Sheridan was recently interviewed by Amy Clarke on pregnancy and acne. Will you get it? Why did you get it? How to get rid of it and what you can do that is safe.

A lot of people self diagnose their skin as sensitive, but there are a few different types of sensitive skin.

  1. Reactive skin- goes red easily, flushes easily, has a pink undertone
  2. Sensitized skin- caused from misuse of incorrect products and environmental exposure
  3. Sensitive skin- True sensitive- Genetic condition-has always been sensitive.

These skins to the untrained eye can all be very similar, but that is where an experienced therapist can come to your rescue. The 1st step of treating skin comes to correct diagnosis

Sensitized skin

  1. Reacts only to a small range of products/ingredients
  2. Can have in salon peels
  3. Can use acids in some form in any skincare

Causes: over scrubbing, over exposure to the sun, extreme weather conditions, improper use of topical products, medications, too many active ingredients.

Sensitive skin

  1. Family history
  2. Can also have asthma, eczema, psoriasis
  3. Allergies
  4. Thinner skin

Causes: Family history. This is a genetic disorder


  1. Goes red easily
  2. Can use skincare with no problems
  3. Burns easily
  4. Blushes easily.

Causes: Light skin colour, thinner skin, Red haired gene,

I have had clients come who hold up their hands saying “I’m sensitive” and that is the end of the conversation. Our job is to diagnose which of the above you are.  The amount of people who are a true sensitive skin is very small.

It can be scary coming to a salon with these skin types as you are worried about making it worse- but if you choose your salon wisely we can help you return to normal skin. If you are a true sensitive we can help bring a bit more balance to your skin.

When treating any of the above, it all starts out the same. By the time people with these skin types first come to a professional salon, their barrier is normally impaired* and needs fixing. This is always where we always start. Depending on how extreme the sensitivity is we look at ingredients such as  oil based Vitamin C’s to heal and calm, rebuilding and strengthening Vitamin A, Vitamin B to rebuild the barrier, or a straight forward sensitive serum to calm. These skin types can also normally be quite dehydrated, so it is important to rehydrate.

By the time you have used 1-3 products (about 1-3yrs) depending on how sensitized you are, we can then start doing some fun staff and start using some more exciting products that can help address other concerns- ageing, dullness, scaring.

By addressing your sensitivity issues though, you will see a glow to your skin, evenness in skin tone, reduction of blotchiness, hydration and a balance of excess oil.

Unsure where you fit? Want a healthy balanced skin? Come see our skin experts at Shine for a in depth skin analysis and get on the right path.  Staff at Shine are experienced in diagnosing skin types and repairing skin back to healthy in a gentle way.

*Impaired barrier- this is the top layers of your skin, which has been damaged. that it needs to be repaired 1st. It is like having a hole in the roof, it must be fixed 1st to allow you to repair anything that is underneath.

photo courtesy of dermcenterclinica

Is your makeup causing acne?



Where is this typically seen on the skin?

Either an all over and even spread of congestion or localised on certain parts of the face. Most common areas seen are on or under the cheekbones. Congestion can also develop along the hairline, on the orbital bone, chin, lip line or just in front of the ears.


What ingredients are you looking for?

Talc is the main ingredient we have been focussing on trying to get our clients to avoid, but there are many others to look out for. It may not even be the worst one out there as many articles continually deem it to be safe, as it’s not very high on the comedogenicity scale.


Fatty Acid Esters are what we really should be looking out for and trying to memorise their tricky names. Esters are the combination of Alcohols with Fatty Acids.

Fatty Acids are best for a drier skin that has little oil as they are quite nourishing, but they are food for p.acnes in an oilier skin and can be comedogenic. These are more so related to moisturisers etc. Fatty Acids are not to be confused with EFAs, these are much different.

Fatty Acid Esters are much more comedogenic on the skin because of the reaction the Alcohol has on the Acid when combined. The worst one is Isopropyl Myristate. Other examples are Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Myristyl Myristate and Ethylhexyl Palmitate.


One of the Esters I want to point out is Ethylhexyl Palmitate. It is the second ingredient in all NARS bronzers, Talc being number one. Nearly all who stop using their NARS powders find their skin clears up. We believe it’s because we are getting rid of Talc, but maybe this was the ingredient that was to blame all along. And now that it’s gone, so is the congestion.

Bismuth Oxychloride is said to be better for skin than Talc and is often found in BareMinerals powders. It’s heavier than Talc and has a crystalline structure, meaning these crystals can get stuck inside the pores, not only contributing to congestion but also has the potential to irritate sensitive skins or rosacea. This is more of an issue when it is the main ingredient in powder make up.

Red Dyes (D&C Red) are red tints and pigments used in blush, eyeshadow and lipstick and are derived from coal tar which is extremely comedogenic. This explains those deep blackheads some get directly on the lip line and why the cheekbones are usually the worst!


Why do they put those ingredients in?

Talc has many uses. It absorbs moisture and can make makeup opaque. It is also used as a dilutant. If you were to just have pigment in cosmetics it would be too concentrated and intense, so Talc brings this down a notch.

Fatty Acids are used as thickeners and emollients and give a creamy consistency, some can be used as surfactants.

Fatty Acid Esters are used in cosmetics because they don’t feel as oily as Fatty Acids and other emollients. They also give skin a smooth texture. The interesting thing here is that even though the Esters don’t feel as rich or oily, they are actually much worse for congestion!

Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a derivative of palm oil and has a silicone-like texture, so for this reason is it often used as a replacement to silicones or mineral oil.

Bismuth Oxychloride is used in cosmetics because it has a shimmery, pearlescent appearance and adheres well to skin.

Red Dyes are used to give pigment to blush, eyeshadow and lipstick for example.


Does that mean no-one can use those ingredients?

The effect of comedogenic ingredients are more likely seen in those with more oil flow, or those already with congestion or acne. This is because their skin naturally has a high cell turnover rate, so more dead skin needs to shed off.

Drier skins or those with no family history of acne are a lot less likely to be affected by these ingredients but I wouldn’t say that they are exempt.

Congestion always starts with a blocked pore, but it’s not just makeup that’s to blame. Some people may cleanse or exfoliate incorrectly, or their skin is dehydrated from over stripping or underhydrating, leading to excess dead skin build up. And it’s these factors that need to be taken into consideration. Having an improper skincare routine can allow makeup that was never the problem, to become a problem in those who we may not have expected.


What kind of breakouts are they normally? (cong/cysts/inflammation/redness etc)

Mostly blackheads and whiteheads concentrated to one or more areas, that can eventually develop into pustules or papules if not treated due to bacteria build up. Milia can sometimes appear as a once off or in a patch.


If more than one type of breakout- why are there different types- does it mean different things?

Congestion is always going to be the most common lesion to see on the skin because these ingredients are essentially causing a blockage inside the pore. It’s once those pores become inflamed or bacteria builds up that it will develop into a pustule or papule. This can be due to things like dirty makeup brushes, improper extracting at home/work etc, not removing make up well or at all, hormonal or dietary changes for example. Sometimes only one or two milia may show up on the skin, which is ok as once we they are removed generally they won’t come back. But when someone has a genetic history of milia, they are more prone and make up can exacerbate it. Meaning they could have cheeks full of them as well as the whiteheads and blackheads!


Why does it affect the skin?

All skins have pores all over that produce oil as a protective mechanism and everyone has different amounts of oil flow depending on their DNA. The skin has a cell turnover process where new cells are born in the lower layers and rise up to the surface to shed off. These old dead skin cells can shed off daily. If the opening of the pore becomes blocked, then there is no way this old dead skin can shed off. This is how congestion begins. Comedogenic ingredients are what block the pore and prevent them eliminating debris.


If foundation is the cause how will it show up in the skin? Where?

Because foundation is applied all over the face, it has the potential to cause congestion all over. Those with a lot more oil flow are more likely to experience this, and their blackheads may appear to be quite large. Whereas, if it is someone with a relatively normal amount of oil flow, they may still notice some bigger blackheads, but just in the centre panel of the face.


How can we help as beauty therapists?

Extraction facials will clear the skin up. The severity of the condition will determine how many treatments are needed and the frequency. If the client is noncompliant and still using the products causing it in the first place, then it will come back. So clear explanation as to why and homecare that may include AHAs, BHAs, antibacterial ingredients, mineral make up or efficient make up removing cleansers etc.


How is it fixed?

Throw out the comedogenic makeup!!!! Finding out exactly what it is that is to blame and removing it from the picture.

Stop sleeping in it!!!!! Having emergency makeup wipes around is much better than the damage this does.

Properly remove make up at night time! No removing the leftovers around the eyes in the morning! (so many do this)

Clean makeup brushes regularly to ensure no bacterial build up. If they have been used for a long time without cleaning, best to chuck them and get new ones.

Change to mineral makeup! In saying that more people are switching over to mineral, but mineral doesn’t necessarily mean non-comedogenic. So, we really need to keep our eyes on the ingredient listings for all nasties and not just Talc!


Ever wondered why you are getting breakouts and acne in certain areas of your face? Where your acne is located can explain why you might be getting them. For us at Shine skin and body we use face reading and whilst not an exact science, it does give us a starting point to find out what may be causing your acne. Now this doesn’t apply to every breakout you get ,other random causes may be at fault. (make-up, brushes, your pillowcase or hair products)

I’m going to walk you through face reading, do you have a mirror ready?? You will need one….. Let’s get started. 

Area 1 and 3 When right across both sections from temple to temple we look at stress 1st, in the middle of the forehead and normally in an oval shape we look at digestion as this is your bladder zone.  Now for random causes-if you are getting breakouts around your hairline this can be oily hair or your hair products. 

Area 2 and 10-This is your liver- between your brows and on your temples. Your liver is responsible for metabolism, hormone production, removing toxins and processing nutrients.   Medication, poor diet and alcohol consumption all effect this area. 

Area 6 and 8 Under your eyes is Kidneys. This organ is responsible for  regulating hormone production, removing toxins and waste, and regulating blood pressure. A deficiency is normally seen as dark circles or dryness. We have people ask about products to help with dark circles, but unfortunately it is down to drinking water, eating healthy and sleeping. Keeping the area hydrated will help the area look better as well.

Area 11 and 13

– The lower part of this area is Lungs. People who smoke can get congestion in this area- from the lungs having toxins, but also from the toxins and chemicals in the smoke. 

-In circles in the middle of this area is the stomach. Normally connected to food intolerance.

-Cheekbones- pancreas. this is the organ of the digestive system and of the hormone system, so can be related to hormones or food. Also insulin. So diabetics may have a problem in this area. If it is in a straight line it could be your blusher or bronzer- look to see if there is talc in your make-up, if so this could be the cause. 

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

Area 11, 12 and 13Hormones. This is where they go crazy. If it is on your chin it means ovaries, when there are 2 lines of breakouts/congestion/discoloration from corners of mouth down in straight lines it can be 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.


I would like to stress again, this isn’t an exact science and you shouldn’t self diagnose. When used in conjunction with a thorough consultation process it helps us to narrow down possible causes to help give you more clearance with your acne. 

The solution

If you need answers to your problems we recommend you book our Shine Skin Solutions. We do an in-depth skin consultation process, we go through your products to check the ingredients, we start clearing your skin and organise a plan to move forward. 



Retinol (Vitamin A) works on so many skin types in so many ways, but what I wanted to do today was talk about it in relation to acne.

How Retinol works.

Retinol is the only ingredient proven without a doubt to improve the cellular function of the skin.

Retinol stimulates and regulates certain functions in the skin. It works at a cellular level-meaning it penetrates deep to work on all layers of the skin. It works on the sebocyte (oil) cells as mentioned below, it also works by stimulating the mitochondria- which is the energy powerhouse in your skin cell increasing overall cell health and function. Your skin cells have Vitamin A antennas on them allowing them to feed on the vitamin A and then repair any deficiencies with it.


  1. Regulates acne by controlling your sebocyte (oil) cells.

As mentioned above you skin cells have little antennas on them to allow them to feed on Vitamin A in your skin. Your sebocyte (oil) cells have them as well. Your sebocyte cells go through mitosis (which is cell death to allow new cells to be produced.) When these cells are healthy they breakdown as they are meant to and leave very little behind, but if they are unhealthy they leave a lot of debris behind, this adds to built up debris in your pores leading to congestion and acne. This is why it is important to use Vitamin A (and B) serum as it feeds the cell making it healthier and break down in a healthy way.

By making the sebocyte cell healthier we reduce the size of the sebaceous gland reducing oil production.


  1. Increases collagen production, speeding up the wound healing process.

Vitamin A prevents the rise of an enzyme called collagenase it’s an enzyme that breaks down collagen and helps to stimulate the production of new collagen.

The quicker your skin heals the less scaring you are left with. The main component of the wound healing process is collagen. With the right amount of collagen production in your skin, your wound will heal faster allowing the skin cells to continue with the healing process underneath.


  1. Speeds up cell turnover.

The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 28-40 days on average, this slows down as we age and why your skin never seems as bright and glowing as it did when you were younger.

When skin is healthy as new skin cells are born the older skin cells are pushed up through the layers of the skin until it reaches the top layer the known as the stratum corneum. By the time the cell reaches this layer, it can be rough, dry and flaky. This is what we consider as a dead skin cell. New skin cells continue to arrive at the skin’s surface, pushing older cells off from beneath.

Cell turnover though isn’t as efficient in people with acne. In those with acne, the natural process is interrupted. Acne-prone skin produces more dead skin cells than other skins and these cells don’t properly shed. This condition is called retention hyperkeratosis.

In normal functioning skin, excess dead skin cells are constantly being sloughed away naturally. In acne-prone skin, dead cells remain stuck on the skin’s surface and within the follicle, creating clogged pores. This is why speeding up the cell process by increasing cell turnover is important. You can do this by exfoliating on the surface which is important, but you can over exfoliate, which is why using Vitamin A by increasing the new cell production from within reduces irritation and dryness on the top layer.

Keep an eye out for our post on our new Vitamin A products in store from this week.


Benefits of regular facials – Shine skin and body Richmond
Below you will find the 5 most important reasons of why you should keep your appointments regular, no matter if you suffer from breakouts, ageing or have no real concerns at all. Everyone wants beautiful healthy skin and that at the end of the day is what regular facials will give you.
Having in salon treatments can take your skin to the next level! Having regular treatments the addition of the chosen high tech treatments regularly will amplify your skincare goals!


