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

Credit: Josh Bean

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:

Skincare For Expectant Mothers: 10 Tips

Understanding Acne – Why Some Get It And Some Don’t

Layering Hydration the Right Way | #SkinHacks

Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin – 3 Quick Tips | #SkinHacks

 

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.

#BAREWITHME: Viola Tan on Vulnerability

#INSIDERNEWS – #BareWithMe Campaign 2018

#DearPauline: Our Very Own Beauty Column!

 

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:

Curious to find out what your skin is like, and how exactly to care for it?
For a limited time only, enjoy a Skin Discovery analysis at $65 and receive a complimentary 3-piece customisable travel set (worth $99).*

What’s inside the Travel Set?
1x Cleanser,  Toner, Gel, and Travel Pouch


* $65 is redeemable for credits to offset the cost of any ala carte treatment. Terms & conditions apply.

 


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

Managing Acne| #DearPauline

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

 

Christmas is almost here and after the past hectic few weeks, you’re kicking yourself now for not spending enough time on your skin? Getting your skin glowing and fabulous doesn’t always necessarily mean you should spend a large part of your time and paycheck for a facial or the latest skincare product. It’s time to turn that frown into a smile and dull-looking skin to bright-looking, ‘cos we’ve got you covered!

Here are 5 quick and easy ways to get your skin to #GetYourGlowOn and boost dull-looking skin to look ready for any party you have lined up ahead (remember to avoid some foods to keep your skin clear):

#1: Pamper Yourself With A Mask

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #1: Pamper Yourself With A Mask

No time for a spa treatment? Take a breather and indulge yourself in a relaxing mask treatment! Try out some of these facial masks if you find yourself too busy for a facial treatment at the spa:

Strawberry Mask

Super loaded with vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, salicylic acid, strawberries can save your skin from many disorders including acne, blackheads/white heads, oily skin, dry skin and more.

Grind a few strawberries along with some water and simply apply on your face. Apply and leave it being washing off after 15-20 minutes, and voila, luscious-looking skin!

Papaya Mask

Papaya is a beta-carotene-rich food filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that are good for skin. The enzymes slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles by combating free radicals. Papain, an enzyme contained in the papaya, has skin-lightening properties and can reduce the visibility of blemishes and acne scars. Together with alpha hydroxy acids, papain acts as a gentle exfoliator that dissolves inactive protein and dead skin cells. Applying papaya topically to skin will soften your skin, leaving it smooth and supple.

Apply either the pulp of a fresh papaya or use papaya juice to massage your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off for fresher and brighter skin.

Porcelain Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask

Containing Sodium Hyaluronate and Ceramide, this mask provides intense moisturisation for the skin and also clarifies the skin with its natural enzymes to prevent signs of premature ageing. Its oil-free formula also fights free radicals and boosts collagen production as it contains a powerful blend of natural ingredients like litchi seed, cactus and fig fruit extracts. Just sit back and apply the mask onto cleansed skin and leave it on for 20 minutes before removing.

 

#2: Take A Cold Shower

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #2: Take A Cold Shower

Many may dread this, but taking a cold shower instead of a hot one does provide some health benefits! Not only does it relieve stress, it also tightens your pores, preventing clogging as it “seals” the pores in the skin and scalp. Plus, it’s much more hydrating than taking a hot shower!

If you’re having problems adjusting to showering in the cold, take a lukewarm shower first before switching to cold water for the last few minutes!

 

#3: Dig Deep, Exfoliate

Probably the best and most effective way to boost your skin’s healthful appearance is by exfoliating. The outermost layer of our skin – amidst the several layers – is actually dead, and dead skin cells found in this layer protect the healthy cells underneath. Thus, removing these dead skin cells reveals a better complexion and ensures that it gets clearer over time.

An average person would require exfoliation of up to two times a week. After cleansing, exfoliate to remove all traces of grime and stubborn makeup. Exfoliating is also best done at night.

For a less-harsh ala non-abrasive exfoliant, consider the Revive, Natural Skin Refiner. Using natural enzymes instead of harsh beads, the Natural Skin Refiner contains a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin as you massage it onto skin to boost micro-circulation and soften dead skin cells. Say hello to fresh and supple skin!

