As we progress from our mid-20s into our 30s, some of us may start to notice the subtle signs of ageing. Do not fret, as we can put our best face forward with these five simple preventive measures – you will be left with glowing, healthy skin!

1.    Sunscreen

Prevent signs of ageing with sunscreen!

Summer is a year-long affair for Singaporeans. Sunscreen is a definite essential in our skincare routine, as it is a key weapon against the tropical climate.

You need sun protection during daytime, no matter if the sky is overcast or you are staying indoors. The sun’s rays can pass through clouds and windows, so you are always exposed. Wearing sunscreen daily is the first and most important step to safeguard against the harmful UV radiation.

When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to choose one that has at least SPF 30 for daily use. Do remember to apply moisturizing lip balm with sunscreen too, to keep sun-chapped lips at bay.

 

2.    Hydration

Prevent signs of ageing by staying hydrated!

As we have been told since a tender age, drinking sufficient water daily is vital for overall good health.

Not only does it bring an array of health benefits, it has inherent skincare benefits by effectively locking moisture into your skin.

Drinking water helps to improve the skin’s appearance, by giving it a radiant, healthy glow. Especially during the upcoming summer months, hydration can prevent signs of dehydration like dry skin and wrinkles, which makes the skin look aged. Toss away your soft drink cans – guzzle water and your skin will thank you for it!

 

3.    Moisturizing

 

Prevent signs of ageing by moisturizing!

One of the best defences for ageing should be a quality anti-ageing moisturizer that helps your skin build and retain a natural moisture barrier.

Besides protecting your skin from external pollutants, it keeps the skin hydrated and provides high levels of nutrients that replenish the skin. Leaving the skin looking rejuvenated, it reduces the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.

Even if you have oily skin or breakouts, you can opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers for daily use that do not leave the skin feeling sticky. Pat it gently on your skin to effectively seal in the moisture and avoid tugging the skin while doing so.

 

4.    Whole Grains

Prevent signs of ageing by eating whole grains!

 

Healthy food choices play an important role in improving your complexion and can work wonders on your skin. Instead of your daily breakfast of white bread, opt for whole wheat bread as an alternative, to kick-start your morning.

Whole grains are unprocessed alternatives, which are good sources of B-vitamins and fibre. These essential vitamins moisturize the skin, keeping them from being dry and scaly.

Some whole grains like buckwheat contain antioxidants, which combat inflammation-related skin damage. Replacing your refined-flour pancakes with buckwheat pancakes help reduce acne, while nourishing your skin. Who says eating healthily entails giving up your favourite food?

 

5.    Exercise

Prevent signs of ageing by exercising!

 

Working up a good sweat offers a number of benefits for your skin and should be a vital part of any skin care regimen.

Breaking out in sweat boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin, carrying nutrients that improve skin’s radiance by stimulating the collagen production. Sweat purges the skin of its toxins that clog pores and cause acne, resulting in a clear complexion with a natural pink flush. Notice how your skin has a natural healthy glow after each workout session?

When exercising, your skin starts to produce more of its natural oils that enhance the suppleness of your skin. Make exercise your secret skin care ingredient for a younger, healthier and smoother complexion. The next time you find yourself deliberating whether or not to head to the gym, don’t forget to factor vibrant complexion in as an added bonus to a better you!

 


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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.

As simple as it may sound, these tips definitely go far in your journey to Porcelain skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #1: Never sleep with makeup on

Tip #1 for Porcelain Skin: Never sleep with makeup on

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You should never ever leave your makeup on while you sleep, as it may lead to breakouts and rashes. Makeup also clogs your pores, contributing to the appearance of enlarged pores and making your skin look inflamed.

Porcelain Skin Tip #2: Reduce processed foods; eat more fruits & vegetables

Tip #2 for Porcelain Skin: Eat more fruits & vegetables

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Processed food is usually filled with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and processed grains, which aren’t good for your health and skin. Instead, you should eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide good vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your skin and body will thank you for!

Porcelain Skin Tip #3: Eat healthy fats

Tip #3 for Porcelain Skin: Eat healthy fats

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Eating healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids provide you with loads of health benefits and improve your skin. Instead of normal cooking oil, you should opt for olive oil when making your own meals to get your daily quota of healthy fats.

Porcelain Skin Tip #4: Drink water and cut down on soft drinks, caffeine & alcohol

Tip #4 for Porcelain Skin: Drink water

Soft drinks are high in calories and sugar, which doesn’t do your waistline and skin any good at all. On the other hand, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, making it look dry, dull and tired. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin.

Porcelain Skin Tip #5: Beauty products – Go for quality, not quantity

Tip #5 for Porcelain Skin: Choose quality beauty products

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There are tons of beauty products out there, and you just got to accept the fact that you’d never be able to finish trying them all. Looking for the right product that suits your skin is really going to work way better than trying everything off the counters.

Porcelain Skin Tip #6: Protect your skin from the sun

Tip #6 for Porcelain Skin: Protect from the sun

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It is of utmost importance that you wear sunscreen daily. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long period, choose a sunscreen with high SPF and remember to re-apply! It’s really better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to see pigmentation and wrinkles forming, and start regretting not slapping on sufficient sunscreen.

