At Shine, we are all about great facials that focus on and treat your skin’s issues – acne treatments and extraction facials are our bread and butter and we believe that’s what sets us apart from the rest. Here’s a snapshot of what we do for clients who suffer from issues such as acne and congestion.

Skin super sleuths

When you visit us for a facial, not only do we treat your skin to clear any congestion, blackheads or pimples, we also delve into your history to find the root cause of the issue. Identifying the cause allows us to work out the best treatment program for your skin and also work with you to prevent the problem for reoccurring.

For example, some clients come to us after trying out TV-advertised acne solutions or medically prescribed creams and supplements that may have worked for a week or two, but have eventually had an adverse effect and inflamed the issue or left redness and scarring.

At Shine, we start off with a comprehensive consultation that allows us to really understand you, your current skincare regimen, and any specific issues you are hoping to resolve.

Our expert team will work with you to identify your main skin issues by asking lots of questions, and taking the time to listen to your concerns and history. This might include a discussion about your diet, medication, work and life stresses and other health issues. Causes could be the anything from the makeup you use, food intolerances, diet changes, hormonal imbalance, digestion issues, serious or small illnesses, or smoking, to name a few.

Time to clean up

After cleansing your skin, we commence a thorough skin check with a magnifying light and sometimes an ultra-violet light (that will show up oil flow). We compare what we’ve discussed with you against what we can actually see on your skin. Does it all add up? If it doesn’t, we may need to ask a few more detailed questions to really get to the cause.

A few issues identified

What can cause breakouts and acnes can vary depending on your history and your skin.

Sometimes it might be a one-off incident that has caused your breakouts. For example, we had a couple of clients who’d had vitamin B injections prescribed by their doctors that had overloaded their systems and resulted in breakouts. We diagnosed the first client by asking questions and doing research. When we met the second client we recognised straight away what we were dealing with. After a couple of questions our suspicions were confirmed.

In other cases, picking at your skin may be the culprit. Before you know it, bacteria can spread and acne can occur! If this is the case, we may recommend a series of facials and some specialised homecare to help clear up the issue.

Once we cleanse your skin and clear away any bacteria, we can see what we are dealing with and this will help us get some more answers and lead us in the right direction.

Treating the issue @ Shine

After we complete the consultation we get to work treating your skin. At Shine we have 14 different facials available and we will work with you to choose the right one for your skin’s needs.

The Shine Skin Solutions facial is targeted at finding the answers for people who just don’t know where to start (you may tried other options that didn’t work, feel like no-one really understands your problem, or tried every product you could think of). It includes a longer consultation process to explore your history and go through your current skincare and makeup regimens.

Our extraction facial also includes an in-depth consultation and analysis of your skin, before we commence a 70-minute treatment that includes cleansing, exfoliation, deep cleansing and steaming, before starting your extractions.

We might add a peel to your treatment:

  • An AHA peel re-surfaces the top layer of your skin for a fresher, more even complexion, helping to unclog congestion
  • A BHA peel uses smaller molecules to go deep into the skin’s pores to kill the bacteria that causes pimples
  • A Vitamin A peel can re-regulate the skin’s function to resurface and refresh the skin to combat acne, blackheads, pigmentation and dullness.

For seriously inflamed acne, we have specialised treatments that include more extractions and LED light therapy, which kills bacteria and helps the lymphatic system flush out toxins, to calm the skin and speed up the healing process. The great benefit of LED is that it is super-gentle on inflamed skin offering great results and no down time (unlike more aggressive laser treatment, which we don’t use at Shine).

Before you leave

We finish off each treatment by keeping detailed notes on your file (sometimes with pictures) detailing all aspects of your skin, the treatment we did and the progress we have made. This helps us to monitor your progress as we work together to get your skin into its best condition. We may also call or text you a couple of days later to see how your skin is reacting after the treatment.

At Shine, we are passionate about what we do and how we can help our clients reach their skincare goals – call us now if you are ready to begin your journey to beautiful skin.

How does vitamin c work?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows down the rate of free-radical damage (uv, smoking, sun, alcohol). It provides a protective shield over the skin to protect it. It slows down ageing by increasing collagen production and helps strengthen the skin by help restoring your skins barrier.

Who is it for? 
DULL SKIN- As it is an extremely powerful antioxidant, it can benefit anybody in terms of overall skin health. Applying vitamin C on a daily basis will ensure skin health remains at its optimum. This in turn will ensure your skin will have all the vitamins it needs giving you an amazing glow.

AGEING-Increases production of collagen, hydration and skin health.

PIGMINTATION/SCARRING- Vitamin C helps break down the pigment color in the skin helping fade the dark marks from scarring or pigmentation. This is a slower, but more nourishing way to help fade marks or even skin tone, without the harshness of acids.

IMPAIRED/SENSITIVE- Helps repair a irriatated skin by repairing the barrier. If skin is irritated-remaining constantly on guard for aggressors- this causes stress in the skin, Stress depletes Vitamin C levels, as Vitamin C is used up rapidly by the adrenal glands that supply the stress hormones. The increase in collagen can help improve the ruddy-red appearance of the skin.

It is a well-known fact that smoking reduces vitamin C levels in smokers but evidence also shows that non- smokers who live with smokers, also suffer reduced Vitamin C levels.

We have 3 main vitamin C products here at Shine.

Extreme C: Most appropriate for a wider range of skin types. Most people are able to be put on this type of vitamin C as it is very gentle on the skin, and causes little to no irritation. This is because it contains a form of Vitamin C which is oil soluble and is pH neutral, causing less irritation. This vitamin C focuses on strengthening and repairing the skin whilst keeping it soothed.

Pure C: just contains 100% pure L-Ascorbic acid crystals. This is a really high dose of vitamin C, so perfect for someone concerned about brightening their skin, helping to break down pigmented skin or smokers. Since this form of Vitamin C has such high anti-oxidants, it has the ability to shield the skin against further sun damage, causing less pigment. L-Ascorbic acid also is able to slow down the production of melanin by itself. This product would not be suitable for someone looking to strengthen or repair their skin as it would be too stimulating, due to the acids in the product. Pure C mixes great with many other products to give even greater results.

Triple C: This is a blend of 3 different types of stabilised Vitamin C. This form of vitamin C also contains peptides. So in terms of anti-ageing- if not enough collagen or elastin was being produced by the cell, the peptide would correct it, encouraging more production. It also assists the new collagen production and maintains the health. This vitamin C has such a high level of antioxidants due to the amount of different forms of C in it, so this would be perfect for someone exposed to high levels of free-radical damage throughout their day.

Why a cosmeceutical product

Vitamin C is a tricky ingredient. It is a very unstable vitamin, which means the slightest reactions to heat, light or oxygen can deactivate all of its benefits. This is why it is important to look at the type of packaging Vitamin C comes in prior to purchasing. A good Vitamin C to look for should be double insulated to provide protection from the sun, and should be air tight so no oxygen can enter though the package. This will ensure longer usage of your product and full results.

Also Vitamin C is not recognised by the skin, because of this it’s delivery system needs to be advanced to penetrate into the skin so it can work. There are different forms of Vitamin C that attaches to sodium or magnesium (which is recognised by the skin) so that it can enter the skin through channels. Once delivered into the skin, the magnesium or sodium dissolve, releasing the vitamin C deeper into the skin, with less irritation.

Since vitamin C is not recognised, Vitamin E is a great carrier for C as when the 2 are bonded, C is able to enter with it. Vitamin E can be a great carrier as it also assist the benefits of C, as it too helps fight off free radicals, as it is another form of an antioxidant.It also makes it difficult for oxygen and other relative substances to attack the weak point of Vit C.

A lot of people believe that acne is caused by oil and dirt. This isn’t necessarily true. There are many causes for acne and having oil is just one of them. There are hormones, stress, medication, illness, pregnancy…

I find that one of the most major causes of  out of control acne is bacterial. Whilst it may have been started with one of the reasons above, when it is not treated the skin becomes infected and bacteria spreads and before you know it you have acne that you just can’t clear up.

There are some things that are done that just make acne worse.

Over-scrubbing or over-cleansing the skin

Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation. People believe that cleansing and scrubbing with keep the skin cleaner therefore reduce acne. This isn’t the case. You will over sensitise the area causing redness and irritation. If the skin is irritated then this can lead to other problems. The ones I like best are enzymes or aha exfoliants. They work deeper, more thoroughly and less harsh.

Instead, gently wash with a pH-balanced cleanser to lessen inflammation. If you are using an AHA cleanser use 1 x day at night and use a cleanser more gentle in the morning.

Choosing products for oily skin

Again coming back to the first problem that people believe their acne is caused by oil so they choose oily skin products which strip the skin. Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps, and alcohol-based products may worsen acne.

The gentler you are with your skin the calmer and less inflamed it will be. Strong products are great, but should be used in moderation.

You need to nourish your skin as well as have antibacterial products. It is about getting the balance right.

Choosing the wrong products

Choose non-comedogenic skincare, Noncomedogenic products don’t contain ingredients that tend to clog pores in people with acne-prone skin.

Certain ingredients found in products such as make-up, sunscreen and moisturizers are more likely to clog pores. The main culprit is Talc.

Picking at pimples

We all do this one! (and know we shouldn’t) Picking pimples prolongs healing time and raises the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness.

People also normally pick when their skin in unclean or they have make-up on. The area is not steralized, they don’t know what they are doing and they push and tear the skin which causes a scar to form, they either don’t get everything out (causing more infection) or they go too far (causing broken capillaries, more infection or more inflammation)

We all know not to do it!

Waiting too long to see someone

It’s time to make an appointment before acne starts taking a toll on your skin and self-esteem. The longer you leave it the worse it gets, the more scarring it causes, leading to long term damage that is hard to fix.

We have many ways to treat acne. Extraction facials, led light therapy, aha and bha peels and oxygen treatments.

It’s also possible a person could have rosacea which usually requires different treatment than acne. It is a long-term disease that causes redness and pimples. People can mix this up with acne and if you treat it as acne then your skin will flair up worse.

Over-Using a Prescribed Acne Medication

Now I might get in trouble for this, but people are prescribed medication way too much these days. It scares me. For some people it is necessary. But it shouldn’t be a 1st stop their can be a lot of unpleasant side effects. Try extraction facials 1st, try good skin care that has been prescribed to you-and give them both a good go, not just 1 facial or a product you brought from a chemist.

Stopping the treatment

The acne didn’t appear over night and it is not going to disappear over night. Facials are an ongoing solution. Depending on your skin you will start out with a facial every 1-4 weeks. When we have your skin in control we then start spacing out the facials.

Once we have cleared up your skin it is important to keep up maintainence. This is where a lot of people start to get into trouble. You acne was highly likely caused from getting one or two pimples, then one or two more, then another one and before you know it, it has blown up, Having a regular facial every 4-6 weeks gets rid of those pimples when they come up so you don’t end up back where you were.

To keep skin blemish-free, most people need to continue usage with at least one acne product. It may be a few times a week or once a day, but a good at home skin care routine is a must.  

 

“Everything that defines beautiful healthy skin is a direct result of vitamin A”

– Dr Des Ferandes

 

Vitamin A (retinol) acts like a ‘superfood’ for your skin, treating the issue and offering amazing results. It corrects deficiencies in the skin such as ageing, hydration, pigmentation or acne – and works to normalise your skin’s functions to improve its condition and revitalise your complexion.

For ageing

Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where collagen, elastin and blood vessels live – to reduce wrinkles and increase blood flow to the surface of your skin. It increases the flow of collagen to slow down the ageing process of your skin.

For acne

Vitamin A can help to reduce the activity of sebaceous glands – when it comes into contact with oil cells it gets to work to clean up the oil slick by dramatically decreasing sebum production. In some cases, treatment with vitamin A can decrease the production of sebum by up to 90%.

For skin health

Vitamin A is both an antioxidant and a cell communicator – triggering cells to produce everything they need to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It increases cell turnover and exfoliates the skin from within to repair DNA, reprogram cellular function and recharge damaged cells to function normally again.

 

The delivery

Cosmeceutical skin care products deliver active ingredients deep into the dermis (your skin’s layers) where the real work needs to be done. Active ingredients include retinaldehyde-liposome and AGP (arabino-galactan-protein), a molecular transport antioxidant.

