If you have followed us on our social media recently, you would have heard us rave about our Sun Rescue facial. (P.S.: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t!) There is just so much to love about this facial, especially when it’s so blazing hot right now!

Sun Rescue: Calm, Repair & Hydrate

Credits: Chris Osmond

This treatment entails a three-pronged approach to Calm, Repair and Hydrate your skin. The skin undergoes vasoconstriction and vasodilation, which stimulates microcirculation and cell regeneration.

Sun Rescue is a saviour — and not just for sun damaged skin

As the name suggests, the Sun Rescue targets sun-damaged skin. And that’s not all. This treatment absolutely does wonders for hypersensitive and dry skinned individuals. It soothes irritated skin and provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. The best part? It’s suited for all skin types.

The treatment

The treatment first begins with a gentle double cleanse using our Revive, Makeup Cleanser and Soothe, Hydro Cleanser to remove surface impurities. As long as your skin isn’t sunburnt, the therapist then applies the Revive, Natural Skin Refiner to slough away dead skin.

Next, experience a chilling yet soothing sensation with our freeze therapy. The CryoProbe cools the skin down to -10 degrees. This helps firm, tone and restore radiance to your skin. The combination of CryoProbe and electrophoresis with aloe vera gel helps with blood circulation and cellular oxygenation. Furthermore, it enhances the penetration of the aloe vera gel up to 99% (Read about the reparative benefits our aloe gel brings here). In turn, this speeds up the skin’s healing process and builds its immunity.

The OxySpray infuses custom-blended serums and oxygen to hydrate and nourish the skin. After analysing your skin’s needs, your therapist will prepare a ginseng tonic, witch hazel or rosewater mix – depending on which best suits your skin. The mist feels light and refreshing and delivers incredible hydration and reparative effects. After the oxygen therapy, a custom-blended mask is applied on and left to rest on your skin.

To top off your treatment, the therapist performs a relaxing massage. The facial ends with moisture gel protectant and sunscreen to retain the facial’s benefits. All our products are non-comedogenic (they don’t clog pores!).

The end result

Experience instantly radiant skin, refined pores and a rejuvenated visage. Read what Nylon Singapore and Mefitted have to say about this facial!

 

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Eczema is a skin condition where the skin becomes itchy, dry, red and cracked. It is not only uncomfortable, but also causes unsightly marks and scars.

To give you a better understanding of what eczema is about, below are some common symptoms of eczema:

1. Skin may appear cracked and dry
2. Some may experience itchiness and if scratched, the skin will be raw
3. Inflamed areas may also develop blisters or have pus
4. There may be small and raised bumps
5. Skin at the affected area may also be thickened

If you have eczema, you should also have noticed that the following may worsen your skin condition: 

1. Hot showers
2. Stress
3. Sweating
4. Dry air
5. Certain fabrics such as wool
6. Dust
7. Sand
8. Smoking
9. Hormonal levels

What is the treatment for eczema:

1. Avoid scratching:
As simple as this may sound, scratching is really a natural response and often done unknowingly. It is important to pay special attention to this, and avoid aggravating your skin any further and make the symptoms worse. Scratching also increases the risk of skin infections and inflammation, and we certainly do not want that to happen.

2. Keep your skin hydrated:
People with eczema have very dry skin, which also results in the itching and cracking, making it very uncomfortable to deal with. To help with the skin condition, we recommend keeping your skin hydrated at all times.

To keep your skin protected and hydrated, you can consider trying Porcelain’s Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel. This light, ultra soothing gel heals & hydrates your skin and eases irritation. It is specially formulated with pure aloe extracts to soothe skin and shield it from environmental aggressors. It is also able to pamper and calm stressed skin, and helps to improve your skin’s moisture balance and promote your skin’s natural resilience.

3. Prevent skin inflammation & irritation:
The reason why your skin is bumpy, red and cracked is that it is highly irritated and inflamed, and you should get eczema treatment products that can help you alleviate the problem.

Porcelain’s Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel has anti-inflammatory and healing properties to calm irritated skin, it is also highly effective in treating eczema and other skin irritations. Using it daily on affected areas can allow you to observe better results.

4. Keep your skin clear off other aggressors
Things like dust, sand and sweat are highly likely to worsen your eczema problem. We’re not saying that you should not exercise or go near the beach or sea, but it’d be great if you could minimise your skin encounters with these aggressors and keep your skin clean and fresh!

