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.

 

Running a really hectic schedule shopping for Christmas? Struggling to finish everything by that dreaded deadline before the festive season? You might be putting yourself (and your skin) through some serious stress right now, and you might have noticed duller skin on top of increased tension and fatigue.

Here are 10 tips on how to #GetYourGlowOn in time for Christmas and the New Year (and they pretty much revolve around hydration and oxygen)!

 


 

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

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You probably already know that hydration is the key to better skin. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to flush your skin back into plumpness, which helps to “fill in” wrinkles and pores for a smoother-looking complexion. Water can also help fight off breakouts as sebum levels on the skin are reduced when it’s sufficiently hydrated. It’s one of our guiding philosophies to have a good balance of water and oil on the skin in order to prevent acne breakouts and blemishes. Then again, drowning yourself in water at one go isn’t the solution. Moderation is key – hydrate yourself and give your skin a steady flow of water throughout the day, since your body can only take in so much water per hour.

If you aren’t the kind to drink your water, eat it! It’s even better to reach out for vegetables and fruits simply because they hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water! Moreover, this water stays in your body longer, as opposed to the water that simply passes right through.

A final water tip? Water actually reaches all your other organs before reaching your skin, thus it’s important to give your skin water directly (and keep it there – another of our mantras!) as well by using suitable products. Apply a hydrating moisturiser as soon as you can after leaving the shower (especially if you’re the kind to take really hot showers, which actually dries out your skin – but more on that later). After showering, the skin is extra porous and thus can better absorb the water that you apply on it after.

2. Double Cleanse — Because Once Just Isn’t Enough

We’ve probably worn our clients down with Mantra #2: Always double cleanse.

The first cleansing step not only helps remove makeup, but also the more superficial layer of grime that accumulated throughout the day (so this applies to you too, guys). The second step essentially is a deeper cleanse for your pores before using a toner to clear any other remnants.

You might think it a hassle, but your skin will really thank you for it once you’ve worked this habit into your skincare regimen. After all, there really isn’t a point in slathering on the moisturisers if nothing is going in (worse, you might be further trapping dirt and increasing sebum production within): Double cleansing and toning only help to prep the skin to maximize absorption of nutrients from your serums and moisturisers afterwards.

3. Exfoliate!

Twice to thrice a week, use a gentle exfoliator to boost your skin’s job of clearing dead skin cells. Exfoliation also helps to boost microcirculation, so you experience brighter skin within minutes.

4. Moisturize your skin

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Credit: Jeremy Bishop (@tidesinourveins)

Our tropical climate in Singapore largely calls for gel moisturisers rather than cream-based ones, but get your skin specialist to make suitable recommendations for your skin type. As we mentioned above, it’s not sufficient to drink or eat your water, especially if you’re gunning for a healthy, radiant glow this Christmas! Remember to moisturise every morning and night to speed up the process.

In the morning, spritz skin with a hydrating mist or spray for instant rejuvenation, followed by a lightweight water-based moisturiser and top with sunscreen. Nighttime calls for a little more intensive moisturisation, so consider using a deeply hydrating serum underneath the moisturiser for an added moisture boost for glowing skin.

5. Don’t Forget Your Lips, Neck and Décolletage

Remember to care for the rest of the area on and around your face as well as you care for your skin! It’s easy to neglect these areas, but your neck and décolletage develop wrinkles which tend to reveal more about your age than your face itself. Don’t forget to include all these areas in your skincare regimen, including cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising. Your lips also deserve some TLC to complete the entire healthy outlook!

6. Let Your Skin Breathe

Aside from Tip #1 (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate), this is also another really fast way for your skin to reboot into its healthy, radiant state – don’t wear foundation! It’s something most women find a challenge, but by skipping this step, you’re also feeding your skin with more oxygen without it having to go through all the layers of makeup, foundation, and whatnot.

Moreover, foundation and heavy makeup can cause congested skin – a shortcut to acne and dehydration thereafter. Unless you’re really conscientious about removing your makeup at the end of every day, we suggest skipping this step for awhile if you want glowing skin pronto for Christmas and the New Year.

Oxygenated blood is red, and deoxygenated blood is blue, right? Keep those cheeks flushed with oxygen, and you’ll naturally experience brighter skin.

We probably also shaved ten minutes off your morning routine before work for you – you’re welcome.

