With an endless selection of skin care products available on the market, it’s understandably nerve-wracking to find the right products to develop a skin care routine suitable for your skin. No two skins are the same and no skincare routine is universal, so the routine you pick should definitely be one that’s suited for your skin type. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to help you devise an easy and personalised routine for flawless skin.

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First off, get to know your skin

The process of building a personalised skin care routine begins with recognising your individual skin type and having a radiant and glowing complexion as the desired outcome, as you’d want your skin to benefit from it and not leave your skin high and dry.

While some skin care products do wonders for your skin, using them in an incorrect sequence or inappropriate regime may end up irritating and agonising your skin.

Here are the four commonly known skin types, as categorised by the cosmetic industry:

  • Normal skin: You have a balanced complexion and your skin appears refined with little to no blemishes. Acne and sensitivity concerns are a rarity to you. To sum it up, this is the skin type we all dream to achieve.
  • Oily skin: Your skin is no stranger to congestion and acne, appears shiny and feels oily throughout the day. While the cause for oily skin can mainly be attributed to genetics, ample hydration of the skin (go for non-comedogenic products!) can keep your sebum production levels in check.
  • Dry skin/Sensitive skin: Your skin appears rough and flaky, and you may find some products to be particularly stinging to your skin. This is due to the skin’s damaged moisture barrier which impedes its ability to lock in moisture, causing your skin to be especially sensitive and more easily inflamed.
  • Combination skin: You would often experience your skin to be oily in some areas, such as the T-zone and dry at the others. Instead of having two different routines for your skin, it may be more useful to find one that consists of different products to target a variety of skin issues.

 

Hey, keep it clean!

Proper cleansing is the first step and foundation of an effective skincare routine. It’s also probably the most important one of all – as this step sets up your skin for the rest of the steps and products that follow after.

Look for an alcohol-free, gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain strip your skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin. Gently wash your skin, then rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it removes the natural oils from your face faster.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Makeup Cleanser 

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The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is an oil-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free cleanser, which also doubles as a pre-cleanser. Invigorate your skin by gently massaging the cleanser into your skin! It melts away impurities and makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut extract purifies and prevents further ageing.

 

Remove dead skin cells

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. And remember: don’t scrub! Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and exacerbates any existing skin issues.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Natural Skin Refiner

skinrefiner-sq_1024x1024The Revive, Natural Skin Refiner is a non-abrasive exfoliant, as it makes use of natural enzymes instead of harsh beads that may cause irritation to the skin. With a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts, the refiner gently clears congestion and refines pores without drying out your skin. Gently massage in a circular motion to boost micro-circulation and allow its natural enzymes to soften dead skin cells.

 

Toned and ready

One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. It balances the skin after cleansing, calms and lowers its pH level. Toning helps prep the skin for any serums that follow, and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores!

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Glycolic Toner

glycolic-sq_1024x1024An alcohol-free toner formulated with glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, the Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner removes excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells, to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion. After cleansing and exfoliation, apply on a cotton pad and gently swipe on your skin. The best part of it all: it doesn’t dry out your skin!

 

Hydration is key

After cleansing, exfoliating and toning your face, it’s time to moisturise your skin. Moisturising is an essential step for your skin as it prevents dryness, flakiness, acne and wrinkles. Don’t skip this step if you’re looking for younger looking skin! Fine lines and wrinkles smoothen out when our skin remains hydrated.

Porcelain Recommends: Balance, Hydraclear Gel

hydraclear_gel-01_1024x1024After cleansing and toning, apply the Hydraclear Gel with a gentle tapping motion to massage into skin. This clear and lightweight gel works hard to keep acne, inflammation, bacteria and excess sebum at bay while keeping your skin moisturised and pH levels balanced.

 

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Most of us associate the term “pH” with Chemistry classes. Our memories flit back to lab days and playing with the changing colors of liquids. For most, our knowledge of pH stopped at understanding that it stands for “potential hydrogen”. Plus that it’s used to describe how acidic or alkaline a product is. And maybe that the most acidic measures a 1, the most alkaline a 14, and neutral is a 7.

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Never did we realize or anticipate its importance in our skin’s health. When we consume unhealthy food or use incompatible products, our deteriorating complexion is normally the first sign of imbalanced pH levels.

What is the perfect pH to achieve for our skin, then, you might ask?

Our skin’s barrier, also known as the acid mantle, works best at a slightly acidic 5.5pH balance. When it is at that ideal level, the skin is able to retain the “good oils” and moisture well while keeping out UV rays, pollution, toxins and bacteria.

However, when the pH leans too much to the alkaline side, our skin becomes dry and sensitive, occasionally resulting in flaking or eczema. Irritations can also strike during this period. This slows down the skin’s ability to ward off enzymes that can destroy collagen, thereby causing wrinkles and sagging.

As for when the skin is overly acidic? Expect enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne.

Thus, equalizing the skin is of utmost importance. That balance is easily attained with a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and at least 8 cups of water a day. Needless to say, having a reliable skincare regimen that works well is also necessary.

A balanced skincare regimen

Often times, many run for the hills once they hear “skincare regimen” as they assume an effective one will cost an arm and a leg. Not true! In fact, a simple 4-step system (cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer) is more than sufficient.

First, begin with a mild, or pH 5.5, cleanser so as to ensure skin is cleansed gently but effectively. Avoid using soaps which lean to the alkaline side nor over wash your skin (water has a pH level of 7). Follow through with an alcohol-free toner to maintain the acid balance as well.

Including a serum such as our Balance, Sebum Control Essence (R.P. $41) will be tremendously beneficial. It not only hydrates skin and controls oil in the short run, but also slowly balances out the skin in the long run. After a few months, one should experience a smoother, softer and more balanced skin texture.

Finally, use a hydrating moisturizer as a finishing touch. This keeps your skin remains constantly moisturized and ups its ability to repair itself against aggressions over the day.

By following through with these steps, achieving that balance will be a breeze.

 


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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!

 

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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