It’s been several months since Singaporeans emerged from their homes thanks to Stay Home Orders. Now, with spas reopening, everyone is slowly coming out of their homes in search of methods to clear their skin of all the problems that accumulated over time as quickly as possible.
Thankfully, we’ve got the solution just for you! In just under 2 hours, experience a high performing custom-made facial that combines luxury, technology & craftsmanship for immediate results that will last for weeks!
Introducing CryoZap™ – the pinnacle of customisation. With over 1000 different combinations, rest assured that your skin concerns will be taken care of efficiently and effectively.
Here’s how it CryoZap™works:
CryoZap™ is a combination of two treatments – Cryotherapy and Zap.
The Cryotherapy aspect of CryoZap™ involves the use of Korean medical technology that is capable of cooling the skin’s surface to temperatures of -15°C. This stimulates microcirculation (which encourages skin’s recovery and reduces skin inflammation), pore size reduction and restores tone & radiance to dull, fatigued skin.
The Zap aspect involves the use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to zap away your problems – from acne and pigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles. It’s ability to deal with a wide array of skin concerns is thanks to the adjustable light frequencies.
Combining the two treatments allowed a greater variety of skincare issues to be treated simultaneously with more than twice the result.
For fine lines and saggy skin:
The treatment uses a low-voltage microcurrent to tone muscles while stimulating collagen production. A custom-blended serum is then imbued into the deeper layers of the skin with Iontophoresis, plumping fine lines and wrinkles for facial lifting and firming.
For oily and acne-prone skin:
The treatment stimulates cellular repair, regulates sebum production and aids penetration of active ingredients custom-blended for sensitive, acne skin. The skin is then treated with IPL to reduce bacteria and enhance healing.
For acne scars and pigmented skin:
The combination of CryoStamp microneedles and a custom-blended serum boost brightening, pore reduction and scar reduction results. Followed with IPL to selectively destroy pigment cells to treat acne spots, freckles and hyper pigmentation.
For dull and dry skin:
The hot and cold treatment takes the skin from -15°C to 60 °C to stimulate microcirculation, cell oxygenation and detoxification. A special concoction of products is used to soothe, nourish and rejuvenate skin.
While this treatment allows for a great range of customisation, the use of Iontophoresis and IPL during the treatment makes CryoZap™ unsuitable for all expecting mums, those with hypersensitive and extremely acneic skin. If you are unsure of your suitability, rest assured as our therapists will evaluate your skin accordingly prior to starting the treatment.
The Process of Customisation:
In order to maximise the results of CryoZap™, a thorough diagnosis of your skin is conducted to ensure an accurate and total personalisation.
This diagnosis is facilitated through our comprehensive Q&A and in-depth Skin Discovery Analysis. The questionaire allows us to get to know you – your lifestyle, current skincare regime – to helps us better understand your needs and skin concerns.
This is followed with a thorough Skin Discovery Analysis. Using a device that zooms up to 80 times of your skin surface, our skin experts would be able to uncover the deepest secrets of your skin. All the information gathered from the Q&A and Skin Discovery Analysis will be recorded and conveyed to our highly trained therapists, facilitating the process of customisation to your CryoZap™ treatment.
Start your path to healthier, radiant skin with a CryoZap™ Trial and experience the lasting effects of customisation.
Not ready to leave the safety of home but want to kick start your path to healthier skin? We got you! Book yourself a Virtual Skin Education with our highly trained Skin Educators to learn about your skin and what you can do to make it glow from home!
We often get asked: “Are facials really necessary for me to achieve healthy skin?”. As your local skincare experts, we say YES!
While reading this, we bet you’re thinking: “There must be other ways to get healthy skin, facials are so troublesome!”
Although facials are not the most convenient or economical thing to incorporate into your life, but much like anything worth having, consistent effort and investments are required.
Let’s use the analogy of achieving a healthy body to show you why facials are vital for healthy skin.
The Fundamentals of Health:
At this point, we are sure you’ve heard about the various complex and odd ways you can get healthy. However, for you to achieve a sustainable level health, the following equation should be followed:
Balanced Diet + Regular Exercise = Healthy Body
One of the fundamental methods is to watch your diet: having a healthy and well-balanced diet can do wonders for your journey to a better state of health. But a healthy diet does not simply mean cutting out all carbs or eating fewer calories. A healthy diet requires finding out what you’re fueling your body with and ensuring that it’s whole, natural foods.
Similar to your diet, a good skincare routine shouldn’t be focused on using the best products on the market for the sake of it or adopting a 10 step Korean skincare routine. Your skincare should be designed around your lifestyle and consist of products that are good for your skin; products that include skin-loving ingredients that will nourish and protect your skin.
Don’t believe us? Check out our blog on cleansing to see the importance one small step has on your skin.
But what about the second fundamental: Regular Exercise?