Understanding acne (or misunderstanding it) is a common thing. Acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers. The action of hormones on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) causes the condition. The sebaceous glands make an oily substance called sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the hair follicle opening (pore). The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the follicle openings. When this happens, pores become clogged and pimples develop.

Understanding Acne: Acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers, especially males

Pimples can be one of the following kinds:

  • Comedones: Non-inflammatory papules that can be open (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads).
  • Papules: Lesions that are inflamed and can be tender to the touch. These usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin.
  • Pustules: Lesions that are inflamed and filled with pus. They may be red at the base.
  • Nodules: Solid lesions that are large, painful, and lodged deep within the skin.
  • Cysts: Pus-filled lesions deep under the skin. These may cause scarring and pain.

In most cases, pimples occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne does not present a serious health risk, but severe acne can result in permanent scarring. In addition, acne can have significant physical and psychological consequences, such as poor self-image, social inhibition, and anxiety.

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It is not clear why; the exact cause of acne is not known. But one important factor is an increase in male sex hormones called androgens. These increase in both boys and girls during puberty, and cause sebaceous glands (oil glands) to enlarge and produce more sebum. Androgens also can increase during pregnancy due to hormonal changes or starting / stopping birth control pills.

Another cause of acne is genetics. Researchers believe that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. In addition, some drugs (for example, anti-epilepsy medication, prednisone, androgens, and lithium) are known to cause acne. Cosmetics that have a greasy consistency may change the cells of the follicles, causing them to stick together and resulting in a plugged pore. Water-based products are less likely to cause acne.

Things that can make acne worse include:

  • Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin; harsh scrubbing
  • Picking or squeezing blemishes
  • Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars
  • Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women 2-7  days before the start of the menstrual period
  • Stress

Other factors that were previously thought to make acne worse do not seem to have an effect on the development of acne. These factors include chocolate, greasy foods, and dirty skin.

What Does Acne Look Like?

Acne can appear as one of the following:

  • Whiteheads: White dots. Basically pores impacted with oil and skin covered by skin layers.
  • Blackheads: Black bumps. Basically impacted pores out of which congestion pushes from the follicles. The black color is not from dirt, but rather, bacteria and matter that react with oxygen.
  • Papules, pustules or nodules: More serious lesions that appear red and swollen due to inflammation or infection around the clogged follicles. Often painful and feel hard.
  • Cysts: Deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring.

Acne Prevention Tips

  • Don’t over wash or use harsh scrubs. Remember, acne is not caused by dirt. Two gentle washings a day is sufficient. Too much cleansing can leave skin irritated and dry, triggering increased oil production and increasing the likelihood of pimples.
  • Use oil-free, non-comedogenic products (these won’t clog pores)
  • Don’t squeeze or pick blemishes. Popping pimples can drive acne bacteria deeper into the skin. Picking can lead to more inflammation and permanent scarring.

Don’t let acne define who you are. Do the things you can to improve your skin, and then get back to doing the things you enjoy.

Hot weather, salt water, humidity, and chlorine taking their toll on our skin during the summer months. Here are some helpful skin care tips for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all summer!

Don’t Neglect Your Skin

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Did you know that most skin aging occurs during the summer? So consistent application of sun protection, regular professional facials, and a good home skin care routine are your best defences against fun in the sun…and heat.

Wearing Sunscreen

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Putting on sunscreen daily will significantly cut back on accumulative sun damage. Recent research indicates that 78% of all the sun damage incurred in a lifetime is from incidental exposure! You may say “I’m not out at all during the day” but just walking to your car, and even driving in your car will expose you to unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! Wear a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Apply it in the morning so you’ll be covered all day!

People are always asking me which SPF number should they use. The truth is, an SPF 30 only offers 4% more protection than an SPF 15. You would have thought it was double the protection, right? As you get up in the higher numbers (SPF 45, 50, 70 +) that percentage comes down, but you’re also exposing your skin to more chemicals which might result in a negative reaction on the skin. The key to protecting your skin in the sun is to re-apply your sunscreen generously at least every two hours. A little dab won’t do ya…you need to slather it on.

Do Not Use Soap

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One of the biggest complaints we hear during the summer is, “My skin gets so oily!

The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance), which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, your skin will be producing more oil to compensate for the lack of water which is that last thing you want your skin to do in the heat of the summer!

Using soap can also cause more break outs as the dehydrated cells being caused from the drying soap can cause a layer of dry skin cell buildup which can trap oil and keep them clogged in the pores.

Avoid Dairy Products If Your Skin Are Prone To Break Outs

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With the heat and humidity in the summer, break outs are a real concern for a lot of people. And we’ve all heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. In our experience, when breakouts are cyst-like in the chin and jawline area, most often this is related to excessive dairy products in your diet.

Try cutting out cheese, milk, ice cream, and frozen yogurt, and watch your skin clear up! There are many other ways to get calcium in your diet; broccoli, asparagus and orange juice.

Get Your ZZZ

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According to recent research, the vast majority of Americans – particularly women – are sleep-deprived. Lack of sleep not only makes you grouchy, forgetful, and drowsy, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Even an extra 30-60 minutes every night will make a difference.