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.

Oily skin can be quite bothering, and we know that facial blotters might not be the best and a long term solution to it. How then, should we control the shine, which could potentially make us look really un-fresh & kill our confidence? Below is a compilation of 5 useful tips that helps in mattifying oily skin.

#1 Wash right

Washing right might sound extremely commonsensical, but the trick really is to get the right cleanser. We recommend choosing one with salicylic acid, which helps to break down oil in the pores. It degreases but does not over dry your skin.

#2 Use a physical sunscreen


Physical sunscreens help to control oil & shine, since it contains oil absorbing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Plus, it prevents premature aging (pigmentation, fine lines, dull skin, wrinkles) and is a MUST-USE, even for day to day activities.

#3 Avoid piling on the makeup

Foundation and BB cream clogs your pores and causes them to produce more oil, so it will be best to avoid them altogether. Instead, it’d be good to opt for tinted moisturizers that are oil free and does not clog pores.

#4 Watch what you eat


Consider loading on carrots, spinach, sweet potato and other foods that are high in vitamin A content, as it actually helps to reduce oil production.

#5 Exfoliate once or twice a week


Exfoliating your skin helps to loosen the impurities and reduces oil stuck in your pores, which consequently reduces the pore size.

 

 

We’ve mentioned (and you’ve heard) many times that getting sufficient hours of sleep, is part of the key to having good and glowing skin. The problem is, how do we even get a good night’s sleep in the first place? With the workload piling up, bills to settle, relationship/friendship issues, plus a bunch of other insignificant matters (that aren’t supposed to bother you, but somehow they still do), falling asleep or getting a good night’s sleep is really as difficult as it can get.

How about some food that can help you relax tensed muscles, quiet your busy & troubled mind and keep your sleep-inducing hormones flowing in?

1. Chamomile Tea: It has a mild sedating effect, making it great for restless minds and bodies. I absolutely love the sound of that.

2. Warm Milk: Remember how your mum used to make you a warm glass of milk whenever you couldn’t sleep, as a child? It’s not a myth; it actually works! Similar to chamomile tea, milk also has a sedative-like effect.

3. Oatmeal: Oats are rich in sleep-inducing melatonin, and helps you sleep like a baby.

4. Almonds: Contains muscle-relaxing magnesium. Perfect for tensed muscles and moods.

5. Banana: We call this a sleeping peel. It contains melatonin and serotonin which send you snoozing and also contains the muscle-relaxing magnesium. Your good night’s sleep is just a banana away.

Though the above foods have sedative effects and help you relax your muscles, the desired effects will not be achieved if you:

1. Opt for a late night after-meal coffee: Zero sympathies if you complain about insomnia after the consumption of a cuppa caffeine-rich coffee.
What you should do: Do not drink coffee 3-4 hours before you go to bed. The stimulant effect of caffeine takes that amount of time to peak.

2. Dig into a huge portion of supper: It interferes with your sleep as your body is busy digesting. This could potentially cause heartburn or indigestion.
What you should do: Try to eat at least 3 hours before going to bed.

Bear these tips in mind and you’re a few steps closer to a goodnight’s sleep. GOOD LUCK 😀

Deep Pore Cleansing

Extraction is a traditional procedure that is performed using a metal loop extractor and a medical syringe needle. The process can be slightly uncomfortable, but it helps remove comedones, milia seeds, acne, pimple, black/whitehead and other impurities that clog up the surface of your skin.

This process must be performed by highly skilled aestheticians, as improper techniques may cause scarring or undesirable outcomes.

 

Cleansing Is Never Enough

The first step in our daily skin care regimen is cleansing. No doubt, it is very important! Cleansing away the dirt, oil, make up that lead to clogged pores and surface impurities is pivotal part of clean pores and a clear complexion. When your pores become clogged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, sweat and other environmental dirt, your face start developing blackheads, whiteheads and other forms of acne.

There are several benefits to pore extraction, most notably unclogging your pores which can lead to healthier-looking skin. Keeping your pores clean and clear can also help to prevent future acne breakouts as well as to keep your pores from looking larger than they are.

Extractions Vs Technology

Despite current advancement in cosmetic equipment and product technology, Porcelain has no intentions to do away with the traditional extraction method. According to our experience, it is proven that extraction is by far the most effective, albeit, tedious way of deep cleansing.

Without thorough extraction, the impurities in the pores will prevent any precious nutrients from serums/ampoules to be effectively penetrated into the skin. With clogged pores, the skin will look and feel rough, uneven and dull.

Extraction, The Key To Porcelain Skin

Director Therapist, Jenny Teng, who has had more than 17 years of experience under her belt as an aesthetician, explains, “Throughout my career, there is one core finding in my approach to effective skincare treatment, and that will be thorough deep cleansing of the skin using specific extraction techniques for different skin problems. It has been my mantra, and Porcelain’s mantra. With proper deep cleansing, nutrients from the products we use can penetrate much easily into the dermis and that is what makes Porcelain facials different.”

