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Spa-Tember has landed upon us! As you can probably tell from its name, we’re dedicating this month to all things spa-related. 

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But first, let’s talk about the importance of choosing the right skincare solutions provider. Skincare is a lifelong journey that requires a steady investment of time, effort, and money. That’s why we always advocate taking the time to learn about a skincare provider. 

To kick off this month, we’ll be summarising why Porcelain should be your lifelong skincare companion. So scroll along to discover what makes Porcelain a worthy spot for your skin journey.   

Why Choose Porcelain?  

Beyond being a holistic skincare solution provider, we aim to journey with you as you embrace the individuality and uniqueness of your skin. With that, here are 7 reasons to choose us as your lifelong skincare partner: 

1. Highly Trained Craftsmen 

To ensure that the comfort, safety, and quality of your experience are never compromised, all Porcelain therapists must undergo a minimum of 500 hours of training and examinations regardless of background and experience. To further ensure that the quality of their knowledge is prime and updated to the latest in skincare, regular training is conducted by our in-house R&D department.  

Besides their skills, our therapists are passionate about their craft and are eager to help you achieve the skin of your dreams. Rest your head and relax knowing that you’ll always be in good hands. 

2. Your Safety, Our Priority 

Your safety is always our priority. Our team invests a great amount of time into conducting rigorous studies and multiple rounds of stringent testing before introducing any new product, equipment, and protocol to our operations.  

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Additionally, our products are guilt-free and formulated without harmful chemicals. Using the right blend and dosages of scientifically proven ingredients and nature’s best, our products treat the root of your skincare concerns while remaining gentle for all skin types. 

3. Our Skincare Philosophies  

 Our focus is to help you achieve healthy skin from within, so you always have the option and confidence to go foundation-free!  

Everything we do at Porcelain- from our product design, R&D, in-spa treatments, and training- is rooted in 3 main philosophies:  

3.1 Healthy skin is clear from inside out and radiant from within  

To treat your skin concerns, our solutions target the root cause of your skin issues rather than dealing with the symptoms. This allows the treatment to effectively resolve your skin concerns. To do so, all our products and treatments focus on unleashing your skin’s natural healing powers, restoring its natural equilibrium, and are developed by understanding how the skin works, even at the cellular level. 

With this philosophy in mind, we’re able to help stimulate your skin’s natural cellular regeneration for healthier skin in the long run.  

3.2 No two skins are the same 

Inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi where broken pieces of pottery are mended with gold to create unique pieces, we believe that everyone’s skin is different and should be treated as such.  

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Therefore, we curate product recommendations and treatment regimes based wholly on you and your skin’s needs.  

3.3  Skincare requires commitment 

Not just from us to you, but also for you with yourself. Skincare is a lifelong journey and we’re here every step of the way. As your skin undergoes a myriad of changes, we will grow and adapt right along with you – and that’s an unchartered adventure we are committed to for as long as you will it too.

4. Customised Solutions 

What works for one person’s skin may not be effective for you. Thus, all our treatments and regimes are fully customisable. Despite our quaint range of skincare staples, different combinations, dosages, and regimes can provide a variety of solutions for every skin’s needs.  

We take pride in creating a custom solution for every skin concern that we crafted a treatment with over 1000 combinations.

5. Harnessing the Power of Technology 

To enhance the effects on your skin and give it that extra boost, we believe in investing in medical-grade technology. Our in-spa facial equipment is not only medical-grade, but clinically tested and imported from global skincare equipment experts (like Israel, Italy, Korea, and Spain). Paired with unique protocols that are researched in-house, it maximises the effects on your skin.  

6. Quality Products 

Suited for all skin types and formulated for Asian skin, we harness the power of natural ingredients and combine them with technologically advanced formulations to deliver honest and effective results. Furthermore, all our products go through rigorous quality control and stringent ingredient checks to ensure quality and efficacy. 