Other types of skin care products rarely have the ability to go as deep as a cosmeceutical without causing irritation. Cosmeceutical skin care delivers active ingredients including Vitamin A through your skin’s structures to the receptor on the cell. This delivery system is both gentle and effective to prevent dehydration, redness and irritation.

Use

To achieve the full benefit of products containing vitamin A, cleanse your skin before applying your serums to allow maximum penetration, and leave them on overnight to let them work their magic.

 

NOTE: Like many vitamins, Vitamin A is not stable and can lose its potency when exposed to sunlight, therefore we recommend using your serums at night when you skin is in a state of repair and there is no risk of exposure to UV light. Also look for packaging that protects the stability of the ingredients with minimal exposure to air and light.

 

 

The facials

We have four fantastic Vitamin A facials available at Shine – each tailored to address specific skin needs:

Retinol Brûlée –combines AHA, vitamin A and vitamin B to brighten your complexion and smooth away fine lines. Great for more sensitive skin.

Benefit Peel –offers the wow factor of vitamins A and C combined to nourish and plump your skin with vital nutrients and antioxidants.

Purity Peel –combines acne fighting powerhouse ingredients AHA, BHA, vitamin A and zinc to decongest pores for a clearer, healthier complexion.

Timeless –our top shelf vitamin A peel offers significant cell turnover resulting in smoother, denser and hydrated skin. The combination of AHAs, vitamin A and antioxidants firms up your complexion and gets it glowing.

 
Vitamin A – home care

Come in and chat to us about the right Vitamin A serum for your skin – we have five fantastic options each formulated to address different skin concerns along with delivering a good dose of ‘super’ Vitamin A into your skin.

 
Check out our new Vitamin A promotion on our specials page at shineskinandbody.com.au or see below – available until August 2017.

 

“Shine Skin Solutions” is a 70-minute treatment for new clients, specifically acne sufferers, which includes a 20-minute full skin consultation to determine your skin type, condition and acne grade, a 40 min. facial that includes extractions a future treatment plan that is streamlined to your skin’s needs.

We have noticed at Shine how many of you are at a loss as to what you can do about your skin. You have googled (toothpaste on your pimples??) used harsh products for oily/acne skin which made you red and irritated, went to a doctor and was given antibiotics or a dermatologist and recommended Roaccutane.

I want to start by telling you a story of a client who came to see me. She had been getting breakouts for about 2.5 yrs,  mainly on her cheeks. her doctor recommended a dermatologist for her to see. She went on antibiotics for 2 years on and off. It would clear up her acne, only to return within a few months. When i saw her she had been to her dermatologist 3 days earlier who in desperation gave her a script for Roaccutane. (A very powerful acne drug with some very long lasting nasty side effects) She came to me as she didn’t want to take it, but didn’t know what to do. We did a full skin consultation with her and skin analysit. We went into depth about what happened when the acne occurred, medications, lifestyle, diet, hormones, skincare and make-up. I had a suspicion…. After starting her facial and doing a skin analysis my suspicion was right. It was her bronzer- It contained talc (as many do) and the most intense part of her breakouts was on her bronzer line. We extracted, she brought new make-up, came back for only 1 more facial and now her skin is clear. A proper consult diving into her history in a lot of depth was all that was needed.

And that is why we now have Shine Skin Solutions. It is a once of treatment that we then recommend your ongoing plan.

 

 

SHINE SKIN SOLUTIONS                 70mins           $155

At Shine we are all about honest answers and solutions for your skin.
“Shine Skin Solutions” is a 70-minute treatment for new clients, specifically acne sufferers, which includes a 20-minute full skin consultation to determine your skin type, condition and acne grade, a 40min facial that includes extractions a future treatment plan that is streamlined to your skin’s needs.
During the consultation we will look at all possible causes and remedies for your skin issues. We encourage you to bring in your current skincare and make-up so we can analyse the ingredients and discuss what is working and what might need replacing. A homecare regimen will also be recommended if needed, which we will explain how to use to ensure the best outcomes for your skin, along with guidance and advice.
A treatment plan is also part of the session, which may include a course of facials from between 2-4 weeks or more, depending on what level of care your skin needs to get it back on track and acne free.

 

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dermaroller 2It’s all about positivity

I am excited to announce that we have introduced an innovative new treatment at Shine called Dermal needling, which, I know, might sound a little scary, but I promise you, it will revolutionise your skin!

So let me explain.

But first, let me tell you about our philosophy and where Shine fits into the beauty industry.

At Shine, we believe in positivity and results, and we have invested the time to research the best treatments and innovations to help you achieve optimum skin health.

But sometimes the best techniques take time in order to achieve long-term lasting results.

For example, we don’t offer laser treatment because we believe that, while it may give you fast results, it places way too much stress on your skin in the long term and the damage can be hard to repair. And we don’t offer chemical peels because they strip back the top layer of skin exposing it to external bacteria and infections, leaving it inflamed and so sensitive to sunlight that some people have to stay indoors for 5-7 days after a treatment. Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it?

At Shine, we believe there has to be a gentler, better way that can be sustained for the long-term health of your skin (i.e. why do a two day juice detox to lose 5kg, when eating a balanced diet is safer and will give you lasting results?).

Two years ago, we introduced LED light therapy to offer our clients who suffer with acne a gentle yet result-driven treatment that really works. Your skin has the ability to absorb light and convert it into energy, depending on the colour of the light used. Blue light works to kill surface bacteria; red light goes a little deeper to flush out the lymphatic system and remove blockages or waste that cause acne to build up; and infra-red light targets the inner layers to speed up the healing process. There is no downtime, no dryness or inflammation, no peeling, and you can walk straight out of salon. Yes, you do need a series of treatments to see long-term results (although you will see a difference after the first treatment) but it is painless and gentle on your skin.

So then we came to the next step. We were getting great results and clearing people’s acne. What about reducing scarring and achieving optimal results from your skincare?

This year we have introduced dermal needling. Basically, it is a pen with six tiny needles on the end that penetrate into the top layers of the skin to create micro-channels that allow your wonderful serums to get to where they are needed most instead of fighting through a tough outer barrier. It also works to loosen fibrous tissue and soften the appearance scarring and indented scars (imagine you have a rope from your scar holding the top layer down to your dermis – the lowest layers of your skin – creating a dent. The deeper the dent, the bigger the rope and the stronger the hold). Dermal needling starts to fray and break that rope so its hold isn’t so firm, and the more sessions you have the flatter the scar becomes. With dermal needling you may see about a 70% reduction in scarring after 6-9 treatments. We use a gentle numbing cream to ensure the whole experience is painless, and there is minimal downtime. Your skin may look and feel a little red the evening after the treatment (like sunburn), and you may experience some light dryness and flakiness 3-5 days afterwards so we encourage you to come back for a mini facial to check the results and help calm any ongoing inflammation.

So we are about great results, great skin, gentle treatments and minimal downtime in beautiful surrounds with some pretty cool music and, most importantly, very knowledgeable therapists who you can trust and whose main aim is to help you reach long-term complexion perfection.

Come into Shine and have a chat to us about dermal needling or any of our other treatments, or visit www.shineskinandbody.com.au

With the introduction of a special Aspect Medi facial we want to let you know about one of our favourite products. Phytostat 9.

The perfect all-rounder moisturiser that adjusts to the specific needs of your skin. It dramatically restores those vital moisture reserves, wards off the visable signs of ageing, and cosmetically corrects the effects of time. Packed with anti-oxidants and peptides this super hydrator is gentle enough for the most delicate skin.

A balanced moisturiser providing high levels of hydration for dehydrated/dry skin, whilst light enough to be used on oily skin. .

BENEFITS                                 phytostat-image

Antioxidant

Soothing/Anti-inflammatory

Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Nourishing,

Hydrating

MAIN INGREDIENTS

Chronoline- A peptide from growth factors to increase collagen production assiting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Canadian Willowherb- A great anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and inflamation. Also anti-microbial and anti-viral making it great for the fight against acne

Olive leaf and ginkgo Biloba- antioxidants

Seabuckthorn fruit- Rich in all your Omegas. Delievers nutrients to your skin to increase the natural moisturising factor. Restoring and repairing the skin barrier. Anti-inflammatory

Shea butter, Macadamia and jojoba to increase hydration levels.

 

USE

Am and/or PM

Apply a pea size amount, spread evenly over face and neck. On clean skin or over serums.

 

To receive one for free book a aspect medi facial before Oct 28th 2016 .

Book online here https://www.kitomba.com/bookings/shineskin

 

 

 

 

 

By Jason Rollard

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Why have a Facial just for men?

When I was a kid a facial was something ladies went and did while their men played golf.

But a facial could be the secret weapon that gets you ahead in the skincare game and Shine skin and body do a facial custom made for men.

The Shine skin and body Male facial is the perfect introduction to tailored skincare for men. It’s a facial designed to suit your skin care needs.

So why have a male facial instead of just a regular facial?

There is nothing wrong with having a standard extraction facial or chemical peel, but a facial that is specialized for men’s skin to start with will be a major benefit. Men have thicker skin than women, they have testosterone, they shave and they grow beards. Men generally don’t wear makeup.Diet, Sport and sun affect your skin so a facial designed to cater to men’s needs only makes sense.

What happens in a Shine skin and body Male facial?

Before you have a facial it’s a good idea to prepare a little. Have a shave the day before, your therapist will thank you. You can have a facial if you have a beard they will focus on your T-zone, cheeks and forehead.

On your first visit they will have you fill out a consultation form. It’s a good idea to come in a little before your scheduled appointment so you can fill the form in and not cut into you allotted facial time. It will have questions about your medical history what skincare products do you use at home and what concerns you most about your skin.

The therapist that will do your treatment will sit down with you and quickly go through your form asking any questions if she needs more information. Some skin care products have ingredients that cause more harm than good, some medications need special consideration. All this information helps your therapist cater the treatment for you.

The rooms are best described as cosy they are not a sterile medical environment like some skin care clinics and they are not excessively girly, there is no pink paint or frilly material like the Barbie fun house type beauty salons. The rooms feel more like someone’s home, arm chair in the corner, candles, cool music, a bit of Nirvana unplugged a bit of Beatles and a split system controlling the room temperature, very relaxing.

Once you are tucked in it all starts with a skin analysis. This is where your therapist will assess your skin with the aid of a magi lamp, a device that is part lighthouse and part giant magnifying glass. Then checking your T-zone for oiliness and large pores, dryness of the forehead, acne in the cheek area could be a result of diet or food allergies, pigmentation from sun damage, fine lines around the eyes or forehead. This information allows your therapist to target problem areas and cater the facial to your unique needs. For men the skin analysis is done before cleansing there is no make up to remove and this allows the therapist a chance to see the oily areas of the face

Then your therapist will apply Sothys Homme cleanser. It is a great 3 in 1 product. Containing volcanic clay to cleanse and energise the skin, lava grains to exfoliate and smooth and also a mask to revitalize and purify. The smell is perfect for guys and your skin feels so fresh afterwards. Whilst this is on the relaxation starts with a scalp massage.

After 7mins it is removed with a warm towel compress

Desquacrem is a unique product to sothys that penetrates into your pores and cleans them where the oil is. It works like a scrubbing brush giving you a deep cleanse. The steamer is used at the same time to help open the pores allowing the desqucrem to penetrate deeper

Now you are clean!

At this point of the facial we come to folk in the road. This is where the facial is customized to suit differing skin types oily, dry, aged and combination.

If your skin is oily or has acne and blackheads they will do extractions-clearing out all the congestion from your pores. If your acne is inflamed then they finish off with high frequency, it kills bacteria and reduces your chances of break outs after your facial.

If your skin is on the dry side the plan of attack is hydration. Expect a moisturising massage cream and a creamy re hydrating mask.

If age is your concern they apply serums, masks and creams that tackle fine lines and encourage collagen production.

For combination skin they do a blend of extractions, a hydrating mask and anti-ageing serums depending on what is called for and where.

Finishing off with another warm towel, moisturiser and of course sunscreen. Your therapist will talk to about any recommended skincare product when you come to reception so you can keep your skin in top condition long after your facial.

You should have a facial about everyday four weeks, so proper skin care will help you maintain healthy skin inbetween.

When all is said and done the male facial from shine skin and body really is a facial that is designed not only for men but the right facial for an individual.

