We love storytellers with good stories to tell, and chefs with good food to give. In May, we collaborated with a woman who generously shared both with us. Celebrity chef Angela May’s tale is the first of two It’s What’s Inside That Counts stories, which also falls under the Origins series (headlined by Kelly Latimer). While Kelly’s story focused on how her English roots inspire her present and future in Singapore, Angela’s prods us to take a closer look — within ourselves.
Hello, Sunshine by Angela May
been advocates of not just topical care for healthy and radiant skin, but also
being mindful of what we eat and drink so we’re nourishing our skin from within
as well. With the opening of Porcelain Origins and the quaint café that nests
within it, it was most opportune to work with Angela just in time for summer. Hello,
Sunshine is Angela’s take on a fruity summer smoothie — available for a
limited time only at Porcelain Origins at $12.90.
Angela’s recipe incorporates yummies like peach, lychee, aloe vera, and rosemary and bee pollen for garnish. Is it a coincidence that they’re some of our own favourites and are key ingredients in our products and treatments?
Something similarly bee-inspired is used in our Beespoke™ Honey Facial, a treatment that was specially created for Sofitel City Centre Singapore — bee propolis!
B E E
P R O P O L I S
Yes, again, rosemary has amazing antioxidants properties. More than that, it’s a great oil-balancer (just in time for summer) and cleans out impurities without drying the skin. Catch a whiff of it in our Soothe – Hydro Cleanser.
We do love bare skin and outward confidence as much as we love feeling good…
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.”
We generally steer clear from sales talk or pushy blog posts, but our recent annual Client Satisfaction survey sprung some surprising results: Our clients actually want to hear more about our treatments, products and seasonal offerings. So, here’s answering some of their wishes because this X’mas, our Christmas offerings are looking pretty fine.
No matter what age you are, hydration remains the essential solid foundation for great skin – making this set of three essential hydrators an absolute prize. The deal clincher – it also comes with a complimentary limited-edition pouch.
– Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel (1x 50ml)
– Balance – Hydraclear Gel (1x 50ml)
– Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel (1x 30ml)
– Porcelain Pouch (1x, Complimentary)
– Porcelain Aurelie tea (1x, 10g) *
PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:
– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good aloe gel that’s made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera
– Have pimples and who can’t find a good spot treatment that also hydrates while zapping zits and that also balances sebum and that also feels featherlight on skin and that also…
– Want a moisturizer that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, peach, mountain pepper, peony, lemon verbena, tea tree oil…
– Are men who need that extra bit of TLC post-shave
– Are all of the above
Also the definitive SOS kit for acne-afflicted complexions, this bundle contains what Porcelain fans consider as the go-to stars when hormones go haywire, and acne rears its many ugly heads. Ridding skin of p.acnes bacteria and excess sebum while keeping hydration levels up is key.
– Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (1x 120ml) or Soothe – Hydro Cleanser (1x 120ml)
– Revive – Glycolic Toner (1x 120ml)
– Balance – Sebum Control Essence (2x 8ml)
PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:
– Zit-prone people
– Have combination-oily skin, including and especially men who are more prone to these skin types
– Are in need of controlling excess shine
– Need a gentle, exfoliating toner that contains mild AHAs, and that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut, sage, cucumber, tea tree oil, soybean extracts…
– Who are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too
– Party a lot
– Are very busy
– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good face mask that adheres well to their faces
– Suffer from tired, lined eyes
– Love value for money and serums in equal parts: this mask comes with 30ml of serum which you can squeeze into a 5ml dropper bottle we include with every set!
– Live for multiple-functional gadgets: The Natural Skin Refiner acts as an exfoliator-cum-mask
– Want a mask that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Are women, especially mothers, grandmothers, wives and daughters — show them it’s okay to take a break!
– Are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too
$99 (U.P. $198)
* Buy any 2 sets with a total value of over $200 and get 1x Porcelain pouch + 1x tin of Porcelain Aurelie tea. The Triple Moisture Kit automatically comes with one of both.
Recently on our Dear Pauline column, we got a couple of people asking how long they should be spending on their skincare routine. They have no time. They’re too busy. They’re too tired. They can’t be fussed! And I completely understand.
I’m the laziest out there, really, but have recently switched out of my typical three-step skincare routine: Wash, tone, moisturize in 3 minutes, tops.
And I am a convert.
And honestly? It really doesn’t take much. 10 minutes are all you need. And if you’re really in a rush, 5 can work as well. It’s about the time you take, the products used, and then how they are used. But skincare has now become a form of winding down for me. Precious, slow me time.
But okay, I get that some of you like to always be. On. The. Go. Get. Things. Done. Onwards, you time-starved!
If you’re like some of our clients who first walked through our doors, you might have the misunderstanding that hydration begins only when you’re slapping on moisturizer. Not true! Hydration should really be a part of every step of your skincare routine, including the first: pre-cleansing. Layering is a concept that’s been around for a while now, but many articles we’ve come across talk only about layering on moisturizers… which still focuses on the final step of your skincare ritual. And there’s so much more than that! Today, let’s talk about layering hydration the right way.
1. Layering hydration begins from cleansing
Your cleanser (and pre-cleanser) should help remove makeup and impurities while still injecting your skin with moisture. Love the squeaky-clean feel of your skin after cleansing? That’s not what you should be gunning for! Instead, your face should feel soft and supple after the first wash, as the former is a sure sign of skin that has been stripped of moisture. Look for pre-cleansers and cleansers that contain hydrating ingredients for a revitalizing and hydrating wash.
Dehydrated skin means it’s more prone to build up and any moisture you want to flush your skin with simply won’t get through. Make room for it! Use a gentle exfoliator with natural plant enzymes and aloe extracts to soften dead skin cells while hydrating the skin.
You then follow with your essences, moisturisers, serums and toners… But wait, in which order? There IS a science to follow if you really want to be layering right.
3. The Golden Rule: Layer from lightest to heaviest
This applies to any skincare routine. After you cleanse and exfoliate, you want to work your way through the thinnest products first and build up to the thickest. Products that are less viscous have smaller particles, thus penetrating more easily and deeply into your skin. These mean your toners, essences and serums, followed by your moisturisers. Look for toners that contain hydrating ingredients like natural rose and jojoba oils and that you can use for a quick spritz throughout the day. Find serums that have hydration powerhouses like sodium hyaluronate and aloe vera to quench thirsty skin. Finally, end with moisturizers that also contain hydrating properties and hyaluronic acid to seal all that water within.
It’s an understandable misconception to think that heavier products are necessary to help dehydrated skin, but it is still a misconception. The truth is, when your skin needs water and you’re giving it oil instead, it’s going to become even more desert-like. Why? Oil keeps water out (or in, if you’d been diligent in your hydrating cleansing regime). Imagine adding heavy cream to a dry sponge – it wouldn’t be absorbed, right? Again, many clients have come to understand that dehydrated skin lacks water – not oil. If you are the kind who suffers from seemingly dry skin yet with overactive sebum glands, it’s a sure sign of dehydration but read more about that here.
A final note…
Layering tops up on moisture every single step so it’s a progressive journey for your skin. Instead of cleansing and toning methods that strip your face down into nothing before dumping a whole lot of moisturiser on again, taking it through a healthier exchange of removing oil while replenishing water helps achieve a balanced skin pH. Moreover, this helps to lock in moisture better!