Skin Hacks

A visual and literary representation of skincare tips (what we call #SkinHacks — skin hacks). Find out anything! The difference between dry and dehydrated skin. How to layer hydration How to care for acne! … and more.

With over 7.8 billion people in the world, there are only a few things everyone has in common with each other. Unsurprisingly, experiencing blackheads is one of them. However, those of us living in tropical climates like in Singapore often experience blackheads more often. Despite that, it’s a problem that can be easily managed with the right skincare guidance and tips!

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What are Blackheads?

A mild form of acne, blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin when a pore is congested (with dead skin cells and sebum) and exposed to air. This exposure to air gives regular whiteheads (aka closed comedones) their darker appearance synonymous with blackheads. 

What Causes Blackheads?

1. Sebum

One of the main components to blackheads, sebum produced by the skin can become congested within the pore, leading to their formation. This also explains why Asians or individuals reside in tropical climates experience more blackheads. The warm temperatures paired with higher humidity makes sebaceous glands more active, making it easier for blackheads to form.

2. Dead Skin Cells

Another essential component to blackheads, dead skin cells that lie on the surface of the skin can clog pores, preventing the oil produced by sebaceous glands from leaving the pore. Over time, this builds up the congestion that forms into a blackhead.

3. Hormones

Skin is more than what is on the surface. Our skin is also largely impacted by our body’s health and wellbeing. At various points (like during menstruation), our hormones fluctuate, resulting in an increase in sebum production.  

With a handful of root causes, it makes blackheads one of the more manageable forms of acne! 

blackhead extraction in Singapore

Combatting Blackheads with Treatments

Treatments are the best ways to get rid of blackheads quickly and safely. Not only are technologically advanced equipment used, but trained experts who understand the inner workings of skin thoroughly are better able to manage skin and remove blackheads efficiently. Here are our recommendations for Porcelain’s best blackhead treatments.

OxyRevive™ Facial

Oxygen not only powers your body and everything around you, but it can also help clear blackheads and leave you with brighter skin. A gentle yet intensive high-velocity OxyJet coupled with saline solution removes dead skin, sanitises pores and loosens congestion. To replenish the skin with vital nutrients and give it a natural glow, a Hyperbaric Oxygen Infusion therapy that pumps the skin is deployed. While it may take longer to achieve a blackhead-free complexion, OxyRevive™ Facial is the perfect alternative for milder cases of blackheads.

Quintessential Extraction Facial

Your blackheads are no match for good-old fashion extractions. Not only does our award-winning treatment deploy extractions, but it also focuses on rebalancing the skin’s pH for stronger resilience against impurities that threaten to inflame skin as it recovers from extractions. Utilising medi-technology and in-house formulated products, the Quintessential Facial thoroughly cleanses skin while replenishing it with vital nutrients to recoup and thrive. This, paired with the expert extraction techniques deployed by highly trained therapists, blackheads (along with other pesky acnes) do not stand a chance! 

OxyZap™ Facial

The perfect, painless alternative to the Quintessential Facial, the OxyZap™ Facial combines the benefits of OxyRevive™’s oxygen therapy with the power of IPL. OxyJet and Hyperbaric Oxygen Infusion therapy work to cleanse the skin, loosen congestion and reinfuse essential nutrients while IPL soothes inflamed/irritated sebaceous glands to reduce sebum production. The ultimate duo for reduced blackheads in the short and long term!

Combatting Blackheads with Homecare

Though treatments are effective in dealing with blackheads, homecare plays an equal role in ensuring the skin stays healthy with minimal blackheads between treatments.

Homecare Tips:

1. Exfoliate Regularly

With one of the causes of blackheads being dead skin cells, regular exfoliation is needed to help remove them and give you softer, brighter skin too! Exfoliation can come in many forms – from chemical exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs to physical exfoliation. To learn more about the difference in AHAs and BHAs plus what they can do for your skin, check out our cheat sheet to skincare acids.