When it comes to skincare and beauty, you should always be able to enjoy your products guilt-free. This means indulging your skin without harming it with harmful ingredients. As a nature-inspired brand, all our products do not contain nasties such as drying alcohols, sulfates, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, and more. 

7. Trusting Bond 

When you close your eyes and lay on our treatment bed, you place your trust in our hands. More than just a professional relationship, your therapists are those you know you can rely on to care for you in times when you most need it – skincare or otherwise.  

Know that we’re always here to provide a listening ear for anything that may be troubling you and getting you down.  

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We hope you’re now well equipped to make an informed choice when selecting a spa for your next facial treatment! 

Ready to start your skincare journey with Porcelain? 

Experience the Porcelain difference for yourself with a Skin Discovery Analysis or Virtual Skin Education, where our Skin Experts will help uncover the hidden secrets of your skin and kick start your skin transformation journey.  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes, here's something special to celebrate our healthcare heroes who have kept us strong through tough times! 

Together, Our Singapore Spirit.  

As a proudly local brand, this year’s National Day theme spoke to us on a deeper level. Starting up from a small shophouse 12 years ago and growing to where we are now, we knew the importance of those who supported us and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help us achieve greater heights.  

Thus, to embody this year’s National Day theme, we wanted to celebrate the spirit of the people that have kept us strong through tough times – our healthcare heroes!  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes, here's something special to celebrate our healthcare heroes who have kept us strong through tough times! 

Credit: Cedric Fauntleroy 

So here’s something special for our Healthcare Heroes  

In partnership with SG Healthcare Heroes,   

Enjoy an exclusive 1 for 1 special on a Porcelain Facial Treatment*.   

Plus, receive a complimentary 3 piece Skincare Kit (worth $98) filled with curated goodies that will nourish, pamper and strengthen your skin, especially after prolonged hours of mask-wearing.   

*T&Cs apply.  

Use code <SGHEALTHCAREHEROS> when booking your appointment here, or flash your staff pass in our stores and let us take care of you!  

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Not a healthcare hero yourself? Share this special with those who are and help us spread our appreciation for our heroes! 

Gone are the days where the sun’s UV rays were the only thing you needed to protect yourself from. Though its photo-ageing and burning effects still pose a vast threat, increasing urbanisation has led to a growing sea of irritants and the matching expansion of our skincare routines to combat it.

Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector

Ever steadfast in its innovation, Porcelain set out to create a one-step defence. Introducing the local cult skincare brand’s latest edition, the Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector, SPF28. Formulated with real skin types and needs in mind, this luxurious and enhanced sunscreen is a daily skinvestment that works to future-proof skin for a healthy, glowing complexion for years to come.

More Than Just UV Sunscreen

Harnessing the ample capabilities of Cerium Oxide, Platinum, Orange Peel Oil and Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract allows this weightless sunscreen to tackle ageing at the root while providing anti-UV, anti-blue light, anti-pollutive and anti-oxidative benefits.

Cerium Oxide

Clinically proven to be a more effective alternative to the commonly found Titanium Dioxide, Cerium Oxide works to defend the skin from harmful blue light, UVA and UVB rays. Its mineral nature also allows it to be a cleaner and skin-friendlier alternative to chemical sunscreens. Additionally, its potent anti-oxidant properties prevent oxidative stress, accelerates wound healing and minimise cellular inflammation to tackle photoageing at the root.

Platinum

A break-through ingredient in the realm of skincare, Platinum lends its anti-oxidant and anti-ageing capabilities to shield skin from daily damage. But the potential of this luxury ingredient extends beyond sheer protection. Its complex nature allows it to enhance the stability of peptides in the skin, remove cellular toxins, boost the penetration of actives and form an electrical balance on the skin surface for heightened protection against oxidative damage.

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil

A rich source of Vitamin C – an ingredient widely known for its anti-oxidant properties- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil defends the skin against daily free-radical damage. It also contains additional anti-UVA benefits, protecting essential collagen and fibroblast against photoageing UVA rays.

Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract

Used in traditional Japanese medicine, Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract contains anti-UV properties that protect skin cells against UV-induced damage while soothing inflamed skin for a radiant complexion that’s healthy from within.

Skincare-Grounded Protection

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Designed with a blend of skincare’s latest advancements and botanical extracts widely used in traditional medicine, the satin-finish Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector’s works for:

Sensitive Skin

Renown for their abilities, Lavender Flower Water and Lavender Oil lend their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties to keep sensitive skin calm and protected against irritants. Furthermore, Lavender Oil promotes wound healing by stimulating increased collagen production. Coupled with the anti-inflammatory response of Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemon Grass) Leaf Oil, enjoy soothed skin throughout your day.

Ageing Skin

Sasa Senanensis (Bamboo) Leaf Extract contains anti-UV properties that protect the skin’s cells from UV damage. To further enhance its defensive abilities, Platinum, a highly stable anti-ageing ingredient, was added. Known for its multipronged ability to remove cellular toxins and shield the skin against free radical damage, Platinum has proven itself as an effective anti-ageing agent in the realm of skincare.

Acenic Skin

Guard against acne as Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil work to prevent bacterial and fungal proliferation, form stronger skin barriers to defend against irritants, soothe inflammation and stimulate the skin’s natural healing abilities.

Dry Skin

A blend of Jojoba Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E moisturise the skin while promoting the repair and maintenance of its natural barrier against irritants that threaten to further dry skin.

Crafted with Nature’s Best

No different to the rest of Porcelain’s Skincare, the Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector was thoughtfully designed and sustainably sourced to give back to nature.

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Organic Ingredients

Comprised of 7 organic ingredients clinically proven to prevent inflammation, curb bacteria proliferation while keeping skin protected and moisturised.

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Reef-Friendly Formulation

Free of Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene, enjoy a day by the beach knowing your sunscreen is reef-friendly.

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Clean & Guilt-Free

Free of silicones, parabens, mineral oils, drying alcohols and more, indulge in a clean, sustainable and guilt-free sunscreen without compromise to your skin and nature.

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Cruelty-Free

Clinically and human tested for effectiveness and SPF accuracy to remain cruelty-free and efficacious for you.

Porcelain’s Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector will be available at all Porcelain Spas and online at PORCELAINSKIN.COM at $128 from 8 June 2021.

From 8 June 2021 onwards, redeem a complimentary sample ofPorcelain’s Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector at prcl.in/UV-Sample. While stocks last.

The journey to embracing one’s imperfections is very personal – some find their way by prioritising their self-care, others through friends and family, while some find their way by breaking through personal boundaries and comfort zones.   

Welcome to #MyimPerfection – a collection of real stories, graciously shared by individuals on their path to embracing their true selves, unabashed and unmasked.    

This month, we were blessed with the opportunity to listen to a story from a different perspective – one of liberty found beyond boundaries.   

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Despite the early morning rain, the mood at the seemingly serene Porcelain Face Spa was bright and teeming, eager to meet our guest for this instalment of the #MyimPerfection series. – Derrick. Much like the spa itself, Derrick’s initial calm and composed energy soon melted away for unbeatable confidence and infectious laughter that made the conversation lively.

What is your imperfection? 

“It was acne problems for me. I started dealing with it in my teenage days and it was terrible.”  

Seeking solutions to manage his acne by himself, Derrick turned to beauty forums. Not armed with sufficient knowledge at the time, he started to follow the forum’s DIY solutions – from mixing apple cider vinegar with rose water to only sticking to 3 skincare steps to minimise pore congestion. Derrick dabbled in various remedies and skincare products, believing they would help his skin. However, these homemade concoctions never gave him the skin of his dreams. Instead, it caused his oily-combination skin to turn sensitive.   

As Derrick progressed to university, his self-esteem and confidence took a hit.   

“I was pursuing a business degree, which entailed a lot of presentations. Standing and presenting next to friends who had flawless skin and looked good eventually caused me to lose my sense of confidence.”  