5. Look for soap substitutes & bath oils:
Normal soap is alkaline and can further dry out your skin. Soap and detergent based shampoos should also be avoided. We would also recommend slathering on some bath oils after your bath, to help lock in moisture and treat dry skin.

Cleopatra once said that aloe is ‘the very last present from God’, and Queen Nerfertiti, the most beautiful women in Ancient Egypt, was a huge fan of aloe vera gel. Today, we’ll tell you why, and you could look just as amazing as them!

Given that aloe is a desert plant. It absorbs and stores water extremely effectively, and can survive for 7 years with minimal water intake from its own leaves, making it an extremely effective hydrator. Besides its strong hydrating ability, it contains an extensive list of nutrients like Vitamin A, B, B1, B2, C, E, niacinamide, choline, 18 amino acid, copper, iron and etc. Now, if this is still not able to ‘wow’ you, we’d share with you the wondrous benefits that aloe brings to your skin.

  Benefits of Aloe

1.       Aloe Fights our Common Enemy –Acne

The culprit of acne is likely to be Androgen hormones. Androgens increase the rate of cell turnover, thickening the skin around the opening of the follicle. This increases blockages in this area. Androgens also increase the flow of sebum. When your skin’s pores are clogged and the sebum is not cleared properly, acne is formed.

This is when aloe comes in to ease our skin situation with two hormones called, Auxin and Gibberellin. These hormones heal wounds and reduce redness and inflammation. Gibberellin also stimulates cell growth. This is how aloe fights our common enemy, acne, by introducing Auxin and Gibberlin hormones, and deter the secretion of Androgens.

2.       Aloe Helps us Turn Back the Clock

Aloe has a lot of anti-ageing ingredients. It contains Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which improve skin firmness and keep our skin hydrated. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and is an antioxidant that helps to deal with skin damages caused by free radicals. Vitamin E and beta-carotene are also packed with antioxidants slowing down the ageing process. With these anti-ageing properties, aloe helps you turn back the clock and look youthful and rejuvenated once again!

 3.       Aloe Quenches our Skin

Aloe is a perfect hydrator for our skin because it is able to penetrate into the deepest layer of our skin, quenching it from deep within. It does not give a greasy feeling, making it suitable even for oily complexions.

 4.       Aloe Heals our Skin with its Amazing Healing Powers

Aloe’s healing properties, together with the ability to penetrate deep into our skin, helps to speed up the healing process. It forms a protective layer on top of the epidermis and replenishes our skin’s moisture level, enhancing the healing system. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal functions also stimulate our skin’s immune system, relieving tightness, redness and peeling.

Now, the amazing benefits of this Miracle plant can be optimized with the following tips.

Useful Aloe Tips

1.       Add oil

Aloe is mostly comprised of water. Thus, adding facial oil to aloe vera gel before application will balance water and oil better. Oil makes aloe vera gel a more effective moisturizer for dry skin.

2.       Face Mask

Put refrigerated aloe vera gel on a dry mask sheet and apply the mask on your skin. Gently remove the aloe facial mask after 15 minutes. It will hydrate and soothe your skin immediately and create a protective layer of moisture preventing fine wrinkles from appearing. It also whitens overall skin and reduces dark spots. Owing it to anti-bacterial effect, this mask also helps to treat pimples.

If you like, you can add other ingredients such as honey, sugar, egg etc. to make a facemask suited to your skincare needs.

3.       Eye Mask

The eye area is the most sensitive area on our face and gets dry and irritated easily. Aloe, being a mild and natural ingredient, is capable of hydrating and treating even the most vulnerable areas and most sensitive skins. Put aloe vera gel on a cotton pad and place it on your eyelids. Remove the pad after 10 minutes. It will reduce dark circles and the appearance of fine lines.

4.       Hair Essence

Enzymes and nutrients in aloe vera promote hair growth and destroy excessive dead skin cells. Its moisturizing properties also help condition your scalp and hair, reducing the appearance of dandruff. Simply apply aloe vera gel to your hair and scalp, and feel the difference!

5.       Aloe Vera & Oatmeal Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an important step in your skincare regime. It removes dead skin cells, which will lead to better absorption of your toner and moisturizer.

  • Ingredients: Aloe vera gel 2 tsps, Oatmeal 2 tsps, Brown sugar 2 tsps, Lemon juice 1 tsp

Steps:

  • Grind oatmeal and mix all ingredients together.
  • Wet your skin with warm water and put on the mixture.
  • Massage your face for a while and wash it off.
  • Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator that does not dry your skin, while aloe will soothe and hydrate your skin.

