“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 shineskinandbody.com.au 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 www.shineskinandbody.com.au

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.

Hi Everyone,

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

Here is my 1st blog for you all.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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. 

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

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.