Generally, for chemical exfoliation, BHAs like Salicylic Acid are a better alternative when dealing with blackheads as they are better able to penetrate the skin to break down sebum buildup and congestion within pores. Although this may entice you to pick up products that contain high percentages of Salicylic Acid, it’s good to note that it is most effective at a low concentration (between 2-4%) and is better suited for oilier skin types thanks to its drying effect. Alternatively, AHAs like Glycolic Acid are still effective at exfoliating despite being unable to penetrate as deeply as Salicylic Acid.

For physical exfoliation, it is exfoliation that requires physical rubbing or scrubbing to remove dead skin cells. On that note, we do not recommend reaching out for scrubs or exfoliants that contain granules or microbeads as they can create micro-tears in the skin, leading to inflammation and sensitivity. Instead, look for gentler exfoliants that utilise natural enzymes – like our Natural Skin Refiner!

2. Balance skin pH

Blackheads are often synonymous with oilier skin types. While skin types are predominantly determined by genetics, they can be managed by balancing your skin’s pH. Your skin’s pH is determined by the balance between the oil and moisture content on your skin. Oily skin’s pH imbalance lies in an over-production of sebum to compensate for insufficient hydration. Sebum is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration. When there is a lack of hydration, the skin produces more oils to prevent further loss of hydration. This additional sebum production also explains why those of us with oily skin tend to experience a greater frequency of blackheads. 

Thus, the key to rebalancing oily skin’s pH is to hydrate and regulate the skin’s sebum production. Hydrate the skin with ingredients like Sodium Hyaluronate while regulating oil production with ingredients like Tea Tree Oil (both of which are the main ingredients in our Sebum Control Essence). 

Important note: when it comes to using products containing high percentages of Tea Tree Oil, use it in low concentrations and in small doses to prevent over-drying the skin.

3. Avoid DIY Home Treatments

Everyone loves a good DIY that can help save time and money. But not all DIYs are created equal. DIY Home Treatments such as using baking soda to remove blackheads can strip your skin of its natural moisture, alter its pH and disrupt the skin’s natural bacteria that is needed to protect itself from infections. 

Home extractions should also be avoided as they can cause inflammation that would worsen acne, cause trauma to the skin (bruises, tears etc) and result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

Think you need personal guidance in finding the right blackhead solution for you? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your skin and make tailored recommendations based on its needs.

Plus, it’s now complimentary by Porcelain because of COVID-19!

Not all acne is created equal. While each bump may feel and seem the same, each can be caused by a different combination of factors. Join us as we discover the causes of each form of acne and how to manage them at the root. 

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Different Types of Acne: 

Much like skin, there are numerous forms of acne, each created through a different combination of factors. Though it may be unnerving to discover that there is more than one form of pesky blemish, they are often quite manageable (or can become manageable) once the root of the issue has been identified.  

There are three common causes of acne: 

1. Genetics 

Your genetics are the blueprint for your body. Based on genetics, you can be predisposed to having oilier skin (which contributes to acne) or be more prone to acne formation. Although genetics cannot be altered, a lot can be done to ensure your skin remains resilient to minimise the severity and frequency of breakouts.   

2. Sebum Build-Up & Dead Skin Cells 

The two core “ingredients” that form congestion. Without proper and regular exfoliation, dead skin cells prevent sebum produced within the pore to emerge and keep the skin moisturised. Over time, this causes sebum to build-up within the pore. Additionally, with dead skin cells covering pores, it creates the perfect environment for p.acne bacteria to breed, causing inflammation.   

3. Hormone Fluctuations 

Hormone fluctuations cause the body to produce androgens that stimulate the over-production of sebum. With sebum build-up being one of the core factors for congestion, acne can form as a result. 

Without further ado, let’s look at each form of acne, it’s root causes and our solution to managing them. 

Non-Inflammatory Types: 

1. Whiteheads & Blackheads 

Caused by: Accumulation of dead skin cells & sebum build-up 

Whiteheads are easily identified by their white centres – a mix of accumulated dead skin cells and sebum build-up. This congestion resides under a layer of skin, allowing it to retain its white-ish appearance.  

Contrariwise, congestion found in blackheads does not reside underneath a layer of skin. Instead, it is exposed to air, causing it to oxidise and darken. 