7. Never Leave Home Without SPF

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No matter the time of the day or night, never leave home without sunscreen.

Of all the benefits you get from this tip, this is probably the most convincing in your quest for Christmas-ready skin: It helps to prevent sunburns, skin discolorations, which means more even skin tone, which means a reduced need for foundation or concealer… refer back to Tip #6.

8. Book Some Facials

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Credit: Noah Buscher (@noahbuscher)

While you still have some time, clock in some hours at your facial spa to help boost results from your home skincare regimen. Your therapist has techniques and access to equipment that can revitalize your skin with greater efficacy.

What can professional facial spa services do? Good facial massages help stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic drainage to aid removal of pollutants in the skin. What you get afterwards is healthier and more radiant skin.

9. Shower Without the Heater On (If You Can)

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Credit: Seth Doyle (@sethdoylee)

We all enjoy really hot, steamy showers sometimes – especially when the rain’s making for a cold, cold day. But the heat actually isn’t doing our skin many favors in terms of hydration. If you’re able to, jump into the shower without the heater on!

10. Clock the Zs

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Credit: Vladislav Muslakov (@entersge)

Your skin and body naturally heals itself during sleep.

Sleep helps your body reverse everyday free radical damage via cellular renewal, which means you wake to better, brighter complexion (if you’ve rested enough and well). We won’t go too much into the science of it all but know that a good night’s rest can also stimulate the repair and regeneration of collagen-producing cells – so you’ll experience firmer skin.

If you suffer from restless nights and struggle to get some shut-eye, try using a sleep remedy, such as a silk sleeping eye mask to help you reach that stage of deep slumber.

And there you have it, our ten tips to #GetYourGlowOn for the festive season! You have just slightly more than a month to go – start treating that skin well!


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Give the gift of radiance this Christmas! Christmas is approaching so don’t get caught off guard with the worst thing to experience before the holiday season: being absolutely stumped when choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones. Finding the ideal Christmas present can be stressful, so we thought we would make it easier for you. With 3 of our amazing offerings, treat your loved ones to the best in beauty and take the stress out of picking a gift set.

DOUBLE CLEANSE GIFT SET $219 (R.R.P $271)

DOUBLE CLEANSE GIFT SET $219 (R.R.P $271)

Whether you’re new to the concept of double cleansing or just trying to get someone in on it, this is the perfect introductory set. It contains everything you need for effective double cleansing: a pre-cleanser, a cleanser, a toner and an exfoliator.

Suitable for: All skin types

The Double Cleanse Set goes for $219 (R.R.P $271).

 

 

PAMPERING MASK GIFT SET $159 (R.R.P $198)

PAMPERING MASK GIFT SET $159 (R.R.P $198)

What better way to relax, de-stress, and address your skin concerns than just lying down with a face mask on?

Whether you’re dealing with dark spots, acne scars, or dull skin, this set will leave you looking healthy, glowing and ready for the festive period.

Suitable for: Dull skin, aging skin

The Pampering Mask Set goes for $159 (R.R.P $198).

 

 

POWER TRIO GIFT SET $249 (R.R.P $325.50)

POWER TRIO GIFT SET $249 (R.R.P $325.50)

Balance, soothe and heal your skin with this powerful healing trio! Use these gels individually, or combine all three so that they work synergistically to reset skin to its natural equilibrium.

Suitable for: Acne-prone skin, Oily Skin

The Power Trio Set goes for $249 (R.R.P $325.50).

 

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICE: GIFT-WRAPPING

At only $10, your purchase will be wrapped in our signature gift packaging and ribbon, ready for your gift recipient. This service is available in all our outlets.

X’MAS EXCLUSIVE: TRAVEL POUCH + SILK EYE MASK (R.R.P $70)

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The Porcelain Travel Pouch (Left, $35) and Porcelain Silk Eye Mask (Right, worth $35)

The Porcelain Travel Pouch (R.R.P $35) is great for organising your products to travel in ease. Or, it can easily become your main makeup/skincare case at home. What’s more, the marble print and rose gold logo plate glam up a surprisingly tough (it’s water resistant!) pouch to keep your cosmetics organised.

