Breaking It Down

Porcelain’s breaking it down — with our breakdown of all the jargon and essentials. Includes anything from analyses of ingredients that people say are good for you… are they, really?

These two words mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably, but they actually each mean something different. They also serve different purposes when it comes to your skin. So… What’s hydrating vs moisturizing?

Difference Between Hydrating vs Moisturizing

Before we talk about that, lets’ talk about the largest organ on your body: the skin. It holds in all our bodily fluids, thus preventing dehydration. Keeping the skin nourished is vital for its health and to fight damage caused by dryness, skin conditions, or environmental damage.

Dry skin affects males and females equally and is even more prevalent in older individuals as they are prone to the condition. Our skins tends to produce less amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants with age. On that, the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air or ‘humidity’ is another cause of dry skin.

With all these said and done, when do moisturizers work best? When should you use a hydrator? Let’s dive right in.

Hydrating vs Moisturizing

Hydrating vs Moisturizing: The HA+ Hydrating Serum is a perfect oil-free hydrator for both dehydrated AND dry skin.

Porcelain Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum

Don’t get it wrong, you haven’t been living a lie: Both moisturizers and hydrators work to ensure that our skin receives moisture. The natural lipid barrier of our skin protects itself from damage and loss of water, but if you’re someone who suffers from dry, flaky skin, then you may need some extra reinforcements. Enter moisturizers.

Having dry skin means your skin probably isn’t producing enough lipid cells on its own, so moisturizers can help lock in moisture. Hydrators, on the other hand, usually contain humectants.

These work to catch moisture from the air and saturate it through the layers of your skin. So what does the difference boil down to?

The difference is:

Dehydrated skin needs hydration.

Dry skin needs oil and moisturization.

Let’s identify the differences between the two.



Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin

Hydrating vs Moisturizing: It boils down to whether your skin is dehydrated or dry.

Hydrators alleviate dehydrated skin, while moisturizers help the effects of dry skin. Dry skin is classified as a skin type, which means your skin’s inadequate production of natural oils can be attributed to a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. The results of dry skin are usually flaky, itchy, and an overall dull, rough, or lackluster appearance.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is caused by a lack of water. This means that even oily skin types can suffer from dehydration. As the water content of your skin is depleted, the results become visible on your skin, leaving it less supple and elastic.

Just remember: Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs to be hydrated with hydrating products, while dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized with moisturizing products. Dry skin is actually a skin type while dehydrated skin is something that anyone, no matter their skin type is, can experience.


The Bottom Line

The interchangeable use of hydrating and moisturizing of can be confusing to some but when it comes down to it, these terms actually refer to very different skin conditions. Before you purchase your products for your skin it’s best to analyze your skin to determine your current skin condition, dry or dehydrated, so you’re using the right products and the right ingredients.


You may not see it, but your skin is under attack constantly by free radicals. These are damaging molecules that come from light, pollution, cigarette smoke, and more. A little chemistry lesson? Free radicals are dangerous as each one is missing an electron. This spurs them to start a search-and-destroy mission within the deeper layers of your skin to make themselves whole again. If you replace that missing electron, you render them (mostly) harmless. And that’s where antioxidants come into play, as they come with electrons to neutralize them.

#JargonBreakdown: What Are Free Radicals?


Free radicals are tiny reactive oxygen molecules that can cause damage to our skin by damaging our skin cells, DNA, and collagen production. We produce some internally as cells turn over, but the rest come from external threats like UV rays and pollution. These are also the culprits responsible for deteriorating plastics, fading paint, degrading works of art… And for the skin? Visible ageing. Free radical damage can cause wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.

Here’s a list of some common stressors and known sources of free radicals:

  • Everyday air pollutants
  • Smog
  • UV rays
  • Up to 80% of free radical damage is caused by the sun. We suggest using a broad spectrum SPF like the Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturizer SPF20
  • Lack of sleep and exercise
  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Pesticides

Skin damage from free radicals may appear in several forms. They range from changes in skin colour (brown spots and broken blood vessels) to weakened, loose and saggy skin due to damaged elastic fibres. Free radicals can also break down the skin’s collagen and create wrinkles.