One of the most common skin conditions we see at Shine is acne. But one of the biggest issues we see in new clients is that they have tried to combat their acne issues by stripping their skin of good oils with the wrong skincare, making it even oilier but also with dry, scaly patches – so in general their skin presents as red, inflamed and aggravated. In about 90% of cases oily skin is not to blame for the breakouts – it is usually hormones, stress, diet or digestion.

I know, I know…. You are saying, “But MY skin is oily!”

Let me explain…

Oil is not your enemy. Too much oil is. But we all need good oils in our skin to keep it hydrated, nourished, balanced, working correctly and to have a healthy glowing complexion. Oil for your skin is like oil with food. There is good oil and bad oil. You need good oils (like the oils found in fish, nuts and avocado) to ensure everything in your body is lubricated and working well to absorb nutrients and maintain good health. What you don’t need is an excess of bad oils (think trans fats in fast food and greasy takeaway). This can spell bad news for your heart, your other essential organs, and even your skin, leaving you feeling sluggish and unhealthy.

When you use skincare products targeted for oily complexions and acne-prone skin you are probably stripping out all the essential oils as well as the bad ones because many skincare brands which are developed for super-oily skin are actually created to strip out as much oil as possible, no matter if it is good or bad. So you end up with dehydrated, stressed out skin that is actually screaming out for some good oil. And plenty of hydration. The result? Your body responds to this distress signal and goes into overdrive producing extra oils so you end up with a major grease problem and major inflammation and dehydration because your skin is in shock. What does that look like? Break-outs and red, dry patches of skin – so both oily and dry at the same time!

Is this starting to sound like your skin now? A little of everything?

The first step is to balance out your skin using the right combination skincare products – or for some people, specific hydrating products – to calm down your stressed out complexion and slow down the excess oil production.

At Shine, when you book in for a skin consultation we will do a thorough skin analysis before discussing with you the best treatment for your skin type. We encourage you to also bring in any skincare you are currently using so we can understand what you are using and why, and work with you discover what is the best way forward for your skin. We try and work as much as we can with what you already have – because, after all, you have spent good money on it! – but at the same time our job is to make sure you are doing the best for your skin with the right products so we may recommend some changes.

I hope that resolves a few of the myths out there about oily skin and I welcome you to give me a call to discuss your oily skin issues – or pop into Shine for a chat or to book a facial so we can start getting your skin back on track to optimum health.

Dermal Needling – what’s all the fuss about?

Dermal needling, even though it may not sound like it, is a skin friendly treatment.

At Shine we use the Dermastamp – an advanced medical skin-needling device that uses vertical needling technology. It is a procedure that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely, creating smoother, brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin. Our medical needling device is fully adjustable, meaning that we are able to change the depth that we are working on in the skin for each individual client or concern.

The gentle stimulus provided by Dermastamp is far more “skin friendly” and effective than many other more invasive and expensive skin treatments. It leaves the entire epidermal barrier fully intact; the micro-channels seal within hours after application – which is long enough for new collagen-structures to form within the lower layers of the skin and short enough to allow the patient to resume normal schedules quickly. Dermastamp eliminates all common negative side effects and risks associated with chemical peeling, dermabrasion and laser-resurfacing. This means your skin is ready sooner for additional treatment.

What is skin needling and how does it work?

Dermal needling is also called micro-needling therapy, skin needling, collagen induction therapy or scar reduction therapy. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical and nonablative procedure for skin rejuvenation and scar reduction that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury.

Each fine needle creates a micro channel in the skin and this triggers the body to produce new collagen and elastin in the dermis.

Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT) works by releasing old fibrotic scar tissue deep within the skin. Scar tissue is what creates visible pitted scars on the skin’s surface. The treatment repairs the skin naturally, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen and elastin fibers are formed, softening scars, generating new skin cells and enhancing blood supply. You can expect up to 70% improvement in the appearance of scars.

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Collagen induction Therapy (CIT) is all about healthy, balanced, younger looking skin. Dermal needling is the only rejuvenation treatment that maximises the penetration of essential cell nutrients and the release of growth factors associated with the positive aspects of wound healing.

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Skin nutrition – for delivery of the right ingredients such as vitamins, peptides, anti-oxidants and nutrients into keratinocytes and melanocytes. This allows up to 100% product penetration into the skin, compared to just 1-30% with normal topical application.

It is important to note that home care enhances this treatment – you will need to be using hardworking skin care that has been recommended by your beauty therapist (that means no supermarket and chemist brands!) to achieve excellent results. Dermal needling is about getting powerful ingredients delivered to where they need to go, and using good home care products will ensure you skin responds at its maximum potential.

Home rolling for maximum serum penetration

Want to get more out of your homecare routine? Want to take your skin to another level? Home rolling may be the answer to your needs.

Dermaroller is a hand-held roller studded with very fine needles. When rolled across the skin it creates micro channels to help drive active ingredients deeper into the top layers. The roller penetrates through the harder outer skin layer into the epidermis creating a channel for your wonderful serums to slide straight down right into the middle of the epidermis where the rest of your skin is buzzing around working hard to produce collagen, elastin, building strength, and communicating. This means that you will get 80-100% effectiveness from your serums instead of the 1-30% you are currently getting.

Our skin is not only the biggest organ, but it also protects the body against external influences such as temperatures, bacteria, excessive water loss, makeup, dust etc. The normal average human skin has a thickness of 1.5 mm and is categorised in three major zones: Epidermis (0.12 mm), dermis and sub-dermis (1.5 mm).

The Epidermis has five layers in total; the top layer is called the Stratum Corneum. Its thickness is about a hundredth of a millimeter, and it is hard to believe that this thin layer is the main barrier and protection for our body. The Stratum Corneum is constantly replaced by the lower epidermal layers.

Your skin is designed to protect you from outside influences, hence your products need to penetrate through that hard outer layer (the stratum corneum) to get to all the cells beneath where all the real work is being done. This can be hard even for good products, so home rolling at a depth of 0.2 allows little micro channels to open up to allow all your great products to get to where you need them.

So what percentage of your skincare regimen actually penetrates into viable layers where the active ingredient can stimulate the skin?

Depending on the ‘delivery system’ used in the formulation, the penetration can vary from each skincare brand to the next. Generic, no name brands probably have less than 1% penetration – clinical cosmeceutical brands probably have closer to 30%… but there is still a 70-99% waste with each application.

Shine now stocks Dermaroller – a 0.2 home rolling device which can be used twice a week at the beginning, building up to 5-7 days a week. Ongoing use will make sure your skincare is working at its optimum level to create healthier, plump, balanced, radiant and well-hydrated skin plus improve your skin tone depending on which serums you use.

Wondering why your beauty therapist keeps harping on about you having a day and night routine? Read on….

Your skin is your largest organ and its jobs change depending on what all your other organs are up to.

During the day all your organs are hard at work- your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your liver is detoxing, so your skin does it basic function- protection.

At night your heart rate slows down, your breathing slows down and your skin is goes into repair mode, regenerating new skin cells, detoxing excess oils, soaking in the products you out on your skin.

 

AM is all about helping protect your skin.

Vitamin C An anti-oxidant. This means that it puts a shield around your skin to help bounce back anything trying to damage your skin- Sun, pollution, smoke, temperature. Giving you another layer of protection.

Sunscreen- To help protect you from damaging uv rays

Moisturiser To put a barrier on top minimising water loss.

 

PM is about regenerating and rebuilding

Vitamin A is the No 1 rebuilding and regenerating ingredient. It comes in many forms (we stock 4 depending on your needs) The best anti-ageing product you can get, but helps with resurfacing, helps unclog skin prone to blackheads.

AHA/BHA All about resurfacing. These products shouldn’t be used during the day as they breakdown the protection layer and can make your more sensitive to the sun if it is on your skin while you are outside. They are great for smoothing the skin, unclogging the pore, helping with pigmentation and scaring.

Moisturiser This is when we start talking about heavier creams. It is whilst you are sleeping your skin will soak in products more. For a dehydrated to dry skin your skin will soak in the most moisture from a thicker cream. If oiler- then a light to medium moisturiser as very few skin are pure oily, most people have a slight combination skin.

Now for cleansing 2 x day

It is important to cleanse twice a day

In the pm to remove make-up, dirt, pollution, etc. This one is easy- most people know that. It also removes any barriers allowing all your great night serums and creams penetrate into the skin.

It is the am one I need to convince clients of. It is important that you wash off those great serums and thicker creams you put on your skin the night before, otherwise they just sit on your skin all day that when mixed with make-up, sweat and pollution just start clogging your skin.

Beauty for blokes

By Jason Rollard

There was a time not long ago when any guy who used skincare products would be considered feminen. Thankfully these days we men have better respect for the state of our skin.

You only get one chance to make a great first impression. Saving that job interview or future partner from a face full of acne or wrinkles isn’t all about vanity. Clear healthy skin gives you the confidence to be yourself without feeling shy or ashamed. Just like taking care of your fitness or looking after your hair, showing respect for your skin lets people know you care about how you present yourself.

Men can have acne well into their thirties. Hormones, ingrown hairs, stress and diet can all trigger acne.  Extraction facials are what are really needed to help with acne (a blog for a later time) and a great skincare therapist will help you try to find the cause, but products can help control acne,  kill bacteria that makes it spread, diminish scaring and have you on your way to clearer skin.

Ageing can’t be stopped, it will happen to all of us. It is accelerated by sun damage, wind, smoking, and squinting, but skincare can slow it down. The use of sunscreen and active ingredients in skincare products can delay the signs so that we look younger than our age for as long as possible

Men’s skin is thicker than women’s and produces more oil, so it has larger pores therefore more prone to blackheads although you can use your partner’s skincare products there is a justification for products tailored just for men.

Every year there are more male skincare products on the market. Many are advertised on television or sold in supermarkets and chemists. Others are sold in salons where you can also get facials and skincare treatments. I find the first type, tend to be jumping on the male skincare bandwagon and Salon products tend to be better researched, higher quality and have better delivery of ingredients. To use an analogy it’s like comparing Mc Donald’s to fine dining

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I thought I would list some skincare products and what they do for your skin so you can decide what to store in your skincare arsenal. I have listed them in order of most important first.

SPF Sunscreen– Sunscreen is the most important skincare product you can own. It protects your skin from damaging UV rays which accelerate the ageing process and cause wrinkles, uneven skin tone and redness.

You should use it every morning after your moisturiser and remember to apply to the face and neck area.

Cleanser – Cleansing helps remove pollution, grime and oil. It washes the face more thoroughly and gentler than soap giving a clean slate for all the active products afterwards. A cleanser replaces soap when it comes to cleaning the face. Soap is designed to clean the hands and the body but is too harsh for the softer skin of the face often containing chemicals and fragrance not compatible with the skin on your face. For dry or sensitive skin try a milk cleanser and for oily skin try a foaming cleanser.

Use morning and night. Gently massage in with water and then rinse off.

Exfoliate – This normally comes in the form of a scrub or granules. Exfoliation is a really important step in your routine.  Done twice a week it will help give your skin smoothness. Helping it look fresh and clear. Exfoliation takes off the top layer of skin that hasn’t fully shredded off . If you don’t exfoliate bacteria can spread under those layers and  cause your acne to spread, If dry that dead skin will work as  a barrier on top not allowing your more active products through therefore keeping your skin dry and rough

If you suffer from blackheads or breakouts it will help control this to a degree and if you are dry it reduce the tightness or flakiness

Use after cleansing 2 x weeks. It is easiest to use in the shower

Moisturiser – Men with dry skin get this one, moisturise will help alleviate that tight feeling and flakiness, but it is just as beneficial if you are oily. Choose an oil free or mattifying moisturiser to help rebalance and control your oil flow.

Apply a small amount to the face and neck twice a day chose an oil free moisturiser for oily skin.

Once you have mastered the basics there are other products such as toners, eye creams and serums but I will leave them for another blog.

Ever wondered what happens during one of our extraction facials? Want to find out if this is the right treatment for you? Here is the lowdown on how it all works…

At Shine we start every facial with a thorough skin consultation. Your therapist will ask some questions and inspect your skin in order to understand your main concerns and the current condition of your skin. Clearing your skin is only part of the solution, we need to investigate how you got the acne or blackheads in the first place so we can consider ways to prevent the issue from coming back. It is also a good idea to bring along your current skincare and make-up so we can look at whether products are the issue.

