Aussie skincare pro Melanie Grant caters to the faces of stars, including Victoria Beckham, Karolina Kurkova and many others. With her new luxury outpost in Los Angeles on Melrose Place, this celebrity skincare expert is bringing her skincare expertise to the States. We caught up with Melanie Grant on all things skincare.
Where are you originally from?
Who is Melanie Grant?
A mumma of two beautiful boys, wife to Jason and founder of Melanie Grant Skin Health Studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles and Paris and skincareedit.com
Why did you choose those cities?
I only open outposts in the cities that I truly love as I spend so much time at work.
What treatments do you offer at Melanie Grant, what makes your signature treatment style so different?
We go for a signature result, not a signature treatment. Everything is customized to yield a fresh, healthy, dewy complexion that is even in tone, plump and hydrated. We draw on various modalities and techniques, everything from laser to light therapy, peels, microdermabrasion, ultrasound and facial massage.
What products do you carry in your spa?
Oh gosh, so many! There isn’t one perfect brand so we tend to cherry-pick the best out of many.. We stock Biologique Recherche, Augustinus Bader, IS Clinical, Chanel, Odacite, Royal Fern, Cosmedix, Skinceuticals, Babor, Revision, Sisley… Too many to name all of them!
Name your top 5 favorite anti-aging creams and why?
– Augustinus Bader The Cream – It works!
– Biologique Recherche Le Grande Creme – Super Luxurious.
– Chanel Le Lift – I love the texture.
– Vintners Daughter – Gives a beautiful, healthy glow.
– Augustinus Bader – The Rich Cream – Super nourishing and restorative.
What facial treatments do you offer and why?
We offer many different facials from laser facials, to light therapy facials, a huge range of organic facials, microcurrent and radiofrequency along with traditional old school facials. I like to combine new technology with old school beauty rituals for the best of both worlds.
How did you decide on the location, Melrose place and why?
Once I’d decided to open a Los Angeles outpost, Melrose Place was the first and only location that came to mind. It’s my favorite street in LA so it was a non-negotiable.
What are your 5 tips on the best way to have healthy glowing skin?
- Wear sunscreen each and every day over the top of an antioxidant serum to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and free radicals.
- Eat a colorful, anti-inflammatory diet with plenty of fish, greens, seeds and nuts.
- Drink lots of water.
- Get regular sleep, at least 7 hours and avoid stress.
- Incorporate a simple, purposeful skin care regime to maintain your skin. For example, a Vitamin C serum for the day, a retinol serum at night with a great moisturizer and gentle exfoliant. Too many steps or products will overcomplicate it resulting in a lack of consistency and sensitized or reactive skin.
How do you see your brand “Melanie Grant” in the next 5 years?
I’d love to open a small outpost in both London and NewYork and grow my SPF range…
What inspires you personally?
I’m inspired all the time by people that I meet, my clients, my staff, my friends and my beautiful family. I’m lucky to be surrounded by some pretty amazing people. And always on my travels, especially Paris
What was your job before you became a skin guru?
I’ve never done anything else, I studied straight out of school so this was my first and only job. More than 20 years now!
What’s your holistic approach to skincare, and why?
Our skin can be indicative of our internal health. So we look at everything from diet to lifestyle when devising a treatment plan or giving advice to a client. Sometimes a facial or cream just doesn’t cut it.
What was the inspiration for the décor of the Melanie Grant studio?
For the Los Angeles studio, my inspiration was a modern iteration of a Parisian apartment with a warm and intimate feel.
As an ambassador for Chanel, what is the Chanel Sublimage Grand facial?
I’ve designed some beautiful Chanel treatments that are exclusive to my studios. The Sublimage Grande Soin draws on the Sublimage skincare collection and gentle fascial massage, resulting in a plump dewy complexion with a lit-from-within glow.