Solution: Regular exfoliation and pH rebalancing 

Whiteheads and blackheads are simple to manage. Regular exfoliation with non-abrasive exfoliators paired with products that regulate sebum production and hydrate the skin can reduce their occurrence. This method of balancing sebum production and hydrating the skin is known as rebalancing the skin’s pH. However, this example applies to oily skin types only. Find out more about how to rebalance your specific skin type’s pH.

Scheduling regular decongesting facials would also help remove congestion  – particularly blackheads as they can cause the skin to appear dull. 

Our Recommendation: Natural Skin RefinerGlycolic TonerSebum Control Essence & OxyRevive Facial 

For a gentle yet effective exfoliation, give our Natural Skin Refiner and Glycolic Toner a shot! Each packed with skin-loving ingredients to exfoliate and nourish the skin. To rebalance the skin pH (in this case, for oily skin), the Sebum Control Essence works to regulate sebum production and deeply hydrating the skin.   

Furthermore, scheduling regular facials like the OxyRevive can clear the pores of their congestion and leave your skin feeling healthier.   

The OxyRevive Facial utilises a gentle yet intensive high-velocity OxyJet to cleanse, remove dead skin and loosen clogged impurities. Paired with hyperbaric oxygen infusion therapy to pump essential nutrients into the skin to revive radiance in the skin. 

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Inflammatory Types: 

1. Papules & Pustules  

Caused by: Accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum build-up & over-growth bacteria 

Papules are red bumps with no visible head while pustules have a visible pus head. These form because of p.acne bacteria over-growth. Congested pore provides the perfect environment for the naturally present bacteria to breed, causing infection and inflammation.  

When this occurs, the body deploys white blood cells to fight the infection, creating pus (a combination of sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria) that fills the pore and creates a bump. 

Solution: Decongesting facials and anti-bacterial homecare 

One of the best ways to counter p.acne bacteria would be to extract the congestion. Removing the congestion quickly would minimise the possibility of scarring as well (which often results when excessive congestion widens or breaks the pore walls). This is best done with a proper decongesting facial done by an expert. As many considerations go into a thorough extraction, it is ill-advised to attempt it yourself. On top of decongesting facials, a robust homecare routine is required – particularly one that has anti-bacterial benefits to counter p.acne bacteria. 

Our Recommendation: Daily Cleansing GelHydraclear Gel & Quintessential Facial 

Extractions are a great way to manage papules and pustules. But the award-winning Quintessential Facial is more than that – it combines medical-grade technology with craftsmanship to deliver the ultimate deep cleansing experience.  

While not a complete home care routine, the Daily Cleansing Gel and Hydraclear Gel form the cornerstones of an effective regime against further bacterial infection and inflammation. Bladderwrack Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract and Carica Papaya in the Daily Cleansing Gel work to soothe, lend its anti-bacterial properties and slough away dead skin cells.   

Paired with the Hydraclear Gel – packed with Witch Hazel Extract and Lemon Fruit Extract that contains potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties – to restore the skin to a healthier state.   

2. Nodular Acne 

Caused by: Dead skin cells, sebum build-up, over-growth of bacteria & deep infections 

Like pustules and papules, nodular acne is a result of p.acne bacteria over-growth. The main difference is that nodular acne occurs at a deeper layer of skin, causing the bump to have no visible pus head and be hard to the touch. Nodular acne also remains in the skin for longer compared to blackheads or pustules. 

Solution: Robust homecare & decongesting facials 

With nodular acne being harder to manage, more is required in terms of skincare solutions. For homecare, products with potent anti-inflammatory and healing properties would greatly help.   

In addition to home care, regular treatments can aid in managing nodular acne as they often deploy technology that penetrates the skin deeply to deal with the issue.   

Our Recommendation: HA+ Hydrating SerumBotanical Sensitive Care Toner & ZitZap Facial 

The HA+ Hydrating Serum is a multi-faceted concoction, with 4 unique blends to manage nodular acne. Cucumber Extract lends it reparative and anti-inflammatory qualities while Probiotics work to rebalance the bacteria on the skin, minimising over-growth of p.acne bacteria.  

Botanical Sensitive Care Toner and its reparative blend of medicinal herbs like Korean Mint and Honeysuckle Flower Extract soothes redness and inhibits bacteria growth.  

