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.

 

 

We ask our Team which was their favourite product and why it was their #PorcelainMustHave.

Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel

“Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel is definitely my #PorcelainMustHave! I lost count of the number of times I got myself cut, burned, stung and this little tube saved me. I call it the Miracle Gel ”
Anna, Porcelain’s Assistant Manager

“Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel is definitely my favourite #PorcelainMustHave because it really lives up to everything an Aloe Vera promises – speedy healing properties and calms irritated, sensitive skin.”
Zane, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“My saver after extractions – Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel!! I’d apply it very frequently after extractions and it really does help speed up the recovery process. My #PorcelainMustHave! ”
Isabelle, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

 

 

Soothe, Hydro Cleanser

Sodium Hyaluronate is a key ingredient in our Soothe - Hydro Cleanser.

Sodium Hyaluronate is a key ingredient in our Soothe – Hydro Cleanser.

“Soothe, Hydro Cleanser is my #PorcelainMustHave! It’s gentle and mild yet at the same time able to thoroughly cleanse my skin!”
Julynn, Porcelain’s Operations Manager

“Soothe, Hydro Cleanser is my #PorcelainMustHave! It’s gentle yet effective, a cleanser that cleanses my skin without drying it out. The natural fragrant relaxes my mind too.”
Ann, Porcelain’s In-House Trainer & Client Relations Specialist

“Soothe, Hydro Cleanser is my favorite Porcelain Product because it helps hydrate my skin and works very well for my sensitive skin. It’s definitely my #PorcelainMustHave!”
Shirley, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“My #PorcelainMustHave will be Soothe, Hydro Cleanser. It’s very thorough even though it doesn’t contain any sulfates and the best part of this cleanser is that it doesn’t rip off any moisture off my skin. Instead, I could feel that my skin is more moisturized after switching to this cleanser.”
Jumaidah, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“It’s very natural and leaves my skin supple and clean after every use. Soothe, Hydro Cleanser is my #PorcelainMustHave!”
Tracie, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“I used to see doctor for my dehydrated skin and was even recommended not to use any cleansers to prevent my skin from deteriorating. Surprisingly, Hydro Cleanser works for me and my skin has now returned to supple and hydrated. So glad to have found this cleanser! :)”
Wynne, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

 

HydroCare, Bio-Cellulose Mask

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“HydroCare Bio-Cellulose Mask is my #PorcelainMustHave as it smoothens and hydrates my skin while calming my sensitive skin. There’s never too many HydroCare Mask ”
Michelle, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“HydroCare Bio-Cellulose Mask has to be my #PorcelainMustHave. I’ve never tried any mask better than this. Its super moisturizing and the material is gentle for even my hypersensitive skin. It’s the best!!”
Stella, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner

“My #PorcelainMustHave would be Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner! It has a super refreshing touch to it. With its gentle exfoliation, I could feel that my skin is a lot softer and smoother.”
Jacqueline, Porcelain’s Assistant Manager

“It’s not drying at all for a Glycolic Toner and sometimes when my schedule gets a little hectic and I forgets to exfoliate, I depend on Revive, Glycolic Toner to help gently exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. Can’t help but to love this baby that keeps my skin brightened at all times! :D”
– Carmen, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is my #PorcelainMustHave!! I’ve never actually thought that a toner could do so much good to a skin until I tried this. I love how it’s gentle and calming even though it contains Glycolic Acid (naturally derived from Sugar Cane though), and my skin actually feels cleaner and more supple with each use! LOVE IT!”
– Xin Na, Porcelain’s Marcom Assistant

 

Balance, HydraClear Gel

“My favourite Porcelain Product would have to be Balance, HydraClear Gel. It helps clear my pimples and at the same time not strip away my skin’s moisture. LOVE IT! ❤❤❤ It’s definitely my #PorcelainMustHave!”
Mardiana, Porcelain’s Admin Executive

“Balance, HydraClear Gel is my #PorcelainMustHave because it really helps reduce and prevent congestion! I always tell my clients that prevention is better than cure and HydrClear Gel has worked wonders by proving itself to be the preventive one.”
Jenny, Porcelain’s Director Aesthetician

“I have very congested skin to start with and ever since I started using Balance, HydraClear Gel, I have seen significant improvement in my congestion and breakout. Compared to products I used to get from over-the-counter, this is non-drying (at all) and is suitable for my hypersensitive skin! I cannot live without this! :D”
– June, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

 

Revive, Natural Skin Refiner

“My skin is really smooth and bright every time I exfoliate using Revive, Natural Skin Refiner. I even use it on my neck and I see a reduction in the fine lines around my neck after using it for awhile. It’s non-abrasive so my sensitive skin loves it!”
– Jazlyn, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“Revive, Natural Skin Refiner is my #PorcelainMustHave! Normally when my skin gets a little congested, I’ll use this as a mask instead and it helps reduce the congestion which may eventually lead to a breakout. I bring it everywhere I go! As an exfoliator, as a mask – this has helped keep my skin healthy and glowing.”
– Pauline, Porcelain’s Managing Director

“Exfoliation was never a part of my skincare regime as I prevent using scrubs on my sensitive skin. Ever since I got to try Revive, Natural Skin Refiner, I cannot do without exfoliation. The difference is drastic and I could actually see my skin getting brighter and smoother. To top that, my favourite part of this exfoliator is that it doesn’t use micro-beads to exfoliate, but Natural Enzymes to soften the dead skin cells so it definitely works for my skin! My one true #PorcelainMustHave.”
– Azlin, Porcelain’s HR & Accounts Manager

 

Our skin plays a vital role in our outer appearance. Most of us fail to realise that our skin eventually reflects what we eat. A good daily supply of vital nutrients is required for a glowing and perfect skin. Blackberries are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They also offer the highest levels of some antioxidants – higher than blueberries and strawberries too. The very dark color of the fruit is proof of its high antioxidant level. As a result, it is beneficial for the skin.

