As consumers become more concerned about minimising the use of chemicals in their lives, skincare and make-up ingredients are coming under the spotlight. Nowadays informed customers are not ready to take unnecessary health risks and are increasingly questioning if what they are putting on their skin poses any long-term risks. As a result, several niche cosmetic brands that have opted to go natural or organic are booming. Not only do they promise better overall health, but they also mean you are doing your bit for the environment because of their eco-friendly production practices. So if you’re thinking of going green here’s our definitive guide to becoming a natural beauty.

Why Go Green?

The growing consensus among experts is that what you put on your skin doesn’t merely go skin deep but enters your entire system too. Some ingredients soaked up by our skin from our cosmetics are carcinogenic. Although the body has a mechanism to flush out toxins from its system, traces of some tough-to-dislodge chemicals can accumulate over the years and gradually affect our overall health. Experts agree that top of the list to avoid are: parabens, mercury, lead, phthalates, petroleum-based products, xanthene and zinc chloride (a skin and eye irritant mainly found in shampoos, conditioners and cleansers). Natural skincare and make-up products are made with few, if any, synthetic chemicals and use a wide range of plant or fruit extracts, minerals and vitamins as their ingredients.

Organic cosmetics are more evolved and guarantee (through certification) that all the natural ingredients used haven’t been treated with chemicals. But if you’re looking for something 100 per cent organic, make sure that it says so specifically on the label. If the label says it is ‘100% Organic’ then you know these products are made entirely from certified organic ingredients. If it states that it’s ‘organic’ the products contain at least 95% organic ingredients, a figure that reduces to 75% if the label says ‘made with organic ingredients’.

Eat Up!

It isn’t just what jars you open that determine your skin and hair health. What you throw in your shopping trolley at the supermarket every week can also dramatically affect how you look. Here are the top skin and hair foods that you should stock up on:

Water

Beauty Benefit: Water is rightly referred to as a beauty tonic on tap. After all, one of the signs of a youthful complexion is supple, well-hydrated skin. Not having enough water in the day shows instantly in the form of dry and shrivelled skin.

Green Tip: Have a minimum of two to three litres of water a day and you’re guaranteed supple skin.

Green Tea

Beauty Benefit: For the same reason that you love water, you should love green tea too. It’s great for hydration when you’re looking for something other than water, plus it contains antioxidants that offer great anti-aging benefits.

Green Tip: Replace your cups of regular tea or coffee with green tea. This cuts down on caffeine and helps you stock up on antioxidants instead.

Blueberries

Beauty Benefit: Blueberries may be small in size but they are one of the richest natural sources of powerful antioxidants, and protect our skin from premature aging, especially if you have concerns about blotchy, dull or sun-damaged skin.

Green Tip: A good way to include it in your daily diet is to add half a cup of blueberries to your morning cereal or yogurt.

Spinach

Beauty Benefit: Dark leafy vegetables like spinach are loaded with Vitamin A and minerals. The Vitamin A in spinach boosts new cell production and reduces skin dryness.

Green Tip: Trade your lettuce for raw spinach in salads or sauté it with nuts for a healthy veggie dish.

Lemons

Beauty Benefit: A prime skincare ingredient in tons of anti-ageing creams, Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and helps flush out toxins from the skin. So go for that glass of fresh lemonade as often as you can. It’s a great way to raise your daily water intake.

Green Tip: Having lemonade with a teaspoon of honey early in the morning works as a great skin detox.

Nuts & Seeds

Beauty Benefit: When it comes to nuts and seeds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and flaxseeds pack a punch. The high selenium content of Brazil nuts is good for getting shiny hair and walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are great for skin health. Among seeds, flaxseeds (also called linseeds) win hands down as their high fibre and healthy fat content is great for skin.

Green Tip: You can include nuts and seeds in your diet by tossing a few into your salad, pasta, or dessert.

Tomatoes

Beauty Benefit: The lycopene in tomatoes is great to boost your skin’s defences against environmental damage, especially against the ageing effects of the sun’s rays.

Green Tip: It’s easier for the body to absorb lycopene when the tomatoes are cooked, so load up on the tomato sauce with your pasta.

