Weddings aren’t called the “Big Day” for no reason. Walking down the aisle is a very special occasion that many of us have dreamt about since we were six. One thing all brides want is to look their absolute best. That may mean having radiant glowing skin for some, and for others, it is to remedy their existing skin issues. The stress of prepping for the wedding may also show on your skin, and we are not leaving your wedding skin prep to chance for you to get that amazing glow on D-DAY!

At Porcelain, we believe in being with you every step of the way, leading up to your wedding. Here’s Part 1 of a 2-part series to explore skincare regimes to help brides achieve perfect skin.

Tip 1 – Use safe, gentle products for your skin

Some brides-to-be are tempted to stray from their tried-and-tested routine to try out the latest fad products. Or, those that their friends have said to give “miraculous results”. This isn’t always wise, because the wrong ingredient at any moment can trigger breakouts, allergies, or an imbalance of the skin’s pH level (read more about that here).

Instead, it is best to stick to skin-loving, gentle products for the months leading up to the wedding. Try to read the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t much harsh chemicals. If possible, stick to your existing regime, especially if it works for you.

To help balance your pH levels, we have the Balance, Sebum Control Essence to the rescue. It contains 50% Sodium Hyaluronate to lock in cellular moisture. Its blend of botanicals such as T-Tree and Horse Chestnut Extract also reduce breakouts.

To reduce skin sensitivity and redness, consider the Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel as it contains 99% pure Stabilized Aloe Vera and is great for boosting the skin’s resilience so that your skin is strong enough to repair itself. It also reduces inflammation so your skin wouldn’t look red and angry from any sun-burns or break-outs.

Tip 2 – Schedule your Facials

Depending on your skin issues, you may require varying levels of commitment to get that perfect visage you’re looking for.

If you have problematic skin, we suggest to start scheduling a series of facial as early as 1 year before and we typically start clients off with a series of OxyRevive with LED and Quintessential treatments. Closer to the big day, we will switch the treatments to focus more on lifting, hydrating and skin brightening, including a blend of Cryotherapy, Radio Frequency and Sun Rescue Facials.

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Tip 3 – Protect with Sunscreen

Sunscreen is vital! (read more about the difference between Sunscreen and Sunblock here). Exposure to the sun without the necessary protection can lead to premature aging through the impairment of collagen, as well as pigmentation due to overstimulated melanin production.

Many may skip sunscreen because they fear the dreaded white cast or sticky after feeling, but there are a plethora of choices now available to suit every individual’s skin type and concerns.

For example, there are tinted sunscreens for those who require mild coverage, or even mattifying sunscreens for those who want a dual function makeup base. Unfortunately, a majority of mattifying sunscreens contain a lot of silicons, which can stifle the skin’s ability to breathe and function normally.

Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (SPF 20) counters all these. Broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays? Check. It’s also non-comedogenic, oil free and paraben free – a welcome respite from the usual greasy, tinted sunblocks. It even comes in 2 tones – light and tan – for those who would like a light coverage foundation substitute that doesn’t clog pores!

Tip 4 – Allow Time for Healing after Intensive Treatments

Certain skin issues require more attention than others. Problems such as pitted scars and enlarged pores cannot be resolved at a surface level.

Doctors and aestheticians may recommend oral medication or a series of products. Both of these require a lengthy treatment plan that not many brides-to-be are willing to undertake. Plus, they usually aren’t able to control the speed and ambiguity of their results.

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Instead, we recommend Fractional Skin Resurfacing which utilizes the latest 3Deep medical radio frequency technology to penetrate deep into the skin, thereby stimulating collagen remodeling to treat uneven skin tone, acne scars and even wrinkles. One can look forward to renewed skin texture, overall firmness and refined pores after a single session.

However, such an intensive treatment does have a downtime. Clients can experience redness, sensitivity and peeling for at least 3 – 4 days. During that time, it will also be best to avoid long periods of sun exposure.

Our therapists will provide advice if two or more sessions are needed, and a treatment plan can be customized based on your time frame. (Read more about scheduling facials ahead of time here.)

For non-problematic skin, come to us at least three months prior the big day for your customized treatment plans. Depending on the concerns, we can arrange key aesthetic treatments to achieve the results you want.

We’re living in an era where looking and feeling younger no longer requires surgery. The fountain of youth these days apparently flows from a syringe. But injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers aren’t the only non-surgical anti-aging procedures. Wrinkles can be smoothed with lasers, skin tightened with heat, and belly fat frozen. All available in aesthetic clinics medical spas day spas. Wait, which?

