We often get asked: “Are facials really necessary for me to achieve healthy skin?”. As your local skincare experts, we say YES!   

While reading this, we bet you’re thinking: “There must be other ways to get healthy skin, facials are so troublesome!” 

Although facials are not the most convenient or economical thing to incorporate into your life, but much like anything worth having, consistent effort and investments are required.  

Let’s use the analogy of achieving a healthy body to show you why facials are vital for healthy skin.

The Fundamentals of Health: 

At this point, we are sure you’ve heard about the various complex and odd ways you can get healthy. However, for you to achieve a sustainable level health, the following equation should be followed: 

Balanced Diet + Regular Exercise = Healthy Body 

One of the fundamental methods is to watch your diet: having a healthy and well-balanced diet can do wonders for your journey to a better state of health. But a healthy diet does not simply mean cutting out all carbs or eating fewer calories. A healthy diet requires finding out what you’re fueling your body with and ensuring that it’s whole, natural foods.  

Similar to your diet, a good skincare routine shouldn’t be focused on using the best products on the market for the sake of it or adopting a 10 step Korean skincare routine. Your skincare should be designed around your lifestyle and consist of products that are good for your skin; products that include skin-loving ingredients that will nourish and protect your skin.

Don’t believe us? Check out our blog on cleansing to see the importance one small step has on your skin.

But what about the second fundamental: Regular Exercise? 

Although you can get healthy with just a balanced diet, it is not enough. Regular exercise has been proven to boost your body’s metabolism, immune system, strengthen your bones and muscles, and reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases. However, those benefits only come with regular exercising. The consistency of your exercising matters just as much as your diet. Don’t let the effort you put into your diet go to waste by exercising infrequently. A healthy diet when combined with regular exercise, allows you to achieve a healthy body at a much faster rate. 

Applying the same concept, if you add “exercise” for your skin on top of a solid home skincare routine, you will be able to tackle skincare woes and achieve healthy skin that radiates from within.  

Wait, What? How do you “Exercise” your Skin? 

We’ve been talking a lot about exercising and drawing parallels to your skincare. But what does exercising your skin mean? The phrase “exercising your skin” conjures up odd images in your mind but it’s not what you think it is! Instead of stretching and pulling your skin in various directions to achieve a facial exercise, there are other means – like a facial!  

Nowadays, facials are more than just a simple cleanse and masking with a gentle facial massage. A facial at Porcelain entails an intensive session between our highly trained therapists, medical grade equipment and in-house formulated products that will harmonize perfectly to give you healthy and brighter skin. 

With advanced technologies, products used during the treatments are able to penetrate deeper into your skin and show greater efficacy than what you can achieve with basic home care. For example, in our Proionic Treatment, we make use of a unique patented 448kHz long wave radio frequency Spanish medical technology to stimulate your collagen and elastin production in addition to improving the skin’s natural ionic equilibrium. Emerge out of the treatment room to visibly tighter, lifted skin that is also stimulated deeply for long-term anti-aging effects. Does that sound like something you could get at home? 

In addition to the technology, expertise and quality of products used, we aim to make your journey to healthy skin easy and sustainable. The reason why many plans for better health fail is because they are a “one-size fits all”, implemented directly without considering their lifestyle and body’s needs.  

An infallible plan for better health is one that is thoughtfully designed to integrate into your current lifestyle and customised to your ever-changing needs. That’s why at Porcelain, all our therapists and ambassadors are trained to be your lifelong beauty partner, accompanying you through the evolution of your skin with customised service and treatment plans.  

Ready to get the healthy skin you deserve? Sign up for our Skin Discovery to kickstart your journey with us! 

Cleansing is something that’s always been a part of everyone’s skincare routine – if it’s missing in yours, consider this your intervention.

For those of us who still have the energy after a long day at work, we typically enjoy the cleansing aspect of our skincare routines. The rush of euphoria you feel as you massage your favorite cleanser into your skin to free it of all the grime that’s built up – the process is almost therapeutic. But here at Porcelain, we know that not everyone has that kind of energy to pamper their skin with a cleansing massage. That’s why we’re here to give you a fresh take on cleansing: providing a quick breakdown of why cleansing is so important, what should be in your cleansing routine and how to cleanse your skin to get that glow from within! 