As you age your skin changes due to climate, hormone changes, health, age, sun damage and your expectations. By having your therapist analyse your skin on a regular basis they can help choose the right homecare to give you the best ongoing results. They will give you some great professional and most importantly-personalised advice. An updated and changing homecare routine is just as important as your regular skincare treatments, maintaining the results and keeping on top of your skin concerns.
We have all done it, gotten a giant pimple or seen a big blackhead and given it a squeeze. But extracting your own skin can lead to long term detrimental effects. It can cause scarring or make breakouts worse, making it essential to get regular facials. Extractions are a very delicate process, requiring therapists to be highly trained in extractions as well as the pre and post treatment care. By keeping on top of congestion with regular facials you will suffer less from unwanted breakouts, have healthier looking and feeling skin and be less tempted to squeeze at home.
Season to season, year to year your skin and it’s conditions are constantly changing. In the cooler months our skin usually needs more hydration than in the warmer months. In summer sunscreen and sweat can cause more breakouts. Being able to modify treatments as you go along to include peels, LED light therapy, deep hydration or microdermabrasion can only give great results.
An acne/problem skin will not always need to be treated as such. Once the active acne is cleared skin concerns can change. When clear you may then go onto dermal needling to help with scaring.
Having a regular facials help us to stay current with your concerns so that they can be addressed, treatments and skin care can be adjusted to suit these different conditions.


Life can get stressful. When we get stressed it can be so easy to turn to bad habits like binging on chocolate or that bottle of wine. But why not opt for a more relaxing option. Getting a good facial relieves stress and leaves you feeling refreshed ready to take on the world again. Having regular facials while giving you beautiful, healthy, glowing skin it’s a monthly stress relief we all need.
When you look good you feel good! Having a natural glow, no congestion or even no new acne breakouts is a true confidence booster! It’s truly one of the best feelings in the world when you are confident and putting tour best face forward
Getting facial massages increase your blood circulation and help promote overall well-being. Steam, massage and active ingredients helps promote blood and lymph circulation. By having facials regularly it enhances the oxygen levels and nutrients delivered to the cells, promoting healthier skin. This helps regulate the skins cell turn-over that is essential for maintaining and increasing collagen levels, increasing the skins ATP/energy levels and keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.

At Shine skin and body, 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.

When excess skin cells build up on the surface of your face, the skin can appear dull, dry, congested or in some cases rough and flaky. Blackheads are more likely to develop into pimples as excess skin can trap the pores, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Dehydration accelerates the appearance of fine lines and ageing.

Removing the excess skin that blocks the surface means skincare products penetrate up to 50% more, so serums can work more efficiently and get you better results.

With regular microdermabrasion treatments, the skin gets into a healthy rhythm, the cells in the lower layers can work more efficiently, which means collagen and elastin production is increased, in turn giving the skin strength and slow ageing.

This will also increase the stimulation of blood flow, so oxygen and skin nutrients reach all areas and cells. This is what gives a healthy natural glow and radiance.

What is microdermabrasion?

Using a diamond tip head piece, we screw it onto a pen like hand piece, which gives the suction. The tiny diamonds are run along your skin in 2 inch lengths to loosen and exfoliate the build up of dead skin cells on the surface and the suction will vacuum it into the machine as it goes. This reveals a fresher, healthier looking skin. By removing this top layer of skin it promotes cell renewal to increase the production of newer and healthier skin calls to be brought up to the surface.

Why diamond tip microdermabrasion?

The reason we have a diamond tip is we believe it is the gentlest, most thorough type on the market. The reason that we use both those words together is for a few reasons. If you have the type of skin that can get micro (congested, rough, dry, uneven skin texture) then you want it to be thorough to ensure you smooth out and soften the skin. But as with everything if you exfoliate too much you can do damage- cause dryness and even more roughness also sensitivity. The diamond tip gives an even exfoliation all over, but we also have the ability to reduce the vacuum and be gentle on certain areas if needed.

4 reasons why you should have a micro treatment.


1.Evens skin tone

The exfoliating properties of microdermabrasion results in removing the top dull layer, showing beautiful glowing skin. By increasing the circulation to the skin, microdermabrasion can also improve the results of topical products that you apply to address your pigmentation or scaring concerns. Because as the circulation increases, cell metabolism increases allowing for greater penetration.


2.Unclogs pores.

Microdermabrasion is particularly effective in the control of congestion (blackheads)  Blackheads are more likely to develop into pimples as it is the dead skin that can cover the pore, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

The exfoliation loosens the top layer of skin allowing the suction to loosen the top of the blackhead. It can minimise the appearance of superficial blackheads, but extractions will still be needed for a thorough deep cleanse. Microdermabrasion though will make extractions much easier.  

By removing this excess dead skin, the skin instantly feels softer and congestion has less of that bumpy feel to it. Micro is best for whiteheads and blackheads, if there are any active breakouts at the time it can still be done. We just go around them, so as to not spread the bacteria.


3.Smooths texture.

The main function of microdermabrasion is to exfoliate. So If you are after a smoother fresher skin then this is the treatment for you.

We use a diamond microdermabrasion. This allows us to control the power of the exfoliation, but also how gentle we can go to, as over exfoliation can have as many undesirable side effects as over-exfoliating. It will give you super soft velvety skin.


