Living in a fast pace city, we may not always be able to dedicate sufficient time for treatments. Despite that, we still want to keep our skin looking smooth. So here are some tips on how you can get your own skincare products right in your home!

1. DRINK YOUR DAY AWAY

While most people think drinking water is just going to be making them visit the washroom every few minutes, in truth, it helps your skin a lot. By drinking at least 12 glasses of water every day, it helps to detoxify your skin. It helps to wash out all the toxins in your body.

2. WASH AWAY THAT MAKEUP

Always remember to wash away the makeup on your face before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on would be one of the ways to get your pores clogged up. Adding on to that, sleeping with your makeup on will cause your skin to look dull and lifeless.

There is a simple way to make your own makeup remover at home. This would be all that you need!

–          ½ cup of Extra virgin olive oil

–          One bottle of aloe vera or filtered water

–          A couple of cotton pads

Instructions

Pour the oil into the bottle of water and shake. Because oil doesn’t mix with water, you need to immediately use after you shake. That’s it! You’ve got your own makeup remover at home.

3. PICK THE RIGHT CLEANSER AND EXFOLIATE

Remember to pick the right cleanser that is suitable to your skin type. Do not use normal soap as it might cause your skin to be dry. Also, do remember to exfoliate at least twice a week. However, if you do have oily skin, you might have to exfoliate more than twice.

You can make the cleanser and exfoliate at home! Here is what you need for the cleanser!

–          1/8 ground roasted almonds

–          2 tablespoons of milk

–          1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Just combine all the ingredients together until you get a paste. Then just gently cleanse your skin with it. There you go, your very own cleanser!

But wait, you can also make your own face scrub! All you need is coffee! Yes, you read it right, COFFEE! Coffee is a natural exfoliant and it makes your skin softer. All you need to do is ground some coffee or use the leftover from your morning’s coffee, add a tablespoon of water and mix well. Then just rub gently on your face and pat your skin dry. Your face will feel soft and smooth after!

4. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

When you don’t get enough sleep or rest, it’l start to show on your skin, especially on your face. When you don’t get enough rest, blood vessels begin to dilate and that’s when you start getting dark eye circles! Also, your skin will start to sag and become really dull. So the trick is to always get enough sleep and now we all know why they call it beauty sleep.

So there you go, you have your very own skincare products in the vicinity of your home. You can do all this after a long day st work. Give it a try!

Those of you who have watched hunger games would have witnessed how great Jennifer Lawrence looks.

Here’s why we think she’s absolutely stunning and inspiring – despite the overwhelming and almost-impossible-to-ignore trend, this Hunger Games star is not a big fan of looking stick thin.

Instead of going for crash diets, she opts for healthier and informed choices:
– Huge amounts of water to keep her hydrated and healthy
– Tea, tea and more tea! We all know that tea is low in calories and have great health, body and skin benefits, and Jennifer Lawrence takes advantage of that to help her detox and get rid of water retention.

How then, does this starlet achieve her glowing and velvety smooth skin?

The secret to it is….ORGANIC BATH SALTS. Many of us haven’t tried this before, but here’s a reason to try now!

Organic bath salts can…
1. Soothe your muscles
2. Detoxify your skin
3. Act as an exfoliator to help achieve soft and smooth skin
4. De-bloat you

Most importantly, Jennifer Lawrence is all for simplicity and looking natural. Evidently, sometimes less is really more.

Have you seen the back of your skin care product? If you have, I am sure the hard-to-understand ingredients stated often confuse you. It is important for you to know which ingredients you should look out for, and which you should avoid. Know what goes into your product to keep your skin healthy!

 

A:

Alcohol (SD Alcohol)

Alcohol enables other ingredients to penetrate into your skin. In toners and acne products, it can help dissolve oil and temporarily tighten pores. However, it breaks down skin barrier at the same time, destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy.

Allatoin

Allatoin is a natural chemical compound that is found in botanical extracts. Chemically synthesized allatoin is identical to natural ones, so it is considered safe. It is known for its natural soothing and anti-irritant properties that increase the water content. It also smoothes skin by increasing cell turnover.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)

AHA is an organic skin care ingredient from milk, fruit and sugar cane. It is best for normal to dry skin. It works only at the surface of the skin, loosening the molecular bonds and easing the removal of dead skin cells. It also helps to bind moisture and aid production of collagen and elastin, moisturizing, smoothening and brightening your skin.

However, it can cause sun sensitivity and skin irritation. The most common types of AHA are glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpho Lipoic Acid is the perfect anti-aging agent. It is an antioxidant that can prevent and repair damage by neutralizing free radicals. It is soluble in both water and oil that it reaches all body parts effectively. It diminishes fine lines and is capable of preserving other powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E.

Amino Acid

It is important in building the structure of the skin. It is responsible for proteins that make up collagen and elastin and contains skin-firming properties. It also helps in the penetration of your skincare products.

Avobenzone

This is a common sunscreen ingredient that offers protection against UVA rays. It absorbs UVA rays and converts them to less damaging infrared heat reducing photo-damage. However, it does not protect us from UVB rays.

 

B:

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is an effective acne medicine! It takes off the layer of dead skin cells and clears your pores. In addition, it also kills bacteria that trigger breakouts on your skin. However, it can cause irritation to your skin, so it is best to start from low concentration.

Bisabolol

Bisobolol is a thick oily liquid from chamomile plant. It is an anti-inflammatory extract that helps alleviate skin discomfort. It enhances absorption and reduces skin dehydration and damage. It also increases skin penetration, especially of skin antioxidants.

 

C:

Caffeine / Coffeeberry

Caffeine not only has the function to keep us awake, it is also beneficial to our skin. It reduces the appearance of cellulite and puffy eyes. It is also a powerful antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate oil glands.

Ceramides

Naturally occurring in skin’s oil, these fats act as ‘glue’ of the epidermis cells to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. These barriers can reduce infections and holds moisture preventing wrinkles. Research has proven that people with eczema and sensitive skin have a lower level of ceramides. Many of the moisturizers off counters contain ceramides.

Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

I’m sure you have seen supplement pills with coenzyme Q10 advertised as the best anti-aging pills. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 in abbreviated form) is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance in charge of cell protection. It prevents the appearance of wrinkles, repairs sun damage and boosts collagen production, acting as a powerful antioxidant.

Collagen

Most of you would know collagen deals with skin elasticity, boosting a youthful look. It comprises 80% of skin and keeps skin firm and strong. Collagen, like CoQ10, breaks down over time.

 

D:

Dimethicone

This silicone based polymer works as a safe anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner. It is easily spreadable and creates a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to touch when applied. Besides these functions, it fills fine lines, giving even texture and tone. Lastly, it forms a membrane that keeps water from evaporating.

 

E:

Elastin

A protein named elastin is always mentioned when it comes to anti-ageing. Along with collagen, elastin supports the epidermis. It keeps skin flexible but tight and smooth. Hence, if the elastin breaks down, your skin cannot be supported and thus becomes saggy and wrinkly. It is vulnerable to sun damage, so always apply sunscreen!

Emollient

It is usually used as a synonym for moisturizer. Emollient keeps skin hydrated by restraining water evaporation. It also softens your skin by delivering moisture by itself!

Emulsifier

Emulsifiers refer to ingredients that create a stable mixture of different elements. They are used to bind non-mixing ingredients such as water and oil.

 

F:

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid is one of the few powerful antioxidants from plants. It is often used with Vitamin C and E to facilitate stabilized combination and boost their functions. This is not all! It is a fabulous ingredient that maximizes photoprotective capacity for dry to normal skin.

Feverfew

Feverfew, a plant related to sunflower, has a huge soothing effect. Since one of constituents, parthenolides, may irritate or sensitize the skin, it has to be purified when used in cosmetics. Thanks to its calming effect, it reduces inflammation, minimizes redness by sunburn, and protects against free radicals making it suitable for treating acne, rosacea and irritated skin. However, it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women and children under 2 years old.

Fragrance

Fragrance often indicates synthetic chemical compounds used to generate delightful scents, but it is also the number one factor that triggers allergic reactions. Don’t be fooled by their pleasant scent!

