Needles have always had a bad reputation. Some of us experience chills down our spines when they touch our skin while others faint at the mere sight of them. Unlike their medical counterparts, microneedling has taken the skincare world by storm, gaining instant popularity with a plethora of celebrities mentioning them as part of their skincare routines. Just take a look at Kourtney Kardashian using her own Derma Roller!

Credits: Harper’s Bazaar Youtube

However, microneedling, when done incorrectly can cause more damage than good. Thus, as your local skincare experts, we are here to make sure that you know everything you should about microneedling.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that utilises multiple tiny, sterile needles to repeatedly puncture the top layers of skin to cause physical trauma (aka damage). This intentional damage prompts the skin’s deeper layer to increase the production of collagen, thereby kick-starting its process of recovery and rebuilding.

The benefits? If done in a sterile environment under professional supervision, it can help to lighten wrinkles and scars, improve skin elasticity and minimise pores. Plus, when used with potent products, it can help to increase the product’s penetration and effectiveness. Microneedling tools also come in a wide variety – from Derma Rollers, Derma Pens to Microneedling Stamps.

Despite the large variety of skincare benefits, let’s get one thing straight – microneedling should NOT be a part of your daily homecare routine.

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The Downsides to Microneedling

Under the supervision and direction of a trained professional, microneedling is safe. However, not all of us are trained professionals, regardless of how many YouTube tutorials we binge. The main reasons microneedling should not be a part of your skincare routine are simple:

1. Sanitisation

When it comes to needles entering the body, it is a non-negotiable that they must be sanitary. At home, you do not always have the necessary tools required to sanitise your microneedling tool. This could lead to you repeatedly puncturing your skin with a bacteria-laden tool, inevitably causing you to suffer bacterial infections and breakouts.

You may be thinking that an alcohol wipe or solution can cleanse the tool. While alcohol can be used to sanitise, it is not a recommended method. If the alcohol used to clean it is not thoroughly removed from the tool, you would be embedding a known irritant into your skin.

2. Methodology

For cosmetic procedures like microneedling, there is a methodology in which the tool is used on your skin. This method ensures a systematic manner to minimise the widening of each puncture. The gif below perfectly summarises the idea.

Wide punctures should be avoided as it makes the task of repair & recovery harder for your skin. Additionally, home microneedling products often have shorter, more blunt needles which can result in wider punctures.

Alternatives to Microneedling

It is completely understandable to want to treat your skin to the many benefits of microneedling! As we’ve mentioned several times in the article, microneedling is perfectly safe if it is done under the supervision and direction of a trained professional in a sterilised environment. While we cannot encourage the use of at-home microneedling tools, we can encourage you to investing in safe microneedling treatments.

Here are some of our favourite treatments that incorporate the use of microneedling:

Cryotherapy

Freeze your skin in time with our cool Cryotherapy treatment. Featuring Korean medi-technology, it chills the skin’s surface up to -10°C to stimulate microcirculation, reduce pore size and restore firmness, tone and radiance to dull, fatigued and saggy skin — without any downtime!

ArcticTone

Like our Cryotherapy™ treatment but better. Bringing your skin’s temperature to a new low of -15°C, this treatment also features a Low-Frequency CryoProbe for improved toning, firming and lifting results. Your skin absorbs products even more intensively now with Iontophoresis and deeper Cryostamp depths for pore and scars reduction and brightening. Expect restored skin firmness, tone and radiance, and kiss goodbye to dull, fatigued and saggy skin.

That’s it! Now you know everything you ought to know about microneedling.

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It’s amazing what (sun)light can do for you. We’re talking the magical Vitamin D, said to boost happiness levels, build stronger bones and lower blood pressure. Sunlight can also heal the skin… and generously leave it with little brown gifts called pigmentation. Then there’s the other kind of light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which can also generously lighten the damage dealt. That’s our ZapZapTM for you.

A Zap is A Wish Your Skin Makes | The ZapZap IPL Series | #GetYourGlowOn

Credit: Matheus Bertelli

ZapZapTM — An IPL Fairy Tale for the Skin?

