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Melanie Grant has introduced an exclusive Augustinus Bader treatment at her skin studios in LA, Melbourne and Sydney.

There are only a handful of skin experts around the world who need no introduction, and Melanie Grant is one of them. Known for her celebrity clientele and gorgeous skin studios in Sydney’s Double Bay, Melbourne, Paris, and Los Angeles, Melanie’s approach to healthy skin is ‘clinical beauty’. She combines results-driven, science based skin treatments with the feel of a luxurious pampering facial – and her clients love her for it.

Melanie Grant stocks several European skincare brands, among them Biologique Recherche, Royal Fern, and Augustinus Bader. The German skincare brand in the famous blue bottle exploded onto the scene in 2018 and quickly made a name for itself as offering one of the best moisturisers to ever have graced our dehydrated and stressed out skins. “I recommend the product to our clients because it promotes a healthy, fortified complexion, which is important and the key to beautiful skin,” says Melanie about The Rich Cream.

The celebrity facialist is one of the brand’s very few Australian stockists and has worked closely with the Founder, Prof Augustinus Bader, himself throughout the years. Now, she is the exclusive skin specialist in all of Australia to offer the Augustinus Bader Facial, and I was lucky enough to experience it. The Melanie Grant x Augustinus Bader Facial is an innovative treatment designed to promote the skin’s own regeneration. It looks to firm, tone and refine clients’ complexions using the remarkable Augustinus Bader product range. As with every Melanie Grant experience, each treatment is customised to the individual’s skin.

Walking into Melanie Grant Double Bay Skin Studio is like walking into a fashion and interior lover’s dream. Oversized prints of Chanel models including Kate Moss adorn the white walls while a long, cream coloured bouclé lounge invites you to sit down and stare at a huge black shelf full of skincare products I wish I had in my bathroom cabinet. One thing I immediately notice is how friendly and warm her team are. I am greeted with big smiles and professional, but genuine small talk before I am guided into the treatment room, which is quite large and, of course, very stylish.

I lay down on the comfortable curved treatment bed and am covered by a beautiful linen blanket while listening to modern upbeat, but at the same time relaxing music. Everything at Melanie Grant has a cosmopolitan feel. You can tell she has travelled the world and appreciates high-quality finishes and understated luxury, both when it comes to interior and skincare.

My skin is double cleansed before Melanie uses a gentle peel on my skin to prepare it for the rest of the treatment and all the wonderful Augustinus Bader products I am about to experience. She then treats me to one of the most thorough and firm facial massages I have ever experienced. Using her knuckles and a good amount of pressure, she kneads seemingly every muscle I have in
my face using the Augustinus Bader Face Oil, trying to get my cheeks to release tension. It’s oddly relaxing and I can almost feel my skin tighten and my facial contours improve. After the massage, which also includes my neck and shoulders, Melanie puts me under the Dermalux LED light for about 20 minutes, something she says she swears by for almost all of her clients.

While I bask in the red light, I am treated to an arm and hand massage, which feels divine and nearly puts me to sleep. Finally, Melanie applies the holy grail of moisturisers, the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream, to my face and doesn’t forget about my lips, which enjoy a generous layer of Augustinus Bader’s lip balm. Deeply hydrated, glowing, and sculpted I float back to reception, feeling like a brand new woman.