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!

 

Time passes fast and summer is here. The weather is getting hotter and we are more inclined to stay indoors with the air conditioner on. Our skin, being the outermost layer, is the first to be affected by our external environment and temperature changes. In fact, high temperatures have a hugely adverse effect on our skin. Collagen and elastin, in charge of maintaining elastic and resilient skin, are destroyed due to high temperatures, resulting in a skin appearance that is dry and lusterless. The damaged collagen can no longer support our skin, causing us to wrinkle! To make matters worse, the use of air-conditioner also dries our skin, causing it to age. This is why mist toners come in handy during summer. It is an effective skincare product that gives an instant cooling effect for skin that is affected by intense heat.  It also moisturizes our skin immediately.

 

Benefits of Mist Toners

A facial mist provides hydration that exhausted skin needs. When sprayed onto our skin, tiny particles of water penetrate into our inner layers, supplementing the moisture required. It also forms a thin layer of protective moisture, giving us fresh and moist-full skin. 

Apart from that, a facial mist helps to calm sun-damages skin. It lowers the skin surface temperature, soothing delicate skin. By maintaining this moderate temperature for a while, it delays the skin’s premature ageing process.

A facial mist also freshens us up and lightens our moods. We will be refreshed and revitalized by the pleasant and calming fragrance. An instant glow will be created by the little water particles, making us look more youthful.

 

Proper use of mist toners

Many people complain that the use of facial mist toners actually steals the moisture from our skin, resulting in even drier skin than before. In actual fact, this problem stems from the incorrect usage of a facial mist. Today, we will teach you the correct usage of a facial mist so you can reap the amazing benefits and achieve youthful looking skin.

Before applying, be sure to use a tissue to clean off a film of dirt, oil and other pollutants so that the mist can be better absorbed.

When applying, place the mist toner 20cm away from your face and spray. If you spray it too close to your face, the mist forms dewy drops, which are too large for your skin to absorb entirely. Spraying it further away keeps the air around you moist, creating a better environment for your skin.

After applying, it is important to protect the moisture. It is a common mistake to skip this step, causing your skin to feel dry after a while. We recommend that you apply some moisturizer to lock in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated for longer periods.

Other Useful Tips

1.    Moisture saver
Spray the mist toner right after cleansing your face. Your skin usually feels dry after cleansing. This is because the cleanser removes the protective oil on your skin. By using a facial mist, you can preserve the moisture in your skin effectively. At the same time, the mist acts as a booster, allowing skincare products to penetrate into your skin easily.

2.    Reduce water retention
If you often worry about water retention, worry no more, because your facial mist can also be used for reducing water retention. Soak a cotton pad with mist and place it on your eyelids. We promise you will look and feel fresher after just 5 minutes.

3.    Water mask pack
Wet a sheet of dry mask (or even cotton pads!) with your facial mist and place it on your face for 10-15 minutes. This is an inexpensive homemade mask pack that gives your skin instant hydration and revitalization.

 

 Mist Toners: Porcelain's Deep Hydrating Lotion is great for hydration in summer

Porcelain’s Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion

Porcelain’s Deep Hydrating Lotion is perfect for summer weather. It is a lightweight facial mist toner that tones, hydrates, soothes and revitalizes dull skin.

It is made from all natural ingredients such as rose and jojoba oils and Vitamin E, which fights against free radicals and prevents cellular damage, while Damascena Rose extracts, hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.

With an infusion of botanicals and vitamins, it is gentle and calming with a fresh floral scent. It combats environmental damage. It also hydrates the skin without overly moisturizing it, keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed, even in summer.

No two skins are the same. Are you Asian? Are you in Asia? It all matters and will affect how you care for it. Here are 6 differences that Asian skin has compared to other skins.

1. Prone To Sensitivity

Our skin is said to be prone to irritation as we have a thinner stratum corneum or the outermost layer of skin, compared to other ethnic groups. As a result, Asian skin becomes extremely sensitive to environmental factors and chemicals, which can disrupt the skin’s pH level.

We need to be more careful with what products and treatments we use on our skin as most of us may not react well to harsh treatments such as peeling or acidic chemical solutions.

Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity

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2. Scars More Easily

Because of our thinner stratum corneum, it is also said that Asian skin is genetically predisposed to scar more easily than others. Hence, greater care must be given when one has acne breakout and when one is trying to heal from some skin scarring.

Do not go squeezing that pimple and poking at that acne. Use gentle products like emu oil or Vitamin E to heal the scars.

3. More Issues With Hyper-Pigmentation

All skin contains about the same number of melanocytes but the amount of melanin they produce varies. Melanin is a natural skin pigment that protects the skin from UV damage. Obviously, dark-skinned people produce more melanin and light skin people produce less. While research has indicated that Asians have more photo-protective pigment melanin.

Use sunscreen religiously and use a product containing gentle skin brightening properties from your early twenties. Avoid hydroquinone!

Asian skin is more prone to hyper-pigmentation

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4. Loses Moisture Easily

Asian skin showed the highest levels of Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), as well as increased levels of permeability. TEWL is the amount of water vapour lost through the skin under non-sweating conditions.

We need more skin hydration and it’ll be good to choose a moisturizer high in water-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

Asian skin loses moisture more easily

5. Gets Oily More Easily

It is often said that Asian skin has more sebaceous glands and is oilier than Caucasian skin type. This might have to do with the weather as well but it is generally true that most of us are constantly fighting to keep shine away from our skin.

Our skin may get clogged easily and it’ll be good to exfoliate once or twice a week. In addition, do not use harsh products that will strip away our natural skin lipids and make the skin oilier.

6. More Resistant To Aging

While we have a thinner stratum corneum, we also have a thicker dermis that contains greater collagen. This means that our skin shows fewer signs of premature ageing.

Beautiful skin doesn’t come just from topical skincare. It is equally important to heal our skin from within, i.e. through our diets! Ensuring we get all the necessary nutrients through a diversified diet is necessary for healthy skin… and certain nourishing skin food can help you get a more enviable complexion than others!

Spinach

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Spinach

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This leafy green is a great source of antioxidants, iron, Vitamins C, E and K and folate to help preserve skin elasticity. Besides, spinach also contains lutein, an important compound that protects your skin from damage.

It is recommended to pair spinach with lemon to better absorb iron and to best eat it cooked rather than raw in terms of nutrition.

Chia Seeds

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds contain 2 times more protein than any other seeds or grains, 5 times the calcium of milk, 2 times the amount of potassium of bananas, and 3 times more iron than spinach and significant amounts of omega-3 and omega-6. Chia seeds also retain skin moisture, so they are a great ally for your skin.

Seafood

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Seafood

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Seafood has a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Zinc. Hence, it is useful for those suffering from acne. As Omega 3 fatty acids fight inflammation and Zinc helps metabolize testosterone production, influencing the production of sebum and encouraging the production of new skin cells.

Soy Milk

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Soy Milk

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Soy milk is rich in isoflavones, compounds that preserve one of the building blocks of what our skin tends to wear out with ageing — collagen. Also, this compound might help ward off wrinkles and help us get smoother skin overall.

Whole Grains

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Wholegrains

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One of the main nutrients in whole grains helps our skin stay radiant: Vitamins from the B-complex. For example, biotin boosts the production of fat cells, thus preventing dry skin. Furthermore, whole grains also contain rutin, an antioxidant that combats skin damage.