularly to lock in the moisture and cleanse them regularly with a sulphate free shampoo.
Do you have any tips or advice for de-stressing?
De-stressing is very important to restore the natural health of your skin but at times the hectic routine doesn’t allow it. But, one should indulge in any form of art which stimulates your creative side simultaneously soothing you from inside. My leisure escape is playing the piano and meditating.
Finally, who is your personal beauty icon and why?
My personal beauty icons are Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lopez. Out of which, I admire Anne Hathaway the most because ‘the white queen’ of Alice in Wonderland unpacks a lot of power in her acting performances. Along with her gorgeous peachy, pasty complexion, Anne in her 30s still carries that young and youthful look with aplomb.
Thank you so much Dr Lohia!
(Photos courtesy of Dr Kiran Lohia. Interview by Aarti Kapur Singh)
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