Once you are in one of our beautiful treatment rooms, snuggled under a doona in one of our luxurious beds with an electric blanket keeping you warm (and a little Norah Jones playing), we will commence with a double cleanse to ensure your skin is completely clean. Then we will examine your skin under a magnifying lamp to ensure we can see everything that is happening with your complexion. This might seem a little scary, but it is necessary to ensure we don’t miss anything and we can make sure we have cleansed all the dirt and toxins away.

Next step is exfoliation which is tailored to your skin type – this might be an enzyme/scrub or a gentle buff. Then it’s time for a relaxing steam while we use a deep pore cleanser to ensure we soften any blackheads – as this will help the extractions to come out more easily.

I won’t lie, the extraction process can be a little uncomfortable. But for people who have acne and blackheads, it is a necessary process and your skin will reap the rewards. We will work with you as to how much you can cope with – for super-sensitive skin we are extra-gentle and avoid areas where the skin is not strong enough.

At Shine, when it comes to extractions we only use tissues and our fingers. We are often asked whether we use those “pimple-popping” metal tools – we don’t! We believe they are too harsh on your skin and you can’t feel how much pressure you are applying, which can cause bruising, scarring or more damage to the skin. Touch is the best gauge.

Depending on time we may also include a massage and/or a treatment mask as part of the session. If you have requested the inclusion of red or infra-red LED light therapy, this will be done once we have completed the extractions to help calm inflammation and speed up the healing process.

Your extraction facial is finished off with some high frequency therapy. This is a little wonder tool that uses gentle electricity to convert to ozone to kill bacteria, heal your skin faster and reduce your chances of another break-out. (This is an old beauty therapist trick that only experienced therapists and extraction specialists know about!).

The facial ends with a selection of serums, moisturiser and sunscreen massaged into your skin to ensure your skin’s hydration and condition is at its best.

If you would like more information about Shine’s extraction facials and other beauty and body treatments, call us today on 98191034 or book online @ shineskinandbody.com.au

Yes, dairy is a main cause acne. Not the only one and not necessarily your cause, but something to look at.

Dairy products spike your insulin levels three to six times more.

Let’s look at how dairy works in our bodies. Milk was never intended for humans. It is made by pregnant cows for their calves so that they grow strong and big. It has an insulin like growth factor (IGF-1) that accelerates our growth (including acne if you are prone to it)

Here’s the basics of how when IGF-1 is increased in your body how it effects your skin.

  • Your skin produce excess oil
  • IGF-1 tells your skin cells to multiply too fast (so your pores get clogged more often with dead skin cells)
  • IGF-1 glues dead skin cells together before they can shed normally-meaning more clogged pores
  • Causes inflammation in humans(the redness and swelling that comes with your acne)

This is because the same hormones that stimulate muscle growth also stimulate sebum production and skin cell growth.

Something I didn’t know was this little fact;

Milk contains casomorphin, which is a physiologically addictive substance that essentially does to your brain what morphine and opium do (to a lesser degree).

Casomorphin binds to opioid receptors in your brain and makes you happy, and then your brain gets used to the jolt when you drink milk over and over, and you get unhappy if you try to stop drinking it. (Or eating cheese, or yogurt, or pretty much any other kind of dairy.)

 

Need some alternatives??

Not these….

Goat and sheep milk

Generally easier to digest, but it can still cause acne.Goats and sheep, like cows, pump hormones into their milk to help their babies grow. It does still contain IGF-1 though

 

Soy milk

This is probably the worse of the lot. Especially if you have hormonal breakouts(chin/jaw/chest/back) It has an estrogen-mimicking effect on the body. Any food that could potentially disturb your hormones in this way is something you’ll want to avoid. Soy also contains large amounts of omega-6 fats, which cause inflammation and redness/swelling of acne.

But these are good……

  • Unsweetened, organic almond milk
  • Unsweetened, organic coconut milk
  • Organic full-fat coconut milk

 

The easiest way to see if dairy is a trigger is for you is to eliminate. If you can take it out completely for 30 days you should see an improvement in your skin, or if a complete elimination is too much, do a partial (the results won’t be so dramatic, but you should see a difference)

When dairy is re-introduced take note of your skin in the days following.

Remember dairy is lurking in unsuspecting foods as well as most we know (soup, pasta, chocolate, some breads, cereals, peanut butter)

The ingredient label on prepackaged foods may list whey, lactalbumin, lactoglobulin or casein, which are all milk proteins. Products that contains these ingredients should be avoided or cut back.

We hear the same story a lot….

I went somewhere else and they only did a few extractions.

The said they did extractions, but when i got there they said they didn’t.

The girl didn’t know what she was doing.

People are so desperate and excited when they find us they just want us to keep going and going.

There are only so many extractions we can do in a facial, but with a lot people we wish we had longer. If it be time to do more extractions, or time to have a massage after all the bad (good??) stuff. So we have been working hard in coming up with some great packages for you all.

As we are famous for our extractions we thought we would take all the hard work out and make up some great packages to give you the most results possible.

The ultimate extraction package $240

This package is for those of you who suffer badly from acne. It includes your back, chest and face for an intensive treatment. It starts with a 30 min back treatment that’s a double cleanse a BHA peel and extractions. We then move onto a 70min extraction facial and add in chest as well. Preparing your skin for extra extractions we cleanse exfoliate, deep cleanse and steam before starting your extractions. In this package you receive an extra 20mins of extractions (on top of what we already do) An LED light therapy is chosen for your skin (to kill bacteria, to heal or to reduce inflammation) We finish off with a high frequency treatment which zaps surface bacteria, speeds up the healing time and reduces your chances of reoccurring breakouts.

2 hours 15 min.

Add an AHA or BHA peel for an extra $10 (dependant on skin type)

 The deluxe extraction package  $190

This package is for those with a serious acne condition. We do a 70min extraction facial, but add an extra 15mins extraction time! And the chest as well. That is about 50mins of extractions all up. We cleanse exfoliate, deep cleanse and steam to prepare the skin, then we begin extractions. We choose an LED light therapy for your skin condition (to kill bacteria, to speed up healing or to help with inflammation) We finish off with a High Frequency treatment which zaps surface bacteria, helps heal the skin quicker and reduce chances of re-occurring breakouts.

1 hours 45 min.

Add a AHA or BHA peel for an extra $10 (dependant on skin type)

The express extraction package  $170

70min extraction facial including chest. It starts off with a cleanse, exfoliation, deep cleanse and steam then we begin extractions on face and chest treatment. LED light therapy which kills bacteria that cause acne. We finish off with a high frequency treatment which zaps surface bacteria, heals your skin faster and reduces your chances of breaking out.

1 hours 30 min.

Add a AHA or BHA peel for an extra $10 (dependant on skin type)

 

 

 

 

It is amazing how so many wonderful people have written about us, that I forgot to add one. This is one by Julia on our LED facials to help with acne, sensitivity or ageing depending on the treatment we use.

https://bellabox.com.au/beautyguide/Review-LED-Facials-Will-Refresh-And-Revitalise-Your-Skin

Naturally gorgeous skin needs a healthy diet.

 

“Many clients come to me and say ‘I’m doing my skincare ritual every morning and evening, but I’m still breaking out.’ One of my first questions to them is ‘How’s your diet?’ The bottom line is that whatever’s going on inside, will eventually show in outside on your skin.

 

What you eat is as important as the products you apply on your skin. Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can uses to build healthy skin. If you crash diet or eat highly processed food, your skin won’t be as strong as it could be. E.g. If you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen and elastin (responsible for anti-ageing and healing)

 

SUGAR

The 1st main one is Sugar. Low GI diets have been shown to be beneficial to acne-prone skin. The sugar will quickly get into your bloodstream, making your insulin levels spike, which can aggravate acne and wrinkles.

 

DAIRY

The hypothesis is that the majority of milk comes from pregnant cows, so the hormone levels in milk can play a role in excess sebum production, which promotes acne. Oil production is influenced by androgens and hormons such as insulin-like growth factors found in milk. Soy milk is made from processed soybeans, which can have estrogen-mimicking effects on the body. Any food that could potentially disturb your hormones in this way is something you’ll want to avoid as you’re going toward clear skin.

 

WATER

A lot of people ask me about water intake. Drinking 8 plus glasses of water a day is great, but most of this goes towards your important organs such as kidney, liver etc, so your skin only receives so much. But as we have discussed, if you are healthy on the inside, you will be healthy on the outside. So a properly functioning liver will help with toxins. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. The water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total.

 

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are important to slowing and preventing free-radical damage. You can find them in all kinds of foods, especially colorful fruits and vegetables The brighter or darker the better.  Tomatoes are great for helping reduce sun damage, they are high in the antioxidant lycopene, which helps fight free radicals. The antioxidant is most easily absorbed when the tomatoes have been cooked, which releases it from the plant cells.

VITAMIN A

We love recommending Vitamin A as a topical ingredient on your skin as it is the best anti-ageing ingredient as well also helping with cell turnover. But you can also top it up internally- grab an orange, carrot, or slice of cantaloupe. They’re loaded with vitamin A. You can also find it in leafy greens and eggs.

VITAMIN C

The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, and greens

OMEGAS

My favourite and the ingredient I recommend above all else. Omega-3s and omega-6s are good fats that help make your skin’s natural oil barrier, keeping away dryness and blemishes. Essential fatty acids like these help leave your skin smoother and younger-looking. You can get them from olive and canola oils, flaxseeds, walnuts, avocado and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

 

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A wonderful follow up review from katina.

http://www.katinalindaa.com/2015/09/shines-advanced-extraction-facial.html

Read her other review on our blog or In the Press on our homepage.

 

Wow and another. Our famous extraction facial sure is becoming famous! Thanks for mentioning us beauty heaven 🙂

 

http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/salonheaven/salon-skin-care-treatments-worth-trying

We have been very lucky lately with some wonderful reviews. Katina came and saw us recently and is writing a wonderful article about her journey on helping clear up her skin. See the link below for her 1st article and before and after pictures from her 1st facial.

http://www.katinalindaa.com/2015/09/shine-skin-body-extraction-facial.html

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We were lucky enough to receive a visit from blogger Nikkia Joy. She wrote this fantastic article about her facial with us.

Click on this link

http://www.nikkiajoy.com/2015/08/extractionfacials.html

Hi Everyone,

Alesia here, I wanted to start contributing to the blog and seeing as I have a facial special going at the moment, I thought I would start with the wonderful benefits of facials. Our special which is on until 20th March 2015 is Book a 1hr massage and receive a 30min facial for free.

Here is my 1st blog for you all.

You may merely enjoy the pampering and relaxation you feel when receiving a facial treatment, but most people don’t understand the benefits that a good professional facial offer.

Most people will wait until they encounter a skin concern (breakouts, dryness, pigmentation) or have a special event before coming in for a facial. This is o.k. but problems can be avoided by regular facials.

Here are some reason why you should have a regular routine.

  • Radiance– Facial treatments help to improve and restore circulation to the skin, increasing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to skin cells. This rush of blood to the skin gives your skin a healthy glow and plumps skin cells with vital nutrients and water, which reduce the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin.
  • Antiageing– A good facial and facial massage can help smooth fine lines and promote collagen production which is the building block of the skin (reducing premature ageing, wrinkles and loss of tone) Facials allow your skin to feel healthier and smoother. Active serums penetrate nutrients and anti-oxidants into the skin.
  • Exfoliation– Facials provide a deeper exfoliation than what you can achieve at home. Extractions help clean out the pores and can help maintain clear skin and stop acne formation. Often left unchecked pores can start to stretch and widen with the build-up of oil and debris in the pore.
  • You– So many of our lives are fast-paced these days and you may feel like you never have a minute to yourself. When you book in for a facial, you’re guaranteed half an hour or an hour of pure interrupted pampering. A facial will provide you with a little bit of calmness in a busy world.
  • Skin that feels better –If your skin is dehydrated and suffering from a lack of attention it can feel dry and generally unhealthy. After a facial people are often amazed at how fresh and smooth their skin feels compared to before.
  • Improved confidence –Having clearer, brighter and healthier looking skin can help put a real spring in your step. People love the extra confidence a facial gives them. Whether you’re just feeling like you’re stuck in a rut or need a boost for something such as a job interview, a facial treatment could provide the answer.

Your skin is always on display and often has the power to dictate how good we feel about ourselves. Investing in your skin has more value than buying a new dress or going out to a fancy restaurant.

