We asked celebrity dermatologist Dr Niketa Sonavane What’s Your Skincare Routine?

We asked Dr Niketa Sonavane, Celebirty Cosmetic Dermatologist
of Ambrosia Aesthetics and dermatologydiaries.com what’s her skincare routine and here’s what she had to say –

I like to keep my skin care routine simple yet effective. Combining too many active ingredients can lead to skin irritation. It can lead to more problems rather than benefit. I usually tend to pick scientifically proven formulations and patented products with a holistic twist. My products often include ingredients that relax my senses and bring in the feel-good factors to help me de-stress.

My AM routine focuses on protection from the elements. It is a quick routine before I dash off to conquer the day.

Uriage Creme Lavante
This pH balanced, sulfate-free cleanser, deep cleans while respecting the moisture balance of my skin. It contains skin soothing Thermal Spring water from the French Alps, glycerine to hydrate and Illipe seed butter to repair the skin barrier. The aroma makes me think of the heavens and the Garden of Eden.

Shangpree Balancing Gel Cream
I love this light hydrating gel for the day time. It instantly absorbs into my skin leaving it smooth, supple and hydrated. Its unique formulation contains Pine Leaf Extract which maintains a healthy oil-water balance, Centella Asiatica Extract which moisturizes and soothes my skin and Korean Mint Extract which rich in Rosemarinic Acid, having proven anti-aging benefits. The aroma again is one that rejuvenates my senses.

Heliocare Gelcream Color SPF 50
My favourite sunscreen and day protection gel-cream has high photo-immunoprotection with a light skin color tint. It absorbs immediately and gives my skin a radiant glow. With its patented Fernblock®️+, it protects my skin against 4 types of radiation; UVB, UVA, Visible and Infrared. It also has Physavie®️, an antioxidant which prevents and repairs environmental damage. Besides this, it has a slow release hyaluronic acid which ensures supple and bright skin till the end of the day.

My PM routine is focused on hydration and repair. It is slightly more elaborate than my day routine.

Daughter Earth AHA BHA PHA Exfoliating Cleanser
I use this purifying cleanser at night to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a fresh and healthy looking skin. It makes a soft cushiony lather to easily lift away makeup and impurities. This cleanser packs powerful exfoliants like lactic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid and gluconolactone. Besides this, it has one of the most powerful anti-oxidant; Astaxanthin, as well as grape seed oil and Sweet Cherry extract. Both its texture and fragrance remind me of a home-made Italian Peach Gelato!

Yu Reverzo Stem Intense Rejuvenating Serum
This golden serum is light weight and leaves my skin with a dewy glow. Though I tend to use it more at night, I love to use it in the day time when I need added glow and hydration. Yu Reverzo has Edelweiss stem cells known to activate Sirtuins in the skin which promote cell regeneration. In addition to this, it has hydrolyzed collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. But what I like most, is that it has 3 different types of ceramides to hydrate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate which is the most stable form of vitamin C. I rely on this serum for a healthier, firmer, smoother, more luminous skin each day.

Sesderma Retiage Cream
I love retinol for the amazing health and glow that it gives my skin. This not-too-heavy night repair cream contains retinol in a sustained-release formulation which does not cause any skin irritation. Not just that, it contains not one but 3 different types of retinol. Retiage cream reduces wrinkles, increases firmness, boosts hydration and gives me an even skin tone. In fact, I love this cream even for preventing acne, blemishes and skin congestion.

Besides my daily AM/ PM routine, I have a weekly nourish and exfoliate routine. This usually happens when I need some quiet me-time.

Coffee Grounds Scrub
My weekly scrub is made up of nothing more than the coffee grounds that are left over after we make our daily pot of coffee. Coffee grounds are rich in antioxidants and caffeine. These detox my skin, reduce facial puffiness and lift away dead cells. Coffee bean grounds also contain natural oils which give my skin a healthy glow.

Facial Oil and Lymphatic Massage
I have recently become a fan of facial oils. Products like Hemp Seed oil and Kumkumadi Tailam are amazing emollients when you want to lock in some moisture or your skin is over-worked and needs barrier repair.

Face and body oils help me feel grounded and bring back some childhood memories. These oils boost my feel good hormones which are so beneficial when it comes to reducing stress and achieving a flawless skin.

I apply my face oils and follow up with a 5 minute lymphatic facial massage. This massage stimulates blood circulation and detoxes the skin. It also helps me feel very relaxed.

Once a month treatment to tone and tighten the skin.

RF Skin Tightening with Venus Freeze Plus
Skin care products have their own purpose. Which is daily protection, nourishment and repair. But for deep tissue tightening, collagen building and pigment control, I love my monthly Venus facial. Venus Freeze Plus is an FDA approved treatment that uses radiofrequency waves and magnetic pulses. It tightens the skin, repairs wrinkles and reduces pore size. It feels relaxing like a hot stone massage. The gel that we use during the treatment contains glycerin and PHAs to hydrate, exfoliate and brighten the skin. I can feel my jawline getting sharper and skin appearing firm and radiant after every single session.

Once a year face lifting treatment.

Ultracel HIFU Facelift
This Korean FDA approved treatment works directly on the smooth muscle layer to lift and tighten the whole face and neck area. Simply put, it is a non-surgical facelift that most Korean celebrities vouch for. My once a year Ultracel makes sure my skin will never sag, I will never have a double chin, and my jaw line will always be razor sharp. Besides this it breaks down any deep pigmentation and gives me baby-like skin for the whole year.