Breaking It Down

Porcelain’s breaking it down — with our breakdown of all the jargon and essentials. Includes anything from analyses of ingredients that people say are good for you… are they, really?

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Products containing coconut (or coconut oil, in particular), as an ingredient are a common sight these days, and for good reason. Coconuts have been proven by 1,500 studies to be one of the healthiest foods with diverse health benefits. The best part that makes it so popular? It doesn’t become rancid! Combined with its exceptional healing properties compared to other dietary oils, this makes it an important ingredient in health and skincare products.

Here are five reasons why you should start including coconuts in your daily routine:

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We’ve all experienced stepping into the spa for “just” a massage, and left having spent much more. It’s easy to get swept away. Sometimes we find our wallets significantly lighter when we leave: somehow, we’d signed up for beauty packages for different treatments. On hindsight, you might have overdone it – will you really use that?

3 Challenges We Face When Signing Up For Beauty Packages

Here are 3 concerns we typically have when purchasing beauty packages:

1. Packages are for Individual Treatments

Spas often offer “packages” of, say, 10 treatments to target an ailment you have. The problem arises when you have more than one issue you’d like addressed, and you end up having to sign for two or more beauty packages instead.

2. Time Constraints

Packages usually need to be within a specific period. While this might be manageable if you had one package, it can be tricky if you have, say, 30 treatments to complete within three months. You’re likely to forfeit some treatments in the end.

3. Efficacy and Professionalism

Because signing up for packages is usually a costly affair, you’d want to make sure you’re putting your money in the right place. Some kind of assurance that the treatments are going work, and performed professionally. And we hear you.

Introducing the Quintessential Cycle, carefully curated to resolve your skin conditions and the need to purchase multiple beauty packages.

A combination of three of our award-winning, bespoke Porcelain treatments (OxyRevive LED, Quintessential and the SunRescue), this package helps clarify and reboot your skin into a blank canvas. Your skin is now receptive other following treatments with greater efficacy. Most importantly, our treatments are performed only by trained therapists.

And that’s our solution for you when you feel the need to start your face on a clean slate – without the commitment to so many different packages.

If you’d like to find out more, give us a call at 6227 9692 and we’d be happy to help.

With an endless selection of skin care products available on the market, it’s understandably nerve-wracking to find the right products to develop a skin care routine suitable for your skin. No two skins are the same and no skincare routine is universal, so the routine you pick should definitely be one that’s suited for your skin type. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to help you devise an easy and personalised routine for flawless skin.

4 Steps to Flawless Skin | #SkinHacks

 

First off, get to know your skin

The process of building a personalised skin care routine begins with recognising your individual skin type and having a radiant and glowing complexion as the desired outcome, as you’d want your skin to benefit from it and not leave your skin high and dry.

While some skin care products do wonders for your skin, using them in an incorrect sequence or inappropriate regime may end up irritating and agonising your skin.

Here are the four commonly known skin types, as categorised by the cosmetic industry:

  • Normal skin: You have a balanced complexion and your skin appears refined with little to no blemishes. Acne and sensitivity concerns are a rarity to you. To sum it up, this is the skin type we all dream to achieve.
  • Oily skin: Your skin is no stranger to congestion and acne, appears shiny and feels oily throughout the day. While the cause for oily skin can mainly be attributed to genetics, ample hydration of the skin (go for non-comedogenic products!) can keep your sebum production levels in check.
  • Dry skin/Sensitive skin: Your skin appears rough and flaky, and you may find some products to be particularly stinging to your skin. This is due to the skin’s damaged moisture barrier which impedes its ability to lock in moisture, causing your skin to be especially sensitive and more easily inflamed.
  • Combination skin: You would often experience your skin to be oily in some areas, such as the T-zone and dry at the others. Instead of having two different routines for your skin, it may be more useful to find one that consists of different products to target a variety of skin issues.

 

Hey, keep it clean!

Proper cleansing is the first step and foundation of an effective skincare routine. It’s also probably the most important one of all – as this step sets up your skin for the rest of the steps and products that follow after.