 

Hope to see you soon for a great massage and facial 🙂

For the latest specials  https://shineskinandbody.com.au/specials/

The Diary of a Hermit: Adult Acne

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 As I write this it’s 7am and I already know I’m going to have a bad day.

Aside from checking my phone for notifications, and slamming the snooze button, the first part of my morning routine is looking in the mirror – one that I keep right by the bed or even under my pillow. This one look will be influential enough to encourage or hinder my getting out of bed and facing the day.

This morning I’m greeted with large swollen lumps on my cheek, pustules dotted across my jawline, and a painful third eye bulging out from my uni-brow – after surveying today’s canvas I slumped back into the pillow.

I’m nearing the end of my twenties, this was meant to end a decade ago!

The physical and mental scarring began when I was twelve, a horrendously insecure age for anyone, but also the year some little oik publicly used my spots as a reason not to go out with me on a first generation social media site. But however distressed I got, I was always comforted by the fact, or myth, that as soon I turned twenty, and my teen years were behind me, that my skin would be clear like the actresses in the glossy fashion magazines and my enviably zit-less friends.

Thanks in part to my body’s intolerance to all foods I choose to consume, my face is always etched with some visual evidence of my allergies. On particularly angry days I want to stay inside – out of sight of all humans and their possible judgements. I make sure the curtains are drawn, as if I’m in the full glare of daylight (reality) I tend to repeatedly mentally ridicule my face in all reflective surfaces.

Unfortunately, a dodgy skin day is not a legitimate excuse to abandon work duties, despite its capability to drastically affect performance. I regularly curse the career path that’s landed me as a video-blogger. As a female interviewer, particularly one that talks to a lot of male musicians, I suppose I’m exposed to more criticism than if I had a more ‘normal’ job. Every time I post a new interview I fear/expect a scathing or cruel response from the notoriously uninhibited YouTube comment makers. I feel for celebrities and the level of scrutiny their looks and skin are under. I’ve always thought ‘The Circle of Truth’ type articles highlighting their supposed flaws (Cameran Diaz’ acne problem for example) were a grossly unfair part of their chosen career. On a positive note though, I found it hugely comforting that these renowned beauties weren’t perfect – they too suffered with this unsexy problem.

As well as affecting my confidence when interviewing – less eye contact, bad posture, barely looking at the camera – acne has affected other areas of my life…

My hair has always been long – apart from a failed attempt at the Meg Ryan choppy bob (City of Angels era) which turned my barnet into some sort of mushroom. Yes, it’s feminine and versatile, but the main reason behind my hairstyle is its usefulness as a natural veil. On really bad days it’s draped lankly over my face like one of those crystal beaded curtains found in launderettes. Beanie hats are also a vital apparatus used to help disguise the outbreaks on my cheeks, helpfully clamping my hair over my the problem areas – wholly necessary for blustery days. If only Balaclavas were on trend this A/W!

But acne doesn’t just affect those inflicted. Over the years my poor boyfriends have had the impossible task of minimising my anguish, when sunscreen has turned my face into something resembling lasagne for example. They’ve also had to put up with me ducking under the duvet to hide my blotchy, make-up free face every morning. Making excuses not to attend social events because I don’t want to be photographed next to the beautiful people blessed with minute pores is also common place. The prospect of having to abandon my skincare regime and reveal my bare face to others at festivals or sleepovers has always caused extreme anxiety too. It really is endless..

Of course there are many parts of me that I’d like to change, but most can be enhanced/minimised with the use of clever dressing, working the right angles…or exercising (never going to happen). Make-up can cover up redness and scar discolouration pretty well, but it can’t hide undulation or valleys, and you can’t predict when those pesky white heads will show up!

Hopefully one day I’ll won’t feel the need to sharply change route if I see someone I know on the horizon, or keep moving my face frantically when conversing to give the illusion of pixelation or airbrushing…..In the meantime, just a few things. When you say how you prefer natural girls please remember that some of us would love to go bare faced, we just can’t. When a professional explains that men naturally want to mate with women who have good skin…that really hurts. And If you tell us it doesn’t look that bad, we won’t believe you.

It’s not JUST spots… to us it’s a nightmare.

Doctors: Please, No More Antibiotics for Acne

Adult acne is a crippling condition, and one that, as Brits particularly, we often fail to address directly.

One in five 25 – 40 year old women will suffer from bad skin at some point in their lives, but common misconception suggests that acne – painful pustles and pus-filled mounds that appear on the face, chest, shoulders and upper back – is somehow the fault of the sufferer. We suspect uncleanliness or dirt is the cause, making the condition isolating and upsetting. And so, when medical professionals subscribe pills and not much else, it’s accepted as common wisdom that this must be the correct answer.

But a new proposal on a popular web resource for physicians and other health professionals has called for the discontinuation of antibiotics to treat acne and, although controversial, is exactly right.

It’s also great news for encouraging an overall general conversation about adult acne.

Muneeza Muhammad, B.A., and Ted Rosen, M.D. have proposed via Medscape.com that dermatologists should severely curtail or outright discontinue the routine and regular use of antibiotics for the skin condition.

The call to arms centers around the argument that the prevalence and worsening of P. acne resistance – the bacteria that causes acne – worldwide means doctors must think more carefully about their prescribing habits.

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a global problem, and a cause for serious concern. The emergence of “superbugs” which are resistant to most antibiotics and therefore difficult to treat is a major threat to health. In many areas of the world more than 50% of acne bacteria are resistant to the antibiotics used to treat acne, with rates continuing to rise.

Doctors normally recommend a four- to six-month course of antibiotic treatment, but once spots have cleared, acne commonly flares up again when treatment has stopped. Because of resistance fears, advice is commonly to switch to a topical cream such as benzoyl peroxide- which come with their own side effects, such as dry and tense skin, redness and peeling, or burning, itching and stinging.

It’s all confusing and upsetting news for acne sufferers, who typically don’t find a sympathetic audience to their blemish plight. Doctors seem unemotional and pill-happy, dermatologists pricey and directorial, and magazine articles that focus on less spot worry, more body confidence are obviously written by journalists who don’t know the true pain bad skin can cause.

So what’s the answer for treating adult acne?

Laura Jane Williams, author of  ACNE: a comprehensive guide to identifying, treating and generally showing spots who the boss is wrote in an online column, “why is it we can talk about in-growing pubic hairs, fanny farts, thrush and scaly dandruff, but acne is off limits?

“The thing I wanted most during my six-month pizza-face ordeal was, aside from a solution, an honest conversation about it. But I was far too embarrassed.”

The internet has done much to encourage (albeit anonymous) conversation about acne. One such example, The Lustre Clinic, acts as a social forum for suffers to discuss their problems and get confidence boosting advice from health and beauty professionals. Lustre promote the use of blue light therapy as a clinically-proven and effective solution to acne, with none of the risks associated with antibiotics or topical creams.

Scientists have found that visible blue light is one of the best solutions for acne management, and much safer to health than the alternatives. Photodynamic light therapy uses visible blue light at a wavelength of 415nm and so blasts the bacteria that cause acne without causing any harm to the skin. Spot-causing bacteria produces porphyrin, which under blue light becomes excited and destroys the p. acnes, ultimately leaving users with reduced symptoms.

There’s little general awareness of the use of light to effectively treat inflammatory acne. Traditionally, too, there has been limited accessibility to it. However, companies like Lustre are championing discreet, community-led solutions that could revolutionise acne skincare in an at-home setting.

Blue light has been used by leading dermatologists for years. Trials suggest that blue light therapy devices users can expect a 60% improvement in inflammatory acne.

In my own clinic we offer blue and red light therapy to effectively treat inflammatory acne, and suggest that any blue light therapy can be complimented with skin peels and microdermabrasion- with impressive results.

All accumulating evidence suggests with growing urgency that traditional response to acne management is no longer working. Dermatologists and doctors must be encouraged to experiment with totally safe antibiotic alternatives, and blue light therapy

At Shine we offer LED light therapy. Call us today to talk about how we can help.

could be just the trick.

One of my clients Julia has written a great article about our facials. Her is the link so you can read all about it yourself. it will really let you know what they are all about. Here are her before and after pictures

julia before  julia after

http://bellabox.com.au/beautyguide/How-Extraction-Facials-Have-Fixed-My-Pimple-And-Blackhead-Prone-Skin?

Rejuvenate- Near Infra-Red light

Your skin has the ability to absorb infrared light and use it as a source of energy to stimulate cellular regeneration. Near Infra Red works by activating the body’s own natural rejuvenation processes to counteract the signs of aging by activating local cellular metabolism, improving moisture retention, promoting circulation and stimulating the skin’s fibroblasts which leads to a natural increase in collagen and elastin production which can improve skin tone and texture, help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce redness and inflammation and promotes brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

This treatment targets the building blocks of the skin, the result continues to improve over the following weeks and months.

Biologists have found that cells exposed to near infrared from LEDs, which is energy just outside the visible range grow 150-200 percent faster than cells not stimulated by such light. The light rays increase energy inside cells that speed up the healing process.

 

 

The use of LED therapy in the treatment of aged skin.

BACKGROUND:

LED therapy is an increasingly popular  treatment of sun damage. Combination use of light wavelengths reported to stimulate collagen and accelerate fibroblast-myofibroblast transformation may display a rejuvenative effect.

OBJECTIVE:

To clinically assess reduction in sun damage signs following a 5-week course of LED therapy and to assess subject’s perception of the treatment.

METHODS:

Thirteen subjects with wrinkles or fine lines received nine 20-min duration light treatments. The treatments combined wavelengths of 633 and 830 nm. Sun-damage reduction was assessed at 6, 9, and 12 weeks by clinical photography and patient satisfaction scores.

RESULTS:

At 12-week follow-up, 91% of subjects reported improved skin tone, and 82% reported enhanced smoothness of skin in the treatment area. 

Banish Bacteria. Eliminate infection.

Acne is one of the commonest skin conditions. Under normal circumstances, P. acnes lives happily in the pores of the skin, along with hair follicles and oil glands that produce oil to keep the skin from drying out. Acne erupts when the oil glands produce too much oil, clogging the pore. Then bacteria build up, and the immune system decides to react against them, launching an attack that leads to inflammation and production of a pimple.

Acne often improves after exposure to sunlight or artificially produced solar radiation. Blue light gets to the core of what causes acne eruptions-P. acnes. This is the bacteria responsible for causing acne inflammation. P.acnes pumps out tiny molecules called porphyrins. When those porphyrin are exposed to certain wavelengths of light, they produce free radicals that kill the bacteria. Without P. acnes around to cause inflammation, acne clears up. (American Academy of dermatology 2002)

 

Phototherapy with blue (415 nm) and red (660 nm) light in the treatment of acne.

P.PAPAGEORGIOU, A.KATSAMBAS* AND A.CHU

Unit of Dermatology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, U.K. DuCane Road, London W12 0NN,

Accepted for publication 7 December 1999

In this study we have evaluated the use of blue light (peak at 415 nm) and a mixed blue and red light (peaks at 415 and 660 nm) in the treatment of acne vulgaris. One hundred and seven patients with mild to moderate acne were randomized into four treatment groups: blue light, mixed blue and red light, cool white light and 5% benzoyl peroxide cream. Assessments were performed every 4 weeks. After 12 weeks of active treatment a mean improvement of 76%  in inflammatory lesions was achieved by the combined blue±red light phototherapy; this was significantly superior to that achieved by blue light (at weeks 4 and 8), benzoyl peroxide (at weeks 8 and 12) or white light (at each assessment).

The final mean improvement in blackheads by using blue±red light was 58%,We have found that phototherapy again better than that achieved by the other active treatments used. With mixed blue±red light, by combining antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, is an effective means of treating acne of mild to moderate severity, with no significant short-term adverse effects.

 

Do you have a mirror ready?? You will need one…..

I get asked a lot about what may be causing breakouts/irritations in peoples skin. There are many reasons for them, and finding out the reason is the best way to help start clearing them up. A tried and tested method is Chinese Diagnosis. Now this doesn’t apply to anyone- random other causes may be at fault, but it gives us a starting base. Below are the general explanations

Area 1 and 3 – Can be caused a lot by stress, but can also be bladder and gall bladder. When you have problems around the hairline though this could also come down to your hair products, or not cleansing throughly around your hairline

Area 2 – Is your liver. This can also be the case for your temples as well. Your liver is responsible for metabolism, hormone production, removes toxins and processes nutrients.   Medication, poor diet, alcohol all effect this area. Buit can also be caused by waxing. 