Salmon

Beauty Benefit: A fish with one of the richest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats in salmon nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, decreasing clogged pores, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

Green Tip: Have at least two servings of fish a week to reap its skincare benefits.

By Jenny Teng, Director Aesthetician, Porcelain The Face Spa

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Anti-Aging is….

Achieving a balance within your skin between moisture and sebum level. It means maintaining a high level of collagen and elastin production, and low level of oxidation within the skin hence, reducing signs of aging.

2. How do I stop the clock?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to do so as chronological aging is part of life. We can prevent the signs of aging from showing by increasing our level of anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damages, stimulating collagen, elastin production and skin’s natural regenerating ability with technology such as Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light, LED and reduce our sun exposure by applying sunscreen.

3. At what age should I start my anti-aging regime?

You should start your general skincare regime during puberty. Anti-aging should not be separated from your routine skincare regime. Revise your home care and professional treatments with your aesthetician or doctor every year to evaluate your changing needs. The skin begins to age around 25 to 30, however, many young skin display signs of premature aging due to improper care and lack of sun protection.

4. How do I prevent premature aging?

The number one cause of premature aging of the skin is caused by sun overexposure. It causes skin dehydration and discoloration of the skin’s pigment, which results in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, freckles and other forms of pigments. We recommend that sunscreen to be applied daily prior to sun exposure, even when you are spending most of your time indoors. Next, frequent exfoliation of your skin can reduce dead skin cell buildup and stimulate cell regeneration.

That will help prevent and reduce existing signs of aging. Keeping your cells moist keep skin looking plump and firm. Use products such as Hyaluronic Acid to enable that and eat foods that are high in water content to keep your skin well hydrated at the cellular level.

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As much as we hate it, pimples are part of our lives. Although we see more of it during our teenage years, keep in mind that they continue to pay a visit at any age, anytime and without any notice. It’s all good, okay, at least tolerable, if they come and go quickly. The problem occurs when they leave a mark on our face after they’re gone. And of course with time, as more acne appears, the chances of more scarring increases. What’s worse? If you don’t treat acne scars swiftly, they’re likely to stay with you forever. For those of you are thinking time will do the trick, you may be right, only if you are in your younger years when the body is quick to recover. As an adult, it’s best to procrastinate no more, and get a scarring treatment system right away, before chaos ensues.

When Do Pimples Leave Scars Behind?

There are multiple grades of pimples. The mildest and common ones are small and tiny bumps of comedones such as blackheads and whiteheads. Another form of mild acne are small papules or red, inflamed, tender bumps with no head. More severe ones are pimples or cyst, which are pus-filled. While a mild pimple or clusters of pimples may just be temporary guests, cystic acne can be far more severe and highly prone to permanent scarring unless you take care, and avoid scratching or squeezing. Finally the severe type of acne that is almost definitely going to leave a scar is the big boils you get on your face.

What Are The Causes Of Acne?

Cystic acne strikes males more than females, but it can occur in either gender. If there is a family tendency to have the condition, parents of those entering their teens should be on the lookout for symptoms such a reddening of the skin or visible skin lesions.

Other factors causing severe acne are the same as those for other forms of acne. All types of acne often occur due to overactive oil glands, which means your sebaceous or fat glands are very active in producing oil on the skin. This excess oil can clog the pores, blocking bacteria inside. Hormonal imbalance and stress often stimulate the sebaceous gland activity. Acne also comes from excess dead skin cells within the hair follicle or pores. Externally acne can be caused by clogging pores with too much cream or cosmetics.

How Can You Treat Acne Scars?

First, you’ll have to know that whichever treatment you go for, skincare is a long-term commitment. Having good complexion is like hitting the gym and getting that six-pack abs. It requires effort and maintenance. And because skincare is long term, at Porcelain, we work hard to educate our clients and develop a trusted relationship to better cater to your needs.

If you want real improvement for severe scars, then you have the choice of skin resurfacing treatments. This is primarily used to get rid of nasty wrinkles and scars that appear on the surface of the skin. The laser emits a power beam of light that burns affected skin away. An even more efficient technology would be Sublative Rejuvenation which uses can go deeper than traditional laser heat your subcutaneous dermal tissue, breaking the sebum cycle that causes active acne to form. It also works to contracts and restructures collagen, resulting in skin tightening and improved skin quality. It’s also great for the reason that it doesn’t really have downtime, pigmentation or scarring and very little side effects.

