Everyone talks about the pregnancy glow. Less talked about are the nasties: Zits like back when you were in high school. Dry, flaky skin even when you don’t usually have dry, flaky skin. Days out on the beach are days long gone because — is that another dark mark on your face? We ask you to calm down though — these are all perfectly normal pregnancy skincare skintuations that many women like you face… and there are remedies.

Pregnancy Skincare: 5 Woes, 5 Tips | Pregnancy Diaries

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PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #1: ACNE
(WHEN I WAS 13, I HAD MY FIRST LOVE ZIT)

Being a teenager was nothing without bouts of breakouts… but when you’re 30 and pregnant? You might almost wish you weren’t having a baby bump. Pregnancy hormones can send your oil glands into overdrive, creating a breeding ground for acne. Worse, androgen (a male sex hormone) increases during pregnancy, further increasing sebum production, clogging, blackheads and finally, pimples.

The cruellest joke ever? The acne products you used to use are unsafe while you’re pregnant because of the chemicals. Minocycline, doxycycline, tetracycline and Accutane, are definitely no-gos as they can cause birth defects.  Then, it’s best to stay away from ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid too, since these can enter the bloodstream. Most products are not actually pregnancy-tested…

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Your skin will most likely clear up after pregnancy. In the meantime, here are some quick tips.

Skin Hacks: DON’T SQUEEZE. DON’T PICK. DON’T TOUCH. Opt for ingredients like lactic acid, tea tree oil or sulfur. See a doctor if you’re really sick of the acne that seems persistent and widespread. Instead, cleanse face with a mild, hydrating cleanser. If necessary, use steam to clear clogged pores. Look for non-comedogenic / water-based skincare products as these don’t aggravate oily, acneic skin. Also, contrary to popular belief, you CAN go for facials while pregnant — watch out for the next Nanny Princess Pregnancy Diaries post on this! 

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #2: DRY SKIN

Damned hormones. Where you once had smooth, glowing skin, you’re now left with a dryness that doesn’t seem to stop itching.

Why?

It’s really many factors that play a part: More moisture is channelled to care for your baby, thus leaving you high and dry. With the little one inside you, your body temperature also tends to rise, thus literally getting you more hot-headed, stressed and itchy, thus triggering dry skin.

Pregnancy Skincare Woe #2: Dry Skin

Credit: Juliana Arruda

And the biggest contender (again): hormones. Oddly, those can’t seem to make up their mind between producing too much or too little sebum. Too little oil? You’re facing dryness and decreased elasticity. Too much? What else to do but to keep washing your face, right? Wrong. Washing your face too frequently can actually dehydrate the skin even more.

Skin Hacks: Water — lots of it. Aim for 12 cups a day. Hydrating lotions for milder cases; prescription treatments for severe ones. Warm (not hot!), comforting showers (and oatmeal baths, we hear) work wonders to calm your spirits and skin but don’t spend too long in there or your natural oils will start depleting. Get a humidifier for the bedroom. And our final, favourite trick: Get a high-grade, ultra-hydrating serum loaded with hyaluronic acid to quench your skin’s thirst.


 

 


PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #3: INCREASED SENSITIVITY
(YOUR SKIN IS BEING A BIGGER BABY THAN THE ACTUAL BABY)

As if acne and dry skin weren’t painful enough, your skin might be literally… in pain. The usual facials you go for might verge on painful, your face seems to get red more easily when you’re exfoliating, and your favourite scented lotion is now sitting on its lonesome on your dresser. Your skin is being a total baby.

Why?

… You guessed it. Hormones.

Skin Hacks: Gentle is the name of the game. Swap out scrubs (both for the face and body) for a loofah or a soft, textured washcloth. Switching to unscented / natural lotions and body washes could also help. Apply calamine lotion on itchy spots. Shun products that are heavy with additives, dyes, and / or fragrances, all of which can exacerbate the situation. When in doubt, always check in with your dermatologist, pharmacist or doctor.

 


“You certainly don’t want anything causing micro-tears on your skin… the more cuts and wounds on your skin, the easier it is for chemicals to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Ingredients to stay away from in soaps and body washes include triclosan, parabens and fragrance.”
| Melissa Schweiger, coauthor of Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom, and Baby

 

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #4: (HYPER)PIGMENTATION
(AKA ITS SUPERHERO ALIAS, THE MASK OF PREGNANCY)

Aside from causing hormones to go a little (a lot?) out of whack, pregnancy also increases melanin production. Melanin is responsible for darkening of the skin, and you might be victim to dark patches.

The sun you used to love? That love might be long gone at this point. But it won’t be for ever… the melasma (another name for this pigmentation conundrum) usually fades after pregnancy.

Skin Hacks: If you weren’t religious about sunscreen before, it’s time to start now. An SPF of at least 25 to 30 would do half the trick; the other half would be for you to stay indoors as much as possible to reduce sun exposure. Physical and mineral sunblocks are your safest bets, as chemical sunscreens can irritate your sensitive skin + have potential risks. In more specific words, opt for protection that comes with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #5: STRETCH MARKS
(YOU TIGRESS WHO BROUGHT LIFE TO THIS WORLD)

Pregnancy Skincare Woe #5: Stretch Marks

Credit: Chayene Rafaela

A good 50 – 90% of women get these in pregnancy. It isn’t curious—anytime a body grows at a rate at which the body can’t keep up with, these tiger stripes appear. These tend to come fastest in the final trimester when your baby grows the most.

 


“For most people, whether or not they get stretch marks has to do with genetic predisposition.”
| Glenn Kolansky, MD, a board-certified dermatologist

 

While there isn’t much you can do to prevent it, there are ways to reduce the risks of developing them (too much), including controlling your weight. Staying hydrated (at least 12 cups of water a day), and eating a healthy and balanced diet (think antioxidants, vitamins, leafies, fatty acids).

Skin Hacks: Thoroughly moisturize, especially areas which are most prone to these marks. These include your belly, boobs, stomach, hips and thighs.

Till the next Pregnancy Diaries post, stay true,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

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The health benefits of high-quality rest have been well-documented: improved memory, boosted immune system, and better state of mind are just some of the gifts of a good night’s sleep. Sleep’s effects on beauty, particularly on skin, however, should not be understated. Read on for the science behind beauty sleep, and how to wake up to better skin!

Sleep Your Way to Better Skin | #SkinHacks by Porcelain Prologue

Credit: Zohre Nemati

 

 

Your Body Works While You Snooze

While you sleep, your body cleans its systems, leaving it hydrated and refreshed. This means that oil and dirt built up in your pores can be naturally flushed, and your skin moisturized, while you’re snoozing.

Sleep also lowers stress levels which can reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Inadequate rest can lead to an overabundance of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can clog pores and cause acne. Similarly, this process can prevent signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots.

Firmer, more youthful-looking skin is another product of good sleep. While resting, your body rebuilds its cells as well as its collagen and elastin, leaving your skin plump and smooth.

Sleep Your Way to Better Skin | Use bedtime to your advantage

How to Use Bedtime to Your Advantage

Make sure your nightly routine sets your skin up for a rejuvenating night’s sleep. After brushing and flossing, it’s important to also take a few steps to look after your skin. Start with a cleanser, like the Soothe – Hydro Cleanser to moisturize and gently clear your face of bacteria. Then, a exfoliator, toner and serum can help further protect your skin before crawling into bed.

You should also try sleeping with an eye mask for double benefits at night. Firstly, it can help block out distractions that might keep you up. The human brain sleeps best in the dark and far away from artificial light, so a mask that darkens the room can improve your sleep, and thus, your skin. Secondly, a frozen eye mask can significantly lessen the appearance of dark circles and bags under your eyes.

Your bedding can also make a huge impact on your sleep and skin. Try to use a foam mattress with airflow to prevent sweating, and a clean pillowcase to clear the oil from your face while you toss and turn. Bedding changes like these will not only ensure that you get a higher-quality sleep, but that you’re taking care of your skin too.

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Your Way to Better Skin | Use bedtime to your advantage

Credits: Jan Zhukov

The Bottom Line

Oily, dry or somewhere in between, your skin deserves the best. Try out some of our suggestions, or adapt them to meet your own needs to get the most out of your sleepy time skin care. The key is to simply do whatever you can to improve your sleep and its impact on your skin.

 

Stay true,

 

 

 

 


 

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Recently on our Dear Pauline column, we got a couple of people asking how long they should be spending on their skincare routine. They have no time. They’re too busy. They’re too tired. They can’t be fussed! And I completely understand.

Fuss-free Skincare Routines: How Long is Enough?

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I’m the laziest out there, really, but have recently switched out of my typical three-step skincare routine: Wash, tone, moisturize in 3 minutes, tops.

And I am a convert.

And honestly? It really doesn’t take much. 10 minutes are all you need. And if you’re really in a rush, 5 can work as well. It’s about the time you take, the products used, and then how they are used. But skincare has now become a form of winding down for me. Precious, slow me time.

But okay, I get that some of you like to always be. On. The. Go. Get. Things. Done. Onwards, you time-starved!


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Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is powerpacked with 4 complexes: Deep Moisture, Anti-Ageing, Sensitive, and Anti-Acne

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is powerpacked with 4 complexes: Deep Moisture, Anti-Ageing, Sensitive, and Anti-Acne

There, we’ve said it. The HA+ Hydrating Serum is the first of Porcelain’s new Intensive line of products, and we made it for the clients who inspired us to curate amazing ingredients into four specific complexes. Four, to help clients from all walks of life enjoy a hydrating serum that would be suitable for any skin type, any age, and any climate. But it took two years before we were ready to unveil it to the world.

The serum was first launched internally — as with any other product we have to ensure it works – before being sold in-store. Like Pauline said during our media launch just the 3rd of May, we run a tight ship with our products.

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is designed for anyone at any stage of their anti-ageing regime

Credits: Wear Oh Where

“Does this product deserve a space on your shelf?” 

We took two years to be able to say, hell yeah!

So here’s the story we wanted to share that we feel is more important than any blow-by-blow sales talk. Because hey, you can read that here. Instead, let’s talk about the story behind the HA+ Hydrating Serum. 

And that’s really our clients’ stories that we’re sharing. Every day, our clients talk to us. It goes beyond “How’s your day?” – beyond skin deep. Many tell us they have oily skin (but they’re really just dehydrated). A few struggle with how to properly moisturize dry skin.  The ultimate question that triggers our brainstorming frenzy:

“I can’t find anything out there that works for me; do you have a solution?”

The truth is, there are many incredible products out there with great anti-ageing benefits, or hydration, or acne control. And that was when it hit us – the keyword is “or”. There is a plethora of products in the market that specifically focus on just one or two main skin concerns. For example, there are many rich creams. Plenty that contain hyaluronic acid. Even more with ingredients that help boost collagen levels… But how many anti-ageing products had more benefits than just plumping up wrinkles? How many could be used by certain people that provide the benchmark of it being suitable for anyone and everyone – people with sensitive or even acneic skin?

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is designed for anyone at any stage of their anti-ageing regime

“What gap are we trying to fill here?”

With that, out popped our latest flagship product, the HA+ Hydrating Serum – specially designed not just for anti-ageing and hydration, but also to combat acne (with good bacteria) and soothe and even heal sensitive skin. A product to fill out all that the “Ors” couldn’t – to fill the gap that our clients helped us realize was there.


To you.
 

 

Stay True and #StayHAdrated,
(AND shop the NEW HA+ Hydrating Serum at www.ShopPorcelain.com now),

 

 

 

 


READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Catch up with our previous #BareWithMe and #DearPauline interviews with Viola TanLucinda Law and Hanli Hoefer too.

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The mid-day sheen on my face was the bane of my existence, before I joined the Porcelain team. The oil made me look that much more unprofessional before the final interview, less attractive before the important date, less… me. That said, I’ve since learnt to be more confident in my own skin (literally and figuratively), and I’ve also learnt why my forehead’s constantly shiny when my skin’s supposedly dehydrated (not dry)!

I’ve also learnt that my guilty pleasure of washing my face to get rid of the oil and gunk in the middle of the day is completely okay – amongst other things. So here’s answering a question we got on our latest #DearPauline column with MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer:

 


Would you recommend a mid-day facial cleanse for a person whose job requires extended physical activity throughout the day?

– @gadfitsgp


 

The answer is yes – just do it the right way.

TIP 1. MID-DAY CLEANSING:
THE ONE THAT MOST THINK MIGHT BE WRONG, BUT IS ALRIGHT

It’s not really a matter of when, but how you wash your face. Use a hydrating, sulphate-free cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. This helps refresh your skin while replenishing it with moisture, so it’s less likely to think it’s too dehydrated and produce oil as a result. Go on with that mid-day cleanse, now!

 

TIP 2. TONING & MOISTURISING RIGHT AFTER:
THE ONE THAT MOST MISS OUT, BUT SHOULDN’T:

After the mid-day wash, remember to reapply your moisturiser and sunscreen afterwards. You’d done it once in the morning, so there’s no reason to skip it now. You’d washed off not just the oil, but the moisturizer and sun protection you previously had on as well. It’s not okay to miss out on this step.

Opt for an alcohol-free, moisturizing emollient that contains natural oils like jojoba or rose. Alcohol dries the skin – and we know what happens then…

 

TIP 3. BLOTTING:
THE ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DO, BUT ISN’T OKAY

Credits: Into the Gloss

We’re all guilty of this one. Blotters look really gross after they’ve been on our faces, but the more saturated they are with oil, the deeper the pleasure it secretly gives us. But that’s just one more thing I’ve learned. Blotters take away the oil but to compensate for that, your skin starts pumping out more. Often, this leads to clogged pores and acne – the very things we were trying to avoid. Powdered blotters are even more criminal because the powder not only clogs pores, but pushes the dirt and excess oil deeper in.

Blotters are marketed as a quick-fix, and while they’ll give you 5 minutes of gratification, they don’t help to fix the real root of the issue. What you need is to regulate your sebum and pH levels, which are processes that happen beneath the skin’s surface.

Instead, help yourself to that mid-day cleanse. Just remember Tips 1 & 2 to make sure you’re helping, rather than harming, your skin!

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

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

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