Story by Rikki Hodge-Smith; Interview by Sigourney Cantelo
It’s no secret that supermodels were blessed in the genetic lottery of looks. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us must be left out in the cold. When the ‘born with it’ doesn’t come into the aesthetic equation, thankfully we’ve got a plethora of cover-up, blemish-blurring, flaw-hiding products at our disposal. And, best of all, we have such wonders as Melanie Grant – a saviour to skin, with a penchant for making the everyday woman a supermodel. Well, an everyday woman with supermodel skin, anyway. Here are her tips, tricks and tonics for a flawless face…
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DISCIPLINE IS KEY
As we’ve established, there’s no shortage of good genetics for models. It accounts for those long-limbs, high cheekbones and Amazonian height, even sans stiletto. But, when it comes to skin, they’re job is one big hazard and it takes a lot of dedication to the process to keep it camera-ready. And, it starts at home. “The core of my work is devising a great home skin care regime that adjusts according to weather, travel and work commitments,” says Melanie. So, something we can all relate to. “Models are incredibly disciplined with their home care. [But] they are also very consistent with professional treatments to maintain a flawless complexion.”
MAKEOVER YOUR LIFESTYLE
While products, beauty regimes and salon visits are vital, how we live our lives has an adverse effect on your skin – from sleep to snacking, how you treat your body is what will shine, or show, through. “This is not only using great skin care and having skin treatments, it’s a lifestyle,” says Melanie. “Eating well, getting good sleep and avoiding sun exposure, stress, alcohol and cigarettes [all help]. Also, not all models are genetically blessed with great skin…” Try to not get discouraged at your super food salad when you see yet another Instagram image of a smooth-skinned model mid-In-N-Out Burger. “For the one per cent that seem to subsist off Big Macs, champagne and cigarettes – the ninety-nine precent are working at really earning their skin,” says Melanie.
PRODUCT APPLICATION IS AS IMPORTANT AS PRODUCT CHOICE…
While a wonder cream may have worked for your best friend, it doesn’t mean it’ll be of use to you, and vice versa. But, according to Melanie, it’s less about the products themselves and more the way products are used that can affect their efficacy from person to person. “I use the same products I use on everyone’s skin, from peels to masks to potent antioxidant boosters,” she says. “Stick to a simple regime with your skin care. Layer an antioxidant serum underneath a moisturising SPF during the day and after cleansing at night apply a treatment serum underneath a Chanel’s La Solution 10 Sensitive Face Cream to calm and hydrate skin.”
KEEP SKIN CARE SIMPLE
It’s easy to feel bombarded by the promises of skin care products and to buy them all. But schlepping on every serum, eye-cream, mist, moisturiser and oil can cause more harm than good to your skin. “I think it’s really important to not overwhelm the skin with too many products,” says Melanie. “Stick to a simple regime with your skin care and focus on preventative approach to managing environmentally factors.” She continues, “This is certainly my approach with a model’s skin.” So, fewer products with greater efficacy and lighter on the credit card? We’re in.
ASK NOT WHAT YOUR FACIALIST CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT THEY DO FOR THEMSELVES…
We couldn’t pick Melanie’s beauty brain without also peeking into her own beauty repertoire. To our delight, she practices what she preaches, and with her flawless complexion, we’re willing to follow with devout devotion. “I use both an oil cleanser along with either an AHA cleanser or a milk cleanser depending on the season,” she says. “I always use Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and their UV Essential Daily SPF 50+ in the morning and a retinol serum at night – unless I’m travelling or in super cold climates, in which case I’ll use an oil or a restorative serum.” She continues,“And I always love a really nice night cream and eye cream. I love at-home peels and masks as well as exfoliating water and a good scrub from time to time.”
She’s not always the one handing out the advice. “I stopped drinking champagne and switched to vodka soda on [a model’s] advice…. I still don’t look exactly like them, but it’s a step closer.” Cheers to that.