We interviewed our talented dermal clinician Shini to uncover her insights on skincare, cosmeceutical products and the best part of working in the beauty therapy industry.
My mum. She worked in this field as well, so ever since I was little I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I studied for my Diploma of Beauty Therapy at uni before also completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Dermal Therapies. I chose this field because I wanted to make people feel better by boosting up their self-confidence.
To achieve good results, skincare is the most important thing. About 70% of the results that you see in your skin will be from homecare and good proper skincare, more than from skin procedures. It’s like visiting a doctor when you’re sick: going to see a doctor isn’t going to make you feel better, but taking your prescribed medicine regularly is how your health will improve. It’s the same with skincare – if you use it correctly every day, you can maintain the health of your skin.
A lot of department store-branded “luxury” products are more about the experience than real results. The products usually contain a lot of fragrance, which can make people want to use them because they appeal to the senses. For example, when a product smells nice we associate it with beauty, so we might purchase and use it in the hopes that it will make us feel beautiful as well.
But the problem is that if you do have a skin concern, these products won’t help to treat it. Sometimes they can even make it worse! The fragrances in “luxury” products can contain alcohol, which can be aggravated by sun exposure and even cause issues like pigmentation or sensitivity.
On the other hand, cosmeceutical products are designed to have smaller molecules and be a bit more active than “luxury brand” products. This means that ingredients will be more easily absorbed to a deeper layer of your skin, leading to visible results.
DermaFrac! I love DermaFrac because it’s a nice soothing treatment, and there’s no downtime so clients can see results instantly. It’s a 1-2 hour long treatment that includes a lot of benefits for patients, like LED light therapy and a mask which leaves their skin feeling hydrated. Also, even though it is a non-aggressive treatment, clients can still see and feel a positive and noticeable change in their skin.
In the morning I wash my face with Medik8’s PoreCleanse Gel before applying a spot treatment – I use Medik8’s White Balance Click Oxy-R. Sometimes I will follow that up with their CE-Tetra (an antioxidant serum) especially in winter if it’s a bit dry, because otherwise my makeup can get a bit cakey! After that I apply r-Retinoate before my primer and powder. That’s my daytime skincare routine.
At night I wash my face twice: first with cleansing oil to remove my makeup, then with PoreCleanse. After that I use CE-Tetra and r-Retinoate again.
Medik8’s r-Retinoate contains Vitamins E and C, and most importantly Vitamin A. The Vitamin A is very stable, which is especially useful in Melbourne because of the weather changes. In Melbourne during the day you can get really severe sunlight as well as those harsh and cold winds. The stabilised Vitamin A helps to protect the skin from all those extreme environmental conditions.
Everyone should be using a Vitamin A, but the way they use it should differ because everyone’s skin is different. You do need to introduce it slowly if you are just starting out with it, so that your skin’s strength can build and not be too irritated.
Making people feel good about themselves and helping people achieve the skin results they want. It’s very satisfying to see them happy!