 

These are common ingredients that go into your daily skin care products. Check the ingredients before you buy the product and you will be able to select the most suitable ones for your skin!

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.

For this week, Porcelain will introduce you to the easy but effective home skin care world. Make your own DIY pack easily and conveniently at home.

Honey Banana Pack – Give hydration to your dry skin!

Did you know that a banana not only taste excellent but also good for your skin? It soothes the skin and helps circulation while nourishing skin with antioxidants and other minerals. Banana has no known side effects to skin thus it is effective for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Potassium in a banana can help heal blemishes faster. And also banana will make your skin softer and hydrated. Perfect for dry skin! Don’t forget that a banana is good for your anti-aging. If you are worried about getting fat, give bananas to your skin!

–          Ingredients : banana 1, honey 1 tsp, yogurt 2 tsp, flour 1 tsp

Mash the banana and mix all the ingredients together! Then apply it to your face with a brush. After 10-15 minutes, gently wash off your face with warm water. Banana and honey will give you moisture to your skin! Feel moist-full skin. Did you find it effective? Also you can make use of banana peels. Grab banana peels and rub the insides of banana peels onto your skin. Banana skins have a lot of nutrients which work the same as bananas!

 

Lemon juice Facial Wash – Perfect way to brighten and make your skin elastic!

One of the cheapest and most easily accessible things for healthier skin is definitely lemon! It is good for acne, brown spots, skin whitening, and pigmentation. It works well on oily skin and lightens the skin too. Acid in lemon acts as an antiseptic and kills the bacteria. Also, if you are worried about blackheads, lemon is also a good choice!

–          Ingredients : only lemon

Cut lemon in half and squeeze the lemon. With the juice of lemon, massage your face for 2-3 minutes avoiding your delicate eyes. Carefully wash your face to remove lemon! Don’t forget to give enough moisture. Acid in lemon can steal your moisture. Lemon wash twice a week and you will get white spotless skin.

 

Aloe Pack – Let’s give our exhausted skin a rest.

Let our skin rest from the intensive Sun! Aloe is the best thing to enhance moisture and soothe skin. Do you know that Aloe was called ‘plant of immortality’ in ancient Egypt? Since then Aloe has been used as remedy for sun burn and inflammation. However if you think that this is all for Aloe, you misunderstood Aloe! Aloe is also good for acne and cell rejuvenation.

–          Ingredients : Raw aloe

Peel off raw aloe and cut the inner part into thin slices. Put it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After moist from aloe penetrate into your skin, remove it! Or if you are a skin-conscious person, scrape the aloe and mix it with 1tsp honey and 1tsp adlay powder and put it on your clean face. Rinse off your face 10-15 minutes later and your skin is ready to go out for lovely dinner date!

 

Egg white and honey pack – Exfoliate, balance, tighten pore and make your skin glow!

Egg white is not only used in making meringues but also used as a base for a lot of skin masks. Egg white is known as an instant face lifter and pore tightner. You have to be aware that these effects are only temporary and smell can be quite nasty before the whites of eggs dries up.

–          Ingredients : white of an egg, milk 1tsp, honey 1tsp

Put all the things in blender and blend it until the foam forms. What a rhyme! Do not try to mix it on your own, you will go muscular. After cleansing your face, put the mixture on your skin. When the mixture dries up after 5-7 minutes, get ready to feel the difference? Wash it off! You will be surprised to have glowing skin. Don’t forget to do this pack regularly about 3 times a week! Besides mixing egg whites with honey, you can add avocados, milk, oatmeal and other natural pleasures according to your skin conditions.

 

Almond Oil Therapy – Effective cleanser for your delicate skin!

Did you know that almond oil was used for skin care since Roman Empire? Let’s make porcelain skin with almond! We can take advantage of almonds better in liquid form than in solid form. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, D, E and has magnesium and calcium. In addition it is famous for its emollient effect. It helps reduce skin irritation, delays aging process, smoothes the skin and improves the skin tone! Let’s try.

–          Ingredients : piece of cotton, almond oil

Just dip a piece of cotton in almond oil and wipe off your face with it! How easy it is! All the nutrients will go into your skin smoothly and give your dry skin nutrients.