Treatments like ZitZap utilise medical-grade IPL to penetrate the skin deeply, effectively reducing inflammation and eliminating p.acne bacteria. This stops nodular acne from worsening and allows the body to naturally remove the congestion.   

3. Cystic Acne 

Caused by: Dead skin cells, sebum build-up, over-growth of bacteria & deep infections 

Often confused with nodular acne, cystic acne is the most severe form of acne. However, with time, patience and the right skincare solutions, it can be managed. Cystic acne develops deep within the skin. However, its severe infection generates a lot of pus, making it softer compared to nodular acne. It also has a visible pus head, unlike nodular acne.   

Our Solution: Combat bacterial growth and remove congestion 

Cystic acne often results in acne scarring as the volume of congestion breaks pore walls. To minimise the severity of scars, reduce the proliferation of p.acne bacteria with anti-bacterial homecare and extract congestion as soon as possible. 

Our Recommendation: Hydraclear GelZitZap & Quintessential Facial 

An essential for cystic acne, the Hydraclear Gel combats bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, hydrates, and regulates sebum & skin pH levels. This aids in diminishing p.acne bacterial, calming cystic acne and slowing down their occurrence as well. 

The mighty duo of ZitZap and Quintessential works quickly to minimise the damage of cystic acne. ZitZap uses medical-grade IPL to reduce inflammation and eliminate p.acne bacteria while the Quintessential utilises craftsmanship to remove the congestion with precision.   

Credit: Polina Tankilevitch 

4. Hormonal Acne 

Caused by: Hormone fluctuations 

Hormone fluctuations typically experienced by teenagers and women experiencing menstruation, menopause or pregnancy. Hormone fluctuations cause increased sebum production and p.acne bacteria propagation. Hormonal acne can come in all forms – papules, pustules and even cystic acne – depending on the severity of the infection.   

Solution: Identify your acne 

The best solution is derived once the type of acne has been identified. 

Balancing the skin’s pH levels also works to reduce the severity of hormonal acne. Plus, it allows the skin to have greater resilience against p.acne bacteria over-growth, irritants and sebum overproduction.   

Our Recommendation: Click here to find out more about how to rebalance your specific skin pH! 

5. Maskne 

Caused by: Heat, sweat, friction & over-growth of bacteria 

The latest form of acne to emerge, Maskne is acne caused by prolonged hours spent wearing a mask. The heat encapsulated within the mask triggers the skin to produce more sebum and sweat that congest pores. Furthermore, friction from the mask damages the skin’s outer protective layer, making it prone to bacterial infections. Plus, with reusable cloth masks quickly replacing disposable ones, bacteria caught in the fabric is in contact with the face until the mask is washed or replaced. This introduces more bacteria to the skin, causing inflammation, irritation and sensitivity.   

Solution: Anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory homecare 

With a majority of maskne’s issues being caused by bacteria, anti-bacterial home care is vital. Additionally, with the irritation that the mask causes to the skin, anti-inflammatory products are also required to help calm the skin and aid in its repair.  

Our Recommendation: Skin Protecting Sanitiser & Aloe Recovery Gel 

Designed to combat Maskne without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, the Skin Protecting Sanitiser is a plant-based, alcohol-free sanitiser formulated with a combination of Eucalyptus, Tea-tree and 200ppm Hypochlorous Acid clinically proven for its effective antiviral properties. The perfect homecare that you can bring along to manage your maskne! 

Specially formulated with pure aloe extracts, the Aloe Recovery Gel provides intense hydration to heal dry and stressed skin. It works to repair skin and increase its resilience overtime.  

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Acne is a very personal matter and should be dealt with the utmost care and personalisation. Thus, do note that the above are general recommendations. For a more accurate and tailored solution, we recommend scheduling a Virtual Skin Education session with our Skin Experts who will guide you 1-on-1 to managing your acne.  

Stay patient, resilient and hopeful! 

Pigmentation is something everyone experiences – from pigments caused by sun exposure and hormones to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Despite being a common occurrence, they can be a hindrance in your journey to flawless and healthy skin. Thus, Porcelain is here to guide you through the ins and outs of pigmentation, arming you with our best solutions to combat these pesky specks!

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What is Pigmentation and What Causes it?

Before we delve deeper into the realm of pigmentation, we need to first get one thing clear. Pigmentation is the colour of our skin caused by melanin produced by skin cells known as melanocytes. Hyperpigmentation is a condition caused by an over-production of melanin, creating the telltale spots or patches of darker coloured skin. 

Common types of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Freckles / sun spots / age spots
  • Melasma
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

While there are many contributing factors like medication, occupation and the presence of autoimmune diseases, here are the most common cause of hyperpigmentation:

1. Sun Exposure:

A common factor that results in hyperpigmentation is the sun’s UV rays. These UV rays trigger the skin to produce more melanin as they act as your skin’s natural SPF, protecting it from further damage. 

Furthermore, once hyperpigmentation spots have appeared, sun exposure would cause them to darken. 

2. Hormone Fluctuations:

Experiencing hormone fluctuations are natural. However, it can lead to melasma, especially in women. Melasma is thought to occur when Osterogen and Progesterone (both female sex hormones) stimulate an overproduction of melanin when the skin is exposed to the sun. 

Melasma also affects many pregnant women due to the bouts of hormone fluctuations they experience.

3. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH):

Perhaps the most commonly experienced type of hyperpigmentation, PIH typically occurs when the skin is healing from injury or inflammation. It is also the reason many of us experience dark spots (aka post-acne marks) where inflamed acne used to be. Just another reason to avoid picking at your acne!

Porcelain’s Solutions for Hyperpigmentation:

There are a plethora of alternatives that offer quick but painful or invasive options to deal with your hyperpigmentation. However, Porcelain’s pigmentation treatments deal with the root of the issue while rebalancing your skin’s pH, boosting its resilience and supporting its natural healing abilities with no down-time.

Zap Bright

The quick healer of hyperpigmentation, ZapBright™ utilises medical-grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to fragment melanin in 45 minutes. This effectively lightens dark spots on the skin and makes it easier for the body to naturally remove hyperpigmentation. Perfect for the time-pressed skincare fanatic.

CryoZap™

The pinnacle of customisation – this high performing facial combines luxury, technology and craftsmanship for the ultimate personalised experience. With over 1000 combinations, the CryoZap™ treatment moulds to your specific skin need to manage several skin issues alongside hyperpigmentation simultaneously. Using a personalised blend of in-house formulated products, medical-grade IPL and cooling Korean medi-technology to fragment melanin and brighten the skin surface. The ultimate heavy-hitting treatment for those of us facing multiple skin concerns. 

SunRescueZap™

This is the ideal treatment for those dealing with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Oxygen Therapy and cooling Korean medi-technology work to calm, repair and hydrate the skin while delivering pH balance to boost skin’s resilience. The addition of medical-grade IPL works to disperse PIH, effectively lightening post-acne marks. Additionally, the IPL’s light initiates the shrinking process of inflamed sebaceous glands, preventing an over-production of excess sebum and acne as a result. 

Commonly Asked Questions:

How many treatments does it take to remove hyperpigmentation?

The exact number of treatments required largely depends on your skin’s reactiveness and natural healing pace. With that said, the average number of sessions needed to visibly reduce hyperpigmentation is 3 to 5. Although this may seem like a comparatively high number of sessions, it is because Porcelain’s treatments focus on encouraging the skin’s natural healing process. This allows your skin to emerge from the treatment with healthy skin, zero downtime and minimal after-effects.

How can I remove hyperpigmentation permanently?

Unfortunately, the occurrence of hyperpigmentation can only be minimised and not eradicated forever. To permanently prevent hyperpigmentation would mean removing the melanin from the skin. Melanin produced gives our skin its natural skin tone, thus, preventing hyperpigmentation would mean removing your natural skin tone. Despite it being an inevitable skin condition, adopting good skin care habits like double cleansing to minimise inflammation, exfoliating regularly to minimise congestion and applying SPF daily can help. 

Are products alone sufficient to combat hyperpigmentation?