Area 6 and 8 – Under your eyes is Kidneys. This organ is responsible for the maintenance of acid  base balance, hormone production, removing water based waste, and regulating blood pressure. 

Area 5 and 9 – Lungs (closer to nose) and stomach(further out) Stomach could be food intolerences or digestion. Cheekbones- pancreas. this is the organ of the digestive system and of the hormone system. Also insulin. So diabetics may have a problem in this area. Is also effected by cigarette smoke.

Area 7 – Side of nose and nostril- lungs as well. the tip of nose- heart. The bridge- spine.

Area 10 – Kidneys as well. This organ is responsible for the maintenance of acid  base balance, hormone production, removing water based waste, and regulating blood pressure. 

Area 11, 12 and 13– Hormones. This is where they go crazy. If it is on your chin it means ovaries, when there are 2 lines of breakouts/congestion/discolouration from corners of mouth down in straight lines the only cause is your ovaries.  If you have deep creases from nose to mouth this can show disturbances in stomach and large intestines. If they don’t run past the corner of your mouth it indicates stomach strains.

For a bit of fun-

Vertical wrinkles  above the lip  means tension and strains in sexual terms

Horizontal lines indication a sexual weakness in men, or menstrual difficulties in women

 

This isn’t an exact science. It just gives us somewhere to start looking for the cause. If you suffer from Acne come in and see me for an extraction facial, i would love to help you clear it up.

Winter is here and that means our skin is getting a little drier thanks to heaters and going from hot rooms to cold outside all the time.

Need a quick and powerful fix? A sleeping mask.

The ultimate in lazy skin care: masks that work overnight while you get you sleep.

Whilst asleep, your skin is at its peak in terms of renewal and restoration, so it makes sense to have a highly penetrating mask on while you sleep. Your complexion works overtime at night to repair itself by increasing cell turnover and soaking in any nurtients you out on: the perfect time to slather on a mask. Gone are the days of putting on a mask and waiting 15mins for it to work, now just cleanse, put it on, go to bed and wake up with amazing glowing skin skin. Don’t worry; your pillow won’t be covered in product. Overnight masks just feel like a slightly thicker moisturizer.

They help with dehydration, dryness, fine lines, and dullness. Get one now to look amazing all winter long.

At the salon we have 2.

Hydrating mask- a water based mask that won’t add oil to your skin, so great for people that need just some hydration, help with those fine lines, but not too heavy that it will cause breakouts. $62.50

Nutri mask- A heavier mask for those that need more serious help. It will soak straight in and you won’t believe how your skin will look the next morning. $64.50

Come in and have a chat about how they can best work for you.

I have posted a video for you all to watch. I still have people ask me about buying products on the internet and whether i will price match. I always so no.

Not one product range out there supplies their products to these websites. They are ALL stolen or counterfit. You could have something past it’s use by date or with seriously dangerous ingredients added to them.

When buying from a beauty therapist you get the real deal everytime, if a problem occurs you can return it and i will also help calm down your skin. You are also sure of getting the correct prescribed product for your skin instead of wasting money on what you think sounds good.

You also support local business’s which is what we all need to be doing more- otherwise you won’t have a beauty therapist to go have treatments at.

  1. Sunscreenalways no 1. Wear sunscreen. No excuses. Doesn’t matter if it is cloudy, you live close to work, you hardly go into the sun, Sun damage developes in little bits over time. It doesn’t happen just from one bad exposure. This is the no 1 anti-ageing product you will ever buy.
  2. Double cleansingThe 1st step is always the most important. If your skin is cleansed properly the rest of your products will not penetrate through the oils, make-up and sunscreen left on your skin. It will also cause breakouts. The 1st cleanse will remove all the products and excess oil, the 2nd to cleanse the skin.
  3. No smoking– Smoking has been shown to make acne worse and speed up the ageing process since it diminishes the delivery of oxygen to the skin and robs it of nutrients.
  4. Good oils- Omega 3’s are the best thing that can happen for skin. Nuts, fish, avocado all boost hydration in the skin and gives it a wonderful glow. I see it like feeding the skin. Drinking water will help hydrate to a degree, but omega’s will feed the skin.
  5. Neck and dec Everyone forgets about this area until they are in there 40’s and 50’s and then freak out. This area the skin is a lot finer, has to fight gravity more and is always forgotten. The easy remedy is to bring all your products down. (but massage up)
  6. Eyes as above- once it has started ageing it is harder to fix. Best to get onto this before you get the lines and you will have beautiful eyes well into your older years. That is why eye creams are made especially for this area to be stronger and lighter as this area is thinner and more fragile than any other area. It is also the most effected by expression lines.
  7. Exfoliation- This is a step a lot of people either miss, over do or under do.  Depending on your skin type you should use a light-med grain 2 times a week. For acne- 3 times or use an aha exfoliant. If you start you will notice an immediate difference to the radiance and smoothness of your skin
  8. Glow There are a few ways to do this with make-up. Add a small amount of shimmer to your foundation to give you a dewy glow. Don’t use powder- it mattifies your skin giving you a dull finish. Or use a light shimmer on top of your cheekbones.

In my extraction facials I do a treatment called high frequency, for those that haven’t heard of it, it is AMAZING for acne. It aids healing quicker after extractions, it reduces the chances of future breakouts and for those stubbon big sebaceous acne that you can’t get out-this will get rid of it.

Having previously suffered from acne for years, I credit this machine with keeping my breakouts in check and for not having scaring now.

I will let you know a little about how it works.

 

High-frequency treatment uses low-current, high frequency alternating currents, delivered via a glass electrode. It is used by beauty therapists to help treat and prevent stubborn acne and rejuvenate the condition of the skin. Considered a timeless and essential skin rejuvenating treatment in the skin care industry, high frequency is known to

  • ·          stimulate cell renewal
  • ·          assists with improved skin care product absorption
  • ·          helps clear up skin conditions such as acne and hormonal breakouts.
  • ·          calms down acne faster
  • ·          prevents bacteria from spreading
  • ·          used to aid healing

I use a glass mushroom electrode filled with neon or argon gas. As the High frequency current is passed down the electrode an oxygen pocket is created between the electrode and the skin causing the oxygen to become unstable and turn into ozone. This helps dry out spots and has an antibacterial effect.

I also do sparking, which is where the electrode is used to quickly and painlessly zap any pimples, I tap the spot 4-6 times. This helps heal the skin at a faster rate by drying out the pimple.

The great thing though is- it doesn’t hurt! At last something to clear skin that is painless. I normally do it while a mask is on your skin or over moisturiser. I also offer follow-up high frequency after a facial.

You will feel tingling and some warmth. When I spark sometimes you feel a bit more- but it also feels like you are killing the bacteria and killing the pimple for good.

I will always look at your skin to see whether you need it, not everyone does. There are contra-indications- heart problems, pacemaker, metal implants, pregnancy or trying to become pregnant, epilepsy.

 

Look forward to seeing you for a facial soon. 🙂

Take 10 years off your skin with Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke (free radicals) reduce the amount of vitamin C produced in our skin, this contributes to signs of aging. (loss of tone and elasticity and wrinkles)

The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C. One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Why use it…

  • Needed to produce collagen (firm, tone and wrinkles)

  • Needed to protect your skin from free radical damage. Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant.

  • Protects skin structure from UV-related damage

  • Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin

  • Prevent premature ageing.

  • Hydration by increasing hyaluronic acid

There are problems though…… 
 It’s not very stable in skincare products. All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. If a product containing antioxidants does not come in opaque packaging that reduces air exposure, don’t buy it!
You need high concentrations of it to even have a chance to work by actually penetrating your skin.

Vitamin C is one of those products you get what you pay for. You want at least 5-10% activity,(more if possible) you want it encapsulated so that the vitamin C doesn’t diminish and lose its’ potency, You also want Vit E to be in the product as well as this enables the vitamin c to help enter the skin.

Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best.

In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.

Aspect has a Vit C serum. It includes Vit E, is incapsultated, is at 20% efficiency, comes in opaque packaging and air tight. It is $115 for 30ml and lasts about 6-7 months if used once a day.

For more information just call me on 0431 430 490

Vitamin B- For healthy glowing skin

Vitamin B (Niacinamide)

This is an ingredient getting a lot of notice lately so I thought I would do a little investigation for you all.

Benefits-

  • It is all about healthy glowing skin.
  • Think Beroca (this is also vit B) it is all about giving the skin a boost, increasing engery, giving it a kick start.
  • Turbo charging the skin
  • Strengthens the skin against irritations- great for sensitive
  •  Balances water and oil levels

Sources-

Aspect skin care has a Vitamin B serum. This is applied once or twice a day under your moisturiser. This is a great method for delivering Vitamin B as it is delivered exactly to where you need it as quickly as possible.

Another source is food some of the best (fish, poultry, red meat, nuts and whole grains.) These are great to add to your diet, but work slower and it delivered to your entire body, whilst a serum will be only focused on giving you glowing healthy skin immediately.

For acne-

Acne is a skin condition characterized by excess oil production and irregular shedding of dead skin cells. It has been shown to reduce the oil production in the skin therefore reducing acne breakouts.

Anti-oxidants-

Anti—oxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are negative factors that attack and damage our skin (smoking/sun/sugar/alcohol) Vit B will find the damaged cells and help to repair them.

Skin conditions- seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.

Vit B has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it effective for treating these conditions. It helps strengthen the skin, building up barriers to help your skin fight any infections and irritations.

Hydration-

It has also become popular additions to skin-care products because of their ability to assist in retaining moisture levels.

For those who like a bit more information-

Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3. It is found in all cells- it plays an important role in cellular energy production. The body can only make small quantities of this vitamin, so it must come from other sources.

Vit B helps increase blood flow which leads to glowing healthy skin.  With the formation of red blood cells, our cell turnover speeds up, all this combined leads to healthy skin, all this combined leads to healthy skin.

Aspects Vitamin B serum is 30ml for $115. A bottle will last about 6-7 months used once a day.

The warm weather is surely around the corner, so some tips to have your spray tan perfect.

I offer the 2 types of tuscan tan. The 8hr tan is more of a caramel colour.  The 90min tan is more chocolate.

If you have had an 8hr tuscan tan before the 90min colour is different.

I would recommend the 90min tan if you hate the feeling of tan and want to wash it off as quickly as possible, you hate sleeping in it, you want a dark tan, or it is last minute and you need to go out. Otherwise i would recommend the 8hr tan.

A tan will last about 7 days. It depends on how dark you go, how many showers you have, if you will be swimming.

The perfect time to get a tan is 1-2 days before your event. If you are going on holidays-the day before you go. If these time frames don’t work for you due to other commitments, you can have it done earlier, but we will just do it a little darker to last a bit longer.

Before your tan.

1.      Any hair removal treatments such as shaving or waxing should be performed the day before the appointment if possible.

2.      It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin with Tuscan Tan Exfoliating Sugar Scrub. Be careful of other brand exfoliants as they may contain oils or other ingredients which may adversely affect the end tanning results.

3.      After showering do not apply any products to your skin such as moisturiser, deodorant, perfume or make-up.

4.      Bring with you to your appointment dark loose clothing together with thongs to wear afterwards.

Aftercare advice for 8 hr tan.

1.      It is recommended that you do not shower, swim, do any physical activity that may cause perspiration, or apply products to your skin during the 8 hour development time.
Note: Tuscan Tan original™ spray on tan will not over develop if left on the skin longer than the 8 hour development time. You may leave it on longer or overnight if preferred.

2.      Once your tan has developed you may shower, however it is recommended that you use Tuscan Tan™ pH Balanced Skin Wash to cleanse your skin. Using other body wash products, soap or exfoliants may strip the tan.

3.      After showering, pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rub so as not to prematurely fade the tan.

4.      Once dry, it is recommended that you apply moisturiser. The Tuscan tan extender will help extend its longevity.

 

Aftercare Advice for 90min tan. 

Day 1:

1.      It is recommended that you do not shower, swim, or do any physical activity that may cause perspiration, or apply products to their skin during the 90 minute development time.

2.      After the 90 minute development time you may shower, however it is most important that this first shower is QUICK – just a quick rinse for no more than 30 seconds. (no washing of hair etc.). Also it is recommended that you do not to use body wash, soaps or exfoliation scrubs during this first shower.

NOTE: It is normal for some residual bronzer to rinse off during this first shower leaving a lighter tan than when first applied, however the colour will continue to develop over the next few hours.

3.      After showering, it is best to dry naturally, if you need to dry quicker-pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rub so as not to prematurely fade the tan.

4.      Do not apply any moisturiser or body products until after 8hrs.

5.       If you shower at the 90min mark your tan will end up light, the longer you leave it, the darker it will go.

I will start off with the most important thing with sunscreen. All the statistic’s that follow will not be true if you don’t use the right amount of sunscreen. The correct amounts are for the average-sized adult:

  • apply more than half a teaspoon of sunscreen (about 3 ml) to Face/neck (including ears) and to each arm
  • Just over one teaspoon (6 ml) to each leg, the front of the body and the back of the body.

That is, approximately 35 ml of sunscreen for one full body application. This is a lot so i recommend buy an excellent quality for face and neck that won’t clog your skin and a slightly cheaper one for the rest of your body.

 

Sunscreen protects against ultraviolet radiation. This is broken into three types of wavelengths:

  • UV-A: (Ageing) This is the longest wavelength and penetrates both the ozone layer and glass as well as penetrating deeper into the skin than UV-B. It causes cancer, premature ageing, age spots and wrinkling
  • UV-B: (Burning) Responsible for tanning and sunburns. It is partially blocked by the ozone layer cannot travel as easily through glass.
  • UV-C: This is totally absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere; we encounter it only from artificial radiation sources- i.e tanning beds.

 

There are 2 types of sunscreens- physical and chemical. Both have their pro’s and con’s.

Chemical– absorb uv and stop it from reaching your skin. Chemical filters offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays than physical sunscreens. It is colourless, odorless, has a runny texture, and doesn’t clog the skin. They can be more irritating to skin if you are highly sensitive, it can make your eyes sting and water. It is normally chemical sunscreens if it doubles as another product ie- makeup primer, moisturiser, foundation.

Physical-The main ingredients are both or either- zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They reflect and scatter UV. They are better for sensitive skin but Titanium dioxide can be problematic for some people. (it can clog the skin and cause breakouts and blackheads) Titanium dioxide protects against UVB rays, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays. Zinc oxide protects against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays. It can be thick and opaque, and may be hard to apply, leaving a white cast to the skin. It rubs off more easily and must be frequently reapplied.

A couple of little tips.

  • No sunscreen provides full protection so never rely on sunscreen alone for sun protection. Combine sunscreen with sun-protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat that protects the face, head, neck and ears, shade and sunglasses.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and again every two hours (whether or not the label tells you to do this).
  • Use a generous amount of sunscreen.
  • The weather makes little difference. Overcast conditions block as little as 20% of radiation. So you should apply sunscreen every day
  • You can get sun damage by just driving to work- so even if you are in an office all day remember UVA (responsible for age spots, premature ageing and cancer) can travel through glass. (see picture of man who was a truck driver for 25years, you can see the side where the sun penetrated through the window)
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Many people think that using moisturizer or foundation with SPF is enough protection from the sun. However, this is incorrect. SPF included in these products is usually not very stable and does not provide adequate protection on its own. You also wouldn’t use enough -1/2 teaspoon and because that is mixed in a base with primer/moist/found you would need even more to get sufficient sun protection. Therefore, it’s best to use a moisturizer without SPF and a separate sunscreen afterwards. Saying that- for people who just won’t use a seperate sunscreen- having it in another product is better than not having it at all.

At Shine we sell a mixture of all the above

Aspect sunblock – physical sunblock 

Payot spf 50- chemical sunblock 

Kryolan primer- spf 20

Payot bb light- moisturiser/tint/spf 15.

I have had a lot of phone calls lately asking for a facial with extractions. It seems to be a really missing element out there with so many therapists not doing them.

Extractions are the part of the facial where your beauty therapist removes blackheads, whiteheads, milia and pimples. Extractions take place after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated and steamed, which helps soften uthe pore where the blackheads are.

Different types of congestion:

Blackheads- harden oil in the pore. Being exposed to oxygen turns it black.
Whiteheads- the same as blackheads except there is a thin layer of skin on top. As it is not exposed to oxygen it stays white.
Milia- Hardened lumps under the surface. look like little balls can be pearly in appearance. Normally found around eyes.
Pimples- have a head on them and infection/bacteria inside pore.
Sebacteous acne- like a pimple but with no head. The infection is beside the pore therefore can not be extracted, but we can help kill the bacteria still.

I do extractions in most of my facials if you need/want them. I will offer them if I think you need them or can do on request.

I have a facial which concentrates solely on extractions, or I also offer it in my other facials if you just have a few you want to get out but also have other concerns such as hydration or ageing you wish to address as well. (They range from $95-$120 in price)

If you have acne or a lot of congestion (little bumps) under the skin I recommend a AHA/BHA peel. The peel will give you a fantastic exfoliation and really loosen up all the dead skin on the top layers allowing the blackheads to come out more easily.

A lot of people ask if I do microdermabrasion- I don’t. I have used it in the past but believe that peels work much better. Micro will take off the top layer of your skin, but not penetrate into the pores to clean deeper/remove oil/work deeper. Peels being a gel penetrate through the top layers breaking down the bonds that hold the top layers together giving you a more through result. BHA’s (salyclic) are oil loving so if you have oil they will go searching for it and eat it all up hence reducing future breakouts.

AHA peels have no downtime. BHA peels can sometimes involve some peeling. But as I said before extractions can be done very successfully in a normal facial as well. You just get added benefits with a peel.

And last but not least is High Frequency. This is a glass electrode that buzzers. It uses ozone to kill bacteria in the skin, speed up the healing process and is fantastic for reducing post extraction breakouts. A must after an extraction facial.

I will do a few more posts on this as it seems to be a concern to a lot of people so stay tuned.

We all wear make-up and wish we knew how to do it properly, but have never been taught how to do it. Well below are some tips that will help you get started…..

make up trick 1

Good Skin= Good make-up. I think about it this way, if your skin looks good, any makeup will look great,

When applying concealer to pimples and other imperfections it is recommended that you use a brush – not your fingers! The tapered bristles can get into the crevices of a blemish better than your fingers can.The best thing a girl can do is to hydrate the skin and put on a primer.

The placement of highlights for the eyes  is very important when trying to create naturally beautiful eye makeup. Your lighter colours should be applied in the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colours first. (see picture)

To keep your undereye liner in place, sweep loose or pressed powder right under the eye liner on your bottom lid. It creates somewhat of a barrier, preventing your eyeliner from traveling downward.

This quick and easy illusion will give you an instant eye lift. Draw an arch directly above your eyebrow with your favourite highlighter, and blend with your finger. This makes your arch look raised, making the whole eye area look like it’s been lifted. (see picture)make-up trick 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blush, blush, blush! It wakes up the skin and perks you up.

Cosmetic Brushes-If you don’t have the right application tools, even the most expensive products won’t go on properly

What’s the trick to applying blusher? Always allow about two fingers from your nose to where the blush starts.

It’s best not to use a similarly coloured lip-liner when wearing a bright shade of lipstick. Instead, line your lips with a shade slightly darker than your own lip colour.

You can attract light to your lips and make them look fuller simply by applying a shimmery gloss to the centre of your top and bottom lip.

Suffering from bloodshot eyes? White eyeliner or shadow in the corners of your eyes will counteract the redness and awaken your eyes again.

 

Jean Paul Gaultier

Exfoliating is a step missing in a lot of peoples skin care routine. People can’t be bothered, they forget or don’t have the time.

But with so many different types of exfoliants out there now, it is easier than ever…… you just need to pick the right one for you.

Light everyday scrub –balanced/normal skin(Payot scrub)

also referred to as microscrubs. They are very light and suited to a balanced skin that needs a boost, they give more of a top layer polish then a deep exfoliation.

Scrub-thicker/tougher skin (Aspect Cellabation)

Never go rough. It shouldn’t hurt or turn you really red. If it does stop! and throw it out you will do more damage. Scrubs are great for people short on time and want something quick to do in the shower.

AHA’s- congested/acne/normal (Aspect Exfol)

Alpha Hydroxy acid. The most through exfoliation you can use. Dissolves the build up of skin, loosens the top layer of skin and antibacterial. Normally comes in a gel you put on at night under your moisturiser and leave on. How easy is that! Beaware- not for sensitive skin.

Gommage –anyone-especially sensitive-but not acne (Aspect fruit enzyme mask)

These are creams/gels that you apply and allow to dry. once dry you rub off. Great for sensitive skin or skin with capillary damage as it is very gentle.Not ideal for acne as you can’t use over a pimple. You might pop them and spread bacteria.

Exfoliating is the step that can change your skin around.

-oily-it helps balance the oil flow

-dry- Takes off the rough outer layer allowing your products to penetrate

-acne- allow your skin to breathe and some are antibacterial.

So if you haven’t already add an exfoliant  to your routine now.

According to clinical dermatologists, retinol (or vitamin A) is one of the few ingredients with a demonstrated
ability to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It is able to alter the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner.

Why does skin respond so well?

Retinol absorbs quickly into the skin from surface application. It has a molecular structure that’s tiny enough to get into the lower layers of skin, where it finds collagen and elastin. Retinol is proven to improve  fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin’s hydration levels.

Why use it? 

  • Reduce the symptoms of rosacea and wound healing
  • exfoliates – making skin smooth and even toned
  • repairs the cellular structure of the skin – optimising your UV protection
  • decreases oil production and treats acne brilliantly
  • promotes a healthy skin
  • improves hydration
  •  strengthens the skin

At Shine we have retinol in our Retinol Brulee serum $115. This lasts for about 6mths, 1 pump a night under your moisturiser.  With all Retinols you need to ease you way onto it as it is quite active. We recommend once every 3 nights for 1-2 weeks then every night. For a more sensitive skin it would be less.

We also offer retinol peels for people wanting more results. They are much more intensive and offer quicker and better results. You have 6 peels in total for best results-1 every 3-4 weeks and need to be on retinol brulee for 2 weeks prior. You would not believe your skin at the end of the series.

 

Exfoliation is the best product to change your skin around. It will give you skin glow, giving you a radiant, healthy skin.

Oily-it helps balance the oil flow,

Dry- takes off the rough outer layer making it softer and allowing moisturisers to penetrate,

Acne-allow the skin to breathe. Some can be anti-bacterial.

Exfoliaiton is a step missing in a lot of peoples skin care routine. You can’t be bothered, forget or don’t have the time.

With so many different types of exfoliants out there at the moment, it is now easier than ever… You just need to pick the right one for you.

 

Light everyday scrub-   

(for a balanced normal skin type) Also referred to as microexfoliants. They are very light and suited to quite a balanced skin that needs only a boost. They are more of a top layer polish than through exfoliation. If you have concerns or problems with your skin then these are not for you.  Ask about douceur scrub

Scrubs

(for all skin types except sensitive) Never go rough. It shouldn’t hurt or turn you red. Scrubs are great for people short on time and want something quick to do in the shower. Ask about Cellabation

AHA’s

(all skins but great for congestion and acne) The most through of all exfoliants. Disolves the build up of skin and loosens the top layers of skin. They are antibacterial so great for acne. Sometimes come in a gel that you just put on at night under your moisturiser- can’t get easier (just not for sensitive skin) Ask about Exfol 15

 Peels

(any skin type, great for sensitive, but not acne) hese are creams of gels that you apply allow to dry and then rub off. Great for sensitive or broken capalliary skin. Very gentle, but not great if you are losing tone in your skin as it can be hard to get off and feel like you are dragging your skin too much. Not great for acne because if you rub over pimple you can take the top off and spread bacteria. Ask about Fruit Enzyme Peel.

So if you haven’t already add an exfoliant to your routine to get a radiant glowing skin.

 

AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) is a natural exfoliating ingredient that is found in fruit and milk. This is the lightest form of a chemical peel. Peels dissolve intercellular glue within the skin, encouraging dead cells to shed and fresh skin to come to the surface, revealing fresher more vibrant skin. They retexture, smooth and brighten the skin. Rough or dry patches can be resurfaced, uneven pigmentation spots can be reduced and the look of fine lines and wrinkles can be improved as cell turnover is increased and damaged skin cells are shed. There is no downtime and no redness afterwards.

