The celebrity aesthetician who looks after the likes of Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham‘s complexions has shared the six-step regime every woman should be following weekly while in coronavirus lockdown.
Melanie Grant, who is based in Sydney but has skin clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles and Paris, said isolation is a great time to take charge of your skin, as well as giving it a break from the regular pollutants of commuting and makeup.
‘A DIY facial at home once a week is the best way to boost your complexion in between treatments while you can’t get an actual facial,’ Melanie told FEMAIL.
Even better, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and you can even use some ingredients in your pantry to improve your skin.
So what do you need to do?
The celebrity aesthetician who looks after the likes of Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham’s complexions has shared the six-step regime every woman should be following weekly while in coronavirus lockdown (Melanie Grant pictured)
Melanie Grant (pictured), who is based in Sydney but has skin clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles and Paris, said isolation is a great time to take charge of your skin, as well as giving it a break from the regular pollutants of commuting and makeup
Step one: Double cleanse
Firstly, Melanie said you should always start with a double cleanse.
‘Many people don’t think double cleansing (or cleansing twice) actually does much, but in actual fact, using two different types of cleanser on your face really gets rid of all the dirt and debris,’ the facialist said.
Melanie recommends something a bit more gentle like a milk or an oil first to break down the SPF, oils and pollution from the day, before you follow it with something more ‘active’ that contains acids and will ‘deep clean your pores’.
‘I love Biologique Recherche Lait U, Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water or Royal Fern Phytoactive Cleansing Balm first,’ Melanie said.
She will then use a cleanser with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) in it, using brisk and circular motions with either her fingers or a cotton pad to ‘break up stagnation and build up’.
‘Remove any excess cleanser with tepid water and then pat it dry,’ she said.
Melanie (pictured with client Victoria Beckham) said you need to double cleanse to make sure you have removed all of the pollutants, dirt and SPF from your daily activities
Step two: Exfoliate
The second stage of any at-home regime should be exfoliation, which Melanie said is ‘key to achieving a clearer, brighter and more refreshed complexion’.
‘Depending on your preference and skin type, choose a manual, chemical or enzymatic formula to slough away and metabolise any dead, damaged cells and allow actives to penetrate more effectively,’ she explained.
She likes Odacite’s Bioactive Rose Gommage, because it is both comprehensive at cleaning your face and gentle enough to not strip it.
All good facials require both exfoliation and facial massage, which is one of the best ways to improve blood flow, move stagnant lymph and lift the skin (client Kim Kardashian pictured)
Step three: Massage
Melanie’s third step is one that many facialists and dermatologists swear by – facial massage.
‘A simple, purposeful massage is the easiest way to improve blood flow, move stagnant lymph, ease tension and lift and tone the skin,’ she said.
‘Your massage can be anywhere from two minutes to 10 minutes, depending on how much time you have.’
When you massage your face, make sure you’re doing it correctly by using upwards sweeping circular motions.
‘Never drag down on the skin and be sure to use a firm consistent pressure,’ Melanie said.
She added that you can also incorporate a Gua sha tool, jade roller or microcurrent device – all of which can help to improve the penetration of your skin products.
‘If you’ve only got time to add one additional step to your regime, a mask is it,’ Melanie said. They are a shortcut to glowing skin (Melanie pictured at one of her studios)
Step four: Mask
Possibly the most popular part of any at-home facial, a sheet mask or clay mask is one of the fastest ways to get glowing skin quick.
‘If you’ve only got time to add one additional step to your regime, a mask is it,’ Melanie said.
What are the three best pantry ingredients for at-home face masks?
‘Masking is a great way to infuse the skin with vital nutrients, with very little effort.’
When choosing a mask, she advocates that you focus on what your skin needs, or mix and match to target a few concerns at the same time.
‘Apply evenly with your fingertips or a mask brush over the entire face, neck and decollete. Leave it to activate for 15-20 minutes before removing thoroughly with tepid water,’ Melanie said.
This is where your pantry could come in handy, as the facialist said many of her favourite masks come from her kitchen cupboards.
‘Honey is incredible for its emollient, healing and antimicrobial properties,’ Melanie said.
‘I also love mixing it with avocado and cacao for antioxidants and EFAs.’
Step five: Mists and serum
The penultimate stage of your facial is the mists and serum stage.
And while this isn’t essential, Melanie said that a hydrating mist can work wonders with ‘plumping, replenishing and hydrating’ your skin.
She loves rose water pressed into the face, followed by a serum on the face, neck and decollete.
‘At the moment, I’m using Victoria Beckham’s Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum,’ Melanie said.
You should always finish with a nourishing cream to lock in all of the vital lipids, antioxidants and actives you have infused (Melanie pictured with client Jessica Gomes)
Step six: Finishing cream
The sixth and final stage is a nourishing cream.
‘This will lock in all of the vital lipids, antioxidants and actives you have just infused,’ Melanie said.
If you didn’t have the time to do the massage stage, Melanie said now is the time to combine the two with your moisturising cream.
‘Warm your cream between your hands and focus on lifting and toning, following the facial contours upwards and outwards,’ she said.
She uses Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream religiously, because it ‘completely absorbs’ into her skin and hydrates and nourishes.
To find out more about Melanie Grant and her services, you can visit her website here.