How Effective Is Treating Scarring With Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion was more common in the past, but not so much anymore. The procedure needs to be performed by a highly skilled doctor and hygiene vice, there’s lots of blood splattering. With laser you know exactly how deep you want to go and can adjust the energy to be as deep as you want to fix, as for dermabrasion although you can do this, it’s not as precise. I’d would just say, for red scars it’s good to get a laser done, for severe scars usually fractional radio frequency works best, for indented scars, fillers do the magic and for ice pick scars nothing really helps. But this is just a general statement. Depending on each individual case, it may differ and sometimes you’ll need a combination of treatments.

How Can I Avoid The Recurrence Of Acne?

If all of these techniques and treatment options have your head spinning, do your best to prevent adult acne, before it gets to an uncontrollable point. If the cause is hyperactive of sebaceous gland then you may have to may have to consider medication that reduces its activity. If your lifestyle induces acne, such as too much sun exposure, cream or make up, then try and go low on it.

Porcelain, The Face Spa

We at Porcelain, The Face Spa provides premium skin care solutions to make porcelain complexion a reality for our customers.

Our Quintessential Facial is fully customized to cater to all skin problems starting from dull/uneven skin tone, severe acne/pimple problems, acne scars, age spots all the way to pigmentation and even sensitive skin! There is no ‘one size fits all’ in skincare, that’s why all our treatments are customized.

The Porcelain Team is equipped to educate our clients on what is best for them. We live and breathe skincare; you can treat your skin is in good hands at Porcelain.

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Did you know your skin weighs twice as much as your brain? That its even heavier than your intestines? Many of us take our skin for granted, but we really should take better care of it. Here are some fun facts about skin.

1. The Skin Is The Largest Organ

Fun facts about skin: It's the largest and heaviest organ

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Skin covers all body surfaces. The skin of an average adult weighs 8-10 pounds and has an average area of about 22 square feet. The purpose is to protect the body from injury, infection, heat, cold, and store water, fat and vitamins. The human skin is rejuvenated about once every four weeks.

Thinking of your skin as an organ, rather than something that we can use and abuse, puts things in proper perspective. Your skin is a wonderfully resilient organ and for the most part, can survive virtually any form of punishment. The skin is the body’s boundary: tough enough to resist all sorts of environmental assaults, yet sensitive enough to feel a breeze.

2. Your Skin Is Made Up Of 3 Layers

Fun facts about skin: It's made of three layers

Your skin has three major layers – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.

The epidermis is waterproof, preventing unnecessary loss of water across the body surface. The skin’s rich abundance of blood flow and sweat glands regulate the loss of heat from the body, helping to control body temperature.

The dermis is the second major layer of the skin. It is a strong, flexible connective tissue. The dermis is richly supplied with nerve fibres and blood vessels. The blood vessels of the dermis are so extensive that it can hold 5% of all blood in the body. When organs need more blood, e.g. exercising muscles, the nervous system constricts the blood vessel located in the dermis. This shunts more blood into the general circulation, making it available to the muscles and other organs.

The hypodermis is also called the subcutaneous layer. It consists of both areolar and adipose connective tissue, although the adipose tissue normally dominates. Besides storing fat, the hypodermis anchors the skin to the underlying structures (mostly to muscles) and allows the skin to slide relatively freely over those structures. Sliding skin protects us by ensuring most blows just glance off our bodies.

3. Dusty House? That’s Your Dead Skin

A large amount of the dust in your home is actually dead skin. Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening. This is why exfoliating is so important to keep that healthy glow! It sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days. Unfortunately, this process slows as you age.