Look for an alcohol-free, gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain strip your skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin. Gently wash your skin, then rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it removes the natural oils from your face faster.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Makeup Cleanser 

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The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is an oil-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free cleanser, which also doubles as a pre-cleanser. Invigorate your skin by gently massaging the cleanser into your skin! It melts away impurities and makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut extract purifies and prevents further ageing.

 

Remove dead skin cells

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. And remember: don’t scrub! Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and exacerbates any existing skin issues.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Natural Skin Refiner

skinrefiner-sq_1024x1024The Revive, Natural Skin Refiner is a non-abrasive exfoliant, as it makes use of natural enzymes instead of harsh beads that may cause irritation to the skin. With a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts, the refiner gently clears congestion and refines pores without drying out your skin. Gently massage in a circular motion to boost micro-circulation and allow its natural enzymes to soften dead skin cells.

 

Toned and ready

One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. It balances the skin after cleansing, calms and lowers its pH level. Toning helps prep the skin for any serums that follow, and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores!

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Glycolic Toner

glycolic-sq_1024x1024An alcohol-free toner formulated with glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, the Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner removes excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells, to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion. After cleansing and exfoliation, apply on a cotton pad and gently swipe on your skin. The best part of it all: it doesn’t dry out your skin!

 

Hydration is key

After cleansing, exfoliating and toning your face, it’s time to moisturise your skin. Moisturising is an essential step for your skin as it prevents dryness, flakiness, acne and wrinkles. Don’t skip this step if you’re looking for younger looking skin! Fine lines and wrinkles smoothen out when our skin remains hydrated.

Porcelain Recommends: Balance, Hydraclear Gel

hydraclear_gel-01_1024x1024After cleansing and toning, apply the Hydraclear Gel with a gentle tapping motion to massage into skin. This clear and lightweight gel works hard to keep acne, inflammation, bacteria and excess sebum at bay while keeping your skin moisturised and pH levels balanced.

 

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There is no doubt that gift buying during the festive period is one of the happiest traditions, and also one of the most frustrating! After all, have you ever found yourself procrastinating on getting that PERFECT gift for that PERFECT someone but somehow are never able to find one – and, before you know it, it’s already Christmas Eve? We are here to ensure that never happens this year! If you find yourself stumped on what to surprise the beauty buff in your life with, we have 3 amazing offerings to help you give the gift of great skin this Christmas!

RELATED: #GetYourGlowOn: 5 Skin Tips to Revive Dull-Looking Skin In Time For X’mas

Starter Kit $99 (R.R.P $137)

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Starter Kit

Credits: @sulkinginmypartydress

Whether you are a seasoned skincare pro or just venturing out, our Starter Kit is gonna be your best friend. Everyone needs a few skincare essentials such as a good cleanser, toner and a trusty product that keeps your skin hydrated.

We are sure that even your most clueless friend is sure to pick a skincare tip or 2 in this kit as it contains some of our favorite must-haves!

The Power Trio Set goes for $99 (R.R.P $137).

 

Power Cleanse Kit $199 (R.R.P. $266)

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Power Cleanse Kit

When it comes to beauty, it is all about the efficacy and what works.

There’s nothing we love more than The Power Cleanse Kit which contains the stable of cleansing products which provide great effectiveness while being gentle on skin, so you prep your skin well for all the skincare goodness to follow.

The Power Cleanse Set goes for $199 (R.R.P. $266)

 

Power Trio 

The Gift of Great Skin this Christmas: Power Trio

The crème de la crème of this year’s gift sets, this kit serves up a power trio of nourishing skin salves that heal, treat and protect skin from any problem it may face.

Use these gels individually, or combine all three so that they work synergistically to reset skin to its natural equilibrium. With some of the best offerings from Porcelain in this set, you’ll be well on your way to putting your best face forward this holiday season!

The Power Trio Set goes for $299 (R.R.P $439.50).