Certain products and skincare ingredients (i.e. AHAs and exfoliators) can lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation. But, they cannot entirely remove the hyperpigmentation from deep within. Melanin is produced at the basal layer of the epidermis, a layer that products rarely penetrate to. Thus, the use of medical-grade technology is needed to reach the deeper layers of skin to disperse melanin and aid the body’s removal of the melanin cells.

Think you need personal guidance in finding the right hyperpigmentation solution for you? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your hyperpigmentation and make tailored recommendations based on your skin’s needs. Plus, it’s now complimentary because of COVID-19!

Extractions – most people have a love-hate relationship with it. A painful yet innately satisfying process that’s sought after – especially in Singapore where humidity and heat add to an increased frequency of pore congestion. But before you start picking at your zits, here is what you need to know about extraction facials and why you should leave it to the professionals. 

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What are Extraction Facials and are they painful?

Extraction facials are the process of clearing congestion from pores using extraction tools or fingers. This process manipulates and applies pressure to the skin to express congestion. Thus, there is a high likelihood that there would be pain experienced as a result. However, the severity is dependent upon the expertise of your therapist and personal pain tolerance. While extraction facials may seem simple, multiple factors come into play. Acne type, skin sensitivity, skin type, skin condition and pore direction all factor into the difficulty of extractions. 

While most would gravitate towards a ‘painless’ extraction, it is good to note that a thorough extraction is rarely that.

Can I do my Extraction Facials by myself?

Should your skin, fingers or tools be improperly sanitised, it can result in inflammation. Although inflammation may seem like a small price to pay for seemingly cleaner pores, it is typically a sign that there is much worse to come and don’t say we didn’t warn you here about the dangers of extracting at home

An inflamed pore shows the presence of bacteria. These bacteria can further irritate the oil glands within the pore, causing it to produce more sebum. This further clogs the pore. If not dealt with correctly and immediately, it can cause the pore to enlarge on the surface and within the skin. At this stage, even removing the congestion thoroughly can leave behind acne scars and pigmentation spots (a result of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation).

Therefore, as gratifying as it is to express zits and blackheads, improper extracting knowledge, technique and sanitation will only cause more problems than it solves. 

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Are Extractions good for your skin?

Yes, when done correctly! Congestion left for too long can lead to enlarged pores, bumpy skin texture and in some severe cases of acne – a higher possibility of acne scars developing post-extractions. Thus, a thorough extraction done by a trained professional will aid in:

– Minimising pores
– Evening skin tone
– Improving overall skin texture
Stimulate cell renewal
– Reduce sebum production
– Minimising presence of acne causing bacteria

How often should you go for extractions?

No two skins are alike. Thus, the frequency of extractions depends on a variety of factors like genetics, skin type and severity of congestion. Genetics determines your skin type and its conditions. Should acne be a genetic condition, it would require a higher frequency of extractions to manage. In addition to genetics, skin types like oily skin produce higher quantities of sebum – which contributes to acne formation. 

While extraction facials satisfy the desire for congestion-free skin, it is vital to support the recovery process of your skin post-extraction. After all, the extraction process causes small wounds (aka extracted pores) to form. A sturdy recovery process is a balance of a holistic home care regime and treatments that replenishes, protects the skin and boosts the natural healing abilities of the skin.

Where should I go for extractions?

When searching for the right facial spa for extraction facials, there are several important factors to consider. 

Skills:

With many factors to consider before extracting, it is best to place your trust (and face) with a well-trained and skilled therapist who can adapt to suit the specific needs of your skin. 

Price:

Price is a huge factor in many of our decisions. Though it is tempting to seek inexpensive options, it is vital to remember that you get what you pay for. Moreover, more than one extraction facial is likely required for your skin to reach a healthy, self-sustaining state. Thus, make sure that you look for value-for-money options that you can sustain in the long run. 

Holistic Skin Care:

Extractions are only a small part of your journey to healthier skin. If post-extraction care is lacking, the recovery process of your skin would slow down drastically. It may even impact the results of the extraction facial.  Thus, the search for spas that place a focus on providing a holistic skincare routine that provides a balance of treatments and skincare products. 

Thankfully, Porcelain has got you covered!

