6 months ago | BY Huma Hazarika Sharma

The celebrity dermat on all our skin woes

Among India’s leading cosmetic dermatologists, Dr. Simal Soin’s magic touch will rid you of all your skin dilemmas we kid you not. If flawless skin is what you seek, you should go pay the good ‘ol doc a visit @Aayna, her anti-ageing clinic at Delhi’s posh Khan Market and Ambawatta One at Mehrauli. In a tete-a-tete with The Juice, Dr. Soin clears up skincare notions we thought were common sense, but apparently not. Read on to find out more dearies…


Q. There are so many skincare products out there in the market and we are constantly reading about how every second product is supposed to be really good for us.  What should we look for while choosing a product?

A. Skin care products are best prescribed by your dermatologist. However while picking up over the counter products look for terms like hypo allergic and non – comedogenic.

 Q. How often should one get a facial done? Is just getting a clean up done enough?

A. Salon facials and clean ups are not recommended as the products tend to cause a lot of reactions and breakouts. A medical facial, recommended by your dermatologist can be repeated at an interval of 15 days.

 Q. How can one take care of their skin if they choose never to get a facial done?

A. A Dermatologist will examine your skin type and prescribe a regime to follow which will help keep your skin looking its best.

Q. Is bleach safe to use? Is it true it can cause hair to grow?

A. Bleach is not recommended. The chemical in it increases its sensitivity, especially to sunlight and other products.

Q. What is the best way to tackle acne?

A. The best way to tackle acne is to visit your dermatologist. Do not use over the counter medication and home remedies as they can lead to further increase of the condition. Once the acne scars it is tougher to treat the marks. Hence always treat it in the right manner.

 Q. How can you tell if a specific beauty routine is working for your skin, and if it’s not?

A. If your skin feels good and looks good, then you are on the right track.

 Q. What are the latest treatments out in the market that you would recommend for people in their:

 -20s: Laser hair reduction, medical facials

 -30s: Preventative ageing treatments, collagen boosting laser treatments.

 -40s & 50s: Thermage, fillers and botox.

 -For men: Medical facials, Laser hair reduction, face and body contouring.

Q. Apart from acne and wrinkles, how can you tell when your skin is not in the best shape?

A. When your skin looks:
-Has open pores
-No glow
-Sensitive skin

 Q. When it comes to anti-ageing, is prevention better than cure? What’s the right age to start using these creams, etc.?

A. Prevention is always better than cure You should start-off with preventative anti-ageing creams and serums in graded quantities right from the time you’re 25.

 Q. The best anti-ageing regimen one can follow?

A. Sunscreen, hydration and antioxidants are best for anti-ageing.

Q. On a scale of 1-to-10, how much would you recommend someone go under the knife?

A. Technology has evolved over time and we now have minimally invasive treatments to give us the desired results.

Q.  What are the alternates to botox?

A. Collagen induction therapies like photo-facials and micro needling can be done.

Q. What is the best treatment for under-eye bags, crow’s feet?

A. Thermage for the eyes which uses Monopolar radio frequency technology is quite effective in treating under eye concerns.

 Q. Any new treatments you’re excited about?

A. Semi-permanent make up using patented nanoblading technology has been quite revolutionary for the enhancement of eyebrows, eyeliners and lip pigmentation. As well as new technologies which have improved women’s health, and treat intimate issues like stress urinary incontinence, vaginal rejuvenation post child birth and menopause.