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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#DearPauline: Our Very Own Beauty Column!

 

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.

4 Steps to Flawless Skin | #SkinHacks

 

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.

 

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

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While skincare products can do wonders for your skin, selecting an inappropriate regime for your skin can irritate and agonise it, leaving it worse than before. Skin is commonly broken down into four types: Normal, Oily, Dry/Sensitive and Combination. The quest for a radiant and clear complexion begins with recognising your individual skin type and building a customised skincare routine.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 1) | #SkinHacks

Credits: Nathan Burrows

The skin is the largest organ of your body. It serves as a barrier against external influences and prevents environmental aggressors from entering your system. The skin also plays an important role in the elimination of toxins and the regulation of body temperature through perspiration.

So, doesn’t your skin deserve to benefit from a personalised skincare system? In the first of a three-part series, we begin by identifying your individual skin type.

Normal Skin

Your skin appears refined and smooth, often with a subtle glow. You have a balanced complexion, free of dry patches and overly oily spots. Breakouts and blemishes are a rarity and you also benefit from minimal changes in your skin throughout the day. A simple skincare routine that maintains your balanced complexion is often sufficient.

Oily Skin

Your skin appears shiny and feels oily throughout the day. Your skin is also prone to congestion and acne. It is essential to amply hydrate your skin with non-comedogenic products to prevent a further over production of oil. Your skin care routine should also incorporate an oil control product.

Dry/Sensitive Skin

You frequently face dry, rough and tight patches. Your skin may also appear red and you may suffer from eczema. Many skincare and cosmetic products cause your skin to sting and feel irritated. It is imperative that you care for your delicate skin with gentle products and build up your skin’s tolerance to products.

Combination Skin

The most common skin type, you would typically experience an oily T-zone and dry patches elsewhere. Your skin may change depending on the weather and can sometimes feel dry and at other times, oily. You may also experience acne and congestion in the oilier areas of your face and tightness in the other parts. It is essential that you keep your face hydrated while targeting specific skin concerns with an appropriate arsenal of skincare products.

 

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Find Your Skin Type (Part 2) | Product Recommendations

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Find Your Skin Type | The Quintessential is perfect for decongesting

For All Skin Types

Egg White Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl

Preparation:

  1. Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl.
  2. Mix them up and apply to face.
  3. Leave on face for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse face in warm water.

For Oily Skin

Strawberry & Lemon Mask

Strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents. Note: Recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut recipe in half for just you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils

Preparation:

  1. Mash or blend the above ingredients.
  2. Smooth over face.
  3. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse.

For Dry/Chapped Skin

Dark Chocolate Mask

Dark chocolate – better for your skin than you think! Here is how to use dark chocolate on your skin for a delicious facial. If you love chocolate and happen to have some to spare, try this delicious facial.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • Sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Heat nutty dark chocolate in a boiler. 3 minutes will work well.
  2. Mix sea salt and 2/3 of a cup milk in a bowl.
  3. Remove melted chocolate from heat. Mix melted chocolate with salt/milk mixture.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Apply to your face while cool but not hardened. Before the chocolate becomes hard, smear on your face and leave it on until it hardens.
  6. Wash or chip off with a mild cleanser and warm water.

For Sensitive Skin

Yoghurt Face Mask

This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
Extra tip: This mask works well for other skin types as well. For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold and I love the brand Fage’s “Total” pictured here, because it’s creamy and thick)
  • ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Preparation:

  1. Mix the ingredients together.
  2. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).

For Combination Skin

Rose Mask

This mask, based on roses, is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

Ingredients:

  • Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
  • 2 tbsps rosewater
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).

Preparation:

  1. Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl.
  2. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
  3. Mix well and apply to the skin.
  4. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse.

 

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it really takes a beating. Aloe Vera can help alleviate this beating. Read on, and we’ll tell you more about Aloe Vera and its healing benefits.

Aloe, Our Hero!

Credit: Stanislav Kondratiev

Every day we subject our skin to a rigorous routine. Scrubbing madly with harsh, chemical-laden soaps, peeling away hair with deep slicing razor blades, dousing ourselves with moisture-sucking perfumes and cologne, subjecting ourselves to the scorching sun, beating rain, pelting snow or stinging wind. This leaves our skin wide-open to a whole host of problems such as Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Dryness, Scaling and Flaking, Eczema, Chaffing and Chapping, Sunburn & Allergic Reactions.

If you regularly slather cortisone creams or antibiotic ointments to try and heal these conditions, you may be doing your skin more harm than good because these medicines contain powerful steroids which actually thin your skin and leave it prone to even greater irritations!

Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe Barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties for wounds.

But that’s not all, aloe vera also:

  • Helps cuts, bruises and burns heal faster
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn
  • Destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds
  • Forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles
  • Relieves inflammation and redness
  • Soothes itching and helps restore skin’s natural beauty
  • Nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C

You might also want to read up on Aloe Vera’s benefits for skin, hair, health and heart diseases.