We’re back! After a 5-month long hiatus thanks to the pandemic, we’re finally back with the next instalment of our #MyimPerfection series. This series was created to shed light on the journey everyone goes through when dealing with their insecurities and imperfections. So, what better way to kick start it again with today’s story – one about the freedoms of acceptance.   

Welcome to #MyimPerfection – a collection of real stories, graciously shared by individuals on their path to embracing their true selves, unabashed and unmasked.     

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We started off our day at Porcelain Face Spa. Even with a bustling street right outside its doors, Face Spa remained tranquil as ever. Having briefly spoken on a call prior, we were looking forward to experiencing our guest’s bright and refreshing energy in person. A foodie at heart with an affinity for the arts, we sat down with Lionel to unpack his journey to embracing his imperfections. 

What is your imperfection?  

“You can say that I was lucky. Both my parents had good skin, so I didn’t really have many problems until Circuit Breaker last year.” 

Given his parents had passed on their genetics for robust, healthy skin, Lionel never found the need to research or learn more about ways to care for his skin. When it came to skincare, he would always purchase recommended or trending products. Come April 2020, Lionel had gotten his hands on a cleansing brush – a tool he had never used before. Being excited to try it out, he began incorporating it into his cleansing routine until, for the first time, his skin started to show signs of unhappiness.  

“After using it for some time, I realised I started to develop scars on my cheeks. Only after speaking with friends did I learn that it was likely the result of bacteria that had grown on the brush.”  

While he attempted to deal with his new skin affliction, he began to experience issues with his selection of skincare. Having never dealt with this before, Lionel couldn’t quite understand why he started to experience strong stinging sensations from products that had never really given him problems before. To make matters worse, Lionel ignored the stinging sensations and carried on using his products.   

“I was always led to believe that stinging was a normal part of it since products before had always given me this sensation.”  

But not knowing what it truly meant, Lionel continued on with his habit of purchasing skincare based on the reviews and suggestions of others – without understanding his skin’s true needs.   

“I bought the products for the sake of buying products, hoping that they would be the solution to my problems.”  

While the products did provide some results after a few days, the stinging sensation would return to haunt him. As Lionel elaborated on his experiences with various skincare products, he shared an insight that provided a refreshing perspective on how many of us understand skin.  

“I think I was so used to understanding that unhealthy skin is one where there were visible symptoms like pimples and acne scars. But when your skin doesn’t have all these signs, everyone assumes you have great skin – which isn’t always the case.”  

Over time, Lionel’s ego took a hit. As someone that was always camera ready, the scars on his cheeks caused Lionel to gain an over-heightened sense of self-consciousness.   

“I became more self-conscious during photo taking and I wouldn’t readily be in photos.”  

One Step in the Right Direction  

Having never sought after facial treatments before his onset of skin issues, and knowing that the spa industry had a mixed reputation, Lionel relied on the help of those around him. This eventually led to his discovery of Porcelain.   

“While my friends who recommended Porcelain swore by it, I was still quite apprehensive given the reputation that the spa industry has.”  

Though it did put a bump in Lionel’s path to investing in his skin, he concluded that if he did not take the leap of faith, he would need to accept that his skin would not get better.   

During his first visit, Lionel experienced the Skin Discovery Analysis, where he was shocked to learn that his skin was dry.  

“For me, I can only imagine dry skin as skin that’s white and flaking off. But since my face wasn’t anything like that, I was quite surprised by the results.”  

Determined to invest in his skin, Lionel began his Porcelain journey. After returning for his second treatment, his therapist Moon was pleasantly surprised that Lionel’s skin had made considerable improvements. Given that he had slowly incorporated more products in his home care, his skin was able to regain its natural glow.   

“As she was commenting on the improvements of my skin, I felt like she was a parent being proud of their child’s achievements and that really motivated me to do more and be better for my skin.”  

For Freedom in Acceptance  

Though the scars are still there, Lionel had come to terms with it, accepting that the skin behaves as a result of our actions- depending on whether we cared for it well or not.   

“When I was dealing with my scars initially, I was feeling very embarrassed by it but I realised it was just my own self-consciousness holding me back since no one around me was pointing it out.”  

Deciding that he was the master of his own confidence, Lionel was determined to show it through his mannerisms and personality, rather than letting his skin take the reins.  

Lionel also shared that he would openly talk about his skin afflictions, commenting that by talking about it, he was actively owning his imperfections and embracing them as part of who he was.   

