Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

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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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.

 

You don’t have to live at the spa, spend money on expensive branded products, or change everything about your beauty routine in order to have an acne-free and a healthy, glowing, foundation-free complexion. One cannot simply rely on these few methods and hope for a miraculous improvement. There are many factors at play when it comes to skincare, and people often overlook the most fundamental ones.

Today, we explore 4 simple daily things that everyone can do to achieve perfect skin. Though they may seem extremely minute in the grand scheme of things, one should always remember that a mountain can only be moved by shifting the tiniest stones first!

 

4 Simple, Everyday Things to Achieve A Foundation-free Complexion!

 

 

Credits: Rac Cr

 

Change Pillowcases Every 2-3 Days

The most innocuous object at home might most probably be the guiltiest. To the majority, our pillowcases seem hygienic because we only lie on them right before we sleep. Many forget that pillowcases are exposed to dust and pollution particles in the air whilst we are out of the house.

Pillowcases do house dirt, and the oil that builds on our face as we sleep overnight does seep into the sheets as well.

Thus, it would be wise to launder or change pillowcases every 2 to 3 days so as to lessen the likelihood of clogged pores and blemishes. Another option is to switch to silk or satin pillowcases which are gentler on skin in the long run too.

 

Cut / Reduce fried food and dairy in your diet

Many are aware that fried food is bad for health, but find themselves unable to stay away from it. The same applies to dairy because of its ubiquitous presence in our food and drinks. Those of us who love fried chicken, cheese and milk tea thereby become the most likely victims of acne.

It may be difficult to place complete dietary restrictions on ourselves; take it a step at a time.

Replace milk / milk teas / coffee with  green / brown rice teas which are also tasty and healthier. Fried chicken can also be replaced with a grilled version. There is a plethora of vegan options out there that taste just as good as dairy products too!

 

Wash your hands before touching your face

Touching our faces seems so natural to many of us. When we think, we touch our chin. When we are tired, we rest our faces in our hands.

Unfortunately, this just breeds more bacteria under our skin as our hands are often dirty. We must always remember to wash our hands with a good soap before touching our skin.

The best solution, of course, is to not touch our face at all unless we are washing it or applying skincare. This rule might be difficult to those who like to pick at their pimples especially, but it can make the biggest difference.

 

Be wary when trying fad products

People with healthy, immaculate skin know that the right routine matters more than the latest hot product.  If it sounds too good to be true or fails the common sense test, it probably won’t work. Save your money for products that work. Get moisturizers, sun protection and serums that have been proven to bust acne / eliminate wrinkles / get rid of dead skin cells. Remember to consider your climate and environment you live in and always seek advice from a beauty professional.

When seeking the opinion of a beauty professional, be on the lookout for:

  • verifying the source of the expert opinion
  • misleading credentials
  • brands that don’t understand the chemistry behind their ingredients or don’t really know the way skin works
  • overstating results and exaggerated promises
  • evasive answers to direct questions
  • unanswered emails and calls requesting more information

 

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It’s no secret that regular facials are an important addition to your skincare routine. Porcelain’s bespoke facials are customised and tailored to suit your individual skin concerns. They’re also the perfect complement to your daily skincare regime. Discover some of our unsung heroes and treatment recommendations. You’re one step closer to achieving your ideal skin.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 3) | Treatment Recommendations

Credits: Joe Robles

Cryotherapy

Described by our client Denise Glitz as the perfect “pre-party or pre-wedding facial”. This treatment begins with a gentle massage to stimulate microcirculation and remove surface impurities. Next, we apply a serum or blend of serums using the cryostamp, which greatly increases cellular absorption of the product nutrients. Next, Cryo-Electrophoresis stimulates microcirculation and increases cellular oxygenation. Finally, enjoy an indulgent custom-blended mask while the therapist eases your tension through a relaxing shoulder massage.

Restorative Facial

A luxurious and pampering treatment, this facial alleviates signs of stress and fatigue. This six step bespoke programme helps reduce overall skin sensitivity, reduce water retention, improve hydration and overall skin tone and elasticity. This treatment has also been 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”, leaving you with luminous skin.

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Find Your Skin Type (Part 1)

Find Your Skin Type (Part 2) | Product Recommendations

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

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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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Find Your Skin Type (Part 1)

Find Your Skin Type (Part 3) | Treatment Recommendations