4.Bright healthy skin

Microdermabrasion can improve circulation in the skin by not only increasing blood flow but also lymphatic drainage. This aids cell function in many ways.

By increasing blood flow we will bring more oxygen and nutrients to the cells, giving more vibrancy and health to your skin. Stopping that dull sallow look.

By having a healthy skin this has a flow on effect on other cell functions to also become more efficient, for example, the production of collagen and elastin, and balancing oil flow.

The increase in lymphatic drainage means that waste products from cells are carried away faster, meaning there is less build-up of debris which can lead to acne and congestion.

5 x microdermabrasion sessions. 

-1 x free LED light therpay

-1 x AHA peel

-4 x extraction sessions

-5 x Neck and chest upgrades.

Want to try one 1st?

Add a micro into any facial or back treatment for only $15


T and C

1st treatment must be taken by 31st July 2018

Treatments need to be taken 2 weeks apart

Must be fully redeemed within 3mths or remainder will become credit.

Mid week- ALL appointment must be mon-fri 10-4pm to receive free treatment




“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 skin and body 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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By Jason Rollard


Why have a men’s facial?

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.

We all want to look younger longer, we all want our skin to look healthy and clean. Men are no different and there are a lot of skincare solutions now aimed at men.You can see adds on TV or online.

The benefit of having a facial before going out and spending hundreds of dollars on skincare would be that a trained professional will look at your skin history through a consultation form and analyse your skin with a megi lamp and recommend the right way forward for taking care of one of your best assets, kinda like a personal trainer for your face.

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 and male skincare needs.

So why have a men’s 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 and diet, Sport and sun affect men’s skin differently.

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.

Jason Rollard owner of Shine skin and body 323 Swan street Richmond, Melbourne Australia.


Everything you need to know about getting rid of acne scars for good

Having acne is one thing. Being left with the memories of them is another. But don’t worry, this acne expert has some advice that will help treat those scars.

You finally succeed in clearing your acne, but sometimes you are left with scarring, which can often be as difficult to manage as the acne itself. So what do you do now? Will they ever go away? How do you treat it?

What are acne scars and how do they form?

Scars from acne can vary in their appearance, depending on the type of scar and the cause of the scar itself. Scars are created when an injury occurs, whether you picked at your skin, or you have large, deep inflamed cystic acne.

When it comes to scarring types, there are two major ones: pitted scars and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) scars.

Read on….


Sheridan Rollard Shine skin and body Richmond

It’s not just our wardrobes that need an overhaul for the seasonal change – we also need to make sure our skincare regime will protect us for winter!

In Melbourne, wet days, cold temperatures and fierce winds force us to turn up our heaters, take long baths or hot showers – which ALL cause the water in our skin to evaporate very quickly, leaving the skin tight, dry/flaky. Even an oily skin type can be affected by loss of water and can actually cause more oil on the skin.

How do I know if my skin is dry or dehydrated?

Dehydrated skin lacks water and therefore needs to be hydrated. It’s that tightness you feel without product on the skin. When you feel like your skin needs a big drink of water. In an attempt to beat the shine, many people will dehydrate their skin with harsh cleansers & avoid moisturising – which can lead to irritation/impaired barrier.

Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be nourished.  Dry skin will normally flake or have a rough texture. It’s a skin condition that needs management, otherwise it can cause premature ageing!

Ingredients which are great for Dry skin

Usually the words ‘good’ and ‘fat’ don’t belong is the same sentence, however, OMEGAS are fatty acids which nourish the skin with healthy fats and are essential for a healthy skin.

We can find Omega 3 in foods such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herrings, tuna, nuts, seeds, oils such as rapeseed, canola and flaxseed and dark green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods such as soybeans and tofu.

Omega 6 stimulates collagen production and act as an anti-inflammatory. Omega 6 can over time assist in calming inflammation associated with conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis (which can be impossible to manage, particularly in winter).

Omega 7 – Sea Buckthorn contains the highest concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40%.  It’s a rich source of vitamins, like C & E as well as minerals & amino acids.

Benefits of Sea buckthorn;

  • It enhances our skins ability to retain moisture
  • Enhancing the skin’s ability to retain moisture
  • Protecting against free-radical damage
  • Rejuvenating skin cell membranes
  • Collagen production

Squalene is a powerful anti-oxidant which is found naturally in our skin- it makes up 10-16% of our sebaceous oils. It usually peaks in our teens, but like our omegas, they diminish as time goes on. The ingredient you normally see listed on products is ‘squalane’, which is basically a hydrogenated version of our naturally occurring squalene, just more stable for topically applied products.

So we mentioned that hyaluronic acid is like giving your skin a big drink of water, well, squalane is your big fluffy coat that keeps the warmth in (holds moisture in the skin).

Besides being a natural anti oxidant and skin protectant, it’s also antibacterial and helps protect skin from UV damage.

Pro tip: Add a night serum and cream if you aren’t already using them, as your skin regenerates more at night therefore you get optimum from your products!