“I’m now not working towards the skin I once had when I was younger, but I take comfort in knowing that my skin is better now than it was a year ago because of the changes I’ve made in my skincare.”  

A piece of advice for my younger self:  

“Use sunblock. It’s not just for those with fairer skin.”  

And a piece of advice for those experiencing similar imperfections:  

“Accept and embrace your skin issues and know that not every product will work for your skin. It’s always best to speak with friends, do your research and find the right experts to help you understand your skin.”  

Lionel’s Favourites:  

Sun Rescue was one of Lionel first treatments and even after just one session, he fell in love with the results it gave him.    

Without hesitation, Lionel also shared that his favourite products are the Deep Hydrating Lotion and Natural Skin Refiner. Being the first product he added into his skincare regime, the Deep Hydrating Lotion was what introduced Lionel to the benefits of good skincare.   

The Porcelain Difference:  

“The honesty and approachability are what really makes Porcelain different for me. You can have a candid conversation about your skin and trust that the suggestions given to you by therapists are to meet your skin’s needs.”  

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We would like to thank Lionel for sharing his journey and showing us the freedom and confidence one can have by embracing their imperfections. We hope it sheds a comforting light on your journey to embracing your own imperfections. Know that your beauty is more than meets the eye and is a result of your unique experiences. We will always be here to journey with you as you embrace them.     

Love, Porcelain. 

They come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, stick to your skin and make quite a statement when worn outside. That’s right, we’re talking about those pimple patches which have been taking the skincare world by storm in recent years. But can they truly make your zit disappear overnight or are they just another skincare fad waiting to fade away? Let’s find out! 

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Credit: Healthline

What are Pimple Patches? 

They are exactly what you might guess: stickers that you apply directly onto your pimples to make them go away. You can think of pimple patches as mini dressings for a minor wound on your face. The patches are made of hydrocolloid, which is a squishy, plasticky material used in wound healing bandages in hospitals. 

While many pimple patches are small, circular, and translucent, brands have been creating bold designs such as bright yellow stars and jewel-adorned flower shapes in a bid to destigmatise acne. 

How do pimple patches work? 

They suck the gunk out of your zits 

Since hydrocolloid work by absorbing excess fluid, these pimple patches stick to the skin and work like a vacuum to gently ‘suck out’ excess fluids like oil and dirt present on the surface. The impurities are then converted into a gel-like substance that adheres to the patch. This leaves behind a white patch that is synonymous with pimple patches.  

Here’s a fun fact, the white patch is not actually white because of the gunk in your zit. Instead, it’s just hydrated hydrocolloid. Moisture turns the patch white- so the more moisture it absorbs, the whiter the patch becomes. 

They prevent further inflammation 

If you have a pimple, the one thing any skin expert will tell you to do is not to touch it. Popping and poking at your zits introduces more bacteria and can result in increased inflammation that can leave behind Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and scars.  

Thus, another useful function of pimple patches is that they act as a barrier to keep bacteria away and prevents you from poking at your zit.  

Active ingredients and microneedles can help fight blemishes 

Besides hydrocolloid, some pimple patches include skincare ingredients that can be effective in managing breakouts. Niacinamide, for example, helps to soothe inflammation and reduce sensitivity, while Salicylic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells and oil build-up – 2 main contributors to acne. Basically, these enhanced patches can be used as a spot-treatment option for mild acne.  

Other than hydrocolloid and other active ingredients, some pimple patches even include microneedles. Microneedling is the process of inserting very fine, short needles into the skin to renew the surface by increasing cell turnover. 

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These patches contain self-dissolving “needles” on one side, which can penetrate and increase the delivery of active ingredients into the skin. While the depth varies from patch to patch, generally these microneedles aren’t quite deep enough to penetrate to the deeper level of the skin, thus rendering them ineffective. That being said, microneedling procedures are best done by a skincare professional with proper equipment. 

Are pimple patches effective for all types of pimples? 

The stickers may be effective on mild breakouts and superficial, pus-filled pimples, such as Whiteheads and pimples with a visible pus head like Pustules. Unfortunately, acne patches are not helpful for blackheads, or deep-set acne with no visible pus head like Papules, Nodules, and some Cysts. 

For them to be effective, these patches are intended to be used when there is a visible pus head on the pimple – an indication that the inflammatory process of your pimple has subsided and that only debris and pus remain. 