The latest introduction to the family of existing treatments, the ZapZapTM series is a suite of IPL treatments targeted at pigmentations, wrinkled/lined skin, acne and acne marks.

IPL isn’t really new to us, but we’d recently given our equipment an overhaul and exchanged our existing Korean technology for the latest, most premium of non-medical grade Spanish Variable Pulse IPL machines that aestheticians are legally licensed to operate. Also, while most other IPL treatments only use blue or green light, our ZapZapTM equipment pairs blue with red light for accelerated recovery.

In other words:

– Better, faster results with even less to no downtime
– It’s good for more than just pigmentations — it’s also great for softening fine lines, heal acne and its marks, balancing excess sebum and brightening the skin
– Suitable for all skin types
– Doesn’t cause dryness to the skin — we promise

We don’t believe in shortcuts, but this is as close as it gets.

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

Credit: Alice Alinari

ZitZapTM — Healer of Scars, Acne and Broken Hearts Skin

Meet ZitZap™ — the new best friend that makes our signature QuintessentialTM extraction facial so much better. Designed to — well — zap zits, marks and bacteria away, remarkably enhancing skin’s healing after it’s been uncongested (did I just make that up?) to death.

ZapBrightTM — Healer of Pigmentations, Age Spots and Dull Complexions

ZapBright™ zaps melanin, effectively lightening blemishes on the skin. Waste particles are then flushed out of the body and never see daylight again.

ZapGlowTM — Healer of Wrinkles, Lines and Sags

Imagine this: Results so stark yet subtle, a phone camera can’t capture it… but your friends will definitely notice the lines that did a mysterious disappearing act! Designed to reduce fine lines, firm and brighten the skin, ZapGlow™ is an IPL treatment that’s perfect for anti-ageing concerns.

With Good Things Come Bad Things Like Nagging

We love the fast results ZapZapTM brings us and our clients, but as with all things, prevention is better than cure. While some skin problems are truly hereditary (and there’s nothing we can do about genes), we can mitigate/prevent them with these quick skincare tips:

– Use sunscreen so pigmentations don’t appear/appear less
– Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially if you’re pregnant and prone to pigmentations
– Acne is fixable but just made harder if you keep picking at it

Credit: Fröken Fokus

 

We’re just a zap away,

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: As always, speak with our trusty consultants to determine if the ZapZapTM series is right for you. There’s always something that might be better for what your skin needs.

 


 

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or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

A few months ago, we wrote about nostalgia. Then, we’d said that just by looking at the many changes Porcelain had been through, it felt like nothing is ever taken for granted here. Fast forward five months and we’re looking at Porcelain’s latest baby, Porcelain Origins — otherwise known as Singapore’s first smart spa. Do things ever stop moving?

Nope.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins

Last week, we threw a party like we do it every day. It’s not every day, though, that a smart spa is launched. Suddenly, the pride factor in working for one of Singapore’s boutique cult spa brands shot to the stratosphere. “Hi, I’m Kelly. I do XYZ at Porcelain, Singapore’s first smart spa.” I sound 1000x cooler, already.

Here, try it: “Hi, I’m Lana. I visit Porcelain for my facial treatments — you know, Singapore’s first smart spa?”

Super sexy, no?

 


“But really, the real kicker here is the boutique spa’s seamless utilisation of digital technology to give you a no BS, super functional luxury experience.”
| Buro 24/7

 

How About A Tour Around Singapore’s First Smart Spa?

We love how Buro 24/7 has put it so succinctly. Now let’s take it from the top.

Product Discovery Bar

What we’ve gathered from years of experience (of being human) is… most of us don’t have much love for hovering salespeople. That wasn’t really the most crucial reason we spent so much time visualizing this bar into reality, but it’s an important one.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins's product discovery bar

Welcome to our official product playground. The product discovery bar’s camera intuitively senses your presence, greets you, then helps you explore Porcelain’s products in a pretty fun way. Pick up any one of the four products in the center of the bar — they each stand for different common skin concerns. You’ll soon find yourself being told (by our smart screen, no less) to pick up the products that are relevant for that particular skin woe… in sequence. Done? That’s your skincare regime right there.

