Dwelling in the coops of Singapore means that you get exposed to the sun all the time. With the warmer weather here to stay, it’s important for you to know how dangerous the sun can be.

1. You get more sun than you think

80% of total lifetime sun exposure happen incidentally.

Picture this – It’s a lazy cloudy afternoon and you get comfy on the cosy couch by the window. Getting up, you decide to go for a seemingly harmless drive without sunscreen on. These little things, however, can accumulate up to a hefty average of 14 hours of sun exposure a week.

Harmful UV rays are everywhere. Even on sun-less days, or indoors if you sit by the glass windows or if it’s just a few minutes out in the sun. Applying and reapplying sunscreen faithfully is what keeps your skin safe.

2. Biggest enemy of ageing skin

Being responsible for 90% of premature ageing, your skin definitely hates the sun. UV rays damages and impairs the production of collagen and elastin. Without the support of these tissues, our skin loses elasticity and appears saggy.

Photoaging, also known as sun-induced ageing, is caused by two main UV rays:

  • UV A rays
    • Causes photoaging and skin cancer
    • Present with the same intensity through all daylight hours, all year round
    • Penetrates clouds and glass (P.S.: It’s not safe indoors!)
    • Damages the deeper layers of the skin to the dermis and hypodermis
      (Learn about skin layers)
  • UV B rays
    • Causes sunburns and skin cancer
    • Intensity varies through the day, place and season, but is strongest from 10am to 4pm
    • Can reflect off surfaces (e.g. water, ground) and cause double-damage
    • Damages the superficial layers of the skin (epidermis)

3. The sun’s dark side – Pigmentation

Age spots, sun spots, dark spots – these unsightly marks are the flaws on your face you wished you could erase. As the word “sun spots” suggests, the sun is the main culprit responsible for pigmentation. UVA rays penetrates your dermis and stimulates the production of Melanin, which causes the dark patches on the skin. While there are treatments available to help this skin issue (check out our IPL Pigmentation Facial), there is no perfect cure for it yet.

4. It heightens the risk of skin cancer

Sunburns hurt the DNA in your skin cells. When these damaged cells build up, it can cause cells to grow out of control, eventually leading to skin cancer. Having severe sunburns, even if it’s once in a while, will raise your risk of skin cancer multifold.

5. Being young doesn’t mean being safe

While you might not witness the consequences of a sunburn immediately, it is likely to hit you back a few decades down the road. A nasty sunburn can cause pigmentation to kick in 10-20 years later, or lead to skin cancer when you are older. Instead of wishing to turn back the clock, start practicing good sun care practices now! If you have to bask in the warmth of the sun for a prolonged period of time, always apply a generous amount of sunscreen.

Now you know the secret to looking younger  😉 Stay tuned to our blog posts to learn about how to prevent yourself from these nasty effects of the sun.

 

 

Mothers’ Day is just round the corner and so here comes the annual dilemma of what gift is truly befitting. Fret not, we’ve got your back, and here are two fantastic gift ideas we have in-store that are perfect for the most special woman in our lives.

What’s better than gifting the Best Restorative Facial (Harper’s Bazaar Singapore), Best Line Reducing Facial (Women’s Weekly) – the Porcelain Proionic Facial, and let us indulge her thoroughly. This luxurious treatment targets saggy, aging skin problems as well as dull and fatigued skin. You can read more about the treatment here. There’s no better way to say “I love you mom” than to let the results of the Proionic Facial speak for itself, when she walks out looking more rejuvenated, with a more youthful looking visage. Usual Price – $408.80.

“Always love your mother because you will never get another.” Likewise, pamper your mother’s skin because she will never have another. Let her worry about giving her age away no more! Lavish her with our RevitalEyes Silk Mask that will work its magic around crow feet and eye bags. Inspired by the ancient benefits of silk, this velvety smooth mask reduces the appearance of delicate lines, leaving a healthy radiance around her eyes. Trust us, it will be particularly rewarding to watch her eyes regain the light from her youth. Usual Price: $48 for a box of 6.

