Glycolic Acid TonerGlycolic Acid

What It Is: An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and natural anti-aging compound derived from sugar cane

How It Works: AHA breaks the bonds between weakened skin cells, making it much easier to exfoliate them and encourage the production of new cells. Glycolic acid gently peels the top layer of the skin, helping dislodge buildup from clogged pores, and with regular use improves the skin’s overall appearance and clarity.

Best For Treating: Blackheads, whiteheads, large pores, and dark spots

Product Pick: Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner

 

 

 

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Salicylic Acid

What It Is: A beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) originally derived from willow tree bark, it’s now usually manmade and used in anti-acne products for faster, more potent results.

How It Works: BHA is similar to AHA, in that it too helps to slough away dead skin cells. Unlike glycolic acid, however, salicylic acid is lipid or oil soluble, which allows it to penetrate into the pores where the oil glands reside. Because of this, it can be a powerful ally in unclogging (or exfoliating) sebum-clogged pores.

Best For Treating: Whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and large pores

Product Pick: Flawless, Skin Perfecting Cream

 

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Retinol

What It Is: Not as powerful as its pricey prescription-only alternative, this vitamin A derivative is now widely used in most products.

How It Works: Primarily used for anti-aging, retinol rejuvenates skin by stimulating the production of collagen, reducing fine lines, spots, and discoloration, and exfoliating away dead skin cells to improve and prevent blemishes.

Best For Treating: Acne scars and clogged pores; also helps fight signs of aging

Product Pick: Flawless, Skin Perfecting Cream

 

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Tea Tree Oil

What It Is: A popular additive in organic, vegan, and other natural beauty lines, tea tree oil, sometimes labeled melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, is an essential oil extracted from the tea tree.

How It Works: Similar to the effects of benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil appears to contain natural antiseptic properties that work to destroy the bacteria which lead to acne. Although several studies prove it can be an effective treatment with fewer side effects, be aware that tea tree oil works at a slower rate than its manmade counterparts.

Best for Treating: All types of mild to moderate acne; works well on sensitive skin

Product Pick: Balance, Sebum Control Essence

With all the holidays around the corner and with your social calendar being lined up with events to attend, there are some simple things you must do to take care of your skin and restore it back to full health after all the parties… in order to get ready for the next one! Here are the top 5 from that list – quick, simple and easy – and they will go a long way in ensuring healthy, radiant skin even as you party away!

#1 – Cleansing

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Yeah, I know. The only thing you want to do after returning from a party is to fling your shoes away and crash on the nearest flat surface. But hey, wait. Sweat, grime, makeup and smoke (second-hand, too) are a dangerous mix to leave on your face, especially while you are asleep. As quickly after the party as possible, use a makeup remover to get away the makeup and grime first, and then use a gentle face wash to lather away any remaining impurities. And if required (and you have the patience), slather on your favorite skincare product and then sleep easy. Your face is going to thank you for it!

#2 – Hydrate Your Body & Skin

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Alcohol (if you drink), salty foods, sugary drinks – standard fare at any party? Each of these has a dehydrating effect on your body and skin. Too little water will end up making your skin look shriveled and lifeless. That typical day-after-the-party dryness we feel on our face is exactly this. For several days after a party, and in general, drink lots and lots of water, and keep your skin moisturized from the outside, too. Good hydration is the starting point for better-looking skin. [Read: 5 Nourishing Skin Food]

 

 

#3 – Anti Oxidise

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Free radicals abound in the party atmosphere – of the molecular variety, I mean. Simply put, free radicals are the #1 cause of oxidation, which in turn causes ageing, dark spots and other problems. Pile up on antioxidants in your food and skin care regime. Nuts, berries, bright-colored fruits and vegetables – these are some excellent sources of antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals and keep you protected. You should include antioxidants in your food, as well as in your skin care regime!

#4 – Sleep

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Late-nights are cool, sort of. Bags under your eyes when you’re too young for them – not cool. The body does have a mechanism to adjust sleep deprivation for short periods of time, but not for too long. Don’t carry forward your sleep deficit beyond 4-5 days. Make sure you rest body and mind and give them a chance to jump back to their natural cycles. Sleep deprivation affects not only the skin but also the body in many, many ways – so making up for lost sleep is an absolute no-brainer on this list. [Read: Sleep Deprivation Causes Acne]

#5 – Pack It Up

The Party Perfect DIY Facial Spa Kit

Regular readers of our blog would’ve seen this one before, and it’s not without reason that a face pack almost always features on our to-do list. A natural face pack is an excellent combination of exfoliation, nourishment and hydration, and it doesn’t take much time – once a week is just good enough. Make sure you pick a mask that suits your skin type and follow a once-a-week regime. An absolute must, must-do, especially if you’ve been partying hard. [Read: Party Perfect Kit on Juice Magazine]

 

The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is a beautifully crafted product that harnesses the benefits of the exquisite Orchid Flowers Extract to produce a hydrating, mild, yet powerful pre-cleanser.

This August, we celebrate 50 years of independence of our beautiful island home by giving back to our adopted charity – O’Joy Elderly Services. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of Revive, Makeup Cleanser will be donated to O’Joy Elderly Services.

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Ever wondered about the reason behind your dull skin, even after a good night’s rest and use of proper skincare? One of the key reasons behind dull skin is insufficient oxygen flow, but there are other factors that matter.

  1. Improper diet, lifestyle and dehydration causes dull skin

Our skin reflects the food we eat. Proper nutrition greatly affects the health of your skin! The late nights partying may seem like harmless #YOLO fun, but drinking and smoking severely dehydrate the skin. Keep yourself adequately hydrated after a night out, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly to get the blood pumping!

  1. Environmental pollution, too.

Environmental pollution can result in dull skin

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For city dwellers, smog, dust and other kinds of environmental pollutants congest our pores daily. Environmental pollution also increases the free radicals in your cells, which cause premature ageing. Ensure you double cleanse daily with an antioxidant-rich milk cleanser before your usual cleanser for a hydrating deep cleanse. This rids your skin of unwanted congestion.

  1. Lack of proper exfoliation

Regular exfoliation prevents the buildup of dead skin cells. It also stimulates the cell renewal process and microcirculation as you massage your skin. Do use gentle, hydrating exfoliators as over-drying ingredients can stimulate more sebum and unwanted skin issues.

  1. Sun exposure

Sun exposure can result in dull skin

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A bad tan is not the only problem that comes from prolonged sun exposure to the sun. Your complexion can also become dull and your skin can take on a leathery, rough feeling. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen to slow the ageing process.

  1. Air-conditioned spaces

Air conditioning may be the greatest invention of the 21st century, but it causes dehydration to the skin. Using a humidifier when and applying moisturizers before you sleep can help your skin remain hydrated!

With all these factors in play, it is important for your skincare routine to include products that are suitable for your skin. Porcelain’s new and proprietary Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is alcohol-, paraben- and mineral oil-free to prevent skin irritation. Boasting ingredients like witch hazel, Vitamin C and aloe vera, the Glycolic Toner also has glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while thoroughly removing traces of makeup and dirt that may be left behind even after cleansing.

What’s left is skin with pH balance-restored at its natural level to allow for better absorption of products. Lactic acid, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), also increases collagen production to aid in skin regeneration as the skin ages. Besides unclogging pores and reducing the chances of a breakout, sodium hyaluronate in the toner locks in moisture to leave your complexion smooth and supple.

Here are other benefits the Glycolic Acid Toner can offer:

  • Tone and brighten skin
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Refine skin texture

Fixing Dull Skin: The Glycolic Toner gently exfoliates dead skin cells for a clear, radiant complexion