 

READ ALSO: Get Ready For X’mas: 10 Tips To Get Your Skin Looking Its Best At Parties And Gatherings

 

Celebrities are capable of making everything look glamorous: even an exit from the airport arrival hall turns into a fashion runway for them. Their style is described as “comfy chic” no matter how messy their hair and clothing look, and their skin always gives the impression that a personal facial therapist was sitting beside them the whole way on a long flight.

Skincare for a Long Flight

Credits to: Vogue

It is then we begin to wonder: Is it really impossible for us to look equally amazing?

Fortunately, the answer is no! Just follow through with these 5 simple steps below to come out looking like a star yourself.

Begin with a Bare Face

There is nothing more important than starting the flight with bare, cleansed skin; thus packing a travel sized makeup cleanser will be vital.

Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser (available in 30ml) is oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free and works as a pre-cleanser too. It boasts a wonderful blend of Orchid Extracts that loosen impurities while providing deep hydration.

After all, the low humidity in the cabin can both dry out skin and cause oily skin to product more oil, both potentially leading to wrinkle formation and an acne break out.

RELATED: #SkinHacks for the Time-Starved Traveller

Refresh Your Skin

Skincare for a Long Flight: Refresh your skin with our Hydro Cleanser

Always double cleanse thereafter as grime can collect before even the plane takes off. This extra step also helps remove residual dirt and can refresh and awaken the skin.

Porcelain’s Soothe, Hydro Cleanser (available in 30ml) is a great cleanser option as it is made up of 80% pure aloe vera, 6 natural ingredients and is free from sulfates and parabens. Allow it to hydrate your skin as you cleanse, ensuring a clear glowing complexion after.

 

Enjoy a Boost of Hydration

Though it might seem tempting to kick back with a coffee or apple juice, such beverages are diuretic and can cause your skin to turn drier. Stick to drinking cups of water instead, which can leave you moisturized from inside to out.

An additional boost of hydration can be gained by putting on a soothing mask. Be sure to use Porcelain’s Revive, Glycolic Toner beforehand to gently clarify your skin and prep it for the goodness of the following masking treatment.

Porcelain’s Hydrocare Bio Cellulose Mask is a heaven sent solution to weary travelers with fatigued skin. Made of an extremely form-fitting bio-cellulose material, the mask adheres tightly to your skin, ensuring maximum absorption of its powerful active ingredients that pump moisture into the skin and purify it with natural enzymes.

 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Skincare for a Long Flight: Moisturize with our Aloe Recovery and Hydraclear Gels

To seal the goodness of the mask in, be sure to pat in moisturizer while the skin is still damp.

Porcelain’s Power Trio (Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel, Balance, Hydraclear Gel and Pure, Botanical Soothing Gel) Gels will work together to target a whole range of skin concerns in just a minute. Simply place a pump of each product in your palm, mix them together, and simply spread them over your face.

The Aloe Recovery Gel’s restorative and anti-inflammatory powers help keep infection at bay and builds skin’s resilience. It works hand in hand with the Botanical Soothing Gel to calm dry, irritated and eczema-prone skin. The Hydraclear Gel tackles acne, bacteria and excess serum so skin will remain spot-free even after being cooped up for many hours.

 

Sun Protection is a Must

Skincare for a Long Flight: Sun protection with our Skin Perfecting Moisturiser

Did you know? The degree of sun exposure on board a plane is exponentially higher as you get tens of thousands of feet closer to the sun and its damaging rays. Frequent fliers – especially fans of the window seat – are facing a much higher risk of developing skin cancer. Thus, it is highly recommended to have sunscreen at the ready whenever you’re in the air.

Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer with SPF 20 is a power packed two-in-one sunscreen that hydrates as it protects. Its oil-free and paraben-free active ingredients also keep skin supple and soothed. It comes with sheer coverage in two shades, so it’s a great way to arrive at the airport looking healthy and fresh.

 

Now, Porcelain is offering you your chance to step off the plane looking like a star!

Head over to Facebook to find out how to win 2 of Porcelain’s Skin Perfecting Moisturizers for you and your best friend!