4. Your Brother Isn’t Heavy, But Your Skin Is

The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as their brain.  After the skin, here are the five heaviest organs in the body:

  1. Intestines – 7.5 pounds (4 pounds for the large intestine, 3.5 pounds for the small)
  2. Lungs – 5 pounds (2.5 pounds each)
  3. Liver – 3.2 pounds
  4. Brain – 3 pounds
  5. Heart – 0.6 pounds

5. The Skin On Your Lips Is Very Sensitive

Fun facts about skin: The Skin On Your Lips Is Very Sensitive

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The skin on your lips is 200 times more sensitive than that on your fingertips. Receptor cells in your body give your brain information — about the world around you and about what’s going on inside of you. Each type of receptor cell is able to give you a different type of information.

So, the greater the number of receptors a body part has, the more sensitive it will be. It is also true that the lips do have many of these touch receptors. When scientists list the top areas of the body in terms of sensitivity, the lips and fingertips are often ranked as the areas with the highest concentrations of receptor cells.

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
– Dale Turner

Aging is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Aging in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. According to SENS Foundation, research shows that even late in life potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development. Anti-aging products are everywhere nowadays – as the population gets older more of us are interested in finding out what’s available to help us look younger.”

Many women don’t want to consider cosmetic surgery but feel they want to look as good as they can in middle age and beyond.  But where do you start?  What’s available and how do you choose what will suit you?ing skin.

When most women think about anti aging we tend to think skin care – products that help us deal with the changes that age brings to our faces like lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.  Anti aging skin care now includes a huge range of products – mostly for the face but increasingly targeted at specific problem areas like the neck and decollete, the under eye area.

Most anti aging skin care lines focus on the four steps to good skin care (cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize) and include products that target each step. Moisturizing creams aim to hydrate skin as a first step and also include active anti aging ingredients to deal with skin wrinkling and sagging.  The key actives are alpha hyaluronic acid (AHA), retinol, peptides, and antioxidants like vitamin e and vitamin c. Skin care products in the anti aging market also include temporary wrinkle fillers, botox alternatives and exfoliating or microdermabrasion and gels.

The most well known anti aging treatments are probably botox and dermal fillers but there are also many laser skin treatment as well as photo facials, microcurrent and radiofrequency face lifts.

An increasing trend recently is to seek a natural approach to anti aging through anti aging products that work from within.  This is part of a movement among many top dermatologist like Dr Perricone and Dr Murad to encourage a total or holistic approach to anti aging – getting the best improvements through correct nutrition, mental balance and skin care.

As part of this approach there is a huge interest in anti-aging supplements that help you to get the right vitamins and minerals as well as some of the less readily available amino acids that you might be lacking in your normal diet.  There are supplement packs targeted at the anti aging market as well as specific products for skin and hair health.

At Porcelain, we believe that porcelain skin does not stay as a dream. Instead, we want our customers to achieve porcelain skin and even at the age of 50, we want them to look like they are in their 30s and we strongly believe that skin care is to be visioned long-term.

For every products that we provide, we always look for the best ingredients we can to heal the skin problems.

Here are two of our anti-aging product and service we provide.

AGE REVERSE

Soaked with a powerful blend of natural ingredients to pump moisture into the skin, this mask clarifies the skin with natural enzymes and prevents signs of premature ageing. The mask adheres tightly to your skin to ensure maximum absorption of actives and nutrients. Perfect after exfoliation and doubles as an eye mask to prevent puffiness and reverse signs of ageing.

 

QUINTESSENTIAL FACIAL


Benefits: Thoroughly Deep Cleanses Skin, Maintain Skin Clarity, Refine Pores, Brighten Skin Tone, Lift and Firm Skin, Smoothen Skin, Decrease Sensitivity, Reduce Sebum Production, Lighten Pigmentation and Acne Scars, Stimulate Cell Renewal, Collagen and Elastin Production, Anti-Bacterial, Refine Fine Lines.

Procedures: Double Cleansing, Exfoliation, Deep Pore Cleansing, Custom Blended Serums / Ampoules (Premium), Use of LED / LHE / RF, Custom Blended Mask (Premium), Sunscreen

Suitable for: All Skin Types, Dull Skin Tone, Uneven Skin Tone, Clogged Pores, Severe Acne / Pimple Problems, Acne Scars, Saggy Skin, Whiteheads / Blackheads, Age Spots / Sun Spots, Pigmentation, Expression Lines, Sensitive Skin.