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We’re living in an era where looking and feeling younger no longer requires surgery.

The fountain of youth these days apparently flows from a syringe. But injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers aren’t the only non-surgical anti-aging procedures. Wrinkles can be smoothed with lasers, skin tightened with heat, and belly fat frozen away.

There is now a huge range of gadgets and devices proving popular with women and men who shy away from surgery but still want to improve their appearances. Some beauty salons have now called themselves Aesthetic Centres and spas have also moved into the realm of terming themselves as Medical Spaa. The lines have been blurred but the key differences would be:

  1. The environment
  2. Intensity of treatments

Spas and Salons typically offer a relaxing environment targeted at providing wellness and/or aesthetic solutions. Even within this category, different spas vary in level of comfort and luxuriousness (i.e. Hotel Spas versus a Massage Parlour). Many salons offer targeted services instead of housing it under one brand, while others pay more attention to their facilities, such as Salt Caves, Steam Rooms and special pools.

Porcelain is designed as a Face Spa to offer solutions to target skin issues by combining craftsmanship and technology whilst providing a spa-level experience.  The key difference between Porcelain and other spas would be our dedication towards understanding skin at a deeper level. Although we do not have a doctor on board, all our therapists are trained, qualified aestheticians, who undergo a stringent program in house to ensure each facial performed is done so with the highest level of finesse, comfort, safety and results. We also believe in offering a curated treatment plan for each client using state of art technology backed by clinical studies and high performance products, to achieve long-lasting results using non-invasive procedures.

Aesthetic Clinics offer a clinic setting with a focus on providing solutions for aesthetic purposes. The treatments are typically minimally invasive to Invasive and are performed by doctors, dermatologists or plastic surgeons. For patients who are seeking to augment, improve their appearances via the use of injectables, more invasive or equipment with higher intensity, they should visit a trained medical physician with relevant experiences.  Although all the treatments are to be performed by medical doctors, not all doctors who work in aesthetic clinics are specialists. As Aesthetic Practices are not regarded as a specialty nor are they allowed to advertise or promote their services, doctors are not permitted to use titles such as “aesthetic doctors” or “aesthetic physicians” in Singapore.

Medical spas, however, remain a small percentage of the overall spa market.

Treatments can include spa treatments that complement medical procedures performed by their doctors in-house. Some of the prescribed treatments do not need to be performed by medical physicians. Typically, the doctor that oversees the medical spa take charge of the procedures that fall under medical, and aestheticians or therapists handle other spa, or non-medical therapies such as non-invasive microdermabrasion, massages, etc.

As with the practice of visiting any facilities or professionals, one needs to accept the pros and cons. Some places and people do the job well but some can fall short as well.

While the 3 different types of spas and clinics can achieve desired results, the crucial aspect of choosing a spa or clinic is analyzing the expertise and credentials of those performing the treatments. At the end of the day, we all only have one face and we should never take it for granted.

 

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SMILE OFTEN

“A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer!” – Beyoncé

 

 

 

 

Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years In AmericaWASH YOUR FACE EVEN IF YOU’RE TIRED!

“Don’t go a full day or night without washing your face. You have to get all the dirt and makeup out of your pores.”- Mary J. Blige

 

 

 

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BE A WATER BABY

“Once I started drinking more water, my skin, hair and nails all flourished.”- America Ferrera

 

 

 

 

Hilary-SwankWEAR SUNSCREEN

“Be careful of the sun. Do not go outside without putting sunblock on.” – Hilary Swank

 

 

 

 

demi-mooreMOISTURIZE

“I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. No matter how late it is, when I get home, I take the time to clean and moisturize my face. I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skincare, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.”- Demi Moore

 

 

 

As little as “pH” may seem, these 2 letters in the alphabet are probably more important than you and I both realize. pH Balance acts both as a culprit and a form of salvation for most skin problems. Let us now understand why.

What is pH Balance?

 

pH”  stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. Similar to high school Chemistry concepts, a pH value from 0-7 is classified as “acidic”, while anything from 7-14 is classified as “alkaline”. Pure water has a neutral pH level of 7, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.

What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?

Let us first understand the biology of our skin.

What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?

Our skin is made up of 3 main layers – epidermis, dermis and the subcutaneous fat layer. Beneath these skin layers lie our oil and sweat glands.

The oil and sweat glands embedded in our skin contribute to our skin’s pH level – which is approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic.

When our skin is too acidic, it will cause inflammation and be more susceptible to bacteria infection. When our skin is too alkaline, it will become very dry and thus, age faster.

Therefore, the trick to healthy skin lies in ensuring that your skin’s pH is balanced at 5.5.

What Happens When Our Skin’s pH Level is Imbalanced?

As mentioned, our skin’s pH level is approximately 5.5. But what happens when the pH levels start to vary?

