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
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.
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.
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!
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;
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!
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:
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
Ever wondered why you are getting breakouts in certain areas of your face? Where your breakouts are located can explain why you might be getting them. For us at Shine 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.
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 have noticed at Shine how many of you are at a loss as to what you can do about your skin. You have googled (toothpaste on your pimples??) used harsh products for oily/acne skin which made you red and irritated, went to a doctor and was given antibiotics or a dermatologist and recommended Roaccutane.
I want to start by telling you a story of a client who came to see me. She had been getting breakouts for about 2.5 yrs, mainly on her cheeks. her doctor recommended a dermatologist for her to see. She went on antibiotics for 2 years on and off. It would clear up her acne, only to return within a few months. When i saw her she had been to her dermatologist 3 days earlier who in desperation gave her a script for Roaccutane. (A very powerful acne drug with some very long lasting nasty side effects) She came to me as she didn’t want to take it, but didn’t know what to do. We did a full skin consultation with her and skin analysit. We went into depth about what happened when the acne occurred, medications, lifestyle, diet, hormones, skincare and make-up. I had a suspicion…. After starting her facial and doing a skin analysis my suspicion was right. It was her bronzer- It contained talc (as many do) and the most intense part of her breakouts was on her bronzer line. We extracted, she brought new make-up, came back for only 1 more facial and now her skin is clear. A proper consult diving into her history in a lot of depth was all that was needed.
And that is why we now have Shine Skin Solutions. It is a once of treatment that we then recommend your ongoing plan.
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.
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