The week before the wedding is also the time that Murphy’s Law goes into full force. Dress alterations go astray, family members pull out without notice, the rings go missing… It’s understandable why some brides-to-be experience a number of skincare issues during this crucial period. Stress can actually show externally: under eye bags and darkness become more pronounced, faces can become dry and flaky, whilst skin on the body can become acne-prone as well. Glowing bridal skin? What’s that?

Bridal Skin Preparation: The Crucial Week Before the Wedding

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If you opt for facials close to the big day, focus on soothing, repairing and relaxing the skin. As a general rule, avoid anything that might trigger a detoxification. Here are some facials we highly recommend to help calm your complexions (and minds!) down.

Sun Rescue FacialBridal Skin Preparation: Sun Rescue treatment

Our Sun Rescue Facial was originally formulated for sun-damaged complexions, but became vastly popular as the perfect restorative treatment for tired skin.

It entails a three-pronged approach of Calm, Repair and Hydrate. The combination of an oxygen hyperbaric spray with cryotherapy soothes stressed skin and stimulates repair. FYI, cryotherapy is a process of cooling skin to a temperature of up to -10 degrees with the use of a cryoprobe and electrophoresis. The treatment ends with an anti-inflammatory mask that further hydrates and locks in moisture.

Skin that suffers from constant redness and sensitivity will greatly benefit from this treatment.

 

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Bridal Skin Preparation: Pick Me Up

This facial is known as the perfect lunchtime Pick Me Up (literally!) – a great option for brides-to-be who are constantly on the go. It’s fast, effective and, most importantly, safe. Thus, it’s the #1 treatment choice for a quick pre-wedding facial.

This express facial lasts just 30 minutes, but packs a punch. It includes a massage exfoliation, a premium custom blended mask, LED light therapy and a relaxing shoulder massage. The LED light color(s) are customized according to your skincare concerns, e.g. blue for antibacterial properties to help those with redness and acne issues.

Leave the spa with skin that is rejuvenated, significantly hydrated and brightened!

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Add – Ons

We also offer Add-On services such as Get Your Sexy Back (Luxx), Age Defying Neck (Luxx) and RevitalEye (Luxx) which are quick effective solutions for pesky skincare problems.

Get Your Sexy Back (Luxx) is a great choice for those who plan to wear low-back or bareback wedding gowns and wish to have flawless skin.

Age Defying Neck (Luxx) is perfect for ladies who wish to reverse the signs of aging on their neck – either through lightening neck lines, skin tone or texture.

RevitalEye (Luxx) brightens the windows to your soul by countering puffy eyes, dark circles, eyebags and fine lines.

Each add-on takes an extra 45 – 90 minutes to a typical facial session. It includes customized serums/ampoules, masks and LED light therapy.

 

 

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

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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.

 

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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Mothers’ Day is just round the corner and so here comes the annual dilemma of what gift is truly befitting. Fret not, we’ve got your back, and here are two fantastic gift ideas we have in-store that are perfect for the most special woman in our lives.

What’s better than gifting the Best Restorative Facial (Harper’s Bazaar Singapore), Best Line Reducing Facial (Women’s Weekly) – the Porcelain Proionic Facial, and let us indulge her thoroughly. This luxurious treatment targets saggy, aging skin problems as well as dull and fatigued skin. You can read more about the treatment here. There’s no better way to say “I love you mom” than to let the results of the Proionic Facial speak for itself, when she walks out looking more rejuvenated, with a more youthful looking visage. Usual Price – $408.80.

“Always love your mother because you will never get another.” Likewise, pamper your mother’s skin because she will never have another. Let her worry about giving her age away no more! Lavish her with our RevitalEyes Silk Mask that will work its magic around crow feet and eye bags. Inspired by the ancient benefits of silk, this velvety smooth mask reduces the appearance of delicate lines, leaving a healthy radiance around her eyes. Trust us, it will be particularly rewarding to watch her eyes regain the light from her youth. Usual Price: $48 for a box of 6.

Contact us at admin@porcelain.com.sg to purchase either gift at 20% discount by quoting “ILOVEMYMOM” by 31st May 2016.

Additionally, participate in our Mothers’ Day Contest to stand a chance to win Porcelain products and a spa session worth SGD$1812! Simply follow @PorcelainFaceSpa and upload your photo on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #UniquelySimilar to share with us how you are uniquely similar to your mother. We will pick our favourite entry and the entry with most likes as our two lucky winners! For more details on our Mothers’ Day Contest, click here.

 

Step 1: Pre-cleansing your skin

Most of us spend our weekends going out with our friends and having fun. Others spend time partying with their loved ones at gatherings and functions. With all this partying going on, we tend to pile on some make up just to make ourselves look presentable.

But did you know that by wearing makeup, you are not allowing your skin to breathe? Most make up that we use are not oil-free. All these oils in the makeup will slowly seep into our pores and begin to clog it up. Also, because we are putting on layers of cosmetics on our skin, our pores are only able to absorb the oils instead of natural oxygen which eventually causes the skin cells on our face to lack oxygen.

But fear not my ladies, there is always a way for you to keep looking pretty every weekend and ensure your skin looks amazing all the time.

Porcelain has a product that is perfect to combat pore congestion. With Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser, your make up will come off very easily and it hydrates your skin from deep within. With orchid extract in the cleanser, it will definitely leave your skin moisturized. Also, with the added chamomile extract, it has anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce any redness on your skin after a whole night of make up on.

 

Step 2: Exfoliate your skin

To soothe your face even further, Porcelain’s Revive, Natural Skin Refiner will do the trick. It helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce congestion. Also, it has aloe extract that helps to make your skin feel smooth and reduces any irritation on the skin. It also helps to hydrate your skin as well after a whole night of your skin not being able to breathe.

Step 3: Moisturize and balance out your skin

But after all this, you most definitely need to remember to balance your skin out.

Porcelain’s Balance Sebum Control Essence helps to balance the skin’s pH level as well as to increase moisture on your skin. Adding on to that, after a whole night of wearing makeup, the essence also helps to reduce congestion.

Always remember to cleanse your face of any makeup to avoid any clogged pores or congestion. Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated after a long day of not allowing your skin to breathe any pure oxygen.  If you do all this, your skin will look amazing.