Embracing one’s imperfections is more than just accepting the physical flaws you see. It’s a continuous journey that involves actively prioritising ourselves – giving time to activities, habits and efforts that make us feel good and better ourselves. But with so many things fighting for our time and attention, self-love has become a forgotten priority.  

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

This month, we listened to a refreshing story of self-love: a balancing act between making time for yourself and the things around you.   

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It was a quiet Sunday afternoon at Porcelain Signatures where we met up with Cellin. Within the first few minutes of settling down, Cellin’s magnetic personality revealed itself, filling the tranquil spa with laughter and intriguing conversation. We sat down with the capable young mum to hear her story. 

What is your imperfection? 

“In my teen years, I experienced my share of breakouts and I had this bad habit of squeezing them because I wanted to be rid of these ugly things on my face.”   

The urge to free herself of the pesky blemishes left Cellin with marks and scars that she did not know how to manage. As Cellin continued, she revealed that the early stages of her skincare journey were filled with coincidence and happenchance.   

“My first proper facial happened by accident: I was in a neighbourhood beauty salon getting my brows threaded when the lady offered to give me a facial to help with my skin.” Though it sounded like a good offer at the time, it left more marks and scars behind.  

Much like anyone else, when Cellin started working, she decided to invest in an established facial spa. Trusting its reputation, she bought skincare products and packages that she believed would help. Eventually, Cellin realised that it was not working for her skin, feeling that recommendations were not tailored to her skin and were given to fulfil sales quotas. Disappointed, she decided to put a hold on facials.   

In her third soiree with facials, Cellin found herself trying the facials at her neighbourhood manicure spot. Though the process was painful and left her more scars than before, she decided to stick with it as it cleared the congestion she always struggled with.   

“Every time I went, I look like I went through a war. After the facial, I would need to bear with looking ugly because of the long recovery times.”  

Given that Cellin’s work required her to represent her company to countless clients, the increasing scars and long downtimes affected her confidence despite her capabilities.   

“I worked in the healthcare industry and I felt so embarrassed and insecure that my skin was not in a healthy state.” 

Forth times’ the charm.. 

“After 2 years at that particular facial spot, I was recommended by a friend to try out Porcelain and I decided to check it out as I had seen her skin improve through the time that I had known her.”  

Living just 5 minutes away from Porcelain Face Spa (Porcelain’s first outlet), she decided to pop by and give it a chance. Compared to her other experiences with extraction facials, Cellin was pleasantly surprised by the treatment.   

“I went for the trial and was very amazed because, for the first time, my skin did not look bruised. The treatment did not leave behind large red marks like previous facials had and I was still able to look presentable the next day. My skin finally looked happy.”  

Captivated by the results she experienced, Cellin decided to continue on with her treatments at Porcelain. Though her skin was improving and Cellin started to gain confidence, another imperfection began to arise in her life – one that was beyond the surface of her skin. As a new mother, she found herself forgetting to make time for her self-care as she poured her all into being a parent.  

“Before I became a parent, time felt like it was an infinite resource. But ever since I became one, every second with my child is precious to me – to the point where I had forgotten to give myself some time.” 

Balancing Act Between Time and Self Love.. 

Struggling to find time for herself, Cellin decided to start small – with lunchtime workout classes.  

“Since lunchtime was the only time I could give, I decided to make it a priority for myself. Though it was a rush, it made me feel good to have that hour to myself.”  

A simple 60 minutes was all Cellin needed to realise that self-care did not need to always be lavish or extensive. It encouraged her to prioritise the vital things in her life, putting in the effort to ensure there was always time for her self-care activities. Even if it meant waking up at 5:30am for meditations or sneaking in a quick masking session after her child had gone to sleep – it helped Cellin feel more confident in herself.   

“It made me radiate more positive energy – I was more relaxed, patient and present with my child.”  