Contact us at admin@porcelain.com.sg to purchase either gift at 20% discount by quoting “ILOVEMYMOM” by 31st May 2016.

Additionally, participate in our Mothers’ Day Contest to stand a chance to win Porcelain products and a spa session worth SGD$1812! Simply follow @PorcelainFaceSpa and upload your photo on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #UniquelySimilar to share with us how you are uniquely similar to your mother. We will pick our favourite entry and the entry with most likes as our two lucky winners! For more details on our Mothers’ Day Contest, click here.

 

Illuminate™ Facial | #GetYourGlowOn with PorcelainIlluminate™ facial – Combining Italian-made 2 in 1 Diamond microdermabrasion with Oxygen Therapy and Vinotherapy for the Ultimate Age-Reversing skin resurfacing. Hyperbaric oxygen infusion using a selection from either Deeply Hydrating Damascena Rose Lotion, Ginseng Reviving Tonic or Purifying Witch Hazel Followed with Oxygen-Pulse Lymphatic Drainage massage with Floral Essence Lotion created using the finest Italian florals to send you into the deepest slumber whilst your skin is rid of toxins for a more youthful-looking visage. It’s finished with the finest mask, the Hydrocare pH balancing bio-cellulose mask, each infused with 30ml of concentrated skin serum.

Oxygen at high purity degree increases blood supply, improves cellular metabolism and stimulates collagen production by fibroblasts, thus accelerating skin repair processes. The Illuminate™ Facial integrates a Diamond Head handpiece, which allows the removal of the more superficial epidermis layers and a delivery system of hyperbaric oxygen, which mitigates the epidermis damage caused by abrasion.

After which, a mechanical massage will be performed with an elastomeric membrane and also, in this case, combine the treatment with oxygen emission. Illuminate™ also has a dedicated dispenser that allows carrying topical substances and active ingredients deep down through the oxygen.

Procedures:

1. Double Cleansing
2. Oxy-Diamond Microdermabrasion for gentle skin resurfacing
3. Hyperbaric Oxygen infusion with 1 of 3 premium tonic/lotions
4. Vinotherapy using Grape Wine Peel for deeper skin exfoliation (The peel might be switched out for certain skin types)
5. OxyPulse Massage for Lymphatic Drainage, using Floral Essence Cream
6. Premium Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask

Immediate Benefits:

1. Skin Brightening
2. Pore Reducing and Reduce Blackheads
3. Baby smooth skin
4. Hydrating
5. Younger looking skin
6. Sharper, V-shape visage
7. Evens skin tone
8. Reduces water retention/puffiness

Long-Term Benefits:

1. Anti-Oxidation
2. Anti-ageing
3. More flawless complexion
4. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
5. Reduce skin congestion and dead skin cell buildup
6. Smooth and Bright skin tone

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider:; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider: BeespokeTM Honey Facial; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

 

Find out more from our Client Relations today at 6227 9692 or simply drop us an email at admin@porcelain.com.sg 🙂

 

Types of Peels (And How Often Should You Do Them?)

The most commonly known are chemical or mechanical peels, and these vary in intensity.

Types of Peels (And How Often Should You Do Them?)

At-Home Peels

Chemical – The trend for regular home peels using a mild dose of acids (such as AHAs and BHAs) has been around for a while. Non-acid enzyme peels, derived from fruits and plants, are also gaining in popularity. These are a lot milder and suitable for regular use without much side effects.

How Frequently: For enzyme and non-acid enzyme peels, thrice a week. Acids with an extremely low concentration (in the form of toners or blended into cleansers) can be used daily.

 

Mechanical – Traditionally performed only in salons, these have also been gaining popularity especially with the launch of Clarisonic and similar home-use technology. Electronic devices help remove dead skin cells, akin to “polishing” the skin to gradually remove epidermal tissues.

How Frequently: Once or twice a week. Alternate between enzyme/acid home peels and mechanical ones. If you’ve had your skin peeled in a salon, do not use mechanical peels at home.

Both are effective in maintaining the brightness and clarity of the skin, depending on the regime that follows.