At Porcelain, nobody wears foundation; clients and staffs. No one has to cover up any flaws or imperfections. They advocate beauty from within and help clients achieve that with their solutions.

We are a premium skin care solution provider with an unpretentious and intimate touch one finds in a traditional facial salon. Porcelain is designed such that clients feel at home on our premise; they know they can trust our professionalism and our sincerity”, Pauline Ng (Managing Director) added.

Try out our Award-Winning Quintessential Facial today. Click here to find out more.

 

Oily skin is the bane of most people’s existence and is commonplace amongst many men. By mid-day, your forehead has enough shine to blind, and the oil still wouldn’t stop coming. Read on for five tips for men’s oily skin.

Men with Oily Skin: 5 Tips to Degrease

#1 Don’t Be Afraid of Products

Yes, your papa used plain old soap to wash his face every day. But he also gave you french fries before you had teeth. The man’s wisdom was not infallible.

There are warehouses full of products out there that companies spent multiple years and millions of dollars formulating so that you would buy them to make yourself look great. (Makes you feel kinda special, doesn’t it?) Men whose medicine cabinets are startlingly bare often just don’t know what to buy. And we don’t blame you — half the stuff written on the hundreds of bottles in the drugstore is gobbledygook, anyway. But be brave. A teenage boy can get away with just a tube of zit cream and a stick of deodorant in the bathroom drawer, but a grown man cannot.

You really only need a few things, like a gentle cleanser and moisturizer (we’ll get into that in a minute), and if you can’t choose on your own, there’s probably a sister or female friend around who can help. If you’re too embarrassed to do that, take a look around the bathroom of your most GQ friend the next time you’re over. It’s not creepy if it’s research.

Maybe the best thing you can pick up: a mattifier. Better than rabbit-out-of-a-hat sleight of hand, this is make-your-face-matte-instead-of-shiny magic in a bottle.

#2 Be Gentle

Men's Oily Skin: Be gentle to your skin

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Of course, you’d want to wash your face when it looks like you’ve smeared olive oil all over it. But doing it 20 times a day in scalding water with a chemical-smelling, harsh cleanser isn’t going to work — it actually makes it worse.

You can certainly get your skin nice and dry that way. Too dry. And then your usually well-oiled skin will start freaking out because you’ve quite literally irritated it. As a result, your body ratchets up oil production to try to protect itself from whatever is attacking it: i.e. you.

Oily skin and acne are all too often BFFs, as well. If you have acne, it’s even more important not to scrub away at your face with gritty exfoliants and zillion-percent benzoyl peroxide washes. You have to be nice to it, instead. Use warm water and a gentle cleanser, and then schedule a trip to the dermatologist. Some cases of acne simply can’t be treated effectively with over-the-counter products, and the answer to your skin problem may be as easy as picking up a prescription for an oral antibiotic or topical cream.

#3 Yes, Moisturize

It sounds nuts: Slap some moisturizer on oily skin? Uh, sure, I’ll get right on that. But oil and moisture are two different things.

Everybody’s skin needs extra moisture. There are too many things out there — from cold winds to hot furnaces — that are busy stealing it from you. The best moisturizer for oily skin will be light and oil-free (bonus points if you find one with sunscreen). If the packaging says “rich and creamy,” move past it — it’s not for you, and it may actually be salad dressing.

After that, all you have to do is put it on right, which is where most people screw up. The second you get out of the shower or finish washing your face, pat (don’t rub — pat) your skin dry and then smooth on the moisturizer while your skin’s a bit damp so the moisturizer can soak in.

#4 Stay Away From Steroids

Men's Oily Skin: Stay away from steroids

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When you look in the mirror, you want to like what you see. We all have different tastes, but if your heart’s desire is to look like you’ve been working out with Ryan Reynolds for “The Green Lantern,” don’t think steroids are going to do it. Steroid use can help you develop some awe-inspiring musculature, sure, but not without side effects. Acne is the most common, followed by oily skin.

You know how steroids make your muscles bigger? They do the exact same thing to the sebaceous glands. And — surprise — bigger oil glands equal more oil. So if you want to look totally ripped, you’re going to have to do it the old-fashioned way. Unless you were really hoping for disfiguring scars, in which case, go for it.

#5 Make It A Routine

Discipline: It’s not just for the military. Good skin takes hard work. Drink lots of water and wear lots of sunscreen. Put in the time and effort to find products that work for you and use them like you’re supposed to. Wash your face, gently, every morning and every evening (even if your less-oily friends can get by with once-a-day washing). It doesn’t matter if you’re too tired or you’ve had one too many — you do it.

The good news is that this is the kind of hard work that gets you somewhere — well-tended skin looks nice. And if it’s still a little slick some days, comfort yourself that when you get older, you’re going to have a much easier time with ageing than your drier counterparts. While they’re slathering their newly thinner, less elastic, more fragile hide with Crisco, you’ll be sitting pretty. But in the meantime, you’re not helpless.

For all you know, James Bond endured the same oily problem. He just had a really good mattifier.

 


 

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