Are you a frequent traveller? Your favourite airline might be thanking you with miles but your skin might not be as grateful. When you’re jet-setting around the world for work, caring for your skin might feel like the lowest on your list of priorities. How should you care for your skin when you’re constantly on the go? A client recently asked us this, and we’re here to share the care for those of you who have the same question.

TIP #1: ON THE PLANE – PUT A MASK ON, BUT DON’T FALL ASLEEP

I’m a fan of this one. It really doesn’t matter if I look stupid on the plane ride there. I just need to look like I snuggled in at a plush bed the night before instead of having made a red-eye flight, right? Nobody has to know. On your flight to The Business Destination, slip on a deeply hydrating mask to help boost tired, dull-looking skin.

But don’t fall asleep with it! Keep it on for a max of 20 minutes, or osmosis will draw all the moisture back out of your skin into the mask when it’s paper dry.

Read also: Skincare For A Long Flight

TIP #2: BACK IN YOUR HOTEL: CLEANSE, NO MATTER HOW BUSY YOU ARE

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There really isn’t a quick fix for this. Double cleansing is one of the most fundamental, important steps in skincare so I’m sorry but – non-negotiable. In fact, I might be making your skincare regime work slightly harder for you. If you use make-up for work, use olive oil to gently remove it, and cleanse twice with our Revive – Makeup Cleanser if necessary. Follow up with your usual cleanser, toning, serums and moisturizers.

TIP #3: USE A CLAY MASK ON YOUR T-ZONE

If you suffer from combination skin, use a clay mask on your T-zone before applying a hydrating mask (try our Biocellulose Hydrocare Mask). Clay masks help draw out impurities without causing irritation and also decrease excess sebum production. Top this off with a super moisturizing mask to pump skin with hydration. When your skin is sufficiently moisturized, it’ll naturally look brighter, smoother, and healthier.

TIP #4: KEEP A HYDRATING MIST WITH YOU ON THE GO

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When you’re always hustling, your skin is the first giveaway that you’re completely worn out. It’s handy to keep a facial mist with you for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day, or in between meetings. I love our Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion because aside from smelling like roses, its jojoba oils help lock moisture in my face (oil is needed to retain water in your skin)! Another appointment in 10 minutes? I’m there!

Stay True,

 

 

 

 

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If this is new to you, trust me – I was surprised to learn this too! Dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different things, and you could worsen the issue if you don’t use the right products (and treatments) to remedy it. Let’s have a quick definition breakdown first:

Dry skin is a skin type that doesn’t produce much oil (also known as sebum)
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition where your skin lacks water

Now, here are some fuss-free takeaways with added care tips!

  1. YOU CANNOT HAVE BOTH OILY AND DRY SKIN.

You cannot have both oily and dry skin.

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Simply put, you have oily skin when your skin produces oil (you don’t say)! On the flipside, dry skin doesn’t (not enough, anyway). Your skin can be oily and dehydrated, but never oily and dry. Therefore, many people with seemingly oily skin don’t realize it’s dehydrated — not dry. They then mistakenly use products with higher oil content, but what they need are water-based products to boost hydration. On to the next point!

  1. DRY SKIN AND DEHYDRATED SKIN REQUIRE DIFFERENT SKINCARE PRODUCTS.

Dry skin and dehydrated skin require different skincare products.

Credits: Toa Heftiba

Because dry skin doesn’t produce (much) oil, that’s exactly what it needs. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the skin needs oil to retain water! A good analogy to understand this? Take leather for example: you need to frequently condition it with oil to maintain it. On the contrary, when you add water to it, it usually just cracks after some time. Why is this? That’s because, in the absence of oil, the water rapidly evaporates… and takes away the existing water with it too. It’s really the same for your skin, so opt for moisturizers that have higher oil / cream content instead, to help lock water in.

And while dehydrated skin does produce oil, it lacks water. Sometimes, this lack of hydration is the culprit of excess oiliness. The solution is to use gentle, water-based products (not oil-based ones!) to replenish hydration. Avoiding harsh products also helps reduce tightness in the skin. 

  1. YOUR SKIN NEEDS A GOOD BALANCE OF OIL AND WATER.

Your skin needs a good balance of oil and water.

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Meaning, everyone needs a balance of moisture and hydration. Yes, that’s another mind-boggling fun fact: Moisture = Oil, and Hydration = Water! When these are in equilibrium, your skin will be naturally smooth, glowing, and radiant from within. That’s why our Balance – Sebum Control Essence is one of our star products (all our staff use this); it’s the very foundation of our #FoundationFreeConfidence (no pun intended)!

It feels like a Science class today, doesn’t it?

Till next time!

 

 

 

 

You may have experienced many late nights, days of travel and seemingly never-ending stress this festive season. These may have taken a toll on your skin and left it looking a little worse, post-holiday. With that said, what your skin needs right now is an extra boost of nourishment and moisturization. Start the new year looking your best and restore your skin back to its former glory!

