Many have the perception that skincare is only for the affluent. However, here are 7 simple daily skincare hacks that will prove that anyone – budget conscious or not, can have good skin! Our two cents’ worth (get it?) might just do the trick.
Today, we seek to debunk some of the most obnoxious myths about skincare. For those who have believed some of these myths, it’s time to see the light!
Myth #1: Oily Food Causes Acne
Most people believe that oily foods cause breakouts. However, instead of Oil, the real culprit that we should be avoiding is Sugar. In recent years, some researchers found that the best way to have healthier skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady.
Too much intake of sugary foods will trigger your body to make a burst of insulin and this disrupts the hormone balance in your body. So it is extremely important to regulate your consumption of sugary foods.
Myth #2: The Higher the SPF, the Longer You Can Stay in the Sun
SPF is not an indication of how long you can stay under the protection of the sunscreen. It refers to the ability of the sunscreen to block Ultraviolet B Rays (there are other types of UV Rays).
Here’s a quick reference guide:
SPF 15 – Blocks 94% of UVB Rays
SPF 30 – Blocks 97% of UVB Rays
SPF 45 – Blocks 98% of UVB Rays
After that, it does not really make much of a difference. The real trick is to reapply it often (every 2 hours or so).
Myth #3: It’s Wiser to Pop Pimples to Get Rid of Pus
As good and right as it might seem, releasing the pus unprofessionally can cause more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spreading under the skin. That is also the reason why a few days after popping one, another one often appears.
It is best to leave the popping business to dermatologists and well-trained aestheticians. That will minimize the risk of scarring and spreading.
Next time you think about popping your pimples, please think again!
Myth #4: Everyone Eventually Outgrows Acne
Parents tend to tell their children to not worry about their acne problems because they will disappear after they grow up. Sure, time may heal, but sadly, it does not heal everything. You can blame this on hormones.
For men, their hormone levels tend to level out after puberty, so they can indeed outgrow acne. However, because women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime (thank you, period), the same, sadly, cannot be said.
Myth #5: You can Get Rid of Cellulite
Truth be told: even Liposuction cannot entirely get rid of Cellulite.
Most treatments and creams can only minimize the look of Cellulite (the dimpled effect) by ironing out fat cells. However, the effect mostly lasts for at best, a few months.
The best advice would be to exercise often and regularly. Everyday energizing movements and skin warming exercises will help prevent the formation of Cellulite.
Myth #6: The Tingling Sensation Means that the Product Works
No, this tingling sensation should not be confused with the one you get from love.
In fact, it is your skin telling you to abort mission! It is your skin responding to irritation, resulting in inflammation. Products that produce this sensation can even damage your skin’s healing process.
Make sure to check if the product contains any possible skin allergens, and if the tingling sensation does not die down after a while, pay a visit to your doctor/dermatologist!
Myth #7: There is no Need for Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day
This is probably the most common myth today. But get this: unless there is a rare occurrence of a solar eclipse, UV Radiation from the Sun is always prevalent. So even on a cloudy day, UV Rays do indeed reach the Earth’s surface.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you apply sunscreen everyday, regardless of weather conditions. Do remember to reapply it for best results!
Sorry people, the truth does hurt sometimes. But do share your new found knowledge with your friends as it might help them tremendously!
As little as “pH” may seem, these 2 letters in the alphabet are probably more important than you and I both realize. pH Balance acts both as a culprit and a form of salvation for most skin problems. Let us now understand why.
What is pH Balance?
“pH” stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. Similar to high school Chemistry concepts, a pH value from 0-7 is classified as “acidic”, while anything from 7-14 is classified as “alkaline”. Pure water has a neutral pH level of 7, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?
Let us first understand the biology of our skin.
The oil and sweat glands embedded in our skin contribute to our skin’s pH level – which is approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic.
When our skin is too acidic, it will cause inflammation and be more susceptible to bacteria infection. When our skin is too alkaline, it will become very dry and thus, age faster.
Therefore, the trick to healthy skin lies in ensuring that your skin’s pH is balanced at 5.5.
What Happens When Our Skin’s pH Level is Imbalanced?
As mentioned, our skin’s pH level is approximately 5.5. But what happens when the pH levels start to vary?
Well, many undesirable things can happen. Instead of listing down all the possible scenarios, here is what generally happens:
Once our skin’s pH level is imbalanced, the oil and sweat glands will start to detoxify by pushing impurities out from the bottom layers. In fact, most skin conditions such as acne and eczema always start from the deepest layers, which is why everything actually boils down to our skin’s pH level.
How Do We Prevent This?
As horrifying as it sounds, with every cloud there is a silver lining. Here is how you can prevent your skin’s pH level from varying too much:
Know your skin’s pH level
Everyone’s a little different. In order to know what your skin’s pH level is, you could take a simple test that is available at most dermatologists.
If you do not suffer from any skin conditions, then your skin is most likely at a pH level of 5.5.
If you tend to have oily skin, then its pH level should be below 5.5.
If you usually have very dry skin, then its pH level should be above 5.5.
