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I'm Dr Kiran Lohia, Celebrity Dermatologist, And This Is How I Work

I'm Dr Kiran Lohia, Celebrity Dermatologist, And This Is How I Work

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and so, proper skin care is vital to stay healthy and look beautiful. And to optimize a proper skin care routine depending upon your skin type, it is best to consult a dermatologist. Lifehacker spoke to celebrity cosmetologist Dr Kiran Lohia, MD in Dermatology, who was trained in New York and now practices in Delhi. She is also American Board Certified with further degrees in Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Surgery. With over a decade of professional experience in skincare and degrees in both Dermatology and Cosmetic Formulation, Dr Lohia is undoubtedly one of the best consultants for skin care in the country, with a celebrated clientele that includes Bollywood celebrities like Gauahar Khan and Bani J. Dr Lohia is the Founder of Lumiere Dermatology and this is how she works.

Location : Oscillates between Delhi, India and New York, USA
Current Gig : Founder of Lumiere Dermatology
One word that best describes how you work : Thorough
Current computer : Macbook Air
Current phone : iPhone 7 Plus

1. First of all, tell me a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.
My journey has been very interesting in India. I was born and brought up in New York and then moved to India after marriage. I had to learn Hindi, get accustomed to different ways of thinking, and I had to learn about different holistic methods of treatment that people undergo to treat their skin. Basically, I had to learn how the people of Indian think and experience healthcare and beauty, so that I could provide them with the best care in a way that made sense to them. So, learning how to communicate was a real barrier for me initially.

After all, only when you build a relationship with your clients and learn their point of view and experiences, can you connect to give them the customized and long-lasting care they need. I strongly believe in forming a connection with my patients, and feel this is what gives the best results.

When I started my clinics in Delhi, I faced a whole set of difficulties that, perhaps, I may not have faced in America. From renting a space, to sourcing materials, training staff in American standards of care, and importing technologies myself from America and Europe, I took the responsibility of every little detail.

It has been quite a tough journey, but truly worth it. I have met amazing people and it is a fulfilling feeling to see that the services and results I am providing are benefiting the clients. I am happy with our centres' dedication to results and patient care.

2. What is the one word that best describes how you work : Thorough

3. What are the apps, software and other tools you can't live without?
I am quite active on social networking apps like Instagram and Whatsapp. My go-to app for music is Spotify. Another app I can't live without is Medscape, which provides all the latest medical news, information on new healthcare studies & products and original medical journal articles.

4. What's your workspace setup like?

My workspace is well-lit with a huge window pane that provides adequate natural light during the day. My desk is clean and includes a computer and a writing pad mostly. I prefer to write notes with a pen and paper and I maintain a diary to document information and details I may need to refer to in near future. The room also includes a book-shelf with my favorite books on medicine.

The waiting area for my clients includes comfortable seating with coffee table books and magazines to keep them entertained.

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5. What's your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
I go for Instalift when I want to look younger before heading to an event or a social gathering and New York facial is my last minute savior when I want to get a flawless, photoshopped look.

6. How do you manage your to-dos, tasks and schedule?
I maintain notes in a diary. Apart from writing my notes down, I am heavily dependent on Google Calender to manage my appointments. In fact, all my personal and professional engagements - from birthdays to parties, events, meetings and appointments - all are integrated into Google Calender.

7. How do you relax or recharge?
I play piano and sing when I need to relax. For a quick recharge, I play with my 3 dogs. But my favorite way to relax is to bother my husband, that's indeed very relaxing (grins)!

8. What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
I don't believe in saying that I am better than anyone at something.

9. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading surgeon Atul Gawande's 'Better'. It is an interesting read about medicine and talks about the challenges and dilemmas every doctor faces in the complex and risk-filled profession. The book documents various accounts of success and failure in the job, discussing personal experiences from the life of the practicing surgeon himself.

10. What's your daily skin care routine like?
I wash my face with a cleansing oil in the morning, and then apply a skin serum (from Drunk Elephant) on my face. Then, I apply a hyaluronic cream on top, followed with lots and lots of sunblock.

In the evening, I go for a facial lip, followed by a glycolic acid serum and then, a facial oil.

11. What is the biggest lesson life has taught you so far?
To keep yourself up in all conditions and circumstances. I live life thinking that there is a solution to every problem. If I face a mental block, I train my mind to believe that putting a little bit of effort can always get me through. Life has taught me a few important lessons - always keep your head to the ground, never think you are better than anyone, never allow yourself to get too high on yourself, recognize that there is a lot to learn at all times.

12. What's the best advice you've ever received?
You can do anything you put your mind into. I got that advice from my father. I am a New Yorker, I was born and brought up in America and I had to start from scratch when I shifted base to India. I learnt Hindi when I moved to Delhi,and I set up a clinic here. So, don't say 'no' to yourself. Say "yes, I can do it".

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The How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Email Ishita.

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