Thursday 21 August 2014

Interview: David Colbert MD

David Colbert MD knows skin. He is the founder and head physician of New York Dermatology Group and is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. In addition to being a highly skilled and experienced physician, specialising in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Colbert has a degree in Internal Medicine, and a Fellowship in Acne and Wound Healing from Boston University. If this man's CV isn't impressive enough, before establishing himself in private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Colbert was a dermatological research consultant for Chanel in Paris. Oh, and he has his own skincare line.

I was very excited to grill the doctor - after all, he knows all there is to know about skin and his skincare line is everything. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our little chat...

David Colbert MD Interview

What inspired you to work in the beauty/skincare industry? And how did your career journey begin?

My inspiration for dermatology began in my first year of medical school in France, studying the structure and function of skin. I was always fascinated by what goes on in the epidermis on a molecular level. 

After I completed my dermatology training and spent a decade taking care of patients at our Fifth Avenue practice (New York Dermatology Group), I expanded my horizons and began making elixirs by request. My first elixir, Heal and Soothe Night Cream, with angelica sinensis and shea nut butter, became a Hollywood success through word of mouth. Shortly thereafter, I was doing customized small batches for different actresses. Soon this morphed into a full line of products, ColbertMD Skincare.

What has been your career highlight?

I think that must have been jumping on a plane after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and doing emergency field medicine. Another was later having Sir Mick Jagger and the late L'wren Scott chair our newly founded charitable fundraiser for the NYDG Foundation.

The best success in life is helping others.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to succeed in the beauty/skincare industry?

Become an expert in your field of interest and do what you are passionate about.

Semper excelsius - always do your best.

Who is the ultimate beauty icon?

It's a toss up between Rachel Weisz, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Halle Berry, Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima.

What are your bathroom and travel bag essentials? 

My Gillette Sensor Excel razor. Illumino Facial Oil, Stimulate Serum and Balance Cleanser.

What is the biggest beauty/skincare crime a person can commit?

To hit 40 and not be using a facial oil.

What is your top beauty/skincare tip?

Be confident..and use a simplified skincare system that feels good and delivers results. Don't over-treat your skin.
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