The Stabilization Process

In order for aloe to be utilized as an ingredient for cosmetic products, it must undergo a stabilization process. Like all other vegetables and fruits, oxidation process occurs from 30 minutes after aloe harvest. Therefore, stabilization ensures the quality and preservation of aloe gel.

Aloe Vera: The Last Present from God

Aloe Vera: The Last Present from God

 

Porcelain’s Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel, A Summer Must – Have

Made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera, Porcelain Aloe Recovery Gel is a feathery light, ultra soothing gel that heals and hydrates the skin. Perfect for skin suffering from sensitivity due to acne and dermatological procedures, it eases skin irritation, reduces inflammation and works quickly to repair delicate skin.

During the summer climate, after staying under the scorching heat for a few hours, it is common to suffer from a sunburn or skin irritation. Aloe Recovery Gel calms stressed skin and shields it from environmental aggressors, making it a summer must-have!

 

In the previous blog post, I mentioned that it is important to choose the right products by understanding and researching on the ingredients that it contains. In order for you to make a more informed decision, this post will cover various harmful/good skin care ingredients that you should try to avoid/look out for when looking for a good skin care product.

Harmful Skin Care Ingredients:

Harmful skin care ingredient #1: Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum production. Mineral oil is a common ingredient used in many skin care products as it is inexpensive. Sometimes, even expensive skin care products and cosmetics can contain mineral oil. It is, however, important to note the harmful effects mineral oil has on your skin. It is likely to clog pores as it prevents the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins.

Harmful skin care ingredient #2: Sodium Lauryl
Sulfate Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is used mainly in products like concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash detergents, and almost every soap and shampoo on the market. In the same way it dissolves grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect and lead to skin irritation. Hence, it is especially important that those with psoriasis, eczema or other skin conditions to avoid or at least limit the use of skin care products with SLS.

Harmful skin care ingredient #3: Synthetic Fragrances
Cosmetic fragrance is made with cheap synthetic chemicals which replicate the natural aroma of products which exists in nature. These fragrances can be harmful as they cause skin irritations. However, many companies still use them to mask unpleasant smell in the products because it is cheaper than using the natural scent. This ingredient often is listed as “fragrance” or parfum on labels.

Harmful skin care ingredient #4: Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is a petroleum-derived substance made from propylene and is found in hair color rinses, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. Isopropyl alchol is a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses. Additionally, it may cause premature aging of the skin.

Good Skin Care Ingredients:

Good skin care ingredient #1: Antioxidants
We can’t mention enough the importance of antioxidant for your skin. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize the effects of free radicals, which are unstable compounds that can attack human cells and their DNA, ultimately leading to aging. Hence, antioxidants is a good anti-aging ingredient which will help you achieve smooth and youthful skin. Infused with powerful antioxidants and skin conditioning agents, the Hydro Cleanser protects your skin from internal and external damage. It is Paraben and Sulfate free, and is an ultra gentle cleanser containing 82% Aloe Vera Gel. It is also enriched with 6 natural ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and calm your skin. 

Good skin care ingredient #2: Aloe Vera
Once again, it is important to note that aloe vera has very good anti inflammatory, healing and antiseptic properties which will help calm dry and irritated skin. It is also suitable for people with skin allergies, eczema, acne-prone or sensitive skin. With Aloe Vera as its main ingredient, the Aloe Recovery Gel is a feathery –light, ultra soothing gel that heals and hydrates the skin, eliminating breakouts and easing irritation. Specially formulated with pure aloe extracts, it is able to soothe the skin after dermatological procedures and shield it from environmental aggressors. It pampers and calms stressed skin, making it suitable for even the most reactive skin types. 

Good skin care ingredient #3: Beta Hydroxy Acid/BHA
Beta hydroxy acids have a larger molecule than alpha hydroxy acids. The larger molecule size keeps BHA on the surface of the skin allowing it to more effectively penetrate and exfoliate within the pore, making it an ideal exfoliant for use on acne and acne-prone skin. The larger molecule size of salicylic acid also produces less irritation than alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), making it even suitable for sensitive skin. BHA is effective for getting rid of acne, blackheads and whiteheads, giving you softer and smoother skin. The Botanical Treatment Tonic contains Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) which has the ability to penetrate deep into the pores to remove any excessive sebum and dirt which the cleanser has missed. Encouraging delicate exfoliation of dead skin cells, Pure – Botanical Treatment Tonic is able to smooth away dullness to reveal tighter pores, brighter and fresher skin. 