1. GET SOME BEAUTY SLEEP

This is what most would consider “common-sense” but it is also the most overlooked step in regaining that glow. Your body renews and repairs while you sleep, which means sleep may be as close to a fountain of youth as you can get. Your skin gets visibly brighter and healthier-looking when you’re well-rested… and dull and tired if you’re, well, tired! Try to get enough zzz’s for 7 to 9 quality hours each night.

 

2. DETOX YOUR BODY, NATURALLY

It’s simple: DRINK WATER! Start your morning by drinking a tall glass of warm water with juice from half a lemon. Lemons hydrate your system and promote digestion, thus flushing out toxins and waste. Also, include plenty of fresh leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet. These contain plenty of antioxidants to not only revive your skin, but also provide a lots of fiber. Fiber helps to eliminate toxins and a lack of it means that these toxins get reabsorbed into the bloodstream. More health problems, anyone?

 

3. PAMPER YOUR SKIN WITH A FACIAL

Facials aren’t just a pampering treat; they are also key to healthy skin. To maintain a radiant healthy glow, try to fit in two facials a month (or one a week if you can). Here are some of our favourite facials to get your skin radiant and glowing in no time:

Restorative Facial

A luxurious and pampering treatment, this facial is designed to alleviate signs of stress and fatigue. This six-step bespoke programme helps reduce overall skin sensitivity and water retention, while improving hydration and overall skin tone and elasticity. Described by Her World Plus as a facial which “combines high-tech wizardy of pressurized jets of hyperbanic oxygen with the manual elbow grease of your therapist”, our Restorative Facial will leave you with luminous skin.

Sun Rescue

This treatment entails a three-pronged approach to Calm, Repair and Hydrate your skin. With the use of technology, the skin undergoes vasoconstriction and vasodilation, which stimulates microcirculation and encourages cell regeneration. As the name suggests, this facial targets sun-damaged skin. But that’s not all. This treatment absolutely does wonders for hypersensitive skin and dry skin individuals. It soothes irritated skin and provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, suited for all skin types.

 

4. UPGRADE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

If you’ve been out partying over the holiday season, your skin is most probably bogged down with dirt and grime. If you haven’t heard of double-cleansing, let this year be the year you do. Double cleansing involves two steps: The first step helps to remove makeup and also the more superficial layer of grime that accumulated throughout the day. The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is an oil-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free cleanser/pre-cleanser which gently melts away impurities and dissolves makeup, while regulating pigmentation and preventing the further ageing of your skin. The second step – which means using your preferred cleanser – provides a deeper cleanser for your pores clear any other remnants the first step might have missed. After cleansing, don’t forget to hydrate by using a moisturizer – more on how to hydrate your skin and the importance of it.

 

Christmas is almost here and after the past hectic few weeks, you’re kicking yourself now for not spending enough time on your skin? Getting your skin glowing and fabulous doesn’t always necessarily mean you should spend a large part of your time and paycheck for a facial or the latest skincare product.

It’s time to turn that frown into a smile and dull-looking skin to bright-looking, ‘cos we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 quick and easy ways to get your skin to #GetYourGlowOn and boost dull-looking skin to look ready for any party you have lined up ahead (remember to avoid some foods to keep your skin clear):

 

#1: Pamper Yourself With A Mask

No time for a spa treatment? Take a breather and indulge yourself in a relaxing mask treatment! Try out some of these facial masks if you find yourself too busy for a facial treatment at the spa:

Strawberry Mask

Super loaded with vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, salicylic acid, strawberries can save your skin from many disorders including acne, blackheads/white heads, oily skin, dry skin and more.

Grind a few strawberries along with some water and simply apply on your face. Apply and leave it being washing off after 15-20 minutes, and voila, luscious-looking skin!

Papaya Mask

Papaya is a beta-carotene-rich food filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that are good for skin. The enzymes slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles by combating free radicals. Papain, an enzyme contained in the papaya, has skin-lightening properties and can reduce the visibility of blemishes and acne scars. Together with alpha hydroxy acids, papain acts as a gentle exfoliator that dissolves inactive protein and dead skin cells. Applying papaya topically to skin will soften your skin, leaving it smooth and supple.

Apply either the pulp of a fresh papaya or use papaya juice to massage your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off for fresher and brighter skin.

Porcelain Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask

Containing Sodium Hyaluronate and Ceramide, this mask provides intense moisturisation for the skin and also clarifies the skin with its natural enzymes to prevent signs of premature ageing. Its oil-free formula also fights free radicals and boosts collagen production as it contains a powerful blend of natural ingredients like litchi seed, cactus and fig fruit extracts. Just sit back and apply the mask onto cleansed skin and leave it on for 20 minutes before removing.

 

#2: Take A Cold Shower

Many may dread this, but braving the cold to take a cold shower instead of a hot one does provide some surprising health benefits! Not only does taking a cold shower help to – amongst its multiple benefits – relieve stress, it also tightens your pores which prevents them from getting clogged as it “seals” the pores in the skin and scalp. Plus, it’s much more hydrating than getting a hot shower!

If you’re having problems adjusting to showering in the cold, take a lukewarm shower first before switching to cold water for the last few minutes!