Digital Consultation Rooms

Here, get ready for a paperless consultation and a fun (but not fun-sized) interactive tabletop screen that meets and greets you. Watch as our consultant plays with a tablet (cleverly paired with said screen) and takes you through your skin concerns, treatment recommendations and plans.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins's digital consultation rooms

Your first reaction might be to touch it just to see if it’s — well, a touchscreen. And you can! And it is! Find out more about different treatments and products this way. Though we weren’t too sure if our guests were really reading or just enjoying the animations…

Powder Room: Even Mirrors’ IQs Have ↑ Its Game

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins's smart mirrors

A typical spa visit ends with a cup of tea to wind down and wrap up the visit. You leave feeling great and head out anticipating a greater day ahead. But naturally, Murphy’s Law strikes, right? You exit the mall with glowing skin in a good mood — only to hear thunder… rolling, angry thunder.

But what if a mirror in a spa could tell you thatmain ? Ingenious.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins's smart mirrors

That said, it does much more than just that. We are such fans of greeting our guests that even our mirrors do it too — apart from the two screens that you’d already read about. So functional are our mirrors, they even tell you precisely how to care for your skin post-thetreatmentyoujustdid. They also send a compliment your way for a confidence boost. It’s so polite, it even asks you to choose your preferred tea flavor while you’re getting ready for the world.

All you need to do to activate this super personalized butler is scan the little QR code in the corner using our Porcelain app.

A Smart Spa Can’t Do Without An App, Can It?

The aforementioned app is another digital baby we recently launched. The third iteration of our Porcelain app reveals a major visual and functional overhaul in a user-friendly way.

Because we tried really hard to be contactable (we had Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, calls, emails and a live chat as possible platforms to reach us), we might have killed ourselves and clients a little. To make things much easier, this 3rd-generation Porcelain app offers a pocket-friendly way to:

  • View upcoming appointments
  • Read about and reserve treatments with your favourite therapist(s)
  • Read about, shop and review products
  • View the treatment plan your therapist customized for you
  • Chat with us if you are bored / have questions
  • Read our blog and latest entries (like this one)

… and more coming your way.

Want in? Download the Android version here, Apple version here, or just scan this to access our smart playground:

Singapore’s First Smart Spa Is Super Plush

In the main room: Velvet, marble tiles, swathes of bold jewel colours and splashes of gold. Large window mirrors line a wall and an impressive marble-top table occupies the front bit of the café lounge-cum-waiting area.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins is super plush

Inside: What looks like an unassuming space hides a maze of 3 consultation rooms, 14 treatment rooms and leads to a dimly LED-lit hallway. We’ve lovingly dubbed this The Transition Zone because the stark contrast to the vibrancy outside helps acclimatize you to a mental state of relaxation.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins' transition zone

The entire spa’s design takes inspiration from our shophouse beginnings and the delicate balance between nature and technology.

Shophouse elements pepper the store, such as traditional window arches and a main entrance that simulates a shophouse’s own. These are contrasted with a liberal use of marble, velvet and gold accents to lend a modern, luxurious touch to the more conventional features. Behind this design inspiration lies Porcelain’s deep roots in our Singaporean heritage, with a sight on growth beyond just the little red dot, beyond skincare.

Then, mood lights cast rippling pools of “water” and all treatment rooms feature murals of air, sea and land that climb up the side walls to the ceilings. Contrast these with the modern, futuristic touches in the Transition Zone, where LED laser lights create dramatic plays of light that cut across the ceilings, walls and floors.

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins' treatment rooms

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins' treatment rooms

But Origins is really the farthest thing from pretentious.

We apologize if this post came off a tad over-the-top and vain — but we are pretty pleased this yearS-long project has finally materialized — in Paragon, no less! Excuse us while we pop another bottle of champagne (yes, it’s only Thursday).

