In Singapore, we have the pleasure of living and experiencing a plethora of unique cultures and practices. However, a common point exists amongst them – the desire to be forever young. Join us as we breakdown the science behind aging, the importance of anti-aging and how to start your path down graceful aging. 

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The Science of Aging: 

Aging is a slow process that occurs from the day you were born. However, the negative effects of aging (like wrinkles, pigmentation, thinner skin etc) often appear when a person is in their late 20s. So, what’s causