There is no doubt that gift buying during the festive period is one of the happiest traditions, and also one of the most frustrating! After all, have you ever found yourself procrastinating on getting that PERFECT gift for that PERFECT someone but somehow are never able to find one – and, before you know it, it’s already Christmas Eve? We are here to ensure that never happens this year! If you find yourself stumped on what to surprise the beauty buff in your life with, we have 3 amazing offerings to help you give the gift of great skin this Christmas!

RELATED: #GetYourGlowOn: 5 Skin Tips to Revive Dull-Looking Skin In Time For X’mas

Starter Kit $99 (R.R.P $137)

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Starter Kit

Credits: @sulkinginmypartydress

Whether you are a seasoned skincare pro or just venturing out, our Starter Kit is gonna be your best friend. Everyone needs a few skincare essentials such as a good cleanser, toner and a trusty product that keeps your skin hydrated.

We are sure that even your most clueless friend is sure to pick a skincare tip or 2 in this kit as it contains some of our favorite must-haves!

The Power Trio Set goes for $99 (R.R.P $137).

 

Power Cleanse Kit $199 (R.R.P. $266)

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Power Cleanse Kit

When it comes to beauty, it is all about the efficacy and what works.

There’s nothing we love more than The Power Cleanse Kit which contains the stable of cleansing products which provide great effectiveness while being gentle on skin, so you prep your skin well for all the skincare goodness to follow.

The Power Cleanse Set goes for $199 (R.R.P. $266)

 

Power Trio 

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Power Trio

The crème de la crème of this year’s gift sets, this kit serves up a power trio of nourishing skin salves that heal, treat and protect skin from any problem it may face.

Use these gels individually, or combine all three so that they work synergistically to reset skin to its natural equilibrium. With some of the best offerings from Porcelain in this set, you’ll be well on your way to putting your best face forward this holiday season!

The Power Trio Set goes for $299 (R.R.P $439.50).

 

READ ALSO: Get Ready For X’mas: 10 Tips To Get Your Skin Looking Its Best At Parties And Gatherings

 

Celebrities are capable of making everything look glamorous: even an exit from the airport arrival hall turns into a fashion runway for them. Their style is described as “comfy chic” no matter how messy their hair and clothing look, and their skin always gives the impression that a personal facial therapist was sitting beside them the whole way on a long flight.

Skincare for a Long Flight

Credits to: Vogue

It is then we begin to wonder: Is it really impossible for us to look equally amazing?

Fortunately, the answer is no! Just follow through with these 5 simple steps below to come out looking like a star yourself.

Begin with a Bare Face

There is nothing more important than starting the flight with bare, cleansed skin; thus packing a travel sized makeup cleanser will be vital.

Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser (available in 30ml) is oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free and works as a pre-cleanser too. It boasts a wonderful blend of Orchid Extracts that loosen impurities while providing deep hydration.

After all, the low humidity in the cabin can both dry out skin and cause oily skin to product more oil, both potentially leading to wrinkle formation and an acne break out.

RELATED: #SkinHacks for the Time-Starved Traveller

Refresh Your Skin

Skincare for a Long Flight: Refresh your skin with our Hydro Cleanser

Always double cleanse thereafter as grime can collect before even the plane takes off. This extra step also helps remove residual dirt and can refresh and awaken the skin.

Porcelain’s Soothe, Hydro Cleanser (available in 30ml) is a great cleanser option as it is made up of 80% pure aloe vera, 6 natural ingredients and is free from sulfates and parabens. Allow it to hydrate your skin as you cleanse, ensuring a clear glowing complexion after.

 

Enjoy a Boost of Hydration

Though it might seem tempting to kick back with a coffee or apple juice, such beverages are diuretic and can cause your skin to turn drier. Stick to drinking cups of water instead, which can leave you moisturized from inside to out.

An additional boost of hydration can be gained by putting on a soothing mask. Be sure to use Porcelain’s Revive, Glycolic Toner beforehand to gently clarify your skin and prep it for the goodness of the following masking treatment.

Porcelain’s Hydrocare Bio Cellulose Mask is a heaven sent solution to weary travelers with fatigued skin. Made of an extremely form-fitting bio-cellulose material, the mask adheres tightly to your skin, ensuring maximum absorption of its powerful active ingredients that pump moisture into the skin and purify it with natural enzymes.

 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Skincare for a Long Flight: Moisturize with our Aloe Recovery and Hydraclear Gels

To seal the goodness of the mask in, be sure to pat in moisturizer while the skin is still damp.

Porcelain’s Power Trio (Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel, Balance, Hydraclear Gel and Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel) Gels will work together to target a whole range of skin concerns in just a minute. Simply place a pump of each product in your palm, mix them together, and simply spread them over your face.

The Aloe Recovery Gel’s restorative and anti-inflammatory powers help keep infection at bay and builds skin’s resilience. It works hand in hand with the Botanical Soothing Gel to calm dry, irritated and eczema-prone skin. The Hydraclear Gel tackles acne, bacteria and excess serum so skin will remain spot-free even after being cooped up for many hours.

 

Sun Protection is a Must

Skincare for a Long Flight: Sun protection with our Skin Perfecting Moisturiser

Did you know? The degree of sun exposure on board a plane is exponentially higher as you get tens of thousands of feet closer to the sun and its damaging rays. Frequent fliers – especially fans of the window seat – are facing a much higher risk of developing skin cancer. Thus, it is highly recommended to have sunscreen at the ready whenever you’re in the air.

Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer with SPF 20 is a power packed two-in-one sunscreen that hydrates as it protects. Its oil-free and paraben-free active ingredients also keep skin supple and soothed. It comes with sheer coverage in two shades, so it’s a great way to arrive at the airport looking healthy and fresh.

 

Now, Porcelain is offering you your chance to step off the plane looking like a star!

Head over to Facebook to find out how to win 2 of Porcelain’s Skin Perfecting Moisturizers for you and your best friend!

 

Weddings aren’t called the “Big Day” for no reason. Walking down the aisle is a very special occasion that many of us have dreamt about since we were six. One thing all brides want is to look their absolute best. That may mean having radiant glowing skin for some, and for others, it is to remedy their existing skin issues. The stress of prepping for the wedding may also show on your skin, and we are not leaving your wedding skin prep to chance for you to get that amazing glow on D-DAY!

Wedding Skin Prep (Part 1) | #SkinHacks

Credits: Apartment Therapy

At Porcelain, we believe in being with you every step of the way, leading up to your wedding. Here’s Part 1 of a 2-part series to explore skincare regimes to help brides achieve perfect skin.

Tip 1 – Use safe, gentle products for your skin

Some brides-to-be are tempted to stray from their tried-and-tested routine to try out the latest fad products. Or, those that their friends have said to give “miraculous results”. This isn’t always wise, because the wrong ingredient at any moment can trigger breakouts, allergies, or an imbalance of the skin’s pH level (read more about that here).

Instead, it is best to stick to skin-loving, gentle products for the months leading up to the wedding. Try to read the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t much harsh chemicals. If possible, stick to your existing regime, especially if it works for you.

Wedding Skin Prep Tip 1 - Use safe, gentle products for your skin

To help balance your pH levels, we have the Balance, Sebum Control Essence to the rescue. It contains 50% Sodium Hyaluronate to lock in cellular moisture. Its blend of botanicals such as T-Tree and Horse Chestnut Extract also reduce breakouts.

To reduce skin sensitivity and redness, consider the Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel as it contains 99% pure Stabilized Aloe Vera and is great for boosting the skin’s resilience so that your skin is strong enough to repair itself. It also reduces inflammation so your skin wouldn’t look red and angry from any sun-burns or break-outs.

 

Tip 2 – Schedule your Facials

Depending on your skin issues, you may require varying levels of commitment to get that perfect visage you’re looking for.

If you have problematic skin, we suggest to start scheduling a series of facial as early as 1 year before and we typically start clients off with a series of OxyRevive with LED and Quintessential treatments. Closer to the big day, we will switch the treatments to focus more on lifting, hydrating and skin brightening, including a blend of Cryotherapy, Radio Frequency and Sun Rescue Facials.

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Credits: Babbphoto.com

 

Tip 3 – Protect with Sunscreen

Sunscreen is vital! (read more about the difference between Sunscreen and Sunblock here). Exposure to the sun without the necessary protection can lead to premature aging through the impairment of collagen, as well as pigmentation due to overstimulated melanin production.

Many may skip sunscreen because they fear the dreaded white cast or sticky after feeling, but there are a plethora of choices now available to suit every individual’s skin type and concerns.

For example, there are tinted sunscreens for those who require mild coverage, or even mattifying sunscreens for those who want a dual function makeup base. Unfortunately, a majority of mattifying sunscreens contain a lot of silicons, which can stifle the skin’s ability to breathe and function normally.

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Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer with SPF 20

Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (SPF 20) counters all these. Broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays? Check. It’s also non-comedogenic, oil free and paraben free – a welcome respite from the usual greasy, tinted sunblocks. It even comes in 2 tones – light and tan – for those who would like a light coverage foundation substitute that doesn’t clog pores!

 

Tip 4 – Allow Time for Healing after Intensive Treatments

Certain skin issues require more attention than others. Problems such as pitted scars and enlarged pores cannot be resolved at a surface level.

Doctors and aestheticians may recommend oral medication or a series of products. Both of these require a lengthy treatment plan that not many brides-to-be are willing to undertake. Plus, they usually aren’t able to control the speed and ambiguity of their results.

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Instead, we recommend Fractional Skin Resurfacing which utilizes the latest 3Deep medical radio frequency technology to penetrate deep into the skin, thereby stimulating collagen remodeling to treat uneven skin tone, acne scars and even wrinkles. One can look forward to renewed skin texture, overall firmness and refined pores after a single session.

However, such an intensive treatment does have a downtime. Clients can experience redness, sensitivity and peeling for at least 3 – 4 days. During that time, it will also be best to avoid long periods of sun exposure.

Our therapists will provide advice if two or more sessions are needed, and a treatment plan can be customized based on your time frame. (Read more about scheduling facials ahead of time here.)

 

For non-problematic skin, come to us at least three months prior the big day for your customized treatment plans. Depending on the concerns, we can arrange key aesthetic treatments to achieve the results you want.

 

Most of us associate the term “pH” with Chemistry classes. Our memories flit back to lab days and playing with the changing colors of liquids. For most, our knowledge of pH stopped at understanding that it stands for “potential hydrogen”. Plus that it’s used to describe how acidic or alkaline a product is. And maybe that the most acidic measures a 1, the most alkaline a 14, and neutral is a 7.

pH: Finding The Perfect Balance | #SkinHacks

Never did we realize or anticipate its importance in our skin’s health. When we consume unhealthy food or use incompatible products, our deteriorating complexion is normally the first sign of imbalanced pH levels.

What is the perfect pH to achieve for our skin, then, you might ask?

Our skin’s barrier, also known as the acid mantle, works best at a slightly acidic 5.5pH balance. When it is at that ideal level, the skin is able to retain the “good oils” and moisture well while keeping out UV rays, pollution, toxins and bacteria.

However, when the pH leans too much to the alkaline side, our skin becomes dry and sensitive, occasionally resulting in flaking or eczema. Irritations can also strike during this period. This slows down the skin’s ability to ward off enzymes that can destroy collagen, thereby causing wrinkles and sagging.

As for when the skin is overly acidic? Expect enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne.

Thus, equalizing the skin is of utmost importance. That balance is easily attained with a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and at least 8 cups of water a day. Needless to say, having a reliable skincare regimen that works well is also necessary.

A balanced skincare regimen

Often times, many run for the hills once they hear “skincare regimen” as they assume an effective one will cost an arm and a leg. Not true! In fact, a simple 4-step system (cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer) is more than sufficient.

First, begin with a mild, or pH 5.5, cleanser so as to ensure skin is cleansed gently but effectively. Avoid using soaps which lean to the alkaline side nor over wash your skin (water has a pH level of 7). Follow through with an alcohol-free toner to maintain the acid balance as well.

Including a serum such as our Balance, Sebum Control Essence (R.P. $41) will be tremendously beneficial. It not only hydrates skin and controls oil in the short run, but also slowly balances out the skin in the long run. After a few months, one should experience a smoother, softer and more balanced skin texture.

Finally, use a hydrating moisturizer as a finishing touch. This keeps your skin remains constantly moisturized and ups its ability to repair itself against aggressions over the day.

By following through with these steps, achieving that balance will be a breeze.

 


UPDATED 27 MAR 2019:

Curious to find out what your skin is like, and how exactly to care for it?
For a limited time only, enjoy a Skin Discovery analysis at $65 and receive a complimentary 3-piece customisable travel set (worth $99).*

What’s inside the Travel Set?
1x Cleanser,  Toner, Gel, and Travel Pouch


* $65 is redeemable for credits to offset the cost of any ala carte treatment. Terms & conditions apply.

 


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Let’s go through a step-by-step Porcelain skincare product guide. Find our product recommendations based on your skin type!

Normal Skin

Morning

Step 1: Begin your day with a light cleanse using the paraben- and sulfate-free Soothe – Hydro Cleanser. With Aloe Vera and Sodium Hyaluronate, this gel-like cleanser is enriched with antioxidants to nourish, soothe, refresh and hydrate your skin. Prep your skin before application of other products.

Step 2: Next, spritz your face, neck and decollate liberally with our vitamin-enriched Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion to balance and hydrate your skin. Also incorporate an essence which is appropriate for your skin type.

