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?

When asked what attributes to ageing skin, most would easily throw out answers like a “lack of collagen”. But there’s so much more to that than just collagen and elastin. Bone loss occurs, changing your basic bone structure; constant facial movements and expressions result in wrinkles not just in the skin, but in the muscles themselves! Facial ageing and muscles? They’re definitely a very real thing.

Anyone beyond 40 is no stranger to seeing a different face in the mirror over time. First, there was a slight loss of firmness in the skin… then some fine lines around the eyes and mouth… deeper lines … wrinkles… holy cow, is my jaw sagging now?

Facial Ageing & Muscles - Exercise For Facial Muscles


Atrophy, not a trophy

Atrophy is a far cry from its similar-sounding brother… what’s atrophy, really? Simply put, it’s the decrease in muscle mass (wasting away of the muscles, if you will), and this happens in the face as well — resulting in (possibly early) facial ageing.

When we were young…

We had strong bones, toned muscles, and beautiful cheeks. These were thanks to the connective tissues under the skin—tissues that contain tons of collagen fibres (for support) and elastic fibres (for strength and facial flexibility).

As we age, these fibres shrink and deteriorate, along with our muscles, bones, and nerves. They lose mass (or volume), strength and elasticity. This is atrophy, and while the biggest changes appear in our 40s or 50s, they usually begin in the mid-thirties and carry on till we’re older.

And as this happens, our skin starts losing its legendary collagen and firmness. Together with the changes that our bones along our jaws, cheeks and brows go through, we begin noticing sags in our facial features (and self-confidence).

Lifestyle behaviours like smoking, alcohol can also influence muscle atrophy. Even excess sun exposure can result in fibres that can no longer ‘recover’ or ‘bounce back into place with resiliency’, and thus sag.

But guess what? Exercise helps!

Muscles & facial ageing? Kill it with exercise

Muscles & facial ageing? Kill it with exercise

Credit: Matheus Ferrero

As we said, most focus on “the loss of collagen” and search for treatments that help stimulate collagen growth to help firm skin. Which is great! Why not boost it for longer-lasting, more effective results with some targeted treatments for the facial muscles as well?

Porcelain’s Cryotherapy Intensive (or more recently renamed Arctic ToneTM) is an award-winning treatment that helps people with anti-ageing concerns.

And here, let’s go technical.

Arctic ToneTM: Features for reversing time

Low-Frequency Current

This super-lifting treatment stimulates facial muscles with a patented 4Hz low-frequency current. It sounds terribly painful, but it is not! What the current does is to tone and stimulate the skin’s muscle fibres comfortably — energizing and elevating the facial muscles. The result is a smoother, firmer and more youthful-looking complexion. What you just did there? A good, intensive workout for your facial muscles.

Low Temperature

Remember our Cryotherapy treatment that brings your skin’s temperature to a low of -10 degrees Celsius? Now, it goes even chillier of up (down?) to -15 degrees Celsius for boosted toning, firming and lifting results. An added Iontophoresis element ensures better product penetration so your skin experiences reduced sensitivity and improved brightening, sebum control and hydration.

Deeper Stamp Depths

Your skin absorbs products even more intensively now not just with Iontophoresis… Arctic Tone also features deeper Cryostamp depths (from 0.25mm to 0.5mm) for more even more targeted results like pore/scars reduction and skin brightening. Deeper stamp depths* simply mean ingredients penetrate the skin more intensively, plus they address deeper scars as they can stimulate tissue repair further down.

It’s pretty simple and no rocket science:

Low Frequency + Lower Temperatures = Firmer, Toned Skin

Iontophoresis + Deeper Stamp Depths = Brighter, More Nourished Skin

*Note: A higher stamp depth may require longer downtime and may not be suitable for sensitive skin.

Arctic ToneTM: Benefits

Muscles & facial ageing? Arctic Tone's Benefits

Credit: Taylor Boggs

Had enough of science lessons? Us, too.

To cut the long story short, the treatment does do what you know will help with facial ageing:

Arctic ToneTM will stimulate collagen and elastin production. But it does more than just that. It also stimulates facial muscles, thus toning them. We like to call it exercise for the face.

Amongst other benefits, the treatment:

– lifts sagging areas like the brow lines
– visibly diminishes fine lines and/or wrinkles on the face and neck
– lightens acne scars and marks
– smoothens and rejuvenates the skin

Arctic Tone: DOES IT HURT?

The truth is…………….. No!


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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.

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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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