Ingredients which help with dehydration

The obvious way to help with hydration is to drink your two litres of water per day; though if its just not cutting it here are some ingredients to include in your skin care:

Hyaluronic Acid:

Lots of our clients come in with Hyaluronic Acid in their regime already, but they have no idea what it is or why they are using it. It’s become an ingredient of trend, however, its ability and function in our skin is totally understated.  A lot of you will have heard or read that Hyaluronic Acid acts like a sponge, attracting and holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water – which is so impressive…but let’s have look at how Hyaluronic Acid works in our skin.

When looking for Hyaluronic Acid in a product, you should note its molecular weight. Ideally a mixture of high & low is best.  A low weight molecule is able to penetrate deeper to hydrate those low levels of our skin, which are essential for collagen reproduction, whereas the high weight is a larger molecule which will work on the surface of our skin therefore results of plumping and glow are immediate! It creates an amazing barrier, protecting the skin from harsh winter elements.

Fun fact: On dry skin, Hyaluronic Acid will actually pull the moisture out of the air to use in your skin.

Niacinimide/Vitamin B3. This ingredient is fantastic for balancing out the skin and helping re-build the barrier of a dehydrated skin. Read more about this magical ingredient in our Vitamin B blog…….


And don’t forget facials. We have a range of facials with rubberised masks designed to allow all the serums, massage balms and masks to penetrate into the skin giving you a wonderful plumpness and softness.

HYDRA 3 for dehydrated skins needed plumping. RE-ENERGISE with all your Omega’s to nourish your skin. SOS for sensitive skin to calm and hydrate.  book online here


We have a lot of success helping people out and thought I might share one story. 

This is her before and after photos. Her after photo is after just 2 facials

Emma came to us in January. She had become frustrated after trying many different treatments with no luck in clearing up her skin, she happened upon one of the blogs written about us and decided to give us a call. After a short conversation she was willing to trust us to look after her skin and help clear her acne.

A little background on Emma.

Her skin was always pretty clear throughout her teenage years, the odd pimple every now and then, but apart from that she had good skin. It was about 2 years ago when she was 24, that her skin started to change. Her forehead was getting congested with whiteheads and blackheads under the skin with some inflammation and the odd pimple. then she noticed some appearing on her chin and then her jaw as well. As you can see from her before photo her forehead ended up quite congested before she came to us.

She had experimented with harsh skincare products, searched You tube videos for tricks to dry out acne, being a vegan she tried going natural and looked at her diet. She had facials (no extractions) and when all else failed- covered everything up with make-up.

Her treatment plan

On her first visit to us she had our Shine Skin Solutions treatment where we took the time to go through her history- we looked at her current skincare (which wasn’t too bad, just not enough active ingredients) and checked all her makeup, went over her diet, medication and health and lifestyle.

We started off with extractions and added a near infra-red LED light therapy. This consists off cleansing, exfoliating, steam and deep cleanser, then a long extraction session ending in the near infrared LED light to speed up the healing process and the calm down the inflammation.  

Emma came back 2 weeks later for an extraction facial followed by LED. The results of her first facial blew us both away. She had probably about an 80% clearance from the one facial.

Now this doesn’t happen for everyone, it can depend on the cause of their acne. For Emma- we couldn’t really pinpoint a reason, from having such amazing clearance in one facial normally points to something has happened to cause a spike in bacteria/inflammation in the skin, then it has just gotten out of control and become more of a bacterial issue.

She was happy with the results- but she was going to USA for a month. We were both a little worried about how the condition of her skin would be on her return.

 Her skin did re-lapsed while in America. She brought a few products that contained BHA’s that made her skin purge toxins and breakout. After a frantic email, we took a couple of the products out of her routine and that calmed her skin down a little.

On her return in Feb her third visit, her skin was not as bad as we expected it to be. She had breakouts on her forehead we did an Extraction facial for a good clean out and to get her skin back into control again finished off with an LED.


We have continued with her treatment plan of Extraction facial with LED every 2 weeks for 4 sessions, then out to 3 weeks now on to every 4 weeks.

It’s a credit to Emma that she saw it through (stayed committed to her treatments) many people in her situation would have stopped after the first facial after seeing massive improvements with their skin. but we need to keep facials going to ensure we stop the issue from coming back.

Emma now comes for monthly facials and as she has used up her old skincare has introduced new products perfectly suited to be active enough without causing dryness or sensitivity.

Read her review below.



Emma Lennon

6 reviews

Hurry up and make an appointment if you’re struggling with acne or congested skin! When I first called Sheridan I was literally in tears of frustration with my skin especially my forehead. After years of having crystal clear skin all of a sudden no amount of expensive products or tricks would clear my bumpy spotty forehead. Sheridan and her team understood exactly what I was going through, gave me great advice and went through all of my products and told me which ones I could keep and which wouldn’t work for me without ever selling me anything unnecessary. Her expert extraction facials have turned everything around! It’s a process and I’m still having treatments but I can overstate the improvement not just in my skins appearance but my confidence and happiness knowing when my skin plays up I have an expert I can trust to help me. Stop wasting your time and money elsewhere and get the pros to help you out. You’ll wish you had done it sooner, I know I Do! Thank you Shine!



