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 7 – Side of nose and nostril- lungs as well. the tip of nose- heart. The bridge- spine.
Area 11, 12 and 13– Hormones. This is where they go crazy. If it is on your chin it means ovaries, when there are 2 lines of breakouts/congestion/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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
We have a lot of success helping people out and thought I might share one story.
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.
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.
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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
A wonderful follow up review from katina.
Read her other review on our blog or In the Press on our homepage.
We have been very lucky lately with some wonderful reviews. Katina came and saw us recently and is writing a wonderful article about her journey on helping clear up her skin. See the link below for her 1st article and before and after pictures from her 1st facial.
Ever wondered what happens during one of our extraction facials? Want to find out if this is the right treatment for you? Here is the lowdown on how it all works…
At Shine we start every facial with a thorough skin consultation. Your therapist will ask some questions and inspect your skin in order to understand your main concerns and the current condition of your skin. Clearing your skin is only part of the solution, we need to investigate how you got the acne or blackheads in the first place so we can consider ways to prevent the issue from coming back. It is also a good idea to bring along your current skincare and make-up so we can look at whether products are the issue.
Once you are in one of our beautiful treatment rooms, snuggled under a doona in one of our luxurious beds with an electric blanket keeping you warm (and a little Norah Jones playing), we will commence with a double cleanse to ensure your skin is completely clean. Then we will examine your skin under a magnifying lamp to ensure we can see everything that is happening with your complexion. This might seem a little scary, but it is necessary to ensure we don’t miss anything and we can make sure we have cleansed all the dirt and toxins away.
Next step is exfoliation which is tailored to your skin type – this might be an enzyme/scrub or a gentle buff. Then it’s time for a relaxing steam while we use a deep pore cleanser to ensure we soften any blackheads – as this will help the extractions to come out more easily.
I won’t lie, the extraction process can be a little uncomfortable. But for people who have acne and blackheads, it is a necessary process and your skin will reap the rewards. We will work with you as to how much you can cope with – for super-sensitive skin we are extra-gentle and avoid areas where the skin is not strong enough.
At Shine, when it comes to extractions we only use tissues and our fingers. We are often asked whether we use those “pimple-popping” metal tools – we don’t! We believe they are too harsh on your skin and you can’t feel how much pressure you are applying, which can cause bruising, scarring or more damage to the skin. Touch is the best gauge.
Depending on time we may also include a massage and/or a treatment mask as part of the session. If you have requested the inclusion of red or infra-red LED light therapy, this will be done once we have completed the extractions to help calm inflammation and speed up the healing process.
Your extraction facial is finished off with some high frequency therapy. This is a little wonder tool that uses gentle electricity to convert to ozone to kill bacteria, heal your skin faster and reduce your chances of another break-out. (This is an old beauty therapist trick that only experienced therapists and extraction specialists know about!).
The facial ends with a selection of serums, moisturiser and sunscreen massaged into your skin to ensure your skin’s hydration and condition is at its best.
If you would like more information about Shine’s extraction facials and other beauty and body treatments, call us today on 98191034 or book online @ shineskinandbody.com.au
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
We have four fantastic Vitamin A facials available at Shine – each tailored to address specific skin needs:
Retinol Brûlée –combines AHA, vitamin A and vitamin B to brighten your complexion and smooth away fine lines. Great for more sensitive skin.
Benefit Peel –offers the wow factor of vitamins A and C combined to nourish and plump your skin with vital nutrients and antioxidants.
Purity Peel –combines acne fighting powerhouse ingredients AHA, BHA, vitamin A and zinc to decongest pores for a clearer, healthier complexion.
Timeless –our top shelf vitamin A peel offers significant cell turnover resulting in smoother, denser and hydrated skin. The combination of AHAs, vitamin A and antioxidants firms up your complexion and gets it glowing.
Vitamin A – home care
Come in and chat to us about the right Vitamin A serum for your skin – we have five fantastic options each formulated to address different skin concerns along with delivering a good dose of ‘super’ Vitamin A into your skin.
Check out our new Vitamin A promotion on our specials page at shineskinandbody.com.au or see below – available until August 2017.
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.
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
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.
Your skin is always on display and often has the power to dictate how good we feel about ourselves. Investing in your skin has more value than buying a new dress or going out to a fancy restaurant.
Hope to see you soon for a great massage and facial 🙂
For the latest specials https://shineskinandbody.com.au/specials/
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.
Acne is one of the commonest skin conditions. Under normal circumstances, P. acnes lives happily in the pores of the skin, along with hair follicles and oil glands that produce oil to keep the skin from drying out. Acne erupts when the oil glands produce too much oil, clogging the pore. Then bacteria build up, and the immune system decides to react against them, launching an attack that leads to inflammation and production of a pimple.
Acne often improves after exposure to sunlight or artificially produced solar radiation. Blue light gets to the core of what causes acne eruptions-P. acnes. This is the bacteria responsible for causing acne inflammation. P.acnes pumps out tiny molecules called porphyrins. When those porphyrin are exposed to certain wavelengths of light, they produce free radicals that kill the bacteria. Without P. acnes around to cause inflammation, acne clears up. (American Academy of dermatology 2002)
Phototherapy with blue (415 nm) and red (660 nm) light in the treatment of acne.
P.PAPAGEORGIOU, A.KATSAMBAS* AND A.CHU
Unit of Dermatology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, U.K. DuCane Road, London W12 0NN,
Accepted for publication 7 December 1999
In this study we have evaluated the use of blue light (peak at 415 nm) and a mixed blue and red light (peaks at 415 and 660 nm) in the treatment of acne vulgaris. One hundred and seven patients with mild to moderate acne were randomized into four treatment groups: blue light, mixed blue and red light, cool white light and 5% benzoyl peroxide cream. Assessments were performed every 4 weeks. After 12 weeks of active treatment a mean improvement of 76% in inflammatory lesions was achieved by the combined blue±red light phototherapy; this was significantly superior to that achieved by blue light (at weeks 4 and 8), benzoyl peroxide (at weeks 8 and 12) or white light (at each assessment).
The final mean improvement in blackheads by using blue±red light was 58%,We have found that phototherapy again better than that achieved by the other active treatments used. With mixed blue±red light, by combining antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, is an effective means of treating acne of mild to moderate severity, with no significant short-term adverse effects.
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:
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.