Singapore's first smart spa: Porcelain Origins

Toodles & see you at Origins soon,

 

 

 

 


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Nostalgia: Were You There When…?

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Illuminate™ Facial | #GetYourGlowOn with PorcelainIlluminate™ facial – Combining Italian-made 2 in 1 Diamond microdermabrasion with Oxygen Therapy and Vinotherapy for the Ultimate Age-Reversing skin resurfacing. Hyperbaric oxygen infusion using a selection from either Deeply Hydrating Damascena Rose Lotion, Ginseng Reviving Tonic or Purifying Witch Hazel Followed with Oxygen-Pulse Lymphatic Drainage massage with Floral Essence Lotion created using the finest Italian florals to send you into the deepest slumber whilst your skin is rid of toxins for a more youthful-looking visage. It’s finished with the finest mask, the Hydrocare pH balancing bio-cellulose mask, each infused with 30ml of concentrated skin serum.

Oxygen at high purity degree increases blood supply, improves cellular metabolism and stimulates collagen production by fibroblasts, thus accelerating skin repair processes. The Illuminate™ Facial integrates a Diamond Head handpiece, which allows the removal of the more superficial epidermis layers and a delivery system of hyperbaric oxygen, which mitigates the epidermis damage caused by abrasion.

After which, a mechanical massage will be performed with an elastomeric membrane and also, in this case, combine the treatment with oxygen emission. Illuminate™ also has a dedicated dispenser that allows carrying topical substances and active ingredients deep down through the oxygen.

Procedures:

1. Double Cleansing
2. Oxy-Diamond Microdermabrasion for gentle skin resurfacing
3. Hyperbaric Oxygen infusion with 1 of 3 premium tonic/lotions
4. Vinotherapy using Grape Wine Peel for deeper skin exfoliation (The peel might be switched out for certain skin types)
5. OxyPulse Massage for Lymphatic Drainage, using Floral Essence Cream
6. Premium Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask

Immediate Benefits:

1. Skin Brightening
2. Pore Reducing and Reduce Blackheads
3. Baby smooth skin
4. Hydrating
5. Younger looking skin
6. Sharper, V-shape visage
7. Evens skin tone
8. Reduces water retention/puffiness

Long-Term Benefits:

1. Anti-Oxidation
2. Anti-ageing
3. More flawless complexion
4. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
5. Reduce skin congestion and dead skin cell buildup
6. Smooth and Bright skin tone

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider:; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider: BeespokeTM Honey Facial; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

 

Find out more from our Client Relations today at 6227 9692 or simply drop us an email at admin@porcelain.com.sg 🙂

 

Types of Peels (And How Often Should You Do Them?)

The most commonly known are chemical or mechanical peels, and these vary in intensity.

Types of Peels (And How Often Should You Do Them?)

At-Home Peels

Chemical – The trend for regular home peels using a mild dose of acids (such as AHAs and BHAs) has been around for a while. Non-acid enzyme peels, derived from fruits and plants, are also gaining in popularity. These are a lot milder and suitable for regular use without much side effects.

How Frequently: For enzyme and non-acid enzyme peels, thrice a week. Acids with an extremely low concentration (in the form of toners or blended into cleansers) can be used daily.

 

Mechanical – Traditionally performed only in salons, these have also been gaining popularity especially with the launch of Clarisonic and similar home-use technology. Electronic devices help remove dead skin cells, akin to “polishing” the skin to gradually remove epidermal tissues.

How Frequently: Once or twice a week. Alternate between enzyme/acid home peels and mechanical ones. If you’ve had your skin peeled in a salon, do not use mechanical peels at home.

Both are effective in maintaining the brightness and clarity of the skin, depending on the regime that follows.

 

Professional Peels

Chemical – These vary from “lunchtime peels” to stronger deep peels (akin to controlled second-degree burns). The former can be done by trained aestheticians while the latter only by dermatologists.

Lunchtime Peels or Superficial Peels use AHAs, or other mild acids such as Lactic Acids to penetrate only the outer layer of the skin to gently exfoliate it. It is recommended for mild skin discolouration, dull and rough skin on the face, hands and body. Some equipment combine both acids with high-velocity jets (i.e. Aqua peel) to dissolve and vacuum dead skin cells to remove the impurities.

How Frequently – Depending on your skin, you can do this up to once a week or fortnight for a few sessions. Subsequently, do it once every two months for maintenance or as advised

Medium to Deep Peels – This uses acids in stronger concentrations to deeply penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. It stimulates the production of new skin cells and is able to target various skin conditions like lesions and wrinkles. There is downtime with this treatment and requires proper post-treatment care.

How Frequently – Depending on the strength, some needs to be done only once in your life. Some ot hers, you can do once every two to three years depending on the type of peel and your skin condition.

Mechanical Peels – Commonly known as Microdermabrasion, these use micro-particles to “polish” the skin to remove dead skin cells. This enhances cell turnover and results in invisibly brighter skin. An alternative to using microparticles such as diamond tips, some salons/clinics uses ultrasonic waves to “scrub” the skin’s stratum corner. These light abrasions can improve dull skin, light acne scars and improve the appearance of fine lines.

How Frequently – Once a month

Fractional Skin Resurfacing (Ablative Technology) – Uses Radio Frequency (or Laser technology) and micro needling. These remove the surface layer of the skin, allowing focused light energy / radio frequency waves to reach the epidermis and the dermis to stimulate cell regeneration. This is generally the most expensive, requires downtime and proper post-treatment care but is able to improve the appearance of acne scars, deep wrinkles, enlarged pores etc.

How Frequently – Depends on age and skin concerns. Clients with saggy skins require more sessions for collagen remodelling (once every 3 weeks for a few sessions before maintenance mode of once every 6 months). For younger skin, the treatment can be done every 6 to 12 months, as long as it is combined with other treatments.

Contraindications

The contraindications differ from equipment to equipment, and product to product. Generally, clients who have diabetes, eczema-prone skin, or on medication that thins the skin or impairs repairs should not go for peels. Their bodies are not able to repair themselves normally. Also, for clients with hyper-sensitive or thinner skin, certain treatments may not be suitable as they increase the risk of infection.

Clients with Rosacea, who are currently pregnant, immune-impaired, prone to keloids/scarring or on antibiotics such as Roaacutane should not go for chemical peels. Also, those with infections/skin diseases or generally poor health should also avoid intense chemical peels as the acids in the solutions cause greater risks of inflammation.

For sensitive and eczema skin types, gentler peels are possible. Check in with your skincare professional.

Finally, mechanical peels are better for clients with darker skin tones instead of chemical peels.

Can Peels Cause Scarring?

Home care peels don’t have that risk although generally, all peels have a risk of scarring, infection and discoloration. This risk increases as the peel goes deeper or if used in higher concentrations. Chemical peels and fractional skin resurfacing have a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH), where the client may result in darker patches of the skin. However, this will heal over time depending on your age and the treatments you do to speed up recovery. Proper home care and post-treatment regime are crucial to mitigate the risk of infection and scarring.

Can Peels Cause Sebum Over Production & For Skin To Become More Prone to Acne?

In fact, no. Some of the peels such as Salicylic are designed to aid acne-prone skin. With regular non-aggressive peels, you are stimulating cell turnover, removing dead skin cells and preventing build-up in your pores. These reduce the development of acne.

Ingredients to Avoid After Peels

Ingredients to Avoid After Peels

For gentle home-care peels, or quick lunchtime peels, we recommend sunscreen as the skin is more susceptible to UV damage. Adequate hydration is also important to help cellular turnover. A lack of hydration may cause the development of fine lines and other issues.

For more aggressive peels, we do not recommend use of retinoids, acids, benzoyl peroxide, harsh cleansers as your skin needs time to heal. Avoid harsh exfoliators and home-peels as well. If you had taken Roaacutane in the past 12 to 18 months, you should also avoid peels.

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