 

#3: Dig Deep, Exfoliate

Probably the best and most effective way to boost your skin’s healthful appearance is by exfoliating. The outermost layer of our skin – amidst the several layers – is actually dead, and dead skin cells found in this layer protect the healthy cells underneath. Thus, removing these dead skin cells reveals a better complexion and ensures that it gets clearer over time.

An average person would require exfoliation of up to two times a week. After cleansing, exfoliate to make sure you remove all traces of grime and stubborn makeup, which means exfoliating is best done at night.

For a less-harsh ala non-abrasive exfoliant, consider the Revive, Natural Skin Refiner. Using natural enzymes instead of harsh beads, the Natural Skin Refiner contains a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin as you massage it onto skin to boost micro-circulation and soften dead skin cells. Your skin is left fresh and supple after the process.

 

#4: Lather On Some More Moisturiser

After exfoliation, the skin is better prepared to absorb most out of your moisturiser, hence it is absolutely essential to your skin with the hydration it needs to look healthy. Without moisturising, the skin may become dry and this dryness may lead to itching, dry patches and other skin problems.

Moisturise with Porcelain Balance, Hydraclear Gel

The Hydraclear Gel keeps acne at bay through 4 key ways: combating bacterial growth, reducing inflammation, hydrating, and regulating levels and skin pH levels. It’s also suitable for all skin types, including dull-looking skin!

 

#5: Give Yourself A Facial Massage

You know what they say, the eyes are the window to your soul. But, they can also be an obvious indicator of issues, i.e as staying up late to complete a season on Netflix ;).

If your eyes are looking puffy and looking to put the sparkle back in your eyes, try this little tip which costs you virtually nothing but a few minutes of your time. Simply use your ring fingers to press gently on the orbital bone, then move from the inner to the outer corner of your eyes. Repeat this for two to three times.

This neat massage stimulates circulation around the eye area and also helps to minimize any fine lines you may have.

 


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

Credits: Toa Hefitba (@heftiba)

 

We’ve all heard the stories and studies about the connection between what you eat and how clear your skin is.

Well, it’s true.

Much of our health can be indicated by our current skin condition. The skin, as the largest organ of our bodies, serves as a barrier that protects our insides and regulates our internal temperature. As such, an unhealthy looking skin can probably be a clear indication that you may be unhealthy internally!

We at Porcelain believe that, as one of our three philosophies, that “good skin is clear and radiant from within.” In addition to getting facial treatments regularly and adhering to a great skincare routine, the capstone to achieving beautiful, healthy-looking skin from the inside out would be to get a healthy diet.

We know, we know –  it’s hard to resist the temptation of all the awesome Christmas goodies but if you want good skin, there are certain foods you probably should steer clear of

Here are 4 foods you should avoid to ensure you #GetYourGlowOn throughout this Christmas season:

 

“Sugar, We’re You’re Goin’ Down”

Credits: Brooke Lark (@cheekykitchen)

Acne is mainly caused by our insulin levels, and too much of insulin stimulates our sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, which clogs our pores to turn your skin into a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products (yikes).

Foods high in sugar and saturated fats – like white bread, candy fried foods, ice cream, sodas and anything else with a main ingredient of sugar – triggers inflammation and binds to collagen, degrading skin cells. The spikes in your body’s insulin levels that sugar causes further exacerbate inflammation and steep insulin spikes increase the production of skin oils and contribute to the clogging of follicles, which can worsen skin complexion.

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to quit sugar cold turkey. It all comes down to how much sugar you’re eating in a day—particularly at any one time. If you consume a soda and a candy bar, for example, you’re likely spiking your blood sugar levels, and you could break out hours later.

If you suspect sugar could be the cause for your bad skin, try to cut down on the sugary drinks to notice a difference.

 

High Glycemic Foods, or “Bad Carbs”

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The glycemic index is a way to tell the “good carbs” from the “bad carbs. High glycemic foods can also be understood as foods that are high up on the glycemic index, and that means “bad carbs”. These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They also cause your hormones to fluctuate and overall inflammation—both of which encourage acne. Foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, potato chips, cookies and cakes, etc are foods you should cut down on and instead, choose low glycemic-index foods, like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and most fruits.

 

Fast Food

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Despite its great taste, fast food is unhealthy — period. Studies have already shown that fatty greasy fast food not only expands our waistlines, but slow our thinking and even increase inflammation in the body, potentially worsening acne and even asthma symptoms.

Try to reduce the number of visits to a fast food joint, or opt for a salad instead if you do visit one.

 

Milk and Dairy Products

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Before you leave out a plate of cookies and milk for Santa, include a note to tell him that milk causes acne. No, seriously.

So far we know that there is a correlation between acne and a high glycemic load diet and foods that spike blood sugar can also increase inflammation in the body, causing acne breakouts.

But why milk?

Milk contains an abundance of a hormone called IGF-1, a growth hormone which is really good for calves, but not for humans. IGF-1 in milk is also one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans. The insulin spike you experience when you consume milk and dairy products also causes your liver to produce more IGF-1, worsening your acne.

Peace,