Throughout his schooling experience, he braved through comments made about his skin – from those suggesting he needed to do something about his skin to statements that played to negative university faculty stereotypes.   

“I couldn’t lift my head up when I was out, which meant that I stayed home a lot, just to avoid having people look at my skin. There was even an instance where I heard a child ask their mum what happened to my face. It was awful.” 

At the time, Derrick was still relying upon the advice of forums and testing various products in hopes of finding the right solution. Surprisingly, Derrick shared that he did not consider facials as he was held back by traditional views about the service.   

“I never believed in facials as I adopted the traditional mindset that in society, only women and effeminate men were allowed to experience facials.”  

However, this view was soon about to change.   

A moment of liberty beyond boundaries… 

After entering the workforce, Derrick felt that his career was being held back by his skin and decided to search for long-term skincare solutions – even prepared to consider the once-taboo option of facials.  

“It was a rather vain decision but it occurred to me while I was reading a magazine. All the successful people you see were all well-groomed. For me, to advance my career, it was important to have good skin as it shows others you can take care of yourself and by extension, a team.”  

That was ultimately the turning point for Derrick – leading him to take up his friend’s recommendation at a local facial spa known as Porcelain.   

Believing in the recommendation, Derrick gave Porcelain a try in 2020 and had not turned back since.   

“When I caught up with university friends, they noticed my skin improved. I felt more confident in my presentations and I even realised that my bosses were fielding me for more senior management discussions.” 

Since then, Derrick’s relationship with his skin grew beyond the occasional facial. This included a robust skincare routine that he never lives without (even when travelling pre-COVID), investing in his skin through his lifestyle habits and diet.   

“I’m more careful with my diet – making sure to reduce oily foods, dairy and caffeine. I also make sure I get my 7 hours of sleep as much as I can.” 

A piece of advice for my younger self: 

“It’s important to research but not overdo it, to find a reputable company you can trust and avoid DIY as you may not know what product works best for your skin. Most importantly, never be afraid to try something.” 

And a piece of advice for those experiencing similar imperfections: 

“If I can overcome my skin imperfection, so can you.” 

Derrick’s Favourites: 

Though he first started his Porcelain skin journey with OxyRevive and saw his skin improve drastically with the Quintessential, Derrick’s favourite was Cryotherapy.   

For products, Derrick admitted that it was hard to pick his favourite.  Eventually, he concluded that the HA+ Hydrating Serum was his must-have. “It helped me a lot. Before using it, my skin was dry and sensitive but after introducing it into my routine, I swear by it.”

The Porcelain Difference: 

“I love the homely feeling at Porcelain, especially Porcelain Face Spa. It gives me a sense of comfort and that I’m being well taken care of.”  

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We would like to thank Derrick for sharing his journey and providing a perspective we rarely get to see. We hope it sheds a comforting light on your journey to embracing your own imperfections. Know that your beauty is more than meets the eye and is a result of your unique experiences. We will always be here to journey with you as you embrace them.    

Love, Porcelain. 

“Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.” 

Wess Stafford.   

There is plenty of joy to be found in the journey to embracing one’s imperfections though few often see it: accepting our bumpy roads and missteps as invaluable learning experiences that pave the way for future greatness.     

Welcome to #MyimPerfection – a collection of real stories graciously shared by individuals on their path to embracing their true selves, unabashed and unmasked. 

This month, we listened in to what seemed like a familiar story – a battle with acne- but what lay underneath was a story of perseverance littered with the rare choice of joy. 

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The gloomy weather that afternoon had set the mood for a calm, mild and cosy conversation. This was quickly turned on its head when Esther arrived at Porcelain Origins. As she greeted the team around her, her beaming smile and chirpy tone instantly lifted the mood and put everyone at ease. Melodic laughter and lively conversation filled the spa as Esther got ready with our makeup artist. Her warm aura and infallible smile made it impossible to detect the true nature of her journey to embracing her imperfections. 

What is your imperfection? 

“I’ve been battling acne for a very long time and it really affected me. Subconsciously, when you have acne, you just don’t feel as comfortable. You wonder what others think of you: if they’re judging you or staring at your acne.”  