 

Professional Peels

Chemical – These vary from “lunchtime peels” to stronger deep peels (akin to controlled second-degree burns). The former can be done by trained aestheticians while the latter only by dermatologists.

Lunchtime Peels or Superficial Peels use AHAs, or other mild acids such as Lactic Acids to penetrate only the outer layer of the skin to gently exfoliate it. It is recommended for mild skin discolouration, dull and rough skin on the face, hands and body. Some equipment combine both acids with high-velocity jets (i.e. Aqua peel) to dissolve and vacuum dead skin cells to remove the impurities.

How Frequently – Depending on your skin, you can do this up to once a week or fortnight for a few sessions. Subsequently, do it once every two months for maintenance or as advised

Medium to Deep Peels – This uses acids in stronger concentrations to deeply penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. It stimulates the production of new skin cells and is able to target various skin conditions like lesions and wrinkles. There is downtime with this treatment and requires proper post-treatment care.

How Frequently – Depending on the strength, some needs to be done only once in your life. Some ot hers, you can do once every two to three years depending on the type of peel and your skin condition.

Mechanical Peels – Commonly known as Microdermabrasion, these use micro-particles to “polish” the skin to remove dead skin cells. This enhances cell turnover and results in invisibly brighter skin. An alternative to using microparticles such as diamond tips, some salons/clinics uses ultrasonic waves to “scrub” the skin’s stratum corner. These light abrasions can improve dull skin, light acne scars and improve the appearance of fine lines.

How Frequently – Once a month

Fractional Skin Resurfacing (Ablative Technology) – Uses Radio Frequency (or Laser technology) and micro needling. These remove the surface layer of the skin, allowing focused light energy / radio frequency waves to reach the epidermis and the dermis to stimulate cell regeneration. This is generally the most expensive, requires downtime and proper post-treatment care but is able to improve the appearance of acne scars, deep wrinkles, enlarged pores etc.

How Frequently – Depends on age and skin concerns. Clients with saggy skins require more sessions for collagen remodelling (once every 3 weeks for a few sessions before maintenance mode of once every 6 months). For younger skin, the treatment can be done every 6 to 12 months, as long as it is combined with other treatments.

Contraindications

The contraindications differ from equipment to equipment, and product to product. Generally, clients who have diabetes, eczema-prone skin, or on medication that thins the skin or impairs repairs should not go for peels. Their bodies are not able to repair themselves normally. Also, for clients with hyper-sensitive or thinner skin, certain treatments may not be suitable as they increase the risk of infection.

Clients with Rosacea, who are currently pregnant, immune-impaired, prone to keloids/scarring or on antibiotics such as Roaacutane should not go for chemical peels. Also, those with infections/skin diseases or generally poor health should also avoid intense chemical peels as the acids in the solutions cause greater risks of inflammation.

For sensitive and eczema skin types, gentler peels are possible. Check in with your skincare professional.

Finally, mechanical peels are better for clients with darker skin tones instead of chemical peels.

Can Peels Cause Scarring?

Home care peels don’t have that risk although generally, all peels have a risk of scarring, infection and discoloration. This risk increases as the peel goes deeper or if used in higher concentrations. Chemical peels and fractional skin resurfacing have a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH), where the client may result in darker patches of the skin. However, this will heal over time depending on your age and the treatments you do to speed up recovery. Proper home care and post-treatment regime are crucial to mitigate the risk of infection and scarring.

Can Peels Cause Sebum Over Production & For Skin To Become More Prone to Acne?

In fact, no. Some of the peels such as Salicylic are designed to aid acne-prone skin. With regular non-aggressive peels, you are stimulating cell turnover, removing dead skin cells and preventing build-up in your pores. These reduce the development of acne.

Ingredients to Avoid After Peels

Ingredients to Avoid After Peels

For gentle home-care peels, or quick lunchtime peels, we recommend sunscreen as the skin is more susceptible to UV damage. Adequate hydration is also important to help cellular turnover. A lack of hydration may cause the development of fine lines and other issues.

