If you have a pulse, you would likely know Melanie Grant is the go-to skin expert for celebrities and beauty editors. Are you prone to oily skin? Frequently wondering ‘Will this make by skin break out?’ Well then, we have the Queen of skin, Miss MG to the rescue.
Read on to learn how to care for your skin this Spring if you wish to look like Cindy Crawford:


When it starts to warm up, often skin can become more congested. How do you recommend your clients combat breakouts in the warmer months?
 I am a big advocate for the nightly double cleanse: first with an oil based cleanser such as Purity Solution to melt away makeup and pollution, followed by an acid cleanser like the Cosmedix Purity Clean to dissolve cellular debris, offering a deeper, detoxifying clean.

A wonderful way to balance the complexion while gently dissolving these keratinised cells is by applying the Biologique Recherche P50W in the evenings after cleansing – it’s a facial in a bottle.


How often do you recommend exfoliating? If it possible over exfoliating can lead to an increase in oil production?

 As with any advice I offer my clients, it’s always case by case. Those who are notably congested and have thicker skins could tolerate a physical exfoliant like the Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub 2-3 times per week in the evenings. For more sensitised or finer complexions, I would advise the Cosmedix Pure Enzymes mask to gently dissolve dead skin cells once per week. As far as over-exfoliating, I think this can lead to a sensitivity and irritation, in turn causing redness, dryness, further oil production and blemishes.


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The skincare non-negotiables by MG

What is the one product you swear by for all of your clients?
I have two non-negotiables for any good skincare regime:
1/ A Broad Spectrum SPF  to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
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2/ A Potent Antioxidant Serum: This serum will shield the complexion against harmful free radicals and environmental toxins.
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What are the main properties/ingredients we should be looking for in our skincare regime?

I think there is a common misconception that with skincare, it’s the more the merrier. I believe in taking a simple, strategic approach to a home regime that focuses on purity, potency and efficacy rather than overcharging the skin with unnecessary components. Look for a cleanser with lactic acid, a potent antioxidant serum with vitamin C or resveratrol to protect against free radical damage, always an SPF, a retinol serum for night time to address textural irregularities and a loss of firmness and a nourishing night cream with ceramides, fatty acids and  Vitamins B, C and E for rejuvenationa and repair.


We want to use SPF 50, but worried it may be too rich and lead to breakouts?

I think that breaking out from an SPF is a common fear, though one that should be overcome quickly! Look instead for sun protection that is oil free or noncomedogenic, and contains ingredients like niacinamide that have an anti-inflammatory, soothing effect on the skin. Elta MD is a really great option for both sensitised skins and those prone to congestion and breakouts, it’s really light but offers broad spectrum coverage and a host of beneficial ingredients.


What is your go-to product to refine the skin texture?
My go to for refining texture is always retinol. It refines large pores and coarse texture, smooths fine lines and creases,  promotes collagen, redensifys slackened skin and brightens pigmentation.  Try starting with a low dose, slow delivery retinol serum such as Serum 16 by Cosmedix. 
I love Biologique Recherche’s P50, it gently refines the skin though AHA exfoliation while balancing the pH.
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Words: Olivia Boyd-Smith, Editor
Imagery: Melanie Grant