Ever wondered about the reason behind your dull skin, even after a good night’s rest and use of proper skincare? One of the key reasons behind dull skin is insufficient oxygen flow, but there are other factors that matter.

  1. Improper diet, lifestyle and dehydration causes dull skin

Our skin reflects the food we eat. Proper nutrition greatly affects the health of your skin! The late nights partying may seem like harmless #YOLO fun, but drinking and smoking severely dehydrate the skin. Keep yourself adequately hydrated after a night out, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly to get the blood pumping!

  1. Environmental pollution, too.

Environmental pollution can result in dull skin

Credit: Joe Robles

For city dwellers, smog, dust and other kinds of environmental pollutants congest our pores daily. Environmental pollution also increases the free radicals in your cells, which cause premature ageing. Ensure you double cleanse daily with an antioxidant-rich milk cleanser before your usual cleanser for a hydrating deep cleanse. This rids your skin of unwanted congestion.

  1. Lack of proper exfoliation

Regular exfoliation prevents the buildup of dead skin cells. It also stimulates the cell renewal process and microcirculation as you massage your skin. Do use gentle, hydrating exfoliators as over-drying ingredients can stimulate more sebum and unwanted skin issues.

  1. Sun exposure

Sun exposure can result in dull skin

Credit: William Randles

A bad tan is not the only problem that comes from prolonged sun exposure to the sun. Your complexion can also become dull and your skin can take on a leathery, rough feeling. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen to slow the ageing process.

  1. Air-conditioned spaces

Air conditioning may be the greatest invention of the 21st century, but it causes dehydration to the skin. Using a humidifier when and applying moisturizers before you sleep can help your skin remain hydrated!

With all these factors in play, it is important for your skincare routine to include products that are suitable for your skin. Porcelain’s new and proprietary Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is alcohol-, paraben- and mineral oil-free to prevent skin irritation. Boasting ingredients like witch hazel, Vitamin C and aloe vera, the Glycolic Toner also has glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while thoroughly removing traces of makeup and dirt that may be left behind even after cleansing.

What’s left is skin with pH balance-restored at its natural level to allow for better absorption of products. Lactic acid, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), also increases collagen production to aid in skin regeneration as the skin ages. Besides unclogging pores and reducing the chances of a breakout, sodium hyaluronate in the toner locks in moisture to leave your complexion smooth and supple.

Here are other benefits the Glycolic Acid Toner can offer:

  • Tone and brighten skin
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Refine skin texture

Fixing Dull Skin: The Glycolic Toner gently exfoliates dead skin cells for a clear, radiant complexion

How It Works

Tell us how much you love your best friend by writing a short note on our Facebook Wall. Porcelain Team will select the winning entry based on creativity. If your entry is selected, we will surprise your friend with your participation and courier the gifts to their doorstep. Different prizes to be given out weekly so tune in to this space for more!

Different products to be given away weekly! Here comes the prizes!

Prizes

Week 2 – 9th December 2011 to 16th December 2011

1 x Quintessential Facial + Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel

Quintessential Facial Treatment

90 to 120 minutes, worth $380

 

Our Quintessential Facial has been voted as the winner for CozyCot’s Favourite Skin Perfecting Face Therapy. It is the best selling Deep Pore Cleansing Facial in Porcelain. It is fully customized to cater to all skin problems starting from dull/uneven skin tone, severe acne/pimple problems, acne scars, age spots all the way to pigmentation and even sensitive skin! There is no ‘one size fits all’ in skin care, that’s why all our facials are fully customized.

About our Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel

50 ml, worth $98

Made from natural Aloe Vera & a special blend of herbal extract, Pure Botanical Soothing Gel has proven anti-inflammatory & healing properties. Used to calm irritated skin, it is also highly effective in treating acne, eczema, and other skin problems. Naturally soothing with a refreshing scent, it can be used as daily skin conditioner for both face and body.

Key Benefits

  • Conditions skin
  • Heals skin naturally
  • Calm and soothe irritated skin
  • Anti-inflammatory

Oatmeal

You may be surprised to learn that oatmeal; yes that wonderful cereal we enjoy for breakfast, (or maybe not!), is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. Plain rolled oats, can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, facial scrub, and soothing facial mask. An excellent multi-purpose skin care treatment, oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities. Minor skin irritations can be caused by sensitivities to the ingredients in skin care products, exposure to chemicals found in household cleaning products, exfoliation with the wrong product, excessive scrubbing or rubbing during the exfoliation process, and many other factors. Cleansing the face with oatmeal helps to soothe skin irritation and reduce discomfort.

Oatmeal, when used as a skin cleanser, actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap. As a facial mask, oatmeal deep cleanses pores without irritating and drying out skin. And as a facial scrub, oatmeal gently but effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal softer, smoother looking skin. In addition, cleansing and exfoliating with oatmeal provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow.

To enjoy the beauty benefits of oatmeal skin care you will need:

– Rolled oats (not instant) found in the supermarket cereal section

– Blender or food processor

Directions: Grind oats in blender or food processor until oats have the consistency of flour. Pour into a jar, cover tightly, and use as follows.

Oatmeal Facial Cleanser & Scrub: Pour a small amount of ground oatmeal into palm, and add a little water to make a paste. Apply to face and throat and massage onto skin. Rinse. Follow with moisturizer.

Oatmeal Facial Mask: Pour a small amount of ground oatmeal into palm, and add a little water to make a paste. (For a more moisturizing mask, use milk instead of water.) Apply to face and throat and leave on skin for about 5 minutes. Rinse. Follow with moisturizer.

Oatmeal Lemon Facial Mask: Add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to oatmeal and make a paste. Apply to face and throat and leave on skin for 5 minutes. Rinse. Follow with moisturizer. Weekly use of Oatmeal Lemon Facial Mask can help to bleach dark spots and freckles naturally. Lemon juice contains citric acid and vitamin C that functions as natural alpha hydroxy acids to help dissolve dead skin cells for brighter, more even toned skin.

Caution: Fresh lemon juice can cause a tingling sensation that may become uncomfortable. For sensitive skin, dilute lemon juice with an equal amount of water before mixing into oatmeal and applying to skin. If tingling becomes severe, rinse skin immediately with warm water.

Honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty ingredient as it has many different properties that is beneficial for our skin:

1. Honey has antibacterial, high potassium, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, enabling it to shrink your pores without drying the skin out.

2. With antioxidant properties, it is able to fight any kind of skin damage and aids in anti-aging.

3. Honey also has great moisturizing properties. It is one of the best and most popular dry skin remedies you can find.

4. Having antimicrobial properties, honey is also able to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn, eczema or any other minor irritations.

5. It also has the ability to remove dead skin cells due to its keratolytic properties.

Being very mild, it is suitable for all skin types as it does not cause any irritation.

After talking about the amazing properties, I’m sure we all want to know how to use honey for its beauty benefits…

Honey is often mixed with natural ingredients like oatmeal, yoghurt, egg, cinnamon and other natural ingredients to be applied on your face as masks.

You can try some of the following beauty tips/recipes!

1. Honey Mask: 

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of pure honey
Directions:
Apply pure honey to your face allow it to dry for about 15 minutes. Once it has dried up, rinse your face with warm water. You will immediately experience smoother softer and more supple skin. It’s as simple as that!

2. Honey Scrub:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of pure honey
2 tablespoons of dry oatmeal
1 tablespoon of lemon juice/yoghurt
Directions:
Massage mixture gently on your face for 1-2 mins, then rinse off with warm water. This scrub helps to cleanse your skin thoroughly and oats are very good softening exfoliants. It will be better if you can add 1 tablespoon of finely-ground almonds to the mixture.

3. Honey Bath:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup of honey
Directions:
Add 1/3 cup of honey to your hot bath water. You will find yourself having baby soft skin after that.

4. Honey cleanser:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of powdered skim milk
1 tablespoon of honey
A few drops of apple vinegar
Directions:
Apply on your face and leave it on for around 2-3mins. Rinse it off with warm water. This helps in exfoliating and cleansing oily skin.

With the above beauty tips, you can have your very own spa at home. But be sure that the honey you use to create your own beauty products is all natural and 100% pure honey for the best results!

Its the season of joy and Porcelain loves to play Santa! This Christmas, we are proud to launch 2 new products and SPA Mask Series. To reward our regulars for being such great supporters the past year, we have prepared a Christmas Gift Pack for each regular with compliments from Porcelain, The Face Spa.

Here are the details on each of the product you can expect in this Christmas set:

SOOTHE – HYDRO CLEANSER

Product Information

Paraben- & Sulfate- free, this ultra-gentle cleanser contains 82% Aloe Vera Gel and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. A new member of the Soothe Range, this product is enriched with 6 natural ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and calm your skin. It also has an infusion of powerful antioxidants and skin conditioning agents to protect and nourish your skin.

Recommended Use

Boost your skin’s natural moisture level by using this cleanser to kick-start your MORNING skincare regime. Exceptionally wonderful for all those who sleep in air-conditioned rooms.

Main Active Ingredients

Aloe Vera Gel, Coltsfoot Extract, Hops Extract, Rosemary Extract, Sage Leaves Extract, Carrot Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate

REVIVE – NATURAL SKIN REFINER

Product Information

Instead of containing beads to physically scrub away impurities, this advanced formula makes use of natural enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells. While the motion stimulates microcirculation as you massage your skin with this product, it gently lifts dissolved impurities and at the same time, pump nutrients deep into the skin. Fall in love with this amazing skin refiner after one use. We can promise that!

Recommended Use

Melt your troubles away with this non-abrasive exfoliator. Use once or twice a week for best results. For Acneic skin, apply a thin layer on face and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off (do not massage)

Main Active Ingredients

Aloe Extracts, Natto Extracts, Natural Enzymes, Vitamin E

Look out for more information on the SPA Mask Series in our next Blog Post!