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

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

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

Sensitized skin

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

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

Sensitive skin

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

Causes: Family history. This is a genetic disorder


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

photo courtesy of dermcenterclinica


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

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/

Vitamin B- For healthy glowing skin

Vitamin B (Niacinamide)

This is an ingredient getting a lot of notice lately so I thought I would do a little investigation for you all.


  • It is all about healthy glowing skin.
  • Think Beroca (this is also vit B) it is all about giving the skin a boost, increasing engery, giving it a kick start.
  • Turbo charging the skin
  • Strengthens the skin against irritations- great for sensitive
  •  Balances water and oil levels


Aspect skin care has a Vitamin B serum. This is applied once or twice a day under your moisturiser. This is a great method for delivering Vitamin B as it is delivered exactly to where you need it as quickly as possible.

Another source is food some of the best (fish, poultry, red meat, nuts and whole grains.) These are great to add to your diet, but work slower and it delivered to your entire body, whilst a serum will be only focused on giving you glowing healthy skin immediately.

For acne-

Acne is a skin condition characterized by excess oil production and irregular shedding of dead skin cells. It has been shown to reduce the oil production in the skin therefore reducing acne breakouts.


Anti—oxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are negative factors that attack and damage our skin (smoking/sun/sugar/alcohol) Vit B will find the damaged cells and help to repair them.

Skin conditions- seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.

Vit B has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it effective for treating these conditions. It helps strengthen the skin, building up barriers to help your skin fight any infections and irritations.


It has also become popular additions to skin-care products because of their ability to assist in retaining moisture levels.

For those who like a bit more information-

Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3. It is found in all cells- it plays an important role in cellular energy production. The body can only make small quantities of this vitamin, so it must come from other sources.

Vit B helps increase blood flow which leads to glowing healthy skin.  With the formation of red blood cells, our cell turnover speeds up, all this combined leads to healthy skin, all this combined leads to healthy skin.

Aspects Vitamin B serum is 30ml for $115. A bottle will last about 6-7 months used once a day.