Ever wondered about the reason behind your dull skin, even after a good night’s rest and use of proper skincare? One of the key reasons behind dull skin is insufficient oxygen flow, but there are other factors that matter.

  1. Improper diet, lifestyle and dehydration causes dull skin

Our skin reflects the food we eat. Proper nutrition greatly affects the health of your skin! The late nights partying may seem like harmless #YOLO fun, but drinking and smoking severely dehydrate the skin. Keep yourself adequately hydrated after a night out, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly to get the blood pumping!

  1. Environmental pollution, too.

Environmental pollution can result in dull skin

Credit: Joe Robles

For city dwellers, smog, dust and other kinds of environmental pollutants congest our pores daily. Environmental pollution also increases the free radicals in your cells, which cause premature ageing. Ensure you double cleanse daily with an antioxidant-rich milk cleanser before your usual cleanser for a hydrating deep cleanse. This rids your skin of unwanted congestion.

  1. Lack of proper exfoliation

Regular exfoliation prevents the buildup of dead skin cells. It also stimulates the cell renewal process and microcirculation as you massage your skin. Do use gentle, hydrating exfoliators as over-drying ingredients can stimulate more sebum and unwanted skin issues.

  1. Sun exposure

Sun exposure can result in dull skin

Credit: William Randles

A bad tan is not the only problem that comes from prolonged sun exposure to the sun. Your complexion can also become dull and your skin can take on a leathery, rough feeling. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen to slow the ageing process.

  1. Air-conditioned spaces

Air conditioning may be the greatest invention of the 21st century, but it causes dehydration to the skin. Using a humidifier when and applying moisturizers before you sleep can help your skin remain hydrated!

With all these factors in play, it is important for your skincare routine to include products that are suitable for your skin. Porcelain’s new and proprietary Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is alcohol-, paraben- and mineral oil-free to prevent skin irritation. Boasting ingredients like witch hazel, Vitamin C and aloe vera, the Glycolic Toner also has glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while thoroughly removing traces of makeup and dirt that may be left behind even after cleansing.

What’s left is skin with pH balance-restored at its natural level to allow for better absorption of products. Lactic acid, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), also increases collagen production to aid in skin regeneration as the skin ages. Besides unclogging pores and reducing the chances of a breakout, sodium hyaluronate in the toner locks in moisture to leave your complexion smooth and supple.

Here are other benefits the Glycolic Acid Toner can offer:

  • Tone and brighten skin
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Refine skin texture

Fixing Dull Skin: The Glycolic Toner gently exfoliates dead skin cells for a clear, radiant complexion

Hi everyone,

I am Valerine, a new member of the Porcelain family. Just to share a little experience with everyone…

Ever felt lousy about yourself because of your troubled skin? Envy others for their perfect skin? YES, this was exactly how I felt back then when I was a troubled teenage girl faced with really serious acne problems.

The lesson learnt? Don’t ever be LAZY and do not be afraid to seek professional treatment! I won’t say I have the perfect skin right now, but its certainly one that allows me to feel confident about. I understand how skin problems can lead to other emotional/confidence issues, and I am here to share with you my passion and interest in skin care. Hopefully, readers out there can benefit from the content and achieve Porcelain skin too!

Read on for my first entry!

When it comes to skincare, despite an increasing number, there is still a large male population who either “don’t care”, “lazy”, or thinks it is still a feminine sport. Well, skin is ultimately skin, and skin care for men is equally important as skin care is to women.

For those a little more interested, here are the key differences between men’s skin and women’s skin.

1. A man’s skin is usually firmer and about 20% thicker than their female counterpart. This is because a man’s skin contains more collagen and elastin. This also explains why men have less wrinkles and are less susceptible to aging.

2. Men have smaller oil glands (yay!), but despite that their skin tends to be oilier than women’s. This is because the male hormone, testosterone, increases sebum secretion. In comparison, the female hormone, estrogen, secretes much less sebum. This explains the higher rate of acne occurrences in men (especially teenage boys going through puberty).

3. Men also tend to have dirtier skin compared to women. Women might attribute it to their hygiene, but the truth is men have naturally larger pore size. This makes it more prone to clogging by dirt and sebum. Hence, deep cleansing is an especially important step for men.

4. Shaving. It strips the hydroltic film on the skin, causing it to be more irritable and inclined to skin problems.

After understanding the core differences, what are the steps men should take to better care for their skin?

  • Understand your skin type and select a suitable facial cleanser.
  • Always have a facial cleanser with deep cleansing properties that cleanse and clear clogged pores  thoroughly (remember to avoid those that can be over-drying)
  • For shaving, get a good shaving kit that includes shaver, foam, foam brush and aftershave.
  • Never use soap, body wash or (shampoo) to cleanse your face as they tend to be too drying.
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on your face to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of impurities and dead skin cells.
  • Go to a facial therapist for thorough pore cleansing every month.
  • Have a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Sweat the toxins out! Exercise!
  • Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water.

These steps are just generic guidelines to help you achieve better health and better skin. However, do note that if the skin problem is too severe, you might like to consult a professional Aesthetician for advice.

– valerine yeap