Although you can get healthy with just a balanced diet, it is not enough. Regular exercise has been proven to boost your body’s metabolism, immune system, strengthen your bones and muscles, and reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases. However, those benefits only come with regular exercising. The consistency of your exercising matters just as much as your diet. Don’t let the effort you put into your diet go to waste by exercising infrequently. A healthy diet when combined with regular exercise, allows you to achieve a healthy body at a much faster rate.
Applying the same concept, if you add “exercise” for your skin on top of a solid home skincare routine, you will be able to tackle skincare woes and achieve healthy skin that radiates from within.
Wait, What? How do you “Exercise” your Skin?
We’ve been talking a lot about exercising and drawing parallels to your skincare. But what does exercising your skin mean? The phrase “exercising your skin” conjures up odd images in your mind but it’s not what you think it is! Instead of stretching and pulling your skin in various directions to achieve a facial exercise, there are other means – like a facial!
Nowadays, facials are more than just a simple cleanse and masking with a gentle facial massage. A facial at Porcelain entails an intensive session between our highly trained therapists, medical grade equipment and in-house formulated products that will harmonize perfectly to give you healthy and brighter skin.
With advanced technologies, products used during the treatments are able to penetrate deeper into your skin and show greater efficacy than what you can achieve with basic home care. For example, in our Proionic Treatment, we make use of a unique patented 448kHz long wave radio frequency Spanish medical technology to stimulate your collagen and elastin production in addition to improving the skin’s natural ionic equilibrium. Emerge out of the treatment room to visibly tighter, lifted skin that is also stimulated deeply for long-term anti-aging effects. Does that sound like something you could get at home?
In addition to the technology, expertise and quality of products used, we aim to make your journey to healthy skin easy and sustainable. The reason why many plans for better health fail is because they are a “one-size fits all”, implemented directly without considering their lifestyle and body’s needs.
An infallible plan for better health is one that is thoughtfully designed to integrate into your current lifestyle and customised to your ever-changing needs. That’s why at Porcelain, all our therapists and ambassadors are trained to be your lifelong beauty partner, accompanying you through the evolution of your skin with customised service and treatment plans.
Ready to get the healthy skin you deserve? Sign up for our Skin Discovery to kickstart your journey with us!
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.
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,
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
CARING FOR CLEARING CONGESTED SKIN
The tips and tricks are many, so regaining smooth, glowing skin from within is very much possible.
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.
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!
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.
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.
HERE COMES THE SUMMER’S SON HE BURNS MY SKIN I ACHE AGAIN I’M OVER YOU
T E X A S
We all love the sun (with sun protection, of course). Summer is pretty
much perpetual in hot, humid places like ours, though the recent rain spells
could use a reminder who’s boss around here. So summer, real summer, is
just around the corner with a warm invitation to its party. Sun, fun, beach,
books to read at the beach, water, shorts and sandals…
We all really love the sun, but we don’t much fancy its plus ones:
Excessive sun exposure, the sweltering humidity and too much heat — they’re our
definitions of party poopers that have fun at the expense of our skin. Think
pigmentation / sunburns, oil glands in overdrive and parched, parched skin.
Many of us know by now that sun protection is key — that’s the prevention bit. But did you know that other factors
like hydration play an equally important role in fortifying the skin during and
post-summer? That’s prevention and cure.
Read on for more essentials for dewy, glowing summer skin!
SUMMER SKIN TIP 1: LAYER
DOWN — LESS MIGHT BE MORE.
SUMMER IS THE TIME TO EASE UP ON THE NUMBER OF LAYERS YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN AND LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PRODUCTS YOU USE.
D R . S H E R R Y I N G R A H A M
Sweater weather skincare isn’t for humid summers. Consider layering less products on the face, swapping makeup for skin that’s bare except for sunscreen, and opting for dual-purpose products (e.g. a tinted sunscreen)!
SUMMER SKIN TIP 2: MASK
ON — BALANCE THE OILY.
Given our heat and humidity, you probably didn’t think that
dehydration might be an issue in summer. The strange thing is, summer can lead
to parched skin, which in turn leads to oilier visages, and if you coat it with
thick, oily moisturisers, you’re on the fast track to congestion, especially
once these meet perspiration. What you need is lightweight, water-based hydrators
to balance your pH back out, like a good old-fashioned mask.
Our favourite, super-hydrating, pH-balancing, oil-free mask. Treat your skin to its cocktail of ingredients: Cactus Extracts to calm, hydrate, balance sebum levels, Litchi Seed Extracts and Vitamin A-rich Fig Fruit Extract to plump and that come rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals in summer.
Tip: Keep in fridge for an extra cooling treat for distressed skin.
SUMMER SKIN TIP 3: WATER
IN — DROWN THE PARCHED.
On almost all days
of the year, we perspire while on this sunny island. When it boils down to the
actual summer months, though, the extra sweat makes it even easier for
pollutants to stick onto our skin. Clog our pores. Have a party. Essentially, the
heat is giving us congestion while drying us out.
