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Melanie Grant’s AM/PM routine

With clinics on three continents and an A-list clientele that includes Victoria Beckham and Cate Blanchett, Australian aesthetician MELANIE GRANT is a leading authority on skin health. Discover each step in her daily routine as she shares why less is always more with skincare, the benefits of face icing and why honey makes a great mask

Beauty

IN THE MORNING

The first thing I do…

…is check on my boys – they’re 15 and 16, but I’ve done it since they were babies. Then I have a glass of water and a really strong coffee. I like to wake up first and plan my day before the chaos starts.

My skincare routine is not what people expect…

It’s quick and streamlined, as I’m always rushing. I start with a cleanse using Bioderma Micellar Water, then an oxidant and hydrating serum – either Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum, which I’ve been using a lot recently, or iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum. It’s then a dab of Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum and, if I need more nourishment, I use Augustinus Bader The Cream. I’m working on my own SPF, so I usually wear the most recent lab sample that I’m testing – we’ve been through 16 versions so far.

If I stick with body brushing…

…I see the improvement in a few weeks. The quality of my skin is better and everything ‘lifts’ as it gets rid of puffiness around the ankles and knees. But I do fall off the wagon, as it’s difficult to be consistent. I slather on grapeseed oil every day, then lightly rinse it off in the shower before massaging it in – this really conditions my skin without leaving it greasy. I love Aesop shower gels and, twice a week, I use black Aleppo soap [said to be good for dry skin] with a Charme d’Orient Moroccan exfoliating glove that I got from its beautiful hammam in Paris.

My hair can be dry…

…as I bleach it, so I always go back to using Olaplex – it’s so good. And I love Iles Formula haircare, especially the serum and conditioner.

I don’t really wear makeup…

…as I feel I look better with a clean, fresh face. I used to do mascara and brow pencil, but now I think I look younger with just a brow gel, lip balm and dewy skin.

My best tip for a ‘bad’ face day…

…is to do an ice plunge. It’s old fashioned, but I put my face in a bowl of ice and water and it gives a nice depuffing effect and boosts radiance. I’ll also use a good face mask, such as the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask or, if my skin’s reactive, I use Manuka honey from my pantry. I’m not into sheet masks, as I never really see the difference.

I work out on a rebounder mini trampoline…

…as it boosts lymphatic circulation, so it’s good for detoxing – and it’s super-fun! When I can fit it into my schedule, I love what reformer Pilates does to my body.

I don’t fast…

…but just eat when I’m hungry. I have a coffee first thing and then usually don’t eat until noon. I have a fresh, healthy diet with lots of healthy fats, but I still love red wine and dark chocolate.

My dad gave me the best advice…

“Your team never work for you; they work with you.” It’s an attitude I’ve always carried.

IN THE EVENING

Bathing is my favorite thing in the world…

I don’t see using a face mask as a treat, as I do it most nights, but I have five or six cream masks I use in rotation while in the bath, plus different oils from Vintner’s Daughter and Augustinus Bader for face massage or using with my gua sha.

I always double cleanse…

First, with Augustinus Bader The Cleansing Balm, followed by Cosmedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, and then I exfoliate with a peel or toner. I also like doing a scrub followed by a cream mask or some face massage. Serums do all the work for your skin, and I like something with vitamin C and vitamin A – Medik8 is my go-to brand for retinol. How you look after your skin at home is so important, but if it’s too complicated you just don’t do it – three or four steps is perfect. Who really needs 10 steps?

If I have an evening event…

…I get a blow-dry the day before and then use dry shampoo on the day, so my hair looks less ‘done’. I use self-tan (but never on my face) and then add a few drops of oil to my body cream, as it gives the skin a really silky glow. Victoria Beckham Beauty does beautiful kajal eye liners – I like a chocolate or bronze shade – that I smudge into my lashes, and I also use her mascara. I always mix a drop of oil into my foundation, as I think it looks more natural.

For any dermatological skin issues…

…I have Dr. Timm Golueke on speed dial. He founded Royal Fern and is a really clever man. For spa treatments, I love Biologique Recherche in Paris – it’s so old-school, and they always treat the bust with the face. I also love the Chanel Spa at The Ritz and the Charme d’Orient hamman, both in Paris; in New York, Aire is a wonderful modern bath house.

If I’m feeling wired but tired…

…I take magnesium. When I’m in LA I get a CBD oil, or elsewhere I drink camomile tea, just to take the edge off.

To beat jet lag when traveling…

…I never drink coffee or alcohol or eat the plane food – it’s so salty. When I arrive at my destination, I take a power nap and try to book a massage for that day – you feel so much better for it.

On my bedside table…

…I used to have two big slabs of rose quartz crystal, but I’ve just discovered it can keep you awake and I’m a bad sleeper, so they have just been moved! Now, there’s just a water carafe and hand cream.