Free radicals can also break down the skin’s collagen and create wrinkles.


The answer to combating free radicals: antioxidants.

The answer to combating free radicals: antioxidants.

Antioxidants are a group of beneficial nutrients – vitamins, minerals and enzymes. An antioxidant is capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules as they help remove free radicals’ damage from these cells. That is, they slow down and can even stop this oxidative damage that causes the skin to age. Antioxidants are reducing agents. Meaning antioxidants reduce the damaging oxidative process in cells, including skin cells.

The Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum is packed full of antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and K. These help your skin fight free radicals by protecting and promoting the building blocks of collagen! In addition, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) act like “sponges” for water. It keeps your skin hydrated and ensures that it stays that way. #StayHAdrated with the Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum! A mix of super-hydrating ingredients with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-ageing properties, it helps with cell renewal whilst retaining moisture.

The Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is packed full of antioxidants to fight free radicals

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External skin care is important. However, there are times when you fail to observe a change in your skin, even when you’ve adopted a new skincare routine. Or tried out a new line of skincare products. If you feel like you’ve been doing everything right but still experiencing problems with your skin, it may boil down to your lifestyle. It’s perhaps time to review your lifestyle habits as these greatly impact your skin.

Here are a few common lifestyle factors that can affect our skin:

1. Nutrition Affects Your Lifestyle

“Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.”

– Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

“Man is what he/she eats.” This usually refers to the correlation between our physical fitness and diet, but can apply to our physical appearance as well. If you have been keeping up with our previous posts (props to you), you should know that what goes on inside shows up on the outside. Skin health is not only dependent on your skincare routine but also what you eat.

The secret to healthy, glowing skin is simple. Since the skin is the largest organ and also the last to receive nutrients, eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients will ensure that it receives the nutrients it deserves!

Don’t forget to hydrate too! Not drinking enough every day may lead to dehydration which aggravates any current skin condition and also cause dry and flaky skin.

2. Stress Does, Too.

Ever noticed how whatever we experience in our life seems to show on our face? When we’re constantly stressed out, we can expect acne and dark eye circles. These dreaded symptoms are caused by the release of stress-related hormones. One of these that really wreaks havoc on our skin? Cortisol.

Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress and is harmless in small amounts. It serves as a short-term coping mechanism. In excess, though? It exacerbates many skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Stress can also compromise the skin’s barrier function, resulting in water loss. If our skin loses its ability to retain water, it becomes dehydrated, ultimately resulting in aging skin.

While stress is inevitable, there are some simple and effective ways to help our body and skin better deal with it.

Some ways include:

– Getting adequate, or plenty of sleep daily
– Try exercises such as yoga or meditation
– Exercise regularly
– Eat plenty of healthy foods and drink lots of water

3. Exercise… or Lack Thereof

The next time you’re working out (#fitspo #fitfam anyone?), remember that the benefits of exercise go beyond keeping you in shape or adding muscle tone. It also keeps your skin younger looking!

Increased blood flow during exercise helps flush cellular debris out of your skin. During exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients. These repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants, and rev up collagen production and plump up wrinkles.

Don’t let your efforts go to waste! If you prefer working out outdoors, ensure that you apply sunscreen as prolonged sun exposure can actually take away the benefits of the exercise.

4. Sleep

Not catching up them ZZZ’s can do a surprising number on your skin. When you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re actually depriving your brain, body and skin, of nourishment, as sleep can be seen as food for the body. With enough rest, your brain gets rid of 60% more toxins when you get the proper amount of sleep, and with proper rest, not only do you feel more refreshed when you get up, your skin also gets more #glowing in the morning.