What we need is to stick
to our cleansing regime even more religiously with water-based products. We
love lightweight products that lift impurities and hydrate, while revitalizing
us from the heat. As always, we recommend double cleansing to thoroughly rid
the extra layers of oil, SPF, and dirt.
A sulphate- and paraben-free hydrating cleanser: Immerse your skin in a sea of calm. Made up of 80% pure Aloe Vera, 8 natural ingredients and free from sulfates and parabens, this gentle cleanser hydrates even sensitive skin while freeing it from impurities, ensuring a clear and glowing complexion.
Tip: You might feel the urge to, but don’t over-cleanse or you’ll trigger more oil production once your skin gets tricked into thinking it’s too dehydrated / dry! Limit your washes to the AM / PM and use the right cleanser for your skin type.
SUMMER SKIN TIP 4: UP THE ANTIOXIDANTS.
sunscreen, it’s important to feed your skin with a heady brew of antioxidants,
both topically and food-wise. Sunscreen and antioxidant-rich skincare products
help act as a bodyguard for your skin externally, but UV rays sometimes
inevitably still penetrates our skin. Eating foods that are rich in
antioxidants, then, helps protect us within.
A lightweight lotion packed with antioxidants. With its concoction of natural Jojoba Seed and Rose oils, Vitamins E and B5, Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid, it combats free radicals in our environment and stimulates regeneration in our skin. Damascena Rose extracts also help deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.
Tip: Keep this lightweight mist in the bag for all-day revitalization. Spritz to instantly refresh and hydrate for a glowing, radiant complexion. At night, soak cotton pads with this lotion as a quick-fix mask for dehydrated, tired skin.
SUMMER SKIN TIP 5: TLC FOR YOUR EYES, TOO.
area around our eyes are often neglected but they are delicate and even more vulnerable
to dehydration and the resulting fine lines. Remember to shower it with love, moisture
and gentle yet powerful ingredients that help smoothen and destress.
Reduces fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and signs of aging in 20 minutes. Harnessing the ancient benefits of silk, this mask contains 10 active ingredients to counteract the effects of stress around the eyes. The combination of Collagen, Algae Extract and Antarcticine de-puffs the eyes by reducing excess fluids, and promotes circulation to reduce the appearance of eye bags.
Tip: Keep in fridge for an extra cooling treat for distressed skin.
SUMMER SKIN TIP 6: HELLO, ALOE.
Aloe vera is such a simple, unpretentious ingredient with amazing
benefits — and it’s
good for so much more
than sunburns and soothing inflamed skin! It also helps heal, protect, reduce
the appearance of blemishes… it’s also a wonderful water bomb for your skin,
which is why it’s a key ingredient in many of our skincare products.
Foresee yourself overdoing it this summer? Prep and step up your
repair game with our #1 fix.
Distressed skin requires a special touch. This weightless curative gel, suitable for any epidermal ills ranging from pimples to open wounds, not only repairs skin but increases its resilience over time. The feathery texture and anti-inflammatory properties also work to keep the skin cool and soothed.
Tip: There are many kinds of aloe vera plants, but there is one that is most
beneficial for us. Look for products that contain Aloe Barbadensis, i.e. “true
aloe”. The gel from this plant contains chock-full of nutrients for humans that
help with cellular regeneration, hydration and anti-inflammation. Plus, look
for products where the Aloe Barbadensis is the first ingredient on the list, or
you’re simply buying a watered down, ineffective version.
SUMMER SKIN TIP 7: AMP IT
UP WITH THE ULTIMATE RESTORATIVE TREAT
Props to you if you’ve noticed that our summer skincare revolves
around protection, hydration, calming and recovery. Aside from homecare, in-spa
treatments can really help to repair overindulgence in the sun. Seek treatments
that incorporate the same steps, with hydration being the most important factor
as it plays a part in soothing and healing the skin as well.
Soothe sun-damaged skin instantly with a combination of Oxygen- and Cryo-therapies to calm, stimulate repair, shorten recovery time and reduce skin sensitivity. Our tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is applied after to retain the facial’s effectiveness.
Tip: The Sun Rescue facial isn’t just for skin that might’ve suffered with all
the sun and fun! It’s perfect for people with sensitive, dehydrated skin and is
our clients’ go-to when they need a quick, calming moisture boost.
Enjoy our favourite skin treats for summer (and all-year long) for a limited time in-store and online! Props not included (;
“IT’S NOT THE TEMPERATURE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BUT THE HUMIDITY… IF THE AIR IS DRY AND HUMIDITY IS LOW, THEN REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT’S HOT OR COLD, YOU CAN ESSENTIALLY USE THE SAME PRODUCTS. BUT WHEN THE HUMIDITY IS HIGH, YOU NEED LIGHTWEIGHT TEXTURES.”
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.
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
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.
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: