With the world’s faces being shrouded behind a mask, eyes have become the new focal point on every face. While this provides us with an opportunity to flaunt another feature on our faces, the pandemic has also taken its toll on our eyes. Prolonged hours spent on our screens thanks to lockdowns and work from home arrangements have left our eyes surrounded by dark rings, fine lines and puffiness. Want to free your eyes of their grasp? Keep reading on as we uncover the causes behind common eye issues and how to tackle them from the root! 

Credit: Vlada Karpovich 

Common Eye Issues:  

Long before everyone was stuck home, we each experienced our fair share of dark under eyes, fine lines and puffiness – especially if we spent nights burning the midnight oil. But what exactly causes these issues?  

Dark Eye Circles:  

Though dark eye circles look adorable on pandas, they certainly are not doing us any favours. Apart from genetics, dark eye circles are a result of a combination of bad habits – sleep deprivation, eye strain and sun overexposure.   

Sleep Deprivation:  

Sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eye to dilate, creating a dark appearance. Additionally, sleep deprivation can also cause fluids to build up underneath the eyes, making them appear puffy and casting a shadow on your under eyes.  

Eye Strain:  

Though spending long hours staring at a screen is inevitable given current circumstances, the long hours cause us to strain our eyes. This strain causes the blood vessels around our eyes to dilate, leaving behind a dark appearance.   

Sun Overexposure:  

While the feeling of the sun’s warm touch on the skin is great, too much can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin (aka pigmentation) which can cause the skin to darken and darken the under-eye area. 

Credit: Andrea Piacquadio 

Puffy Eyes:  

No one wants to wake up to puffy eyes. Like dark under-eye circles, puffy eyes are largely caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention can be a result of multiple factors: Sleep deprivation, poor lymphatic drainage system, high salt diets and alcohol.   

Sleep Deprivation:   

As mentioned, a lack of sleep causes a buildup of fluids under the eyes, making them appear puffy.  

Poor Lymphatic Drainage System:  

Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids that carry toxins, immune cells and waste products. When working poorly, it causes our tissues to be swollen with fluid. This fluid retention causes the puffiness often seen in your arms, legs and face just as you awaken.   

High Salt Diets & Alcohol:  

While salty foods can soothe your cravings, it often results in your body retaining more fluids than necessary. Likewise, alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated, causing the body to retain more fluids and sodium which leads to puffiness overall. 

Credit: Daria Shevtsova 

Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Eyes:  

Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are inescapable as we age – our skin loses its elasticity, and our facial muscles weaken. However, there are certain habits we have that we unknowingly do that make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.   

Sun Overexposure:  

The sun is back to contribute to our endless list of skincare woes. UV rays cause the skin to experience photoaging – a process that damages collagen and results in wrinkle formation.   

Squinting and Frowning:  

While we don’t recommend living your life with minimal facial expressions, the repeated motion of frowning or squinting (especially at your screens) causes the muscles in those areas to contract. The repeated contraction causes the skin to wrinkle. As the muscle strengthens due to repeated movements, the wrinkles would also become deeper.   

Rubbing Your Eyes:  

Rubbing the sleep from your eyes can be the best feeling in the world, but the rubbing action stretches the thin skin of your eye area. Over time, it can stretch the skin and breakdown the collagen and elastin in the area. The same concept applies when applying or removing makeup from the eyes. Rubbing the delicate area is a no-go. 

Credit: Karolina Grabowska 

Tackling Your Eye Issues:  

It is highly likely that you experience several of these issues simultaneously and it can get tedious to incorporate various tips to tackle them. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed them down to three essential tips to help combat your eye issues at the root.  

#1: Sleep is Precious  

The world never sleeps, but this doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out to keep up with it. Catching sufficient quality sleep can do wonders for your productivity, health and skin. An adult should get an average of 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.   

Some quick tips to help you get the sleep you need are:  

Set a sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time daily can help set a loop on your natural body clock (aka your circadian rhythm) and allow you to catch quality sleep.  
Reduce blue light exposure – blue light is light often emitted by electronic devices. It affects your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime, making it harder to fall asleep. Setting your computers and phones to restrict blue light along with minimising your use of devices 1-2 hours before bed can make a huge difference.   

#2: SPF is your BFF  

We love our SPF. Our day cannot start if our faces aren’t protected from the sun. Even at home, your skin is not protected from UV Rays. Thus, protecting your skin with a simple SPF every morning can do wonders for your skin. It drastically slows the photoaging process, protects the skin from developing pigmentation and reduces the risk of developing skin cancers. Give our Flawless- Skin Perfecting Moisturiser a try – crafted with skin-loving ingredients that would nourish and protect your skin simultaneously. 

#3: Invest in the Right Skincare  

Many get the impression that eye-care products are an unnecessary luxury – thanks to their typically small packaging and higher prices. However, investing in a good eye care product can significantly revitalise your eyes and restore youth to them.   

Treat your eyes to the spectacular formula with code REVITAL20 for 20% off your first RevitalEyes Concentrate! 

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Aging is an inescapable fate for all of us – as much as we dislike admitting it. It causes the beauty and health of youth to gradually slip through our fingers. However, much can be done to slow down its grip on our skin. These efforts can range from thorough anti-ageing treatments to simply including a potent serum into your skincare routine. Before we delve into the extensive realm of anti-aging prevention techniques, let Porcelain sort out the basics of anti-aging.

What Causes Aging?

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Apart from the obvious factor of time, signs of aging that appear on our skin are a compounded result of multiple factors such as exposure to environmental aggressors (like free radicals and UV Rays), diet and dehydration.

Free radicals cause oxidative damage to skin cells and thus result in skin cell death. On top of that, UV Rays (UVA & UVB) cause damage to skin cells and similarly, result in their death. Additionally, your diet fuels your body’s ability to recover and protect itself from the aforementioned aggressors. Fried foods contain free radicals which can cause skin cell death. Sugary foods and dairy can also lead to inflammation in the body, worsening existing skin issues and reducing the body’s ability to heal.

Dehydration – a common occurrence in warmer climates – causes the skin to experience an imbalance in the skin’s pH. This imbalance causes the skin’s natural barrier against free radicals and UV rays to be weakened, making the potential damage to the skin greater.

Considering that our skin becomes more fragile and its reparative ability decreases over time, it is vital to start your anti-aging routine early in order to require fewer intensive efforts in the future.

When to Start Anti-Aging?

While you can easily find anti aging treatment in Singapore, the general rule of thumb would be to start as early as possible – typically in the early twenties – to minimise the impact of aging on the skin. It is often in our twenties that our skin starts to weaken, and experience decreases in its reparative and regenerative abilities. Supporting your skin through treatments and products would build a strong foundation against aging.

The first step taken towards anti-aging can be as simple as including a potent serum into your skincare routine. Here are a few of our recommendations:

1. Balance – Sebum Control Essence:

One of the main contributors to ageing is dehydration and the resulting imbalanced skin pH. As its name states, this essence aims to rebalance the skin’s pH by rehydrating it and controlling its oil production. With potent ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate (known widely for its deeply hydrating properties) and Tea Tree Extract (known for its oil-controlling ability). Rebalance your skin and boost its natural barrier against other ageing factors!

2. Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum:

Intensive is not an understatement – made of 4 unique complexes, the HA+ Hydrating Serum’s complexes aim to deeply hydrate, soothe, minimise breakouts and most importantly, slow down the signs of ageing. Wakame Extract (Seaweed Extract) prevents cell degeneration, repairs skin and reduces wrinkles and redness.

It’s deep hydrating complex powered by a dual-chained Hyaluronic Acid and 4 hydrating ingredients to combat dehydration and restore skin pH balance.

What if I Started including Anti-Aging Methods Late?

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Though there is an optimal time to start your anti-aging efforts, there’s no time like the present to start down the anti-aging path. However, it is important to note that more intensive efforts and greater commitment are required to make up for the lost time.

The first step is to set up a strong foundation by having a well-rounded skincare routine which includes potent anti-aging products. A well-rounded skincare routine is one that is built to balance and maintain your skin’s pH and target your skin concerns. If you’re not sure how to balance your pH, we recommend checking out this article to learn the basics on how to set up a well-rounded skincare routine!

On top of the skincare routine, treatments are also needed to help slow down the effects of aging. The goal of these treatments should be to aid the skin in its natural repair and regeneration of the skin’s key building blocks – collagen and elastin. This would allow the skin to appear naturally younger for longer and strengthen the skin from within.

Here are some of our treatment recommendations that do exactly that:

1. CryoZap

A high performing custom-facial that utilises medical-grade technology, craftsmanship and effective products to tackle visible signs of aging while stimulating collagen production and toning facial muscles for a lifted visage.

2. Proionic

Harnessing a unique patented long-wave radio frequency technology, the Proionic treatment works to stimulate collagen and elastin production for instant and long-term anti-aging effects. It also boosts cellular ionic exchange, thus minimising the negative effects of free-radicals and restoring the skin’s natural ionic equilibrium.

While stopping the inevitable process of aging is near impossible, it is not impossible to start building a strong foundation to minimise its effects. Start your path of anti-aging today and emerge with healthier, youthful skin that would keep your real age a secret!

Eczema has never been fun to deal with: dry, itchy, red and cracked skin that you’ll do anything to calm down and keep under control. Furthermore, the visuals aspects of eczema (dry, rough and scaly skin) can have a large impact on your self-confidence. To make matters worse, the stress of the current times paired with the need to constantly keep your hands clean and wear as mask has contributed to a rise in flare ups experienced.

While eczema cannot be fully ridded, it’s severity can be managed, and your skin can be restored back to a healthy, supple state.

Credits: Anna Shvets

What Causes Eczema?

According to the National Eczema Association, eczema is usually caused by a combination of genetics and triggers. Those of us that experience eczema often have an overactive immune system that produces inflammation when it is triggered by a substance inside/outside of the body.

Though the effects of these triggering substances vary between people, some common irritants are:
– Dry skin
– Fragrances & Perfume
– Stress
– Humid & hot climate
– Bacterial infections
– Allergens (pollen, dust, pet dander)
– Hormones

5 Simple Steps to Managing Eczema

Despite the triggers varying amongst people, here are several basic steps you can apply to manage your eczema:

1. Avoid hot showers
2. Avoid scratching
3. Manage your stress levels
4. Keep your skin clean of sweat and dust
5. Hydrate your skin

Using the right skincare also plays a tremendous role. We’re here to share our secret to help you stay on top of your eczema and get the healthy skin you deserve.

Building Stronger, Resilient Skin

Eczema often flares up when the skin is exposed to various triggers (internal and external). While internal triggers (stress and hormones) are slightly harder to control and avoid compared to external triggers (fragrances, dry skin, climate, bacteria), the effects of both can be minimized by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier against these substances.

The skin’s natural barrier acts as a shield against triggers and thus minimize the impact of triggers. Its strength comes from your skin’s pH balance. If you’re not sure what skin pH is, head over to this article where we explain the basics of skin pH. Eczema skin’s pH imbalance often comes from an under-production of sebum and lack of hydration. Sebum (which is the oil your skin produces) is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration, a lack of it causes your skin to experience a lot of hydration and moisture loss. 

Thus, it is vital to rebalance your skin in order to minimize the effects of triggers.

Treating Eczema skin with Intensive HA+ Hydrating Serum

As we mentioned, eczema skin’s imbalance lies in an under-production of sebum and lack of hydration. Thus, managing it requires replenishing the skin with hydration and sealing it in.

Made with a blend of natural ingredients to develop four unique complexes, the award-winning HA+ Hydrating Serum actively works to repair skin, reduce sensitivity and redness and deeply hydrate the skin. It’s lightweight texture and fast absorbing nature make it comfortable to apply, leaving no sticky feeling afterwards.

Credit: Nichole Tin

Blend #1: Sensitive Complex

Aloe Vera Extract and Cucumber Extract lend their anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe skin while stimulating it to repair. Elderflower Extract contains potent antioxidants (Vitamin A & C) to soothe and condition the skin – especially effective after the skin has experienced trauma caused by triggers.

Blend #2: Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Acne Blend

Lactobacillus Ferment, also known as Probiotics, aid in counteracting bacteria on skin to minimise the irritation and inflammation it causes to the skin. Additionally, this helps to reduce the number of breakouts caused by acne bacteria.

Blend #3: Anti-Aging Complex

Though this blend was created to aid in minimising signs of aging, the ingredients fueling this blend are beneficial to managing eczema. Ingredients like Wakame Extract help prevent cell degeneration, repair skin and reduce redness. Paired with Glycosaminoglycans to help maintain the collagen and elastin structures your skin needs to remain supple. Restore resilience to your skin while laying the foundations for a slower aging process.

Blend #4: Deep Moisture Complex

Earlier on, we mentioned that dry skin is a common trigger for eczema and an easy way to manage that would be to hydrate the skin. Thus, this last blend was created with the sole purpose of imbuing the skin with hydration and moisture. A dual-chained Hyaluronic Acid coupled with four hydrating ingredients (Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Polyquarternium-5, and Glycerin) helps to hydrate the skin from deep within, keep the surface of skin moisturised and seal it all in.

Combined, these ingredients and 4 blends work to comfort the skin while strengthening it from within, increasing its resilience against irritants.

How Do I Use It?

The HA+ Hydrating Serum is not only multifunctional in its blends but also in its application. To enjoy maximum effectiveness, apply three to four drops of the serum to cleansed skin and spread evenly. Boost the effectiveness of other products by mixing in several drops of the serum. We recommend mixing the HA+ Hydrating Serum with our Botanical Soothing Gel (a lightweight moisturiser formulated to strengthen and rebalance dry and sensitive skin). Lastly, the serum can also be applied to hands or other parts of the body experiencing eczema or signs of sensitivity.

Don’t just take it from us, check out these reviews from clients that experienced eczema!

“If y’all watched some of my empties videos I did in the past, you’d be familiar with the Porcelain HA+ Hydrating Serum! I love it for its efficacy, on my dry and eczema skin, this soothes, hydrates, plumps and gets rid of dry flakes.”

Mong Chin, YouTuber & Content Creator

“I’ve said this across a few other pages for other products because dehydration is the bane of my existence. I got the chance to try this new product from Porcelain and since using it, the fine lines (from dehydration, not age) on my forehead seem to have lightened. I used to have this stubborn eczema patch above my lip which pops up a few times a month but come to think of it — it hasn’t surfaced in a while…. Kudos to this, I’m pretty sure.”

Kelly Roxanne, Customer of Porcelain

“HA+ Hydrating Serum and Natural Skin Refiner are my absolute favourites from Porcelain for my eczema prone sensitive skin. I’ve tried them for about 1-2 months now and it helps with my acne and spots so so well.”

Trixie Khong, Founder of By Invite Only

Start conquering your eczema today and treat your skin to the ultimate multifunctional serum!

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! 

You’ve just bought a new, 10-step skincare kit and have all the steps down pat. You’re pretty sure nothing stands in the way of radiant, glowing skin now — nothing, except for those stubborn bumps under your skin. That smattering of blackheads on your nose. Enlarged pores on your cheeks… maybe you have a long way to go before regaining clarity in complexion because of congestion — or clogged pores, if you will.

“My pores still clogged with the day’s wear.
I long for moisture and rejuvenation.”

SHELLS HEART
Credit: Ayo Ogunseinde

TELLTALE SIGNS YOUR SKIN IS CONGESTED

One could have a seemingly smooth complexion but have hidden congestion issues. A quick test to see if you suffer from it — run a hand over your face. If your skin feels bumpy and uneven to the touch, chances are high that it’s congested. More obvious signs that most people are familiar with are blackheads (especially along the T-zone and cheeks) and whiteheads.

WHAT IS CONGESTION?

In layman terms, we like to call it “gunk” or “dirt”. In more formal terms, it’s a combination of impurities, sweat, dead skin cells, sebum and natural oils that become trapped within the pores, causing blackheads and / or whiteheads to form. While whiteheads tend to appear as firm, white bumps, blackheads are clogged pores that remain open and darken due to oxidation.

When pores are often congested and clogged with impurities, they tend to stretch—causing the appearance of enlarged pores.  A lot of times, simply clearing the skin of blackheads and congestion can help reduce the appearance of large and open pores.

CARING FOR CLEARING CONGESTED SKIN

The tips and tricks are many, so regaining smooth, glowing skin from within is very much possible.

DOUBLE CLEANSING

Double Cleansing with a makeup remover / pre-cleanser thoroughly removes environmental pollutants accumulated through the day, making the same job easier for your cleanser. More importantly, pre-cleansing softens your skin so that following products can be absorbed more effectively. Double cleansing is one of the simplest, fastest ways to ensure the skin is thoroughly cleansed of debris, dirt, makeup, and all other incriminating factors needed for congestion to happen.

“Take your time when cleansing – it’s not a step to be rushed.”

EMMA HOBSON
EDUCATION MANAGER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DERMAL INSTITUTE
AND DERMALOGICA

EXFOLIATION

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells and loosens keratin buildup. Look for exfoliants with fruit enzymes as they are gentler and do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. Even better if the exfoliator returns water to the skin with hydrating ingredients like aloe extracts. The goal here is to revive the skin’s surface while preventing over-drying or irritation. An effective exfoliant does its job without abrasion, helping to clear your pores while also nourishing the skin.

Avoid any exfoliants that contain micro-beads or granules as these are generally more aggravating to the skin.

TONING WITH AHAS

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! Find toners with AHAs, as these break the bonds between weakened skin cells, making it much easier to exfoliate and encourage cellular production. New cells = smoother-looking, healthier skin!

Glycolic and lactic acids are two such sources of AHAs; it gently peels the top layer of the skin, helping dislodge buildup from clogged pores, and with regular use, improves the skin’s overall appearance and clarity. These remove excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion.

Remember to always use sunscreen, especially after using products with AHAs to protect your skin from free radicals and UV damage!

GEL-BASED MOISTURISING

Once your skin is primed and prepped for moisture (after all that cleansing, exfoliation and toning), it’s important to use a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy or thick, but provides superior hydration down to the deeper layers of the skin.

It’s a misconception that one shouldn’t apply moisturizers if his / her skin is oily. In fact, it’s a pretty big booboo if you skip this step, especially if your skin is oily! Dehydrated skin often produces more oil because it perceives the skin to be too dry. But if you feed it with water to even out the pH balance, it stops bumping up the sebum production because your skin’s already well-fed.

However, it’s important to find the right moisturizer. These are those that are non-comedogenic, contain hydrating ingredients and occlusives to ensure that skin is hydrated and that hydration is locked within.

If your skin is really dehydrated, consider adding a power-packed serum with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate for a surge of hydration.

Credit: Vishal Banik

“Moisturising your face is also an effective solution to keeping your pores clean. Many people with acne fear that moisturiser will add excess oil to their skin, however if they use the right product this is not the case.”

DR. KATHERINE ARMOUR
DERMATOLOGIST

PROFESSIONAL EXTRACTIONS

Unclogging congested skin can be done faster with the help of professional extractions! As always, don’t pick at your skin or attempt extractions on your own because that introduces more dirt and bacteria to inflamed skin. You know what that means — more bumps, more blackheads, more zits… more congestion!

Extractions are rarely a pleasant experience but you can help make the process a little easier and less painful by prepping your skin for it * gasp. How? Here’s a word you’ve heard countless times in this post alone — hydration.

When your skin is hydrated, it helps soften the surface so it’s more pliable, making it easier to extract comedones and congestion. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, will harden around the blockages, locking them in place and thus making it harder or even impossible to remove. Before your extractions appointment, boost your skin’s hydration as much as possible with masks and serums! You can thank us later.