1. Fights Free Radicals:

Anthocyanocides and polyphenols are two antioxidants found in abundance in blackberries. These help in fighting free radicals. The collagen-forming Vitamin C and Vitamin A make it only more appropriate for skin. These vitamins also act as antioxidants. The regular consumption of blackberries protects the skin against the damaging UVA and UVB rays and aids in skin cell renewal.

2. Hydrates Skin:

Blackberries are comprised of more than 85% water with an abundant dose of fiber. Both of these are essential for a healthy-looking skin. The consumption of blackberries detoxifies the body and maintains the elasticity of the skin.

A good way to enjoy the goodness of blackberries for your skin is through a face mask. Here’s how:

  • Take a bunch of blackberries.
  • Crush and mix the juice with a teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply this to your face and neck.
  • Let it dry well before washing it off thoroughly.

This face mask is ideal for hydrating the skin while supplying essential nutrients to it.

3. Rejuvenates The Skin:

Vitamins A, C and K in blackberries are excellent for skin rejuvenation. Their omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids-rich seeds are vital for healthy skin.

Here’s an effective face mask recipe for skin rejuvenation.

  • Grind a bunch of blackberries.
  • Blend these with some fresh yoghurt.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg powder and ¼ cup of lemon juice.
  • Apply this mask evenly on your face and neck.
  • Wash off after 25 to 30 minutes with lukewarm water.

The regular application of this face mask will help rejuvenate your skin. It will also ensure smooth, moisturized and hydrated skin.

4. Skin Cleanser For Oily Skin:

Blackberries are great for cleansing and detoxification of oily skin too.

Prepare a natural skin cleanser for oily skin with this recipe:

  • Mix 2 tbsp of fuller’s earth with 1 ½ tbsp of blackberry juice.
  • Mix well to form a thick paste.
  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil (only if you suffer from acne).
  • Dampen your face and apply this mixture evenly over your face.
  • Wash off after 2 minutes.

This natural skin cleanser will help remove excess oil and shrink the pores, purifying your skin from deep within.

5. Treatment Of Wounds:

Blackberry leaves contain tannins with brilliant astringent qualities. These prevent the formation of blood clots. Traditionally, the fruit leaves are used to heal wounds, open sores and scratches. Blackberries also assist in soothing skin ailments like psoriasis. The antioxidants aid in clearing acne. The brew made from blackberry leaves is applied topically to cure eczema.

6. Healthy Hair:

Vitamin C, found in blackberries, is largely responsible for collagen production and contributes to strong hair. The antioxidants help combat the harmful and damaging effects of the environment on the hair. The topical application of the fruit extract is known to add instant volume, shine and bounce to the hair.

7. Gum Care:

The leaves and bark of the blackberry plant are consumed traditionally. They are used to treat mild gum inflammation and bleeding gums too.

8. Menstrual Bleeding:

Consuming blackberry leaves helps get relief from excessive bleeding during menses. The fruit is also used to regulate menses and considered a uterine tonic.

9. Dysentery:

Blackberry leaves and fruit can help treat diarrhea. To use, simply boil the leaves or the fruit. Strain and drink the water to get relief.

10. Diabetes:

The high potassium content of blackberries helps reduce insulin. The daily consumption of blackberries with one teaspoon of honey helps control diabetes. For best results, it is best advised to have this for at least a week. Not only the fruit, blackberry leaves also can be consumed for their anti-diabetic properties.

11. Healthy Bones:

The decent content of calcium found in blackberries contributes to strengthening the bones.

12. Red Blood Cells:

Blackberries contain minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Together, these help a great deal in producing white and red blood cells.

13. Hemorrhoids:

The pulp made from blackberry fruits is widely used to heal haemorrhoids and even conjunctivitis.

14. Cancer:

Blackberries have an antioxidant called Ellagic acid. This can help in the prevention of the growth of certain cancer cells.

How To Select And Store?

Tips For Selection:

When buying blackberries always keep the following points in mind:

  • Choose the ones that are moderately firm, plump, dry and uniformly dark purple in color.
  • The bunch should be fragrant and without the stem caps attached.
  • When the hulls are attached, it means that the berries were picked too early, before they could mature.
  • Avoid berries with odd spots, colors or shades.
  • Signs of bruising or staining on the container indicate bruising and injury.
  • Try and buy locally grown berries. These are likely to be sweeter and juicier than the ones that are bred for shipment.
  • Watch out for molds. These are common in berries and they spread quickly. Hence, a moldy berry should never be placed next to a good one.

What is Evening Primrose Oil?

Primrose oil is extracted evening primrose plant seeds, a native plant in the Europe, North America and parts of the southern hemisphere. Its seeds, roots and leaves contain high medicinal value and are used widely in cooking. Primrose oil contains a high level of omega-6 fatty acids which have a beneficial effect on our human body. Other than fighting numerous ailments such as chronic fatigue, PMS, heart problems, it is good for our hair and skin too. View Post