Good skin care ingredient #4: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a valuable active ingredient in cosmetics, which regulates the moisture balance of the skin. It has extremely high capacity to retain moisture and remains effective even in low humidity. As hyaluronic acid is a large molecule, it does not penetrate deeply into the skin. Instead, it forms a highly moisture-retaining film on the skin, which is permeable to light and air. It is not sticky and does not obstruct the skin’s ability to breath. Hence, Hyaluronic acid is an excellent hydrating agent which helps keep the skin smooth and supple.Made up with 50% Sodium Hyaluronate, a natural substance with the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, Balance Essence has super hydrating properties without over-moisturizing your skin. This is because it helps your skin locks in its own moisture at the cellular level, thus preventing excessive moisture loss and at the same time, provide a strong defense against aging and environmental damage. 

Now that you know your skin care ingredients better, please remember to use your knowledge when selecting your skin care products so you’ll be able to make better and more well-informed choices and prevent your skin from being the victim of wrong product usage.

Breakout

Situation

Remedies for this summer: Breakouts

Credit: Tanja Heffner

You’re breaking out on your back, shoulders, and chest, and your regular soap isn’t helping.

Remedy

Wash with a body cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, ingredients that unblock pores and dry up excess oil.

To prevent breakouts, dust talcum powder on your back and chest to help absorb perspiration and look for oil-free products that are labeled noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores.

Avoid form-fitting clothes that hold heat and moisture close to your skin and change into fresh gear after perspiring heavily. Don’t forget to consider the laundry detergent you’re using. Some detergents contain harsh chemicals and/or scents that can play havoc with your skin.

Sunburn

Situation

Remedies for this summer: Sunburn

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You got caught up in the excitement of your kid’s tournament and forgot to re-apply sunscreen. Now your skin is lobster red.

The Remedy

Avoid the sun until the skin has healed completely.

Sunburned skin temporarily loses its protective barrier, so it’s more susceptible to subsequent burns. To reduce inflammation and pain, pop an aspirin and take as directed until the burn fades. Soaking in a bath of cool or lukewarm water laced with a handful of baking soda will also ease the burn.

Afterwards, apply some Aloe Vera to reduce swelling. Try not to pick or peel skin that’s beginning to flake because those dry patches protect forming skin from the environment. Next time, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and re-apply every 2 hours.

Ingrown Hair

Situation

Remedies for this summer: Ingrown Hair

Credit: Jakok Owens

Your quest for an ultraclose shave left you with ingrown hairs around your bikini line.

The Remedy

Wash with an anti-bacterial soap to quell inflammation.

Gentle use of a wash-cloth every other day will help dislodge trapped hairs and prevent their return.

For a chronic case, try an exfoliant containing salicylic acid, this keeps ingrown hairs at bay. In the future, shave in the bath or shower as the water plump up hair, making it easier to cut. Change blades as soon as you feel any pull or drag as a dull blade is more likely to cause ingrown hairs.

Poison Ivy

Situation

The “grass” you rested on after your hike was poison ivy, and now you can’t stop itching.

The Remedy

Treat mild rashes with hydrocortisone cream. Bathing in tepid water with 1 cup of oatmeal may also alleviate the misery. If that’s not enough, take an antihistamine because heat and sweating can aggravate the itch, stay as cool as possible.

See your doctor if the rash is on your face or genitals, is blistering or oozing, or doesn’t improve after a week of self-treatment. On future outdoor adventures, steer clear of plants that have three shiny leaves coming from a central stem. If you act quickly to wash the plant’s oily resin off your skin (it becomes irreversibly bound within 15 minutes of exposure), you can prevent or minimize a reaction.

Dry Skin

Situation

Credit: David Beatz Remedies for this summer: Dehydrated skin

Credit: David Beatz

A beach vacation left your skin looking and feeling drier than a desert.

The Remedy

After swimming, rinse with fresh water to remove any salt or chlorine buildup, which can further dry out and irritate skin. Keep subsequent baths and showers short (no longer than 5 minutes) and use a mild cleanser and warm water. Gently use a wash-cloth, or exfoliating scrub to slough off dead cells. After bathing, towel-dry and apply Aloe Vera. After exfoliating off the dead skin cells, Aloe Vera actually helps repairing and is anti-inflammatory.