 

#4: Lather On Some More Moisturiser

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #4: Lather On More Moisturiser

After exfoliation, the skin is better prepared to absorb most out of your moisturiser, hence it is absolutely essential to your skin with the hydration it needs to look healthy. Without moisturising, the skin may become dry and this dryness may lead to itching, dry patches and other skin problems.

Moisturise with Porcelain Balance, Hydraclear Gel

The Hydraclear Gel keeps acne at bay through 4 key ways. It combats bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, hydrates, and regulates levels and skin pH levels. It’s also suitable for all skin types, including dull-looking skin!

 

#5: Give Yourself A Facial Massage

Revive Dull-Looking Skin Tip #5: Give Yourself A Facial Massage

You know what they say, the eyes are the window to your soul. But, they can also be an obvious indicator of issues, i.e staying up to complete a season on Netflix 😉

If your eyes are looking puffy and you want to put the sparkle back in them, try this tip which costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. Simply use your ring fingers to press gently on the orbital bone. Move from the inner to the outer corner of your eyes. Repeat this two to three times.

This neat massage stimulates circulation around the eye area and also helps to minimize any fine lines you may have.

 


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

Give the gift of radiance this Christmas! Christmas is approaching so don’t get caught off guard with the worst thing to experience before the holiday season: being absolutely stumped when choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones. Finding the ideal Christmas present can be stressful, so we thought we would make it easier for you. With 3 of our amazing offerings, treat your loved ones to the best in beauty and take the stress out of picking a gift set.

DOUBLE CLEANSE GIFT SET $219 (R.R.P $271)

DOUBLE CLEANSE GIFT SET $219 (R.R.P $271)

Whether you’re new to the concept of double cleansing or just trying to get someone in on it, this is the perfect introductory set. It contains everything you need for effective double cleansing: a pre-cleanser, a cleanser, a toner and an exfoliator.

Suitable for: All skin types

The Double Cleanse Set goes for $219 (R.R.P $271).

 

 

PAMPERING MASK GIFT SET $159 (R.R.P $198)

PAMPERING MASK GIFT SET $159 (R.R.P $198)

What better way to relax, de-stress, and address your skin concerns than just lying down with a face mask on?

Whether you’re dealing with dark spots, acne scars, or dull skin, this set will leave you looking healthy, glowing and ready for the festive period.

Suitable for: Dull skin, aging skin

The Pampering Mask Set goes for $159 (R.R.P $198).

 

 

POWER TRIO GIFT SET $249 (R.R.P $325.50)

POWER TRIO GIFT SET $249 (R.R.P $325.50)

Balance, soothe and heal your skin with this powerful healing trio! Use these gels individually, or combine all three so that they work synergistically to reset skin to its natural equilibrium.

Suitable for: Acne-prone skin, Oily Skin

The Power Trio Set goes for $249 (R.R.P $325.50).

 

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICE: GIFT-WRAPPING

At only $10, your purchase will be wrapped in our signature gift packaging and ribbon, ready for your gift recipient. This service is available in all our outlets.

X’MAS EXCLUSIVE: TRAVEL POUCH + SILK EYE MASK (R.R.P $70)

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The Porcelain Travel Pouch (Left, $35) and Porcelain Silk Eye Mask (Right, worth $35)

The Porcelain Travel Pouch (R.R.P $35) is great for organising your products to travel in ease. Or, it can easily become your main makeup/skincare case at home. What’s more, the marble print and rose gold logo plate glam up a surprisingly tough (it’s water resistant!) pouch to keep your cosmetics organised.

The Porcelain Eye Mask (R.R.P $35) is a luxurious sleep mask crafted from the highest grade mulberry silk for deep, rejuvenating sleep. Lightly cushioned, it sits softly on your eyes to block out light while the smooth fabric protects against damage to skin and hair.

*** Enter “GetYourGlowOn” during checkout of any purchase of a gift set to receive a compliementary Porcelain Travel Pouch and Silk Eye Mask (total worth $70)! Valid until 30 November 2017. Click HERE to visit our Online Store.***

 

Updated: Sorry folks. Promo’s over because 2017 is!