Skincare Diaries: Dermatologist Dr Kiran Sethi’s Shares Her Impressive Skincare Routine

Skincare Diaries: Dermatologist Dr Kiran Sethi’s Shares Her Impressive Skincare Routine

Wouldn’t you want to know what dermatologists use to get their skin looking that good? In this post on my summer skincare series during quarantine, I interviewed Dr. Kiran Sethi, dermatologist and founder, ISYA Aesthetics based in New Delhi. Often quoted in leading magazines, her Instagram vouches for her know-how in skincare (and some piano lessons too). I made most of this quarantine with this interview where she tells us about her skincare routine, most common skincare concerns, and skincare in times of Instagram. Let’s get started!

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Dr Kiran Sethi’s Impressive Skincare Routine

Q: Please tell your full name, age, where you’re from, and how long you’ve been practising as a dermatologist.

Answer: Hello! I’m Dr. Kiran Kaur Sethi, MD. Born and raised in New York, I studied at Columbia University in New York, and got my MD in 2008. I have trained extensively in dermatology and I am American Board certified in a few specialities including Aesthetic Medicine, Laser Surgery & Cosmetic Lasers. I have also studied Ayurveda, wellness and holistic medicine extensively, and have collaborated with doctors around the world to bring true holistic care to my clients in India.

Q: Are there particular ingredients that have always been a part of your skincare routine? 

Answer: Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid (a plant-based antioxidant) have always been a part of my routine. Apart from that, I have also used a ceramide-based cream in my skincare routine.

Q: What would your typical summer skincare routine include? 

Answer: I typically use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Cleanser, followed by a gentle formula such as Bioderma Sebium Hydra Lotion. I use a gel-based sunscreen like Zscreen Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel.

I also do some home remedies during this time. For blackheads, I use a bit of buttermilk, multani mitti and honey. I give it a good mix, apply, wash off the concoction for clearing sebum. {Read my post 50 Ways To Get Clear Skin}

Q: Please tell us your quarantine skincare routine and hair routine.

Answer: I’m going to answer this in detail. I like to make most of this time 🙂

Morning Routine For My Face

Cleanse with Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré

Apply Gallinee Jeunesse Serum

Then use Dr. Jart + Cicapair Cream

Finish with Zscreen Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel 

Night Time Routine For Face

Cleanse with Sunday Riley’s Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

Apply Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

Moisturise with SVR Cicavit+ Soothing Cream

Pamper with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (once a week)

My Weekly Hair Routine

Gentle scalp massage with coconut oil (1-2 times a week)

Apple Cider vinegar + beer rinse (once a week), I first wash my hair then use this rinse followed by conditioning.

My Body Routine

Dry brushing. I do it daily. Use a cellulite brush in an upwards motion for 2-3 minutes each thigh, tummy, arms daily.

Cocoa butter massages

Q: A DIY mask that has done wonders for you: it could be for skin, hair, body. Please skip if you don’t have one.

Answer: I think I have a favourite hair DIY mask. Mash 1/4th of an avocado, add it to an egg and 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply this paste on your hair (root and strands) and wash it off once it dries. This hair mask is great for dry and frizzy hair.

Q: How often do you opt for a facial as a dermatologist? Please shed more light on the ones you get.

Answer: I get a microneedling facial, a laser facial and a tightening facial once a month.

Summer Skincare Series: Dermatologist Dr Kiran Sethi’s Shares Her Impressive Skincare Routine | Image Courtesy: Dr Kiran Sethi

Q: Gua sha, jade rollers and face massage are a rage right now. How often do you do it yourself?

Answer: I give myself a small face massage when I apply my creams daily. I do like gua sha and end up doing it a few times in a week.

Q: We know that beautiful skin has a lot to do with mental health, food and lifestyle. Please give us a snippet of the same. When it comes to living a wholesome life, what are some of the things that you do to keep you glowing inside and out?

Answer: To start with, my diet is low on sugar, gluten and processed foods. I rely on a wholesome diet with lots of leafy greens, nuts, and good fats. When it comes to exercise, I feel any cardio session will give your cheeks a natural blush. A good cardio session gives me a natural blush. I love yoga–inversion yoga poses are great for that lit-from-within glow. Apart from this, I also meditate daily to stay centred.

Q: Which supplements do you take daily? 

Answer: I make sure I load up on Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Iron, Vitamin C, Glutathione as well as Iodine and Zinc.

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Q: What are the most common skincare queries you see on Instagram, and when clients come see you?

Answer: Clients come to see about acne, which also includes blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. Apart from these, hairfall and pigmentation are relatively common problems too too.

Q: According to you, what are Indian customers most interested in when it comes to beauty treatments? 

Answer: It’s mostly correctional, but there is a good percentage of people who are enhancement based.

Q: More and more of us are going to dermatologists after seeing someone else on Instagram or otherwise, what’s your take on this?

Answer: I think word of mouth advertising works no matter what, no matter what forum. Having said that, it’s still important to do your research though on the treatment as well as the results. When it comes to your dermatologist, check for their experience and specialisation too.

Dr Kiran Sethi talks about Vitamin C as a holy grail ingredient in your skincare routine | Image Courtesy: Dr Kiran Sethi

Q: Most dermatologists are now telling us to include Vitamin C, Retinol in our weekly skincare routine. Are there any dos and donts when adding these products to our skincare routine?

Answer: Vitamin C is a great additive. I prefer lotions and creams of Vitamin C as the serums can sometimes cause acne.

Retinol is not helpful or useful for sensitive skin, so for them, peptide-based and bakuchiol ingredients are better for sensitive skin. Use both ingredients at night time and wear sunblock the next day… no matter what!

Q: A lot of working women, single moms don’t have that much time for self-care. What’s the one thing they must do every day?

Answer: One word: sunscreen.

Q: What’s the right age to start an anti-ageing routine? 

After the age of 25, you lose 1% collagen of your skin. And every 3% loss in collagen is visible, so it’s wise to start an anti-ageing routine at 25.

Q: Finally, which according to you are go-to treatments for anti-ageing? 

Ultherapy uses ultrasonic energy and can be done annually for skin tightening. For enlarged pores, rosacea or signs of ageing, I’d recommend Clearlift Laser that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines around eyes, mouth etc. SOS fillers for lips, under eyes and enhancement, is excellent too.

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