Over the years, I’ve been asked lots of questions about my skin routine – what products I use, what treatments work… Truthfully, I’m a bit hopeless.
I was blessed with a mother who was way ahead of her time and covered all of us in zinc cream well into our teens. She made daily sunscreen a habit from a young age. That stroke of luck, combined with her good DNA, has allowed me to put in minimum effort for last four decades.
These days I find my skin needs more, and by more, I mean it needs Melanie Grant. Melanie is the owner and founder of the Double Bay Clinic , an advanced skin care centre which specialised in high-level treatments, appearance medicine and nutrition. Melanie is the single best thing I’ve done for my skin because she’s all about non-invasive, glow inducing, texture-refining treatments and simple, effective home care.
She gets that most of us are time-poor, lazy and have a budget. My skin goal is to where little or no foundation and she gets me in and out in under half an hour.
Melanie is the magic behind some of Australia’s best complexions – Lara Bingle, Jessica Gomes, Nicole Trunifo, Jessica Mauboy – but the best advertisement for Melanie’s skill is her own skin, which is wonderfully pale with a porcelain texture.
As soon as I met her, I knew I would do whatever she instructed. So far that’s paid off in spades, with my skin improving almost instantly under her care.
She’s also a mum of two, clever business women, supermodel (the Originals) obsessive and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Here, Melanie shares her top tips for healthy skin, the importance of good nutrition and her favourite two minute de-puff and glow trick.
What is the single most important thing a woman can do for her skin?
Take care of herself. Good skin really does come from within, so by eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping stress levels to a minimum you’re giving yourself the best chance at a great complexion.
What factors affect the skin most negatively?
Sun exposure, free-radical damage from smoking, drinking alcohol and processed food loaded with preservatives. Stress and hormonal imbalances impact ageing aggressively. (Post continues after gallery.)
What role does food play?
Food plays a massive role. Your skin will always affected by your health and lifestyle choices. Foods that are high in essential fatty acids such as avocado, salmon, nuts and seeds are great to feed the skin from within.