The Porcelain Eye Mask (R.R.P $35) is a luxurious sleep mask crafted from the highest grade mulberry silk for deep, rejuvenating sleep. Lightly cushioned, it sits softly on your eyes to block out light while the smooth fabric protects against damage to skin and hair.

*** Enter “GetYourGlowOn” during checkout of any purchase of a gift set to receive a compliementary Porcelain Travel Pouch and Silk Eye Mask (total worth $70)! Valid until 30 November 2017. Click HERE to visit our Online Store.***

 

Updated: Sorry folks. Promo’s over because 2017 is!

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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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With an endless selection of skin care products available on the market, it’s understandably nerve-wracking to find the right products to develop a skin care routine suitable for your skin. No two skins are the same and no skincare routine is universal, so the routine you pick should definitely be one that’s suited for your skin type. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to help you devise an easy and personalised routine for flawless skin.

4 Steps to Flawless Skin | #SkinHacks

 

First off, get to know your skin

The process of building a personalised skin care routine begins with recognising your individual skin type and having a radiant and glowing complexion as the desired outcome, as you’d want your skin to benefit from it and not leave your skin high and dry.

While some skin care products do wonders for your skin, using them in an incorrect sequence or inappropriate regime may end up irritating and agonising your skin.

Here are the four commonly known skin types, as categorised by the cosmetic industry:

  • Normal skin: You have a balanced complexion and your skin appears refined with little to no blemishes. Acne and sensitivity concerns are a rarity to you. To sum it up, this is the skin type we all dream to achieve.
  • Oily skin: Your skin is no stranger to congestion and acne, appears shiny and feels oily throughout the day. While the cause for oily skin can mainly be attributed to genetics, ample hydration of the skin (go for non-comedogenic products!) can keep your sebum production levels in check.
  • Dry skin/Sensitive skin: Your skin appears rough and flaky, and you may find some products to be particularly stinging to your skin. This is due to the skin’s damaged moisture barrier which impedes its ability to lock in moisture, causing your skin to be especially sensitive and more easily inflamed.
  • Combination skin: You would often experience your skin to be oily in some areas, such as the T-zone and dry at the others. Instead of having two different routines for your skin, it may be more useful to find one that consists of different products to target a variety of skin issues.

 

Hey, keep it clean!

Proper cleansing is the first step and foundation of an effective skincare routine. It’s also probably the most important one of all – as this step sets up your skin for the rest of the steps and products that follow after.

Look for an alcohol-free, gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain strip your skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin. Gently wash your skin, then rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it removes the natural oils from your face faster.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Makeup Cleanser 

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The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is an oil-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free cleanser, which also doubles as a pre-cleanser. Invigorate your skin by gently massaging the cleanser into your skin! It melts away impurities and makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut extract purifies and prevents further ageing.

 

Remove dead skin cells

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. And remember: don’t scrub! Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and exacerbates any existing skin issues.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Natural Skin Refiner

skinrefiner-sq_1024x1024The Revive, Natural Skin Refiner is a non-abrasive exfoliant, as it makes use of natural enzymes instead of harsh beads that may cause irritation to the skin. With a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts, the refiner gently clears congestion and refines pores without drying out your skin. Gently massage in a circular motion to boost micro-circulation and allow its natural enzymes to soften dead skin cells.

 

Toned and ready

One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. It balances the skin after cleansing, calms and lowers its pH level. Toning helps prep the skin for any serums that follow, and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores!

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Glycolic Toner

glycolic-sq_1024x1024An alcohol-free toner formulated with glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, the Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner removes excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells, to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion. After cleansing and exfoliation, apply on a cotton pad and gently swipe on your skin. The best part of it all: it doesn’t dry out your skin!

 

Hydration is key

After cleansing, exfoliating and toning your face, it’s time to moisturise your skin. Moisturising is an essential step for your skin as it prevents dryness, flakiness, acne and wrinkles. Don’t skip this step if you’re looking for younger looking skin! Fine lines and wrinkles smoothen out when our skin remains hydrated.

Porcelain Recommends: Balance, Hydraclear Gel

hydraclear_gel-01_1024x1024After cleansing and toning, apply the Hydraclear Gel with a gentle tapping motion to massage into skin. This clear and lightweight gel works hard to keep acne, inflammation, bacteria and excess sebum at bay while keeping your skin moisturised and pH levels balanced.

 

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