It’s less effective to apply these patches on a still inflamed papule because it hasn’t reached the surface of your skin, and there is nothing on the surface to be readily absorbed. Despite this, it acts as a good barrier to prevent further inflammation.  

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Credit: Skin Library

Are there any risks to using pimple patches? 

There is very little to no risk unless you’re allergic or sensitive to active ingredients found in the patches. Plus, the adhesive can be a bit irritating, especially if you’re wearing them overnight or back-to-back. 

Pros & Cons of Pimple Patches 

ProsCons
Gently absorbs excess fluid like oil and dirt from the surface of the pimple  Works on removing impurities on the surface without going deep down to the root of the problem 
Pimple is protected from irritants and bacteria that could worsen inflammation and irritation Does not work on blackheads, deep-set acne, and acne types that do not have a visible pus head 
Prevents picking or popping the pimple which can leave scars and Post Inflammatory 
Hyperpigmentation 
Adhesive and active ingredients may cause irritation for sensitive skin  
Speeds up the healing time of the pimple 

Alternatives to pimple patches 

While pimple patches do work to a certain extent, there are other more effective ways to achieve healthy skin in the long run. At Porcelain, we believe that treating the root of your skin issues is the solution, instead of dealing with them symptomatically. So rather than continually playing defence to heal zits as they appear, why not treat your acne at the root and break the cycle of acne altogether? 

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Credit: Megan Bagshaw

Generally, acne is formed when a mix of dead skin cells and excess sebum congest the pores. While these are the 2 main contributors, head over here for a more in-depth explanation of the specific causes of various acne. Therefore, target these acne-contributing factors to combat pimples from within. We suggest two ways to do so: 

1. Regular Exfoliation  

To remove the build-up of dead skin cells, regular exfoliation is a must. Plus, exfoliation helps to stimulate skin renewal, leaving skin softer, smoother, and brighter. Look for gentle, non-abrasive exfoliants that contain natural enzymes like the Natural Skin Refiner. 

Alternatively, you can also incorporate chemical exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs into your skincare routine. These acids gently break down the ‘glue’ that bonds dead skin cells, making it easier to remove them. Give the Glycolic Toner a try– a perfectly balanced toner to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. 

pimple patch

2. Balance your skin’s pH 

As pimples are often synonymous with oilier skin types, it’s important to control sebum production to manage oily skin. Your skin’s pH is determined by the balance between the oil and moisture content on your skin. Oily skin’s pH imbalance lies in an over-production of sebum to compensate for insufficient hydration. Thus, the key to rebalancing oily skin’s pH is to hydrate and regulate the skin’s sebum production. Hydrate the skin with ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate while regulating sebum production with ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, both of which are key ingredients in our pH Balancing Essence! 

Takeaway 

So, to answer the question: Do pimple patches work? Well, sort of. With so many different types of pimple patches soaked with various ingredients, they may be effective in soothing and speeding up the healing process for the occasional pesky pimple. However, they do not treat the cause of the problem and definitely won’t clear up your acne. For long-term results, perhaps it is not the best solution. 

We get it, these stickers are super cute and handy. So, if you love it, go ahead and stick one (or two) on! 

Spa-Tember has landed upon us! As you can probably tell from its name, we’re dedicating this month to all things spa-related. 

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But first, let’s talk about the importance of choosing the right skincare solutions provider. Skincare is a lifelong journey that requires a steady investment of time, effort, and money. That’s why we always advocate taking the time to learn about a skincare provider. 

To kick off this month, we’ll be summarising why Porcelain should be your lifelong skincare companion. So scroll along to discover what makes Porcelain a worthy spot for your skin journey.   

Why Choose Porcelain?  

Beyond being a holistic skincare solution provider, we aim to journey with you as you embrace the individuality and uniqueness of your skin. With that, here are 7 reasons to choose us as your lifelong skincare partner: 

1. Highly Trained Craftsmen 

To ensure that the comfort, safety, and quality of your experience are never compromised, all Porcelain therapists must undergo a minimum of 500 hours of training and examinations regardless of background and experience. To further ensure that the quality of their knowledge is prime and updated to the latest in skincare, regular training is conducted by our in-house R&D department.  

Besides their skills, our therapists are passionate about their craft and are eager to help you achieve the skin of your dreams. Rest your head and relax knowing that you’ll always be in good hands. 

2. Your Safety, Our Priority 

Your safety is always our priority. Our team invests a great amount of time into conducting rigorous studies and multiple rounds of stringent testing before introducing any new product, equipment, and protocol to our operations.  