The results of not getting enough rest include your skin getting dehydrated due to an imbalance of PH levels, dark circles and under eye-bags. Not getting enough sleep decreases the moisture levels of your skin and lowers your complexion’s pH levels, which why you maybe have noticed that your skin looks less glowy and youthful.


5. Habits

We all love a good cocktail now and then. However, most drinkers fail to realize how much alcohol can affect our health and skin.

Alcohol induces inflammation throughout your body (and skin, of course) and dehydration is just one booboo it causes. Dullness, enlarged pores, sagging, fine lines and lacklustre skin are some other symptoms that can result in the skin.

When taken excessively, it also alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance for days. This is caused by the widening of small blood vessels in the skin which allows more blood to flow close to the surface. This is why you usually find your face flushed and warm.

Another vice: Cigarettes. Cigarettes contain nicotine which causes thinning of the blood vessels. Chronic smokers more often than not look older than their actual age as nicotine causes a reduction in oxygen supply. This accelerates the ageing process, thus causing the skin to look duller.

If you’re looking to have glowing and flawless skin, make sure you follow a good skincare routine and remember: Moderation is key. Adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in maintaining not just a healthier body, but also healthier skin!




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Products containing coconut (or coconut oil, in particular), as an ingredient are a common sight these days, and for good reason. Coconuts have been proven by 1,500 studies to be one of the healthiest foods with diverse health benefits. The best part that makes it so popular? It doesn’t become rancid! Combined with its exceptional healing properties compared to other dietary oils, this makes it an important ingredient in health and skincare products.

Here are five reasons why you should start including coconuts in your daily routine:

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It’s no secret that berries are important for good health. They reduce cholesterol, help prevent diabetes and cancer, and are great sources of immunity-boosting vitamin C. Berries are also inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavanoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Berries are thus really good for the skin, and most often used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Plus, we can’t deny that they smell delicious!

Here’s a list of our Top 5 Berries for this week!


 1. Strawberries

Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which help eliminate dead skin cells with every cleanse.

Strawberries also contain salicylic acid and ellagic acid, which are known for reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Salicylic acid is also known for removing dead cells from the skin and tightening the skin pores to prevent further acne breakouts. An excellent source of vitamin C, they also keep skin bright and healthy.


blueberries 2. Blueberries

The key to healthier skin lies in overall good health. It has been proven that consumption of blueberries helps with several skin conditions. Topical application has also been touted as a cure for damaged or acne-prone skin. Using a blueberries mask with once a week can significantly reduce skin damage.

As A Mask: Crush steamed blueberries and combine with 3 tablespoons of yoghurt in a blender. Apply the mask and keep on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


raspberry-05 3. Raspberries

Red raspberries contain anthocyanins, the nutrients which are essential for maintaining a youthful and beautiful complexion. Raspberries’ leaves are known for their skin-tightening properties. It also has astringent properties for toning the skin, and work like magic on wrinkles too! The antioxidant powers of vitamin C effectively reduce the age spots and discoloration.

As A Mask: Mix 1 cup of plain yoghurt and 2 cups of fresh raspberries, then blend the mixture until completely smooth. Apply the mixture to your face and keep on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.



Cranberries in a bowl 4. Cranberries

Being acidic in nature, cranberry juice is perfect for the treatment of oily skin, thus preventing the formation of sebum.

As An Exfoliator and Mask: Create a mixture of cranberry juice, grounded oatmeal, a quarter cup of sugar and olive oil. Apply this natural exfoliator on oily skin, rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. You can also mix the juice with honey to create a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. This acts as an excellent toner on the skin.



Blackberry with leaf5. Blackberries

Anthocyanocides and polyphenols are two antioxidants found in abundance in blackberries. These help stimulate collagen production and protects the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays while aiding in skin cell renewal.

Blackberries are comprised of more than 85% water with an abundant dose of fibre. Eating blackberries helps with detoxification and maintains the the skin’s elasticity.

As A Mask: Crush and mix juice with a teaspoon of honey. Apply onto face and neck. Wash off once dry.