We’ve kicked off our first #DearPauline beauty column with some really good questions. For those of you who don’t yet know, we’re working together with WearOhWhere for this from now till June. It’s a very genuine effort to help those of you with skincare woes! We’d covered some on Porcelain Prologue before, so here are a few questions we have quick tips for!

My skin has been looking dull and tired lately. What’s the best way to get a glow and rejuvenate my skin? I’d love to know some handy tips and tricks!

This is a question we regularly get! We’d just finished a series of #GetYourGlowOn stories for Christmas last year, but there’s no reason you can’t apply these tips all year long. Read these handy entries for fresh, radiant skin.

– Rescue & Restore: 4 Steps to Restore Glow to Post-Holiday Skin

5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas |GetYourGlowOn

Credits: Babe & Beauty

Recently, my skin has gotten very easily irritated and reddish. Is there a way I can make them disappear as quickly as possible?

Two common skin concerns Asians face with our tropical climates are redness and sensitivity. There could be many factors like hormones, a change in climate, excessive laser / chemical peels, etc., but how do we fix it? Aloe Vera is an excellent option but be sure to find stabilised Aloe Vera in high concentrations for maximum benefits. You might also need to update your home-care regime — eliminate products that may contain Retinol (Retin-A), Glycolic Acid, and Sulphates. Last but not least, it’s best to hydrate skin with a non-comedogenic moisturizer.

The fastest fix would be to go for a facial!

Read more about sensitive skin here, and how our signature Sun Rescue treatment is a godsend for such cases. Another option would be Red LED with Oxygen Spray with a Hydrating Concoction. Consider our award-winning OxyRevive treatment.

Credits: Kale and Caramel

Is it wise to make those “well known” DIY face masks? Can such masks make any difference at all to our faces?

That’s a relevant question which MTV VJ Hanli brought up as well in our February column!

Using natural ingredients requires proper preparation. There’s a risk of bacterial infection and, in worst-case scenarios, allergies. Professionally-prepared products have the hard work done for you. For example, 60 roses are needed to derive just one drop of rose oil. These then go through various processes to be “transformed” into molecules that the skin can readily absorb. We have treated a case of skin-burn caused by direct application of lemon juice, so we are extremely careful about doling out DIY advice. We reckon finding a skincare specialist whose advice you can trust might be a much better alternative!

We’ve gathered a few more questions and will be posting a dedicated entries over the next week or two. Stay tuned and in the meantime, keep the questions coming! You might walk away with an OxyReviveTM treatment (U.P. $212.93) and our Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion (U.P. $69)!

 


UPDATED 27 MAR 2019:

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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:

Our Very Own Beauty Column! | #DearPauline

Managing Acne| #DearPauline

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

 

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.

 

We’ve all experienced stepping into the spa for “just” a massage, and left having spent much more. It’s easy to get swept away. Sometimes we find our wallets significantly lighter when we leave: somehow, we’d signed up for beauty packages for different treatments. On hindsight, you might have overdone it – will you really use that?

3 Challenges We Face When Signing Up For Beauty Packages

Here are 3 concerns we typically have when purchasing beauty packages:

1. Packages are for Individual Treatments

Spas often offer “packages” of, say, 10 treatments to target an ailment you have. The problem arises when you have more than one issue you’d like addressed, and you end up having to sign for two or more beauty packages instead.

2. Time Constraints

Packages usually need to be within a specific period. While this might be manageable if you had one package, it can be tricky if you have, say, 30 treatments to complete within three months. You’re likely to forfeit some treatments in the end.

3. Efficacy and Professionalism

Because signing up for packages is usually a costly affair, you’d want to make sure you’re putting your money in the right place. Some kind of assurance that the treatments are going work, and performed professionally. And we hear you.

Introducing the Quintessential Cycle, carefully curated to resolve your skin conditions and the need to purchase multiple beauty packages.

A combination of three of our award-winning, bespoke Porcelain treatments (OxyRevive LED, Quintessential and the SunRescue), this package helps clarify and reboot your skin into a blank canvas. Your skin is now receptive other following treatments with greater efficacy. Most importantly, our treatments are performed only by trained therapists.

And that’s our solution for you when you feel the need to start your face on a clean slate – without the commitment to so many different packages.

If you’d like to find out more, give us a call at 6227 9692 and we’d be happy to help.

The week before the wedding is also the time that Murphy’s Law goes into full force. Dress alterations go astray, family members pull out without notice, the rings go missing… It’s understandable why some brides-to-be experience a number of skincare issues during this crucial period. Stress can actually show externally: under eye bags and darkness become more pronounced, faces can become dry and flaky, whilst skin on the body can become acne-prone as well. Glowing bridal skin? What’s that?

Bridal Skin Preparation: The Crucial Week Before the Wedding

Credits: Harper’s Bazaar

If you opt for facials close to the big day, focus on soothing, repairing and relaxing the skin. As a general rule, avoid anything that might trigger a detoxification. Here are some facials we highly recommend to help calm your complexions (and minds!) down.

Sun Rescue FacialBridal Skin Preparation: Sun Rescue treatment

Our Sun Rescue Facial was originally formulated for sun-damaged complexions, but became vastly popular as the perfect restorative treatment for tired skin.

It entails a three-pronged approach of Calm, Repair and Hydrate. The combination of an oxygen hyperbaric spray with cryotherapy soothes stressed skin and stimulates repair. FYI, cryotherapy is a process of cooling skin to a temperature of up to -10 degrees with the use of a cryoprobe and electrophoresis. The treatment ends with an anti-inflammatory mask that further hydrates and locks in moisture.

Skin that suffers from constant redness and sensitivity will greatly benefit from this treatment.

 

Pick me Up with LED
Bridal Skin Preparation: Pick Me Up

This facial is known as the perfect lunchtime Pick Me Up (literally!) – a great option for brides-to-be who are constantly on the go. It’s fast, effective and, most importantly, safe. Thus, it’s the #1 treatment choice for a quick pre-wedding facial.

This express facial lasts just 30 minutes, but packs a punch. It includes a massage exfoliation, a premium custom blended mask, LED light therapy and a relaxing shoulder massage. The LED light color(s) are customized according to your skincare concerns, e.g. blue for antibacterial properties to help those with redness and acne issues.

Leave the spa with skin that is rejuvenated, significantly hydrated and brightened!

RELATED: Wedding Skin Prep | #SkinHacks

Add – Ons

We also offer Add-On services such as Get Your Sexy Back (Luxx), Age Defying Neck (Luxx) and RevitalEye (Luxx) which are quick effective solutions for pesky skincare problems.

Get Your Sexy Back (Luxx) is a great choice for those who plan to wear low-back or bareback wedding gowns and wish to have flawless skin.

Age Defying Neck (Luxx) is perfect for ladies who wish to reverse the signs of aging on their neck – either through lightening neck lines, skin tone or texture.

RevitalEye (Luxx) brightens the windows to your soul by countering puffy eyes, dark circles, eyebags and fine lines.

Each add-on takes an extra 45 – 90 minutes to a typical facial session. It includes customized serums/ampoules, masks and LED light therapy.

 

 

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.