Well, many undesirable things can happen. Instead of listing down all the possible scenarios, here is what generally happens:

Once our skin’s pH level is imbalanced, the oil and sweat glands will start to detoxify by pushing impurities out from the bottom layers. In fact, most skin conditions such as acne and eczema always start from the deepest layers, which is why everything actually boils down to our skin’s pH level.

How Do We Prevent This? 

As horrifying as it sounds, with every cloud there is a silver lining. Here is how you can prevent your skin’s pH level from varying too much: 

Know your skin’s pH level

Everyone’s a little different. In order to know what your skin’s pH level is, you could take a simple test that is available at most dermatologists.

If you do not suffer from any skin conditions, then your skin is most likely at a pH level of 5.5.

If you tend to have oily skin, then its pH level should be below 5.5.

If you usually have very dry skin, then its pH level should be above 5.5.

Use the right products

The most basic of all products – the facial cleanser, plays one of the biggest roles in ensuring pH balance of your skin. Find a cleanser that has the closest pH value to your skin type, because a cleanser that has a close pH value to your skin will not mess up your pH balance.

Apart from your facial cleanser, be sure to check the other products that you might use on your skin.

Eat right

As much as we’ve stressed this, it is worth mentioning again!

Eating right contributes significantly to your body’s pH level (that’s right, your body has a general pH level too!), which directly translates onto your skin’s pH Balance as well.

Here’s a rough chart to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Please bear in mind your skin type and thus pH balance, though.

Maintaining a proper diet is essential for pH Balance

Scroll through the rest of our blog for marvellous skincare tips!

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Once again, this only stresses our philosophy that healthy skin should radiate from within.

Remember now: Balance is Everything 🙂 

As simple as it may sound, these tips definitely go far in your journey to Porcelain skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #1: Never sleep with makeup on

Tip #1 for Porcelain Skin: Never sleep with makeup on

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You should never ever leave your makeup on while you sleep, as it may lead to breakouts and rashes. Makeup also clogs your pores, contributing to the appearance of enlarged pores and making your skin look inflamed.

Porcelain Skin Tip #2: Reduce processed foods; eat more fruits & vegetables

Tip #2 for Porcelain Skin: Eat more fruits & vegetables

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Processed food is usually filled with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and processed grains, which aren’t good for your health and skin. Instead, you should eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide good vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your skin and body will thank you for!

Porcelain Skin Tip #3: Eat healthy fats

Tip #3 for Porcelain Skin: Eat healthy fats

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Eating healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids provide you with loads of health benefits and improve your skin. Instead of normal cooking oil, you should opt for olive oil when making your own meals to get your daily quota of healthy fats.

Porcelain Skin Tip #4: Drink water and cut down on soft drinks, caffeine & alcohol

Tip #4 for Porcelain Skin: Drink water

Soft drinks are high in calories and sugar, which doesn’t do your waistline and skin any good at all. On the other hand, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, making it look dry, dull and tired. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #5: Beauty products – Go for quality, not quantity

Tip #5 for Porcelain Skin: Choose quality beauty products

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There are tons of beauty products out there, and you just got to accept the fact that you’d never be able to finish trying them all. Looking for the right product that suits your skin is really going to work way better than trying everything off the counters.

Porcelain Skin Tip #6: Protect your skin from the sun

Tip #6 for Porcelain Skin: Protect from the sun

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It is of utmost importance that you wear sunscreen daily. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long period, choose a sunscreen with high SPF and remember to re-apply! It’s really better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to see pigmentation and wrinkles forming, and start regretting not slapping on sufficient sunscreen.

Oily skin can be quite bothering, and we know that facial blotters might not be the best and a long term solution to it. How then, should we control the shine, which could potentially make us look really un-fresh & kill our confidence? Below is a compilation of 5 useful tips that helps in mattifying oily skin.

#1 Wash right

Washing right might sound extremely commonsensical, but the trick really is to get the right cleanser. We recommend choosing one with salicylic acid, which helps to break down oil in the pores. It degreases but does not over dry your skin.

#2 Use a physical sunscreen


Physical sunscreens help to control oil & shine, since it contains oil absorbing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Plus, it prevents premature aging (pigmentation, fine lines, dull skin, wrinkles) and is a MUST-USE, even for day to day activities.

#3 Avoid piling on the makeup

Foundation and BB cream clogs your pores and causes them to produce more oil, so it will be best to avoid them altogether. Instead, it’d be good to opt for tinted moisturizers that are oil free and does not clog pores.

#4 Watch what you eat


Consider loading on carrots, spinach, sweet potato and other foods that are high in vitamin A content, as it actually helps to reduce oil production.

#5 Exfoliate once or twice a week


Exfoliating your skin helps to loosen the impurities and reduces oil stuck in your pores, which consequently reduces the pore size.