If you have been struggling book an appointment and come in and see us.


I read an article in today’s paper on antibiotic resistance, and it has prompted me to write this blog on how antibiotic resistance is linked to acne.
To start off, some background on P.acne, the bacteria that causes acne. P.acne is not necessarily a bad bacteria. There are at least 70 strains of P.acne and some actually protect the skin from acne while others can cause it.
P.acne prospers and grows in lower-oxygen environments that are found deep within your skin’s pores rather than on the surface of your skin. It uses sebum as a primary fuel source and is stimulated by conditions that create high sebum production and/or blocked pores, such as diet, hormones, excessive skin build-up, stress, medication etc. Once the overgrowth starts it begins a downward spiral, making your efforts to clear your skin far more challenging.
Antibiotic resistance has been a major health issue for over 10 years. It has come about via a combination of over-prescription of antibiotics for the common cold and people not finishing a prescription, to antibiotics also being added to the meat we eat. If the global spread of resistance is not slowed, this could have serious health implications – many common infections may become difficult to treat and routine surgical procedures may become life-threatening.
Reports estimate that the global prevalence of P.acnes’ resistant strains has steadily increased over a 30 year period rising from 20% in 1978 to 62% in 1996.[i]
Acne affects more than 80% of people worldwide during their lifetime. From slight congestion to full blown acne vulgaris.[ii] A lot of people’s first stop is a doctor for either treatment or a referral to a dermatologist. A doctor’s plan of treatment may only consists of drugs. These days people are also seeking an alternative to avoid the issues caused by antibiotic resistance,
If antibiotics are prescribed often it is treated for three to six months with broad-spectrum antibiotic that will inhibit bacterial growth rather than eradicate bacteria. Which means the acne may come back.
Worldwide more than 50% of the P acnes strains are resistant to topical antibiotics. Dermatologists, however, do not prescribe antibiotics in patients with acne to eradicate the bacteria. Although it has yet to be proven effective, many dermatologists use antibiotics for their putative anti-inflammatory effects.[iii]
Other options are benzoyl peroxide which works by breaking down into benzoic acid and oxygen upon contact with the skin. This creates toxic free radicals of oxygen, which kill the P. acnes bacteria. The process does work and that’s why it helps a some acne patients, but the free radicals can also cause damage. It reduces Vitamin C production up to 70% and Vitamin E up to 95%.(4) It also forms a by-product called squalene peroxide that both increases sebum production and cause comedones- sometimes creating worse problems down the road. It relies far too much on brute force. Killing bacteria alone is not always the solution. We need to care for the redness, inflammation and health of your skin as well.
So what can you do?
Our recommendation is to try a more natural approach first.
At Shine, we clear the congestion with extraction facials and reduce any inflammation in the skin. If the skin is healthy we can start to rebalance the bacteria levels. If the skin isn’t busy trying to rebalance and reduce inflammation it will start to heal your acne.  Vitamin A can be a great homecare addition too.
The main thing though is to get to the cause. If you have an untreated hormone imbalance or undiagnosed food intolerance, then your skin will only clear so far with extraction facials. A good beauty therapist will ask hundreds of questions to try to get to the bottom of it.
The blue LED light has also been proven ability to kill P.acne issues. You can read the papers here.
At Shine, if we can’t clear your skin we will recommend other natural alternatives such as a naturopath or acupuncture. Please don’t read this as us being against antibiotics, We just think there are other options that can be explored that could be better for your overall health.
Please call us to book an appointment and let us help you improve your skin a more natural way.
[i] Antibiotic resistance and acne treatment: Tackling the challenge, Galderma Media Center, November 2014, file:///C:/Users/sjrol/Downloads/Antibiotic_Resistance_And_Acne_Treatment_November_2014%20(3).pdf  
[ii] Antibiotic Resistance in Acne: Strategies for Prevention and Treatment, Suzanne Bujara, 2 October 2017, Dermatology Advisor,
[iii] Ibid.

(4) Clinical implications of lipid peroxidation in acne vulgaris: old wine in ne w bottles

Pregnancy is a special time of your life, but for some it can also bring an onset of hormonal acne. When you become pregnant your skin will either be beautiful and clear and glowing or be terrible.  Normally how your skin is while pregnant, is how it will stay until you finish breastfeeding as the hormones don’t settle down until then.
For the unlucky ones it can be a confusing mindfield of: What can I do? What should I not do? Are there any treatments I can have?
So to help you all out, here are our tips to keep your baby safe and your skin clear.  
Also as a sidenote- these rules below also apply if you are trying to become pregnant, we treat you as if you are pregnant, as you may be pregnant.


Facials are great to have and you can have them at any time throughout your pregnancy.  There are just some modifcations we make if you are pregnant- nothing that changes the great results you can get.
Extractions are the best way to go, all natural and result driven.
AHA peels are still fine to have. Most of our clients prefer to wait until the 3mth mark, but they are safe to have at any time.  AHA’s are great for loosening the build up of dead skin on the surface that are clogging the pores, as it is only a surface treatment the product cannot penetrate into the blood system so therefore can’t effect your baby.
Microdermabrasion is also great to have- this is more for dry or rough textured skin, not inflamed acne. The main precaution with this is your skin can be a little more sensitive when pregnant so we take care to go gentle in those areas if needed.
LED light therapy is also on the go ahead list- helps give you the extra glow that you want. Or we can use the blue light if your skin is breaking out badly.
Any products containing BHA (salicylic acid) or Vitamin A (retinol) Both these ingredients are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin and have a slight the ability to penetrate into the blood system. Therefore we say to stay away. These ingredients are found in a lot of acne homecare products.
Certain types of peels. The ingredients above-mainly BHA’s- can be found in salon as well, mainly in peels
High frequency- A favourite addition of our clients who have acne facials, which when a client is pregnant (or trying) is the 1st thing to go and always faced with dread. The alternative though is to add a blue LED light into your treatment. It is a super charged version of high frequency, but safe.

Vitamin B is not an occurring vitamin in our bodies and cannot be stored. With all our vitamin B needing to be consumed through our diet or applied topically, vitamin B deficiency is a common cause of many skin conditions.

It is perfect for

-Red or irritated skin- great for rosacea sufferers

-Dull, yellow, sallow

-Dry and flaky.

There are eight forms of vitamin B that often create a vitamin B complex. The many forms of vitamin B and the vast benefits of each, makes a Vitamin B complex perfect for almost all skin types and conditions. The main reason for recommending vitamin B is normally for repairing and strengthening the skin.

B1(Thiamine) is a powerful antioxidant. This means it helps protect the skin from external influences that may damage it.

B2 and B6 aids in regulating the skins sebum production, making it suitable for those clients with an oil flow, who may be worried about congesting their skin. It also facilitates normal healthy skin cells.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) strengthens the skins barrier function and increases production of one of the most important lipids (ceramides) this helps preventing trans epidermal water loss therefore strengthening the skin. It enables the skin to lock in moisture and simultaneously keeps out irritants. Vitamin B3 is responsible for stimulating the skins energy source, increasing cell growth and repairing damaged cells.

B5(Panthenol)Soothes and hydrates.

Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) helps to detox the skin, helping to reduce the occurrence of breakouts. Vitamin B9 is also essential for healthy cell production and tissue growth, helping to ensure the skin has optimum cell turnover.

Vitamin B12 helps to regulate the production of pigment in the skin, helping to prevent dark spots and pigmentation. Vitamin B12 also promotes the growth of healthy skin cells and helps to repair damaged skin.

The ultimate reasons for Vitamin B is to balance oil and hydration, repair the barrier and brighten the skin.

If you are interested in more information come and chat to one of our girls as to what is the right vitamin for you.

At Melbourne skin clinic Shine skin and body Richmond’s we specialise in treating acne. In our facials we 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 stubborn big sebaceous cysts 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.

Here is a little about how it works.

High-frequency treatment uses low-current, high frequency alternating currents, delivered via a glass electrode. It is not used widely now as it is a bit old school, but we believe it is one of the best ways to help us keep clients skin clear. It is used 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

-Kills the bacteria that causes breakouts

-Calms down acne faster


-Prevents bacteria from spreading

-Used to aid healing

We use a glass mushroom electrode filled with neon or argon gas. As the electrical 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.

Lifting the electrode off slightly can also be done, this is where the electrode is used to quickly and painlessly zap any pimples, we tap the spot 4-6 times. This helps heal the skin at a faster rate by drying out the pimple.

The main point of difference to high frequency that no other machine does, is it has the ability to kill those stubbon cystic pimples that nothing will come out of, sometimes high frequency will be able to help it disappear more than any other treatment.

The great thing though is- it doesn’t hurt! At last something to clear skin that is painless. It is done after your extraction facial normally over a serum. At Shine skin and body we also offer a free followup session of high frequency if needed.

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

We 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 and epilepsy.

If you haven’t already, book in for a facial and experience what we can do for your skin


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.

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 @

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

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

This package is for those with a serious acne condition. We do a 70min extraction facial, but add your choice of an extra 15mins extraction time or microdermabrasion! And the chest as well.  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

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)





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.


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 or see below – available until August 2017.


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

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



Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles




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.



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






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.


dermastamp ice-pick-scarring

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.

 dermastamp fine-lines-wrinkles

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


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.

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.

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)



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.



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.



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 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.


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.


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


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.


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

nikkia joy

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

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 🙂

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The Diary of a Hermit: Adult Acne

Posted: Updated: 
 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 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Vit C- Collagen Boosting

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.


  • 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


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 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.


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)

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…..

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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


(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


(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


(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.
– 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.


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.


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.