In regards to acne we can use AHA or BHA peels. BHA peels have the ability to get deeper into the pore than AHA as they are smaller molecules. BHA are oil loving peels so seek out oil helping to control oil, acne as well as remove dead skin cells to a certain extent better than AHAs, but they can be more irritating and the skin needs to be prepared before starting.

After this there are more intensive peels you can do. They can target pigmentation or acne or total resurfacing. You need to be careful; peels can get very powerful and have a lot of downtime associated with them. The cause quite a lot of trauma to the skin. These are for people with quite a serious problem and are prepared for the downtime associated with them (peeling, redness, sensitivity) Before starting strong peels you skin should be prepped with lighter peels first, sometimes lighter peels are all that is needed. it is best to get a recommendation off someone if you are going to do a strong peel.

At Shine Skin and Body we work with Aspect peels ranging from 20-40% there is no downtime afterwards but they show great results when done in a series.

From your 60’s on is a great time for your skin because your hormones have finished fluctuating and your skin is becoming more stable. Loss of tone is the main problem– it comes with the territory, but a combination of good skincare and regular facials can help it still look beautiful, radiant and youthful.

Most skin-rejuvenation strategies will work, but only at a slower pace and to a lesser degree. It doesn’t mean don’t do them, it is never too late to slow down the ageing process.

In our sixties we have loose, sagging skin somewhere. Skin cells have 30 per cent less natural moisture now than when you were younger, so skin’s noticeably drier, thinner, tighter and flakier.

Inconsistent sun protection means age spots are showing up. AHA’s and Vitamin C that you may have started earlier are still the way to go, if you haven’t started them already-get on board.

Treat your skin gently. Our skin becomes more fragile as we age, and it is more easily damaged. If you haven’t had a good skincare regime up till now, start off gently and introduce new products or treatments slowly. If you have been looking after you skin- keep up the good work and even change some things around a bit more.

Homecare- gentle is the word- a gentle milk cleanser, a light scrub or preferably one that contains aha’s, a tinted sunscreen in your moisturiser for day and a intensily hydrating moisturiser at night. In most case the thicker the better.

Treatments- if starting out just do a standard facial, let your therapist get used to your skin then you can go harder.

But hydration and toning are your key focus now.

In your fifties, the skin changes you noticed in your forties becomes more noticeable.

This is for a number of reasons: slower cell turnover, loss of skin elasticity, lack of collagen production, sun damage, or even a drop in estrogen which decreases oil production.

Menopause can cause a multitude of skin problems. The drop on estrogen can extreme dryness, acne, and rosacea.

Combating acne. A decline in estrogen during menopause can dramatically affect the skin. As testosterone increases and cell renewal slows down, acne can resurface. Avoid stripping your skin as you may have done in your teens, your skin is more fragile and dryer now, it will only cause more problems. Use a spot treatment to avoid damaging other parts of your skin.

Pigmentation- It’s never too late to prevent sun damage and to stop the progression of damage you may already have. AHA’s and Vitamin C are the 2 ingredients you need to look for. Preferably in a serum and night cream for them to be more active.

Don’t Forget Your Neck and décolleté Your skin isn’t the only thing that gives your age away. As there are fewer sebaceous glands to lubricate the skin on the neck, it is dryer quicker this leads to accelerated ageing which in turn leads to the onset of sagging skin and deep wrinkles. The best way to treat this area is with a neck serum- formulated to help more with loss of tone. Everyday all your products should come down onto your neck. But always rub on upwards.

Hands- always forgotten, but gives away a woman’s age. With whatever is left over after apply serums and creams to face wipe on the back of your hands.

Regular exfoliating- Is the best way to keep skin looking young. As we age our cell turnover slows for 28 days to as much as 40 days. This leaves the skin looking dull and dry. Exfoliation will speed up this process giving a wonderful glow to your skin.

Serums- To stimulate collagen(responsible for wrinkles and tone) try products with vitamin C (look for L-ascorbic acid on the label) and retinol. Serums are the most powerful of all your products, and by your 50’s you should most defiantly be on one or both. If not start now.

Moisturise- This is the most important step. It will plump up fine lines giving your skin a softness. Look for anti-oxidant, anti-ageing products. Every little bit helps.
Sunscreen
– At the top of any skincare regimen. Sun damage can break down collagen which causes premature aging signs like fine lines and wrinkles.

Make-up- Avoid powders and heavy eye makeup. It will settle into wrinkles and take on a mask-like appearance, making you look older. Instead, try a tinted moisturiser that will intensely hydrate the area whilst offering a radiant boost of colour. Diffusive rather than masking pigments will make skin look more radiant, Choose soft hues for the eyes like grey or brown liner.

Facials- Peels are fantastic. If you are concerned about pigmentation or dullness then a course of AHA peels would be best, if it is ageing- then retinol peels you can’t go past.

 

We have now added 3 different retinol peels to our menu so we can tailor make a program for you. Mention this blog to receive a free 30min massage with each retinol facial you book. (Vit A must be used proir to starting retinol facials)

Visit our anti-ageing facial page for more details

Call us to find out more 98191034

During our 40s, the body is undergoing a lot changes, and the skin is no exception. Hormone levels start to drop long before entering menopause. During peri-menopause, as estrogen levels fall the skin can go all over the place-dryness, sunspots, dull even acne.

DRY SKIN-many women first notice their skin is much drier than before. This is a common finding, can can be easily fixed, but if not addressed, can lead to premature fine wrinkling around the eyes, forehead and mouth. A good moisturiser for a drier skin type works well at plumping fine lines as well as hydrating the skin. You could try Payot’s Nutricia Crème. It’s main ingredient in Honey which helps put a watertight layer on the skin allowing moisturise to stay.

DULL SKIN: Skin cell turnover slows down with age, leading to a dull, lack-luster complexion. Using AHA’s can help remove some of the dead skin layer to reveal a healthy glow. This can be done in cleansers, lotions or serums. They will gently remove the dead skin cells to restore radiant skin. Aspect as a cosmecutical range has Exfol 15, which is a serum applied nightly to help exfoliate the skin, also for those time poor the Purastat cleanser makes using AHA’s easy. A course of AHA peels will speed up the process and get you going to healthy skin a lot quicker.

ADULT ACNE: “Why am I still getting acne when I now have wrinkles, too?” Unfortunately, acne around the mouth and jawline is quite common in our 40s and is normally due to fluctuating hormone levels. Topical spot treatment with salicylic acid such as PCA’s Spot Treat can be helpful to dry up the occasional zit. Again AHA peels are a great facial treatment will give you results. Exfoliation is also really important.

WRINKLES: These started in your 30’s, but now they get deeper. Genetics, sun damage, and skin-care routines all contribute to how fast or slow the skin ages. If you haven’t started on anti-ageing products already, by your 40’s you should well and truly be on them. It’s not too late, we will age more and more, so get in now before your lines get deeper. Retinol should be your No 1 ingredient. Aspect has Retinol Brulee. Retinol is the only ingredient that can turn back some signs of ageing. Boost its benefits by adding in an AHA twice a week. Because they stimulate cell renewal in different ways, you’ll get maximum improvement using both.

SKINCARE: So step up your efforts with stronger, multitasking treatments that combine several proven ingredients. Retinol, AHA’s and Vitamin C are all great products. You need active products to give you the best results possible. And don’t forget your sunscreen- you should be on it by now every day! 🙂

IN SALON Treatments at Shine Skin and Body.

A Course of AHA peels are the answer! Effective and gentle with no downtime or redness, rejuvenate dull, sluggish skin with a course of AHA peels. Get your skin glowing, improve skin cell turnover, decongest blocked pores, blackheads and acne, and smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The ultimate winter skin treat!

On special at the moment at these prices
Try one now for $60
3x 30min peels $190
6 x 30min peels $350
3 x 75min peels $265

Retinol Peels – Turn back time with the natural power of retinol – the only ingredient known to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin to reduce the signs of ageing, stimulate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, and leave your complexion plumped, refreshed and youthful.
6 x retinol peels $690.
Or buy a course of AHA peels and receive 6 retinol peels for $500.

The 30’s is when you start to realise that you are going to age. To slow down the process you need to rethink your skin routine. Your skin has moved on since your 20’s and you need to move your skincare up on to another level too. Lines start to appear and you may not have gotten rid of your acne yet! Your cell turnover slows down just a bit (but enough to need to exfoliate)

LINES:This is when you will start seeing the 1st signs of ageing. You’ll probably start noticing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. During the later part of the decade there may be an increase in the depth of the lines. The more sun exposure you have had the earlier you will see the signs. Eye cream is needed now more than ever. Payot’s Special Rides Relax for 1st signs of lines or Rides Relax Regard gives a botox like effect if lines are already appearing.

AGEING: Your skin becomes thinner and finer. There’s some loss of collagen, (which gives skin its strength) and elastin (the stretchy part of your skin) and cell turnover has begun to slow down, making your complexion look a little dull. Retinol helps lift all this back up or start a little gentler with Vitamin C.

SUN EXPOSURE: Unprotected Sun Exposure Will Cause Wrinkles It’s true! Safe sun exposure is your No 1 way to fend off time as long as possible. 90% of premature ageing is caused by UV rays. USE SUNSCREEN DAILY! and don’t forget to apply it to your hands, as they are the real age teller. Payot’s spf 50 is a must for face and neck.

SKINCARE:

The moisturiser you used throughout your 20s may not be rich enough for thirty-something skin, so think wrinkle prevention and upgrade to something more hydrating if you feel that your complexion isn’t getting the moisture it needs to stay looking healthy. Payot’s Special Rides Moisturiser for those 1st signs of ageing. If you are worried about a heavier feeling moisturiser a serum is a great light way to get in more hydration without the weight. Try Vitamin B from Aspect to give skin a kick start.

Exfoliation is as important as ever to rid the complexion of skin-dulling dead cells. You’ll see an immediate improvement. Payot’s Gommage Douceur is gentle whilst removing that top layer of skin, keeping your skin looking fresh.

There are 2 ingredients that help build collagen and elastin back up in your skin- Retinol and Vitamin C. One or both of these preferably in a serum should be in your regimen.

And sunscreen 🙂 always sunscreen.

THE SUN – Prevention, is absolutely the best medicine against skin ageing. And that means staying out of the sun. One of the biggest ways to keep your youthful skin as long as you possibly can is by steering clear of the tanning booth and sunbaking, and using sunscreen daily. UV rays cause 90% of premature ageing, so healthy sun habits now will be noticed when you’re in your 30’s and beyond.

SMOKING studies show that it hampers the body’s ability to make collagen and also leads to premature wrinkling. Combine a heavy cigarette habit with a lot of sun exposure and you’re more than 10 times more likely to develop wrinkles than people your same age who don’t smoke and who do stay out of the sun.

ANTI-AGEING PRODUCTS: If you’re in your 20’s, you don’t have to be concerned about anti-aging products yet. It just isn’t necessary. In your 20’s you are not yet at a point where a lifting or wrinkle cream is necessary. Simply use a gentle product line. An antioxidant moisturizer or serum is great. Luzern’s Force De Vie is lightweight and full of anti-oxidents, also Aspects Vitamin B. They help minimize the damage caused by sun exposure, smoking, heavy make-up and pollution.

ACNE: Your skin may be shifting from teenage acne to the adult variety, which means breakouts migrating to your chin and jawline or, for an unlucky few, occurring in both former (forehead, nose) and newer areas simultaneously. If you are seeing breakouts on your jaw and chin this is a sign of hormones, if they are on your forehead this can be seen as a sign of stress. It is important not to strip your skin with oily and acne products. These products will strip all the oil off your skin, but it is not oil causing the problems, it is bacteria and hormone levels. Spot treatments (aspects spot treat) to kill bacteria are great, but use acne products in moderation.

SKINCARE

You should be cleansing twice a day with a milk (dry skin) or foaming (oily skin) cleanser. stay away from wipes, they will dry out your skin. If you have acne exfoliation is an important part to allow the skin to breathe. this is to be done twice a week. (nothing too strong or you will cause redness and broken blood vessels- harder does not mean better) and a light moisturiser.

If you are suffering any of these problems, come and chat to me at Shine Skin and Body in Kew. Payot has a great range for people starting out.