Grounded in our skincare philosophies of customized facial treatment, healthy skin and sustainability and methodologies to treat, balance and protect the skin. Porcelain prides itself in providing a lifelong, holistic skincare journey with the help of technology, craftsmanship and the power of natural ingredients. 

To ensure a consistent experience and quality service, each therapist undergoes over 500 hours worth of training and stringent testing.  

Don’t just take it from us – check out what our clients have to say!

Ready to give Porcelain a try? Begin your skincare journey with a Skin Discovery Analysis and allow our trained professionals to uncover your skin’s deepest secrets.

Facials tools have always been a staple in skincare: from traditional Gua Sha tools and Facial Rollers to modern-day blackhead removing suction devices. But with the plethora of tools in the market, it can be hard to determine which to use. Plus, much like your skin, each skincare tool is unique and requires special techniques to ensure the best results. Thus, to help you achieve the best experience and effects, let’s focus on the most basic and popular tool – the Facial Roller – and provide our best tips to roll your way to healthier skin. 

Credit: Polina Tankilevitch 

What’s a Facial Roller? 

If you’re new to the realm of skincare tools, a facial roller may be the least intimidating and most seen tool around. Often found populating Instagram feeds, facial rollers have been growing in popularity thanks to their ease of use, lower price points and rise in popularity of crystal-infused beauty. But what exactly is it?  

Primarily made of jade, facial rollers are tools used to conduct Gua Sha (A traditional Chinese practice using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension). While rollers do come in a variety of sizes, shapes and crystals, they provide the same functionality. 

What Does a Facial Roller Do? 

When used correctly, rollers can:  

– Boost blood circulation in the face for a brighter and firmer visage
– Decrease puffiness by aiding the skin’s lymphatic drainage system
– Increase product penetration into the skin 

However, as with every trend, rollers have a host of myths and claims attached to them. Rollers cannot:  

Stimulate collagen production: 

Fibroblasts (the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin) reside deep in the dermis layer, making them hard to reach and stimulate with a roller. Stimulating fibroblasts to produce collagen can only be done with the use of appropriate medical technology that can penetrate deeply into the skin’s multiple layers.  

Treat acne:

While there may be claims that rollers made of crystals (such as Amethyst) can aid in clearing acne thanks to the crystal’s purifying abilities, there is insufficient research to support these claims.  

Permanently slim your face:

Though proper use of a facial roller can temporarily provide a firmer visage, rolling your face will not cause it to lose weight. 

How to Use Facial Rollers Correctly 

To ensure maximum effectiveness when using your facial roller, we recommend following the steps mentioned below. Don’t have your own roller yet? Try Porcelain’s Aventurine Jade Roller!  

Before starting the facial massage with your roller, grab your favourite serum or moisturiser and apply a generous layer of the product all over your face and neck. This makes the rolling process smoother and minimises tugging on your skin.  

1. Start with the Neck 

Place your roller at the top of your neck (right under your ear). Roll down the neck towards the shoulder with gentle pressure. For the best results, roll in one direction instead of back and forth. Repeat this motion six times on each side of the neck.

2. Top of the Neck

With the roller at right behind the ear, move it back and forth on that area six times on each side.

3. Around the Neck 

To complete drainage around the neck, place the roller on the base of the neck, just above the collarbone. Roll towards the side of the neck, repeating each stroke six times. Upon completion, gradually move up the neck, repeating the strokes until you have reached the top of the neck.

4. Onto the Face

Start with the roller on your chin. With gentle pressure, move the roller from your chin towards your ear. Similarly, pushing the roller in one direction rather than back and forth will give better results. Repeat this six times. Following your facial contours, repeat this pushing motion as you move up your face.   
When rolling the upper cheek, eye area and forehead, push the roller towards the temple rather than the ear. Do note to use light pressure when near the eye area.   
 

5. The Final Drainage 

For the final drainage, start with your roller at the middle of your forehead, just above the brow. Push this towards your temple. Continue moving the roller down your face, keeping it near the edge of your face. Once the roller has reached your jaw, move it horizontally and push it towards the back of the ear. From there, gently roll down the neck and finish off at the shoulder. 
 

There you have it – a super relaxing and beneficial facial rolling technique you can use daily for a firmer and brighter visage!  

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