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. 

 

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!

 

IMPROVED SKINCARE RESULTS
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.
CLEAR BREAKOUTS AND SCARRING
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.
YOUR SKIN CONSTANTLY CHANGES
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.

 

STRESS AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS
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
INCREASED BLOOD CIRCULATION
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

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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.

KEEPING WINTER SKIN HYDRATED IN MELBOURNE’S WINTER

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

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.

DO’S

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.
DON’TS
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.

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

-Antibacterial

-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

 

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Hi Everyone,

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

Here is my 1st blog for you all.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Rejuvenate- Near Infra-Red light

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

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

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

 

 

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

BACKGROUND:

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

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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

RESULTS:

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

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.