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Additionally, our products are guilt-free and formulated without harmful chemicals. Using the right blend and dosages of scientifically proven ingredients and nature’s best, our products treat the root of your skincare concerns while remaining gentle for all skin types. 

3. Our Skincare Philosophies  

 Our focus is to help you achieve healthy skin from within, so you always have the option and confidence to go foundation-free!  

Everything we do at Porcelain- from our product design, R&D, in-spa treatments, and training- is rooted in 3 main philosophies:  

3.1 Healthy skin is clear from inside out and radiant from within  

To treat your skin concerns, our solutions target the root cause of your skin issues rather than dealing with the symptoms. This allows the treatment to effectively resolve your skin concerns. To do so, all our products and treatments focus on unleashing your skin’s natural healing powers, restoring its natural equilibrium, and are developed by understanding how the skin works, even at the cellular level. 

With this philosophy in mind, we’re able to help stimulate your skin’s natural cellular regeneration for healthier skin in the long run.  

3.2 No two skins are the same 

Inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi where broken pieces of pottery are mended with gold to create unique pieces, we believe that everyone’s skin is different and should be treated as such.  

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Therefore, we curate product recommendations and treatment regimes based wholly on you and your skin’s needs.  

3.3  Skincare requires commitment 

Not just from us to you, but also for you with yourself. Skincare is a lifelong journey and we’re here every step of the way. As your skin undergoes a myriad of changes, we will grow and adapt right along with you – and that’s an unchartered adventure we are committed to for as long as you will it too.

4. Customised Solutions 

What works for one person’s skin may not be effective for you. Thus, all our treatments and regimes are fully customisable. Despite our quaint range of skincare staples, different combinations, dosages, and regimes can provide a variety of solutions for every skin’s needs.  

We take pride in creating a custom solution for every skin concern that we crafted a treatment with over 1000 combinations.

5. Harnessing the Power of Technology 

To enhance the effects on your skin and give it that extra boost, we believe in investing in medical-grade technology. Our in-spa facial equipment is not only medical-grade, but clinically tested and imported from global skincare equipment experts (like Israel, Italy, Korea, and Spain). Paired with unique protocols that are researched in-house, it maximises the effects on your skin.  

6. Quality Products 

Suited for all skin types and formulated for Asian skin, we harness the power of natural ingredients and combine them with technologically advanced formulations to deliver honest and effective results. Furthermore, all our products go through rigorous quality control and stringent ingredient checks to ensure quality and efficacy. 

When it comes to skincare and beauty, you should always be able to enjoy your products guilt-free. This means indulging your skin without harming it with harmful ingredients. As a nature-inspired brand, all our products do not contain nasties such as drying alcohols, sulfates, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, and more. 

7. Trusting Bond 

When you close your eyes and lay on our treatment bed, you place your trust in our hands. More than just a professional relationship, your therapists are those you know you can rely on to care for you in times when you most need it – skincare or otherwise.  

Know that we’re always here to provide a listening ear for anything that may be troubling you and getting you down.  

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We hope you’re now well equipped to make an informed choice when selecting a spa for your next facial treatment! 

Ready to start your skincare journey with Porcelain? 

Experience the Porcelain difference for yourself with a Skin Discovery Analysis or Virtual Skin Education, where our Skin Experts will help uncover the hidden secrets of your skin and kick start your skin transformation journey.  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes, here's something special to celebrate our healthcare heroes who have kept us strong through tough times! 

Together, Our Singapore Spirit.  

As a proudly local brand, this year’s National Day theme spoke to us on a deeper level. Starting up from a small shophouse 12 years ago and growing to where we are now, we knew the importance of those who supported us and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help us achieve greater heights.  

Thus, to embody this year’s National Day theme, we wanted to celebrate the spirit of the people that have kept us strong through tough times – our healthcare heroes!  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes, here's something special to celebrate our healthcare heroes who have kept us strong through tough times! 

Credit: Cedric Fauntleroy 

So here’s something special for our Healthcare Heroes  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes,   

Enjoy an exclusive 1 for 1 special on a Porcelain Facial Treatment*.   

Plus, receive a complimentary 3 piece Skincare Kit (worth $98) filled with curated goodies that will nourish, pamper and strengthen your skin, especially after prolonged hours of mask-wearing.   

*T&Cs apply.  

Use code <SGHEALTHCAREHEROS> when booking your appointment here, or flash your staff pass in our stores and let us take care of you!  

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Not a healthcare hero yourself? Share this special with those who are and help us spread our appreciation for our heroes! 

Gone are the days where the sun’s UV rays were the only thing you needed to protect yourself from. Though its photo-ageing and burning effects still pose a vast threat, increasing urbanisation has led to a growing sea of irritants and the matching expansion of our skincare routines to combat it.

Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector

Ever steadfast in its innovation, Porcelain set out to create a one-step defence. Introducing the local cult skincare brand’s latest edition, the Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector, SPF28. Formulated with real skin types and needs in mind, this luxurious and enhanced sunscreen is a daily skinvestment that works to future-proof skin for a healthy, glowing complexion for years to come.

More Than Just UV Sunscreen

Harnessing the ample capabilities of Cerium Oxide, Platinum, Orange Peel Oil and Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract allows this weightless sunscreen to tackle ageing at the root while providing anti-UV, anti-blue light, anti-pollutive and anti-oxidative benefits.

Cerium Oxide

Clinically proven to be a more effective alternative to the commonly found Titanium Dioxide, Cerium Oxide works to defend the skin from harmful blue light, UVA and UVB rays. Its mineral nature also allows it to be a cleaner and skin-friendlier alternative to chemical sunscreens. Additionally, its potent anti-oxidant properties prevent oxidative stress, accelerates wound healing and minimise cellular inflammation to tackle photoageing at the root.

Platinum

A break-through ingredient in the realm of skincare, Platinum lends its anti-oxidant and anti-ageing capabilities to shield skin from daily damage. But the potential of this luxury ingredient extends beyond sheer protection. Its complex nature allows it to enhance the stability of peptides in the skin, remove cellular toxins, boost the penetration of actives and form an electrical balance on the skin surface for heightened protection against oxidative damage.

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

A rich source of Vitamin C – an ingredient widely known for its anti-oxidant properties- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil defends the skin against daily free-radical damage. It also contains additional anti-UVA benefits, protecting essential collagen and fibroblast against photoageing UVA rays.

Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract

Used in traditional Japanese medicine, Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract contains anti-UV properties that protect skin cells against UV-induced damage while soothing inflamed skin for a radiant complexion that’s healthy from within.

Skincare-Grounded Protection

ultra sheer platinum uv protector

Designed with a blend of skincare’s latest advancements and botanical extracts widely used in traditional medicine, the satin-finish Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector’s works for:

Sensitive Skin

Renown for their abilities, Lavender Flower Water and Lavender Oil lend their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties to keep sensitive skin calm and protected against irritants. Furthermore, Lavender Oil promotes wound healing by stimulating increased collagen production. Coupled with the anti-inflammatory response of Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemon Grass) Leaf Oil, enjoy soothed skin throughout your day.

Ageing Skin

Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract contains anti-UV properties that protect the skin’s cells from UV damage. To further enhance its defensive abilities, Platinum, a highly stable anti-ageing ingredient, was added. Known for its multipronged ability to remove cellular toxins and shield the skin against free radical damage, Platinum has proven itself as an effective anti-ageing agent in the realm of skincare.

Acenic Skin

Guard against acne as Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil work to prevent bacterial and fungal proliferation, form stronger skin barriers to defend against irritants, soothe inflammation and stimulate the skin’s natural healing abilities.

Dry Skin

A blend of Jojoba Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E moisturise the skin while promoting the repair and maintenance of its natural barrier against irritants that threaten to further dry skin.

Crafted with Nature’s Best

No different to the rest of Porcelain’s Skincare, the Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector was thoughtfully designed and sustainably sourced to give back to nature.

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Organic Ingredients

Comprised of 7 organic ingredients clinically proven to prevent inflammation, curb bacteria proliferation while keeping skin protected and moisturised.

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Reef-Friendly Formulation

Free of Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene, enjoy a day by the beach knowing your sunscreen is reef-friendly.

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Clean & Guilt-Free

Free of silicones, parabens, mineral oils, drying alcohols and more, indulge in a clean, sustainable and guilt-free sunscreen without compromise to your skin and nature.

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Cruelty-Free

Clinically and human tested for effectiveness and SPF accuracy to remain cruelty-free and efficacious for you.

Porcelain’s Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector will be available at all Porcelain Spas and online at PORCELAINSKIN.COM at $128 from 8 June 2021.

From 8 June 2021 onwards, redeem a complimentary sample ofPorcelain’s Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector at prcl.in/UV-Sample. While stocks last.