At the beginning of her skin journey, Esther’s skin knowledge was limited much like everyone else. This led her to rely heavily on the recommendations of her family and friends.  

“When I was younger, my friends would always point out what products had worked for them and seeing their flawless skin convinced me to try them out.”  

While trying and testing the wide variety of suggested solutions, Esther went for facials which begun to stabilise her condition. When her skin had finally gotten better, her acne reared its head again when she left for university overseas. The sudden reappearance had left Esther confused as she attempted to decipher the causes of this outbreak.   

“I wasn’t sure what the reason was and it came to a point where I decided to go to a doctor to get help.”  

Through her doctor, Esther was prescribed anti-biotics which had a positive effect on her skin. But she soon realised that it was not a long term solution as her acne resurfaced the moment her prescription was completed.   

Once more, Esther looked to her friends for help. Amongst the many mismatched recommendations and wasted, incompatible products, 2 had left their mark on her. While overseas, Esther was sold on a trending clay mask that was gaining traction for its ability to deeply remove oils and congestion. Though she had not realised it then, the mask had over-exfoliated her skin, causing it to become sensitive. Believing in her friends’ advocacy of the product, Esther continued to give it a go in hopes that it would alleviate her growing list of issues.   

“It took me a while to actually realise that the product was making things worse and I don’t think I would ever want to touch it again.”  

The second was laser treatments. In 2017, Esther decided to laser treatments a try, once more with the endorsement of her friends. Though she was apprehensive about the invasive nature of the procedure, she decided to go along with it as her friends’ saw good results from their experiences. 

Though her initial instincts were correct, she carried on with the treatments only for her skin to increase in sensitivity, to the point where a simple cleanse would cause spots to flare up.   

Finally, a recommendation that worked… 

Even though her skin journey thus far had been littered with ineffective solutions, Esther still chose to continue her search for the right solution that would one day provide her with the joys of healthy skin. 

After completing her university studies overseas, Esther returned home to hear the final recommendation that would change her skin for years to come.   

“I was introduced to Porcelain by my brother.”  

During his time in SMU, Esther’s brother had been involved in a competition in which Porcelain was a participating brand. Through that experience, he found out about Porcelain’s approach and decided to recommend it to Esther who was searching for an effective remedy. Given that she had yet to find the skincare solution that worked for her, Esther decided to give Porcelain a shot.  

“Though I was with Porcelain for a few months, I saw improvements in my skin. Even my friends and colleagues around me said I looked and felt more confident.”   

Even when she went overseas for an extended time or experienced maskne in recent times, Esther was able to restabilise her skin and enjoy the confidence that healthy skin brought.  

Despite the roller coaster ride of trial and error that would have stumped many, Esther chose to face them with a smile in hopes that one day, she would soak in the joys of having healthy skin.   

A piece of advice for my younger self: 

“Don’t just jump into any skincare products without properly understanding your skin and educating yourself on skincare.” 

Esther’s Favourites: 

“I recently tried Illuminate and really enjoy that treatment.” Much like Cellin & Mei Ying, Esther’s journey with Porcelain started with the Quintessential and OxyRevive but as her skin improved and progressed beyond acne, she ventured out to give different facials a try. 

Hydro Cleanser and Glycolic Toner are my staples. I began using Hydro Cleanser when I started my journey at Porcelain and I have not switched it since then. The Glycolic Toner always leaves my skin feeling refreshed. Plus, it helps with exfoliating your skin without making it feel too dry.” 

The Porcelain Difference: 

“It’s definitely the effectiveness. That is something that I personally stand by because it’s proven itself over the years for me.” 

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We would like to thank Esther for sharing her magnetic personality and refreshingly cheer. We hope it sheds a comforting light on your journey to embracing your own imperfections. Know that your beauty is more than meets the eye and is a result of your unique experiences. We will always be here to journey with you as you embrace them.   

LOVE, PORCELAIN.