Having been with Porcelain for over 7 years, Cellin experienced a novel journey: gaining confidence in her skin and herself, learning the true meaning of self-care. We could not be more thankful to be there, journeying along with her. 

A piece of advice for my younger self… 

“Self-care is not selfish. Take time to take care of yourself so that you may take better care of others.” 

Cellin’s Favourites: 

Artic Tone™ and Proionic are my favourites!”   

Though Cellin started her Porcelain journey with the Quintessential facial, her skin’s needs have evolved. Now focused on future-proofing her skin, Arctic Tone and Proionic both work at the muscular and cellular level to provide her with a timeless complexion.   

“I like the HA+ Hydrating Serum and Hydraclear Gel. But whenever I feel like indulging, I always put on the Bio-Cellulose Mask and listen to some music.” 

The Porcelain Difference: 

“I have been at Porcelain for 7 years and the few things I really enjoy are the trusting relationship I have built with my therapist, the lack of hard-selling and sincerity in recommendations. I feel relaxed knowing that I do not have to rush to get my card out and that the recommendations are genuinely for the benefit of my skin.”  

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We would like to thank Cellin for sharing her wisdom and love for self-care. 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. 

Are you new to the concept of facials? Or just not sure where to start your facial journey? In this simple guide, we break down why you getting regular facials is beneficial and tips on how to find the perfect facial spa in Singapore! 

Singapore facial spa

Credit: Raphael Lovaski 

There is an abundance of options when it comes to facial spas in Singapore! Though they each may offer slightly different treatments – each with their own benefits, almost all facial spas provide 3 common benefits:

3 Common benefits of all facial spas:

1. Resetting and Rejuvenating Skin 

Daily pollution and stress can get the better of you and your skin: commuting, city pollution and staying in air-conditioned environments can adversely affect your skin in the long run. Thus, it is good to invest in your facials and other self-pampering activities. Professionally executed extractions, medical-grade technology and signature facial massages are just a handful of things that work to help reset and rejuvenate your skin. Plus, nothing beats having a professional therapist take care of you as you catch some much-needed rest and awaken to brighter, healthier skin! 

2. Tailored Skincare 

For those who experience a myriad of skin issues, tailored treatments and skincare is often required. Investing in regular, tailored facial treatments can help alleviate these problems, strengthen its natural resilience and restore a healthy glow. Post-treatment, you would also be able to receive personal advice from professionals on how to take care of your skin at home, along with the appropriate dosage of products to use. 

3. Stress Management 

Nothing is more relaxing than heading to a spa after work. Laying down on a warm bed as calming music plays and experienced hands massage your tensions away. Not only does it help manage stress (which can impact the health of your skin), facial massages can actually reduce muscle tensions that pull and tug on your skin. Goodbye stress and hello youthful visage! 

women doing facial spa

Credit: Melissa DuPont 

Now that we know the common benefits of regular facial treatments, the next step is choosing the right facial spa in Singapore! Here are some essential things to look out for when searching for your go-to facial place: 

Understand Yourself 

Though it may seem like a philosophical thought, it is important to understand your skin. Knowing your skin type and issues allows you to make informed decisions and provide your therapists with accurate information. Doing so before heading out to look for a facial spa will let you know what treatments to look out for!  

If you are unsure of your skin’s type and needs, check out this article to learn more about your own skin: Do you really know your skin type? 

women finding spas

Credit: Park Street 

Do Your Research 

There are plenty of facial spas in Singapore that offer a wide range of treatments for your skin concerns. Knowing your skin type and needs are can help narrow down which spas can best cater to your needs. Apart from your skin needs, consider your ability to support consistent facial treatments as it will often take several sessions to give you the healthy skin you deserve. The last thing you want would be to enjoy the results of one session without the financial ability to consistently enjoy those results. 

Beyond the facial spa’s capabilities and offerings, it is also vital to determine if their beliefs align with your own. Sharing the same beliefs allows you to build a strong relationship and sense of trust for your spa. Furthermore, checking in on the reviews can clue you into other’s experiences – a valuable indicator of the spa’s quality of products and services, and whether the spa is worth the visit.   