There is a huge range of gadgets proving popular with those who shy away from surgery but still want to improve their appearances. Some beauty salons now call themselves Aesthetic Centres; spas have started terming themselves as Medical Spas. The lines are blurred but the key differences would be:

  1. The environment
  2. Intensity of treatments

Spas and Salons typically offer a relaxing environment targeted at providing wellness and/or aesthetic solutions. Even within this category, different spas vary in level of comfort and luxuriousness (i.e. Hotel Spas versus a Massage Parlour). Many salons offer targeted services instead of housing it under one brand, while others pay more attention to their facilities, such as Salt Caves, Steam Rooms and special pools.

Spas

Porcelain is a face spa that offers solutions to target skin issues. We combine craftsmanship and technology whilst providing a spa experience.  The key difference between Porcelain and other spas would be our dedication towards understanding skin at a deeper level. Although we do not have a doctor on board, all our therapists are trained, qualified aestheticians. They all undergo a stringent, in-house program to ensure the highest levels of finesse, comfort, safety and results. We also believe in curating treatment plans for each client. We also use state-of-art technology backed by clinical studies and high performance products, to achieve long-lasting results using non-invasive procedures.

Aesthetic Clinics

Aesthetic Clinics offer a clinic setting with a focus on providing solutions for aesthetic purposes. The treatments are typically minimally invasive to invasive and performed by doctors, dermatologists or plastic surgeons. For patients who are seeking to augment, improve their appearances via the use of injectables, more invasive or equipment with higher intensity, they should visit a trained medical physician with relevant experiences.  Although medical doctors perform all the treatments, not all doctors who work in aesthetic clinics are specialists. Aesthetic Practices are not a recognized specialty, and cannot advertise or promote their services. Doctors cannot use titles such as “aesthetic doctors” or “aesthetic physicians” in Singapore.

Medica Spas

Medical spas, however, remain a small percentage of the overall spa market.

Treatments can include spa treatments that complement medical procedures performed by their doctors in-house. Some of the prescribed treatments do not need to be performed by medical physicians. Typically, the doctor that oversees the medical spa take charge of the procedures that fall under medical, and aestheticians or therapists handle other spa, or non-medical therapies such as non-invasive microdermabrasion, massages, etc.

As with the practice of visiting any facilities or professionals, one needs to accept the pros and cons. Some places and people do the job well but some can fall short as well.

While the 3 different types of spas and clinics can achieve desired results, the crucial aspect of choosing a spa or clinic is analyzing the expertise and credentials of those performing the treatments. At the end of the day, we all only have one face and we should never take it for granted.

It’s no secret that regular facials are an important addition to your skincare routine. Porcelain’s bespoke facials are customised and tailored to suit your individual skin concerns. They’re also the perfect complement to your daily skincare regime. Discover some of our unsung heroes and treatment recommendations. You’re one step closer to achieving your ideal skin.

Find Your Skin Type (Part 3) | Treatment Recommendations

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Cryotherapy

Described by our client Denise Glitz as the perfect “pre-party or pre-wedding facial”. This treatment begins with a gentle massage to stimulate microcirculation and remove surface impurities. Next, we apply a serum or blend of serums using the cryostamp, which greatly increases cellular absorption of the product nutrients. Next, Cryo-Electrophoresis stimulates microcirculation and increases cellular oxygenation. Finally, enjoy an indulgent custom-blended mask while the therapist eases your tension through a relaxing shoulder massage.

Restorative Facial

A luxurious and pampering treatment, this facial alleviates signs of stress and fatigue. This six step bespoke programme helps reduce overall skin sensitivity, reduce water retention, improve hydration and overall skin tone and elasticity. This treatment has also been described by Her World Plus as a facial which “combines high-tech wizardy of pressurized jets of hyperbanic oxygen with the manual elbow grease of your therapist”, leaving you with luminous skin.

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Professionally performed manual extractions are an effective way to manage blackheads and skin congestion, two common causes of lackluster complexions and acne. No other treatment does as thorough a job as our award-winning Quintessential. Nonetheless, some still shy away from the idea of extractions. Thankfully, Porcelain offers several practical alternatives that can address these skin concerns as effectively.

Oxygen Jet Microdermabrasion

The Oxygen Jet Microdermabrasion uses a high-velocity jet. A pressure of up to 5kg gently loosens clogged pores and surface impurities to help reduce congestion. A final, concentrated dose of oxygen then gives you radiant and plumped skin.

Blue LED Light Therapy

Designed to eliminate acne and minimize inflammation with no downtime. This treatment utilizes a specific frequency of Blue LED light to target acne-causing bacteria. A Red LED light can also help stimulate collagen production and repair the skin.

High Frequency

Using a glass electrode, a mild, high-frequency current is gently applied on the skin, causing a slight zapping sensation. With this additional thermal energy, the current injects enriched oxygen molecules. This, in turn, stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, promoting anti-bacterial benefits. Highly recommended for customers experiencing breakouts as the current eliminates toxins and acne-causing bacteria.

IPL Acne (Intense Pulsed Light)

Performed using Korean Medical-Grade technology, this procedure begins with the application of IPL Gel, which cools the skin during treatments and protects it against burns. Next, a spectrum of light, which includes yellow, green and red, is released, penetrating the skin to target acne-causing bacteria and overactive sebaceous glands to prevent the overproduction of sebum.

 

For any inquiries, do email us at admin@porcelain.com.sg or call us at 62279692

After hearing about our favourite products (Check out our #PorcelainMustHaves here), we’re back with part 2 – Our Favourite Treatments. Our team had a really hard time picking out our favourites, as we love all our facials!

OxyRevive/OxyRevive Plus

“I have a low threshold for pain and that’s why OxyRevive Plus is a great alternative to extractions for me. It leaves my skin super supple and bright, and it’s topped off with a relaxing shiatsu facial massage which is spot on.” – Jacqueline Nonis, Assistant Manager

“OxyRevive helps me achieve a smoother complexion with a radiant after glow. I’ll say it is hydrating, powerful yet relaxing!” – Jazlyn, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“I love the brightening effects and my face feels much smoother after the end of the facial. Just a tip, do it together with RevitalEye Luxx which will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles!” – Julyha, Porcelain’s Client Relations Executive

Cryotherapy Facial

“Cryo is my favourite facial! It tightens my pores and I feel like Snow White after that. Haha! I feel that this is more effective for my skin, as my skin is rather sensitive. The cooling therapy helps to calm my skin, and it’s very comfortable!” – Michelle, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“My face looks significantly brighter after Cryotherapy. With the use of Balance Essence in my treatment, I experienced significantly lesser blackheads. – Zane Foo, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“Cryotherapy helps brighten my skin, reduce pore size and even lighten scars and marks! It’s chilling on my skin, and lessens the congestion. Definitely my fav!” – Stella, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

Quintessential Facial

“Best extraction facial ever. It’s no wonder that it is so highly raved. Post treatment, I usually apply lots of soothing gel and aloe gel to speed up the recovery process, and the results are amazing! It achieves the translucent, porcelain skin I have always wanted.” – Xin Na, Porcelain’s Business Development Executive

“The Quintessential Facial really changed my skin after just one treatment! The therapists are very skilled and thorough in their extractions, and I see vast improvements in my skin condition after.” – Calista, Porcelain’s Digital Marketing Intern

“My skin feels smoother, cleaner and brighter after treatment. After following up regularly, I can confidently leave my house foundation-free!” – Isabelle, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

Illuminate Facial

“The difference right after Illuminate treatment totally wowed me! Prior to the treatment my skin was dull and lifeless. The OxyPulse massage during the facial was very relaxing and the pampering shoulder massage at the end was a nice touch. After the treatment I was awed by the instant afterglow on my skin.” – Jasmine, Porcelain’s Marketing Manager

“This is tough… I love all Porcelain treatments!! They complement each other well, and with a treatment plan catered to my skin concerns, my skin improved tremendously. My fav would be Illuminate facial as my face glows with radiance after EVERY treatment without fail! It stands out from other microdermabrasion facials as every step of the entire facial is well thought out – For example, after the diamond exfoliation, the wine peel helps to renew our skin cells. This is followed by the draining of toxins with the OxyPulse massage and ends off with lots of hydration for the skin with our custom blended mask. It’s the PERFECT relaxing facial and the BEST substitute for customers who aren’t looking at extraction facials.” – Julynn, Porcelain’s Operation Manager

“Illuminate is my favourite treatment because there’s nothing better than a promise living up to its name, literally. A go-to treatment whenever I need a pick me up, or simply to look 100 times better. It doesn’t hurt that the glow lasts for ages!” – Samantha, Porcelain’s Marketing Executive

Proionic Facial

“It’s so hard to choose my favourite facial! It’s like asking me to choose my favourite child. But if I really had to pick, I’ll choose Proionic. It has anti-aging benefits and it is the perfect facial for busy and tired people like me!”– Pauline Ng, Porcelain’s Managing Director

“It’s really comfortable because it’s a warm treatment and I love how it massages my face, eyes, neck. Plus, it is really good for lifting & firming effects. The age-reversing technology is simply phenomenal!” – Aretha Ling, Senior Client Relations

“Proionic! I look younger after treatment, and the lifting and firming helps me get the V-shape contour.” – Tracie, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

Sun Rescue Facial

“Sun Rescue is my favourite because of the deep hydration my skin receives. It never fails to leave my skin baby soft to touch, super glowy and there’s nothing not to love about it. – June, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

“It’s hydrating, comfortable and the effects are long lasting. My face stays bright and radiant for weeks and I love it as a pampering treat for my skin.”  – Sanny Chew, Porcelain’s Beauty Therapist

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