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?

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?

Credit: Samuel Schneider

GOING IN-DEPTH: WHAT EXACTLY ARE FREE RADICALS? HOW HARMFUL ARE THEY?

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.

HOW DO I PREVENT DAMAGE FROM FREE RADICALS?

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

Find out more at about the HA+ Hydrating Serum HERE

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

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Recently on our Dear Pauline column, we got a couple of people asking how long they should be spending on their skincare routine. They have no time. They’re too busy. They’re too tired. They can’t be fussed! And I completely understand.

Fuss-free Skincare Routines: How Long is Enough?

Credits: Pixabay

I’m the laziest out there, really, but have recently switched out of my typical three-step skincare routine: Wash, tone, moisturize in 3 minutes, tops.

And I am a convert.

And honestly? It really doesn’t take much. 10 minutes are all you need. And if you’re really in a rush, 5 can work as well. It’s about the time you take, the products used, and then how they are used. But skincare has now become a form of winding down for me. Precious, slow me time.

But okay, I get that some of you like to always be. On. The. Go. Get. Things. Done. Onwards, you time-starved!


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Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is powerpacked with 4 complexes: Deep Moisture, Anti-Ageing, Sensitive, and Anti-Acne

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is powerpacked with 4 complexes: Deep Moisture, Anti-Ageing, Sensitive, and Anti-Acne

There, we’ve said it. The HA+ Hydrating Serum is the first of Porcelain’s new Intensive line of products, and we made it for the clients who inspired us to curate amazing ingredients into four specific complexes. Four, to help clients from all walks of life enjoy a hydrating serum that would be suitable for any skin type, any age, and any climate. But it took two years before we were ready to unveil it to the world.

The serum was first launched internally — as with any other product we have to ensure it works – before being sold in-store. Like Pauline said during our media launch just the 3rd of May, we run a tight ship with our products.

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is designed for anyone at any stage of their anti-ageing regime

Credits: Wear Oh Where

“Does this product deserve a space on your shelf?” 

We took two years to be able to say, hell yeah!

So here’s the story we wanted to share that we feel is more important than any blow-by-blow sales talk. Because hey, you can read that here. Instead, let’s talk about the story behind the HA+ Hydrating Serum. 

And that’s really our clients’ stories that we’re sharing. Every day, our clients talk to us. It goes beyond “How’s your day?” – beyond skin deep. Many tell us they have oily skin (but they’re really just dehydrated). A few struggle with how to properly moisturize dry skin.  The ultimate question that triggers our brainstorming frenzy:

“I can’t find anything out there that works for me; do you have a solution?”

The truth is, there are many incredible products out there with great anti-ageing benefits, or hydration, or acne control. And that was when it hit us – the keyword is “or”. There is a plethora of products in the market that specifically focus on just one or two main skin concerns. For example, there are many rich creams. Plenty that contain hyaluronic acid. Even more with ingredients that help boost collagen levels… But how many anti-ageing products had more benefits than just plumping up wrinkles? How many could be used by certain people that provide the benchmark of it being suitable for anyone and everyone – people with sensitive or even acneic skin?

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is designed for anyone at any stage of their anti-ageing regime

“What gap are we trying to fill here?”

With that, out popped our latest flagship product, the HA+ Hydrating Serum – specially designed not just for anti-ageing and hydration, but also to combat acne (with good bacteria) and soothe and even heal sensitive skin. A product to fill out all that the “Ors” couldn’t – to fill the gap that our clients helped us realize was there.


To you.
 

 

Stay True and #StayHAdrated,
(AND shop the NEW HA+ Hydrating Serum at www.ShopPorcelain.com now),

 

 

 

 


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Catch up with our previous #BareWithMe and #DearPauline interviews with Viola TanLucinda Law and Hanli Hoefer too.

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The mid-day sheen on my face was the bane of my existence before I joined the Porcelain team. The oil made me look that much more unprofessional before the final interview, less attractive before the important date, less… me. That said, I’ve since learnt to be more confident in my own skin (literally and figuratively), and I’ve also learnt why my forehead’s constantly shiny when my skin’s supposedly dehydrated (not dry)!

Credits: Newscrab

I’ve also learnt that my guilty pleasure of washing my face to get rid of the oil and gunk in the middle of the day is completely okay – amongst other things. So here’s answering a question we got on our latest #DearPauline column with MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer:

 


Would you recommend a mid-day cleanse for a person whose job requires extended physical activity throughout the day?

– @gadfitsgp


 

The answer is yes – just do it the right way.

TIP 1. MID-DAY CLEANSING:
THE ONE THAT MOST THINK MIGHT BE WRONG, BUT IS ALRIGHT

It’s not really a matter of when, but how you wash your face. Use a hydrating, sulphate-free cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. This helps refresh your skin while replenishing it with moisture, so it’s less likely to think it’s too dehydrated and produce oil as a result. Go on with that mid-day cleanse, now!

 

TIP 2. TONING & MOISTURISING RIGHT AFTER:
THE ONE THAT MOST MISS OUT, BUT SHOULDN’T:

After the mid-day wash, remember to reapply your moisturiser and sunscreen afterwards. You’d done it once in the morning, so there’s no reason to skip it now. You’d washed off not just the oil, but the moisturizer and sun protection you previously had on as well. It’s not okay to miss out on this step.

Opt for an alcohol-free, moisturizing emollient that contains natural oils like jojoba or rose. Alcohol dries the skin – and we know what happens then…

 

TIP 3. BLOTTING:
THE ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DO, BUT ISN’T OKAY

Credits: Into the Gloss

We’re all guilty of this one. Blotters look really gross after they’ve been on our faces, but the more saturated they are with oil, the deeper the pleasure it secretly gives us. But that’s just one more thing I’ve learned. Blotters take away the oil but to compensate for that, your skin starts pumping out more. Often, this leads to clogged pores and acne – the very things we were trying to avoid. Powdered blotters are even more criminal because the powder not only clogs pores, but pushes the dirt and excess oil deeper in.

Blotters are marketed as a quick-fix, and while they’ll give you 5 minutes of gratification, they don’t help to fix the real root of the issue. What you need is to regulate your sebum and pH levels, which are processes that happen beneath the skin’s surface.

Instead, help yourself to that mid-day cleanse. Just remember Tips 1 & 2 to make sure you’re helping, rather than harming, your skin!

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

WAIT, WHAT’S #DEARPAULINE?

Think “Aunt Agony”, except “#DearPauline” is our personal beauty column! Like our #BareWithMe campaign, in collaboration with the amazing Wear Oh Where, we meet different women from all walks of life to talk skin. Our first instalment of #DearPauline (with Hanli Hoefer) is up now.

Hanli Hoefer

Image credits: Wear Oh Where

READ MORE #DEARPAULINE STORIES HERE:

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We’re back with a new #DearPauline post to talk about acne! In our last post, we covered dull and sensitive skin. This week, we address a very common skin concern: managing acne.

Managing acne

But first, an introduction to acne and its causes

Acne affects almost all teenagers. The condition results from hormones reacting with the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands). The sebaceous glands make an oily substance called sebum. This empties onto the skin’s surface through the hair follicle opening (pore). The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria to grow in the follicle openings. Pores thus become clogged and pimples develop.

While there are many causes that contribute to its appearance, e.g. lifestyle and hereditary factors, the more common ones are:

  • Excess oil production
  • Hair follicles clogged by sebum (or oil) and dead skin cells
  • Bacteria (e.g P.acnes bacteria)
  • Hormonal imbalance

Managing acne

Here’s a question from Sunita Pong (@sunitapong):

 


“I’ve been battling hormonal adult cystic acne for half my life, and have tried just about everything and anything under the sun to counter the breakouts.  I haven’t tried targeted facials as I worry they might exacerbate my current skin condition. Are there any solutions to this?

– @sunitapong


…and here’s our answer:

Battling hormonal cystic acne is painful, both physically and emotionally. Acne treatment is our forte and we have dealt with many cases like yours. This requires professional care. Dermatologists typically prescribe topical steroids, retinol (oral or topical), antibiotics, lasers and chemical peels. But we have many clients who want more natural alternatives with less potential side-effects.

Facials can work, but as your skin is extremely delicate, we need to go through a very long process (6 months to 1 year) to help reduce bacterial infections, balance your skin’s pH and improve its resilience. However, we are treating the root of the issue, and this will help significantly reduce acne in the long run. To do this, we use a combination of treatments (with customised frequencies) with a prescribed series for homecare, and we require the client to work really closely with us.

Here are some acne-related posts we’ve done previously which will aid you in your battle:

Acne Busters

https://porcelainfacespa.com/prologue/understanding-acne-some-people-gets-it-and-others-dont/

Best Acne-Fighting Ingredients

 


 

WAIT, WHAT’S #DEARPAULINE?

Think “Aunt Agony”, except “#DearPauline” is our personal beauty column! Like our #BareWithMe campaign, in collaboration with the amazing Wear Oh Where, we meet different women from all walks of life to talk skin. Our first instalment of #DearPauline (with Hanli Hoefer) is up now.

Hanli Hoefer

Image credits: Wear Oh Where

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Our Very Own Beauty Column! | #DearPauline

Our Beauty Guru On “Skin” | #DearPauline

Is Mid-Day Cleansing Bad for My Skin? | #DearPauline