Arrange for a Consultation 

When in doubt, always arrange for a consultation. It allows you to visit the spa and understand the offerings first-hand. If feel like you’re still not fully aware of what your skin needs, this consultation is an opportunity for you to ask the experts! During the visit you could observe the hygiene standards of the staff and how comfortable you personally feel in the setting.  

Get Your Money’s Worth! 

It is always good to shop around to understand the offerings and benefits that different spas provide. Do not let pressure influence you, instead, treat purchasing a facial like investing in art. When you have found the right facial spa in Singapore that connects with you emotionally and understands your needs, commit to a regular biweekly or monthly schedule. Signing up for packages can even be a financially viable alternative! Good skin is an investment, but nothing beats a lifetime’s worth of healthy skin! 

Credit: Annie Spratt 

Finally, it is important to be realistic in your expectations. A single appointment alone will not do miracles for your skin, especially if you do not keep up a good routine at home. You would have to be consistent with booking regular appointments, applying the recommended products and keeping up a healthy lifestyle

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Ready to give Porcelain a try? Begin your skincare journey with a Skin Discovery Analysis and allow our trained professionals to uncover your skin’s deepest secrets! 

Embracing one’s imperfections has never been an effortless journey. For most, it is a lonely, unlit path filled with dead ends and booby traps. Though intimidating, we often find comfort in the experiences of others knowing they emerged stronger than ever.   

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

This month, we found ourselves listening in to a familiar story: a struggle to find confidence and self-acceptance in the face of acne. 

We met up with Mei Ying, a poised 32-year-old, in bustling Porcelain Origins. To our surprise, she came in with a bare face, skin flawless and dewy fresh – a sight we were not expecting given the session was about imperfections! After settling down and having her natural features enhanced with a touch of makeup, we sat down to hear her journey to embracing her imperfections. 

What is your imperfection? 

Candidly, Mei Ying revealed that acne was her imperfection, something we would have never guessed given the healthy radiance her skin was emitting.   

“During my teenage years, I had really bad acne – like huge red bumps. With my acne journey starting out a lot earlier than the rest of my peers which caused me to develop a sense of inferiority.”  

To manage her acne, Mei Ying sought help from her family, turning to her mother and elder brother (who experienced the same issues) for advice.   

With her mother having little knowledge in skincare and scepticism towards facial treatments, there was little she could offer Mei Ying. Thus, she looked to her brother who recommended using the drug store staple Oxy Cream (a familiar solution to those of us who have struggled with acne) as that had worked for him.   

“It was a good solution back then because it helped to dry the acne up. But t it left me with scars.”  

As time passed, the Oxy Cream lost its effectiveness, causing her acne to reemerge. Yearning to rid herself of it quickly, Mei Ying started incorporating a deluge of solutions she believed would work. From copying her mum’s use of Hazeline Snow Cream, washing her face 3 to 4 times a day to remove the oily sheen, to picking and popping her own acne.   

The result? Mei Ying developed dry skin and uneven skin tone (thanks to the whitening properties of Hazeline Snow Cream), all in addition to her acne.   

“To summarise, this part of my journey with acne was all about trying every single product I came across in hopes that it would free me of my acne.” 

And this was only the beginning… 

“In university, I started to experiment with makeup. However, I did not know the proper ways to remove it, causing my existing acne to worsen alongside the development of many small bumps across my face.”  

But after all this time of dealing with her acne alone, Mei Ying finally got the help she needed – from her aunt! Given that her aunt was well versed in the realm of skincare, she brought Mei Ying along to visit a dermatologist – paying for her consultation as well as product prescription. For a while, the products worked, leaving Mei Ying with the skin that she always wanted. But as the products ran out and having little financial capability as a student to support her visits to the dermatologist, her acne started to crawl back into her life.   

“The thought of going to a facial place to treat my skin came to mind. So I started to look for affordable facials and found Porcelain. Perhaps it was just fate, but I decided to check it out.”  

Back in the early 2010s, where Porcelain Extraction facial trials were  conducted by Director Aesthetician Jenny, Mei Ying decided to give Porcelain a try. The 2-to-3-hour session was a painful one Mei Ying recalls, noting that she teared up quite a bit. Despite the ordeal and having left with a face covered in red spots from the deep extractions, Mei Ying noticed that her skin smoothened out significantly and looked better a few days after the redness subsided.  

As she was still schooling at the time, her finances restricted her from regular visits with Porcelain. Thus, she continued her search for affordable alternatives, with each never truly providing the long-lasting results she sought after.   

“After I found a job and started receiving a stable income, I decided to return to Porcelain and ever since then, I have only witnessed improvements in my skin!” 

A piece of advice for my younger self… 

“I should not have succumbed to make up to conceal my imperfections. Instead, to understand the causes of my acne and have a solid skincare routine.” 

Mei Ying’s Favourites: 

“Quintessential and Cryotherapy are my favourites!”

Though Quintessential is a staple in Mei Ying’s regimes, Cryotherapy captured her heart. Witnessing immediate brightening and reduction in pores.  

“For products, I cannot live without Hydraclear Gel. Whenever I feel an impending pimple, I always apply it  to prevent its  growth.”

The Porcelain Difference: 

“One thing that I love about Porcelain is the fact that there is no hard-selling. It made me comfortable with coming back. Plus, the therapists are very well-educated about the products and are happy to share that knowledge.” 

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We would like to thank Mei Ying for being so gracious in sharing her story. We hope that it sheds a comforting light on your journey to embracing your own imperfections. Know that your beauty is a result of your unique experiences, and we will always be here to journey with you as you embrace them. 

Love, Porcelain. 

   

In a world packed with environmental aggressors and irritants, sometimes your skin needs a soothing touch to get back on track. Here’s our quick guide to incorporating Soothe into your skincare routine for healthier, calm skin! 

Botanical Sensitive Care Toner 


This instantly soothing toner is best used on cleansed skin. Suited for day & night use. Apply 2-3 pumps onto a cotton pad before swiping on skin. Alternatively, spray directly onto skin and pat till fully absorbed.   
Need a soothing mask? Dampen a handful of cotton pads and apply on skin for 5 minutes!   

Botanical Soothing Gel

Best used after serums and before heavy creams, apply a liberal layer of this anti-inflammatory, healing gel for a calmed and soothed complexion. 

Still unsure of how to use your new soothing skincare? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your skincare routine and make tailored recommendations based on your needs! 

Youth is nature’s gift, but age is a work of art. With Plus+ in your corner, anti-ageing is more than correcting the effects of time on your skin. Instead, it allows your skin to age well, appearing untouched by time. 

Here’s our quick guide to incorporating Plus+ into your skincare routine for a timeless complexion. 

Bio-Cellulose Mask

Soaked with a powerful blend of nature’s best, this restorative mask works best on cleansed skin, allowing the ingredients to seep into the skin. Suitable for day & night use. 
 
After 20 minutes, gently tap the remaining serum until fully absorbed!   
 
Each mask comes with 30ml of serum – store it in a cool, dry place to use for the next 3 days.

RevitalEyes Silk Mask

Are your eyes in need of a de-stress session? Leave this mask on cleansed skin for 20 minutes, catch a quick nap and awake to refreshed eyes! Suitable for day & night use.   
 
Not only does this mask reduce signs of stress and age around the eyes, but it works on your neck too!  
 
Apply the RevitalEyes Silk Mask to your neck instead and say goodbye to fine lines. 

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Still unsure of how to use Plus+ to slow down time’s impact on your skin? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your skincare routine and make tailored recommendations based on your needs!