Use the right products
The most basic of all products – the facial cleanser, plays one of the biggest roles in ensuring pH balance of your skin. Find a cleanser that has the closest pH value to your skin type, because a cleanser that has a close pH value to your skin will not mess up your pH balance.
Apart from your facial cleanser, be sure to check the other products that you might use on your skin.
As much as we’ve stressed this, it is worth mentioning again!
Eating right contributes significantly to your body’s pH level (that’s right, your body has a general pH level too!), which directly translates onto your skin’s pH Balance as well.
Here’s a rough chart to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Please bear in mind your skin type and thus pH balance, though.
Scroll through the rest of our blog for marvellous skincare tips!
Related blog posts that you could refer to include:
- Foods to Avoid This X’mas For Better Skin (And No Acne!)
- 6 Facts About Asian Skin
- Layering Hydration the Right Way
Once again, this only stresses our philosophy that healthy skin should radiate from within.
Remember now: Balance is Everything 🙂
There’s a lot of goodness packed in one cucumber! Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, including:
– Vitamin B1
– Vitamin B2
– Vitamin B3
– Vitamin B5
– Vitamin B6
– Folic acid
– Vitamin C
1. Cucumbers for energy
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.
2. Cucumbers for smoother, younger looking skin
The photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layer. What you can do is try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. To tone skin and tighten open pores, you can try using cucumber as a toner. You can either mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar, and with a few drops of Lemon, honey & aloe vera gel or use it alone. This can help you achieve more youthful and radiant skin.
3. Cucumbers fade dark circles & reduce puffy eyes
Cucumbers have the ability to quickly and easily reduce the appearance of dark circles. Due to the antioxidants and silica present in cucumbers, they can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. A common tip is to place 2 cucumber slices on both eyes and let it rest for 20 minutes while relaxing your eyes. Due to the large amount of ascorbic acid in cucumbers, they can also reduce water retention and overall puffiness!
4. Cucumbers cure your hangover!
Cucumbers contain sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients that the body lost. If you eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed, you will wake up feeling refreshed and free from headache and an awful hangover.
5. Cucumbers freshen your breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30s. The photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth which is the culprit of bad breath.
6. Cucumbers treat sunburn
If you are guilty of staying out in the sun a little too long and are dealing with sunburn, cucumbers have cooling effects on your skin, and is a very gentle and easy method to soothe and calm your skin, speeding up the healing process.
7. Cucumbers treat cellulite
Cucumber can reduce the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Mix half a cup of ground coffee with some cucumber juice and a tbsp of organic honey to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, and gently massage for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will appear smoother and long term use will help to reduce cellulite 😀
Begin a healthy diet and lifestyle: Your lifestyle habits do not only affect your health but also affects the way you look. Therefore, in order to feel healthy and look healthy, it is important to have a well-balanced diet and reduce your salt intake as well as consumption of fried or unhealthy stuff.
Also, our skin regenerates itself while we are asleep. Hence, it is not difficult to understand why a lack of sleep will be detrimental to our skin’s health. In order to achieve healthy and glowing skin, be sure to sleep early and get at least 6 hours of sleep. I’m sure these tips are not new to us, but despite knowing it, many of us still fail to be disciplined enough.
So if it helps, try to do this step by step, start by reducing the amount of junk food you eat and sleeping an hour earlier than you normally do and gradually improve your lifestyle habits. Remember, all this effort put in to maintain our body and skin health is for our own good, and it’s worth it!
Reduce stress levels: Make it a point to give yourself some personal time and space to do things that you like such as reading a book. At the same time, it is important that work and stress are not causing you to withdraw from your friends, family and other social activities as keeping to yourself may cause severe stress or personal issues.
Pamper yourself once in a while. Go for a short massage, spa or manicure, or even plan for a short trip overseas with your friends or family. You will feel re-charged and revitalized, and you will be surprised by the improvement in your productivity level.
Practice a proper skincare regime:
1. Cleansing – It is an important step as it removes dirt, excess natural skin oils, bacteria etc. It also helps your skin breathe and attain the correct nourishment.
2. Exfoliation- Exfoliate your way to radiant skin
3. Toning – Toning balances your pH level, minimizes your pore size and prepares your skin for further treatments. It also replenishes the moisture you lose when you cleanse your face.
Enhance your beauty: At Porcelain, we believe that good skin should be clear and radiant from within. To do so, we advocate “foundation free” makeup so as to let our skin breathe. Nevertheless, we understand the importance of makeup to many women nowadays.
Hence, here are some simple makeup tricks to enhance your overall appearance without adding burden to your skin:
1. Apply a light tinted sunscreen as a base to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays.
2. Apply thin liner using pencil/liquid liner, whichever you prefer and draw the line as close to you lash-line as possible, so it looks very natural but at the same time accentuates your eyes.
3. Apply mascara by placing the mascara wand at the roots of your lashes, going in a zig zag motion to ensure that the lashes are separated. Repeat this motion to make sure you get every lash. Remove clumps with a lash comb to get your desired natural look.
4. Finish off your look with a natural lip colour.
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