For more aggressive peels, we do not recommend use of retinoids, acids, benzoyl peroxide, harsh cleansers as your skin needs time to heal. Avoid harsh exfoliators and home-peels as well. If you had taken Roaacutane in the past 12 to 18 months, you should also avoid peels.

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Milia seeds are a skin condition that can happen to anyone at any time in life. They are most often seen in newborns and can be expected to rapidly disappear in these cases. The biggest problem with milia occurring in infancy is panicky parents, who do not know how harmless and temporary it is. Milia may not be so temporary when adults get it. In fact, these unsightly blister-like bumps can sometimes be permanent without intervention.

Milia visibly manifest in tiny blister-like protrusions on the skin. This can occur in anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. Those on infants usually disappear over a brief period, but on adults, can be a long-term cosmetic problem. This condition is not dangerous, and it is officially unknown if there is a relationship to another underlying condition. Milia is one of the most misunderstood of all health conditions, but in itself, appears harmless by all reports.

Milia Seeds - Understanding Causes & Treatment

Causes of Milia Seeds

The truth is that no one knows the causes with certainty. It is widely believed that this condition is due to an exfoliation problem when tiny flakes of dead skin clog the pores. Our research indicates that this is likely only half of the equation. The other half is an excess of cholesterol in the skin, where the body frequently deposits its excess cholesterol. This, in turn, leads us to a third contributing factor, which is sunlight deficiency. A body removes excess cholesterol in the skin through sunlight, which helps converts it into vitamin D3.

Here are some of the other causes of Milia Seeds:

  • trauma to sweat ducts
  • radiotherapy (radiation)
  • sunscreens
  • topical corticosteroid use
  • genodermatoses (genetics)

Home-Care for Milia Seeds:

Milia Seeds: Home-Care for Milia Seeds

Credit: Anthony Tran

For those who want to care for them themselves, we recommend:

  • Take frequent showers
  • Exfoliate the skin
  • Supplementation with niacin is the single most effective treatment for some sufferers
  • Avoid heavy facial cosmetics
  • Get moderate sunlight exposure frequently
  • Reduce high cholesterol foods
  • Supplement with biotin, because many sufferers find that biotin supplementation alone cures their milia
  • CoQ10 is produced by the body during intense exercise and is found in meat and fish.  The body uses it to emulsify oils and increase energy.  Emulsifiers make oils water-soluble (like soap), which assists in its removal, thus reducing milia.

Treatment for Milia Seeds:

Milia Seeds: Extractions are the key treatment

Credit: Aiony Haust

Extractions are the key to porcelain skin.

Director Aesthetician, Jenny Teng, who has had over 17 years of experience as an aesthetician, explains.

Throughout my career, there is one core finding in my approach to effective skincare treatment. That is the thorough deep cleansing of the skin using specific extraction techniques for different skin problems. It has been my mantra and Porcelain’s mantra. With proper deep cleansing, nutrients from the products we use can penetrate much easily into the dermis and that is what makes Porcelain facials different.”

Porcelain’s Director Aesthetician has been known widely for her skills to remove milia seed through extractions. Find out more about Precision Facial and how our Director can help your skin.

Blog Reviews by Clients:

  • Despite the red spots, I was happy. No, ECSTATIC. My skin was not only silky smooth but BABY SOFT! Every painful moment through the extraction that I tried to trace back, was well compensated with the pure glow and light that I was looking myself in the mirror.” – Grace Lim
  • Jenny then starts working and she left no pore untouched. Every single one of my pores was pulled, poked, squeezed and some, multiple times. I held a hand-mirror as she worked; explaining her meticulous process at the same time. I looked on with an amalgamated mix of excitement, surprise and embarrassment. Out of my pores came deep-seated milia seeds (oilseeds) and gunk produced by my over-active sebaceous glands.” – Nicolas Travis
  • “When the redness subsided, my skin was smooth as a baby’s bottom. Well, maybe not that smooth but smoother and clearer than it had been in years. Some of the pigmentation was also considerably lighter and I was loving my new glowing Photoshopped complexion. In fact, I’m so sold that I’m willing to go through the entire ordeal all over again.” – Mother Inc, Daphne Ling