1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!

Step 1: Pre-cleansing your skin

Most of us spend our weekends going out with our friends and having fun. Others spend time partying with their loved ones at gatherings and functions. With all this partying going on, we tend to pile on some make up just to make ourselves look presentable.

But did you know that by wearing makeup, you are not allowing your skin to breathe? Most make up that we use are not oil-free. All these oils in the makeup will slowly seep into our pores and begin to clog it up. Also, because we are putting on layers of cosmetics on our skin, our pores are only able to absorb the oils instead of natural oxygen which eventually causes the skin cells on our face to lack oxygen.

But fear not my ladies, there is always a way for you to keep looking pretty every weekend and ensure your skin looks amazing all the time.

Porcelain has a product that is perfect to combat pore congestion. With Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser, your make up will come off very easily and it hydrates your skin from deep within. With orchid extract in the cleanser, it will definitely leave your skin moisturized. Also, with the added chamomile extract, it has anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce any redness on your skin after a whole night of make up on.

 

Step 2: Exfoliate your skin

To soothe your face even further, Porcelain’s Revive, Natural Skin Refiner will do the trick. It helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce congestion. Also, it has aloe extract that helps to make your skin feel smooth and reduces any irritation on the skin. It also helps to hydrate your skin as well after a whole night of your skin not being able to breathe.

Step 3: Moisturize and balance out your skin

But after all this, you most definitely need to remember to balance your skin out.

Porcelain’s Balance Sebum Control Essence helps to balance the skin’s pH level as well as to increase moisture on your skin. Adding on to that, after a whole night of wearing makeup, the essence also helps to reduce congestion.

Always remember to cleanse your face of any makeup to avoid any clogged pores or congestion. Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated after a long day of not allowing your skin to breathe any pure oxygen.  If you do all this, your skin will look amazing.

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.

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!

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
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc

1. Cucumbers for energy 
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😀