When the who’s who of the celebrity and fashion world are happy to leave the fate of their complexions in their trusty hands, you understand why the prowess of these dermatologists with skin treatments have earned them a cult following. Faye Remedios gets the top guns of the grooming game to give us the scoop on everything from their professional lives to their nifty beauty secrets
Skincare is her craft and you need to spend only a few minutes with Dr Apratim goel, mD, Cutis skin solution, mumbai, to see just how passionate she is about it. upbeat and refreshingly real, she is covered the lure of this field after graduating in dermatology from Kasturba medical College manipal, and despite the societal pressure to opt for neurosurgery, she stuck to her guns by choosing to specialise in dermatology, venereology and leprology and has also completed courses in lasers and aesthetic procedures like Botox and fillers. goel hasn’t looked back since. if you ask her what innovations in her field excite her the most, she doesn’t hesitate before answering. “this era belongs to the personalisation of skincare. We just started offering a revolutionary DnA treatment, where the DnA cells are extracted from the patients’ blood. Just like your fingerprints, this is unique to an individual, and post extraction, the DnA is formulated into a home care cream, which the person applies daily at night. DnA reverses ageing and this works well for those suffering from pigmentation, sagging and dull skin. this treatment starts showing results in two weeks but it’s important to understand that it is highly customised and only the person for whom the products are specifically formulated can use them. i also look forward to developing products with additives and enhancers in accordance with the zodiac signs,” she says. you see why she has a client list that reads like a red-carpet runsheet when you watch her in action paying meticulous attention to the details of each case, but for goel, it’s about moving beyond the field of glamour. “i strongly believe that a larger part of my role is also to give something back to society. Hence, apart from giving lectures and speaking at conferences across the globe, i also run various programmes like providing free treatment for acid victims at all my clinics, training young doctors, hiring and training women in order to empower them and, lastly, conducting a yearly international conference in mumbai to prepare other doctors,” she explains. What annoys her are people with opinions on skincare and the plethora of advice from well-meaning but unqualified ‘experts’ that she believes can cause irreparable damage to your skin. For goel, there’s no shortcut to looking good and if you’re serious about looking flawless, she insists that you cannot take a break from your routine, which includes having a qualified dermatologist take charge of your regime. “the key to beautiful skin is consistency rather than only concentrating on the content. People often take their skin as well as their dermatologist for granted,” she laments.