Step 3: Finally, apply our non-comedogenic Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser (SPF 20) to lock in moisture. Seal skin against environmental aggressors while providing UVA & UVB protection.

Night

Step 1: At night, firmly massage our indulgent Revive – Makeup Cleanser into your skin. Invigorate your senses while it melts away impurities and dissolves makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut purifies and prevents aging.

Step 2: Double cleanse with your preferred cleanser before applying the Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask to nourish and hydrate your skin.

Tips: Your skin will also benefit from regular exfoliation using our Revive – Natural Skin Refiner. Containing fruit enzymes, it gently sheds dead skin cells to reveal new, radiant skin.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 2) | Product Recommendations

Oily Skin

Morning

Step 1: Each morning, cleanse your skin with our paraben- and sulfate-free Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel. With cucumber and tea tree oil, this cleanser prevents and treats acne infections while tightening pores without drying out the skin. Sage extract promotes cell regeneration and regulates sebum protection.

Step 2: Replenish your skin’s moisture by swiping your face, neck and decollete with our anti-bacterial Revive – Glycolic Toner. Then, rub in a few drops of the Balance – Sebum Control Essence to condition the skin and balance its pH levels.

Step 3: Next, apply our Balance – HydraClear Gel to seal in moisture and support the skin’s protective barrier. Finish with a sunscreen such as our Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser (SPF 20).

Night

Step 1: Double cleanse every evening to thoroughly cleanse oil-based dirt and other impurities. The Revive – Makeup Cleanser cleanses and nourishes your skin without stripping it of natural oils, which often results in an overproduction of sebum.

Step 2: Repeat your morning regime, but exclude the sunblock.

Tips: Benefit from regular exfoliation by using enzyme-based exfoliators such as our Revive – Natural Skin Refiner. It gently clears congestions and refines pores without drying out your skin.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 2) | Product Recommendations

Dry/Sensitive Skin

Morning

Step 1: Designed to soothe, calm and moisturise, our paraben and sulfate-free Soothe – Hydro Cleanser contains anti-irritant agents Allantoin and Carrot Extract, making this a perfect morning cleanser.

Step 2: Rehydrate and tone your skin with a few spritzes of our vitamin enriched Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion. Follow with our Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel and Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel to calm, hydrate and relieve dryness and sensitivity. Their botanical-rich formulations plump the skin by deeply hydrating and nourishing the skin, reducing fine lines and preventing scarring.

Step 3: Finish with a sunscreen such as the Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser (SPF 20).

Night

Step 1: At night, firmly massage our indulgent Revive – Makeup Cleanser into your skin. Invigorate your senses while it melts away impurities and dissolves makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut purifies and prevents aging.

Step 2: Double cleanse with your preferred cleanser before applying the Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask to nourish and hydrate. Seal in moisture with our Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel and Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel and wake up to fresh, radiant skin.

Tips: Benefit from regular exfoliation by using enzyme-based exfoliators such as our Revive – Natural Skin Refiner. It gently clears congestions and refines pores without drying out your skin.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 2) | Product Recommendations

Credits: WearOhWhere

Combination Skin

Morning

Step 1: Designed to soothe, calm and moisturise, our paraben- and sulfate-free Soothe – Hydro Cleanser contains anti-irritant agents Allantoin and Carrot Extract, making this a perfect morning cleanser. This antioxidant-rich cleanser balances and soothes while leaving the skin moisturised.

Step 2: Replenish your skin’s moisture by swiping your face, neck and decollete with our anti-bacterial Revive – Glycolic Toner. This toner gently removes dead skin cells and balances the skin to reveal a healthy glowing complexion.

Step 3: Concentrating on your oily areas, rub in a few drops of the Balance – Sebum Control Essence to condition the skin and balance its pH levels. This sodium hyaluronate-rich essence hydrates and plumps while doubling up to control sebum production.

Step 4: Next, apply our Balance – HydraClear Gel to seal in moisture and support the skin’s protective barrier.

Step 5: Finish with a sunscreen such as our Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser (SPF 20).

Night

Step 1: In the evenings, begin with our Revive – Makeup Cleanser which removes makeup, impurities and grease without stripping your skin of moisture. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut purifies and prevents aging.

Step 2: Double cleanse with your preferred cleanser before reapplying the Balance – Sebum Control Essence and Balance – HydraClear Gel which will keep your skin moisturised and balanced for the night.

Tips: Benefit from regular exfoliation by using enzyme-based exfoliators such as our Revive – Natural Skin Refiner. It gently clears congestions and refines pores without drying out your skin. When dry patches are apparent, our Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask works wonders in rehydrating and balancing your skin.

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