Credit: Anton Levin

Why Cleansing is Important: 

Cleansing plays a very important role in your skincare routine as it sets precedence for the effectiveness of your entire skincare routine. Without a deep and thorough cleanse, your pores would be clogged with sebum, makeup, dirt and pollutants built up through the course of the day. Topping all these nasties with your expensive serums, masks and moisturisers would only serve to reduce your products’ efficacy and waste your money.  

Not only are you reducing the results your products provide, over time, the nasties festering in your pores can lead to break outs, skin sensitivity and pre-mature aging.  

Not worth skipping cleansing after all, is it? 

Choosing a cleanser that’s good for your skin: 

Now that you’re slowly realizing the importance of cleansing (if not, read the paragraph above again and imagine looking 70 when you’re 40 with your skin covered in red patches of acne and sensitivity), it’s likely your next question would be what to use to cleanse your skin. There is a plethora of cleansers you could choose from: oil-based, balms, creams, micellar water, gels, foams, powders. The list is endless and if you don’t know what to look for, it can get confusing. 

But fret not, here are some tips from us that you can use when searching for the right cleanser for you: 

1. Avoid cleansers with nasty ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Parabens & Synthetic Fragrances that can over strip the skin of essential oils and cause irritation 

2. Your cleanser should not leave you with a squeaky-clean feeling (this means that the cleanser has stripped your skin of too much oil and moisture)

3. Most importantly: look for a cleanser that does more than just cleanse

Although the primary goal of a cleanser is to remove all the nasties that build up over the day, your cleanser should also hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. These additional benefits serve to bring you closer to radiant, healthy skin each time you use them.  

Think you know the right way to cleanse?: 

This section may seem counter-intuitive to you. You might be thinking: 

 “Cleansing is so simple; I just use one cleanser and rub it on my skin until I feel it’s clean.” 

As your local skincare experts, we disagree. 

Credits: Curology

To achieve a deep and thorough cleanse, double cleansing is essential. We repeat, essential. Including double cleansing in your nightly routine is particularly crucial for healthier skin.  

Imagine this: showering with your dirty clothes on after a long day out. Weird isn’t it? 

This same concept applies to your skin – to achieve a total cleanse, you need to first remove the top layer of dirt and grime. 

The first cleanse helps to remove the makeup, sunscreen, dirt and pollutants on your skin surface while the second cleanse deeply cleanses your pores of bacteria that can cause acne and skin sensitivity. Even if you may not be a daily makeup wearer, double cleansing is still essential as the initial cleanse helps to remove the environmental pollutants and dirt that accumulated through the day. 

Apart from the lack of double cleansing, another shortfall of the modern-day woman’s cleansing technique is the duration spent cleansing. The typical time taken to cleanse is 20 seconds – too short for the cleanser to do its job thoroughly. Remember, it’s a self-love skincare routine, not a race. Take your time and enjoy the process! 

We suggest the following steps to boost the efficacy of your double cleanse: 

1. Wet your face with luke-warm water before starting your first cleanse

2. Lather the cleanser in your hands before gently massaging it across your skin for 1 minute

3. Wash or wipe away the cleanser before starting the second cleanse

4. Repeat step 2 for the second cleanse before washing your skin to complete your double cleanse!

Consider Porcelain’s perfect cleansing duo that accomplishes all the above. 

Step 1: Revive – Makeup Cleanser

Imbued with natural ingredients like Orchid Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract and Calendula Flower Extract, this gentle milk cleanser melts away sebum, environmental pollutants and makeup while soothing, nourishing and pumping your skin with powerful anti-oxidants. The Revive – Makeup Cleanser is Paraben and Sulfate Free, making it suitable for even the most sensitive of skins.

Step 2: Soothe – Hydro Cleanser 

Much like its counterpart, the Soothe – Hydro Cleanser is Paraben and Sulfate Free. Packed with 8 natural skin-loving ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Peach Fruit Extract and Peony Root Extract, this cleanser deeply hydrates and soothes the skin, leaving behind a glowing complexion after each wash.

What are you waiting for? Kick start your fresh take on cleansing with our Double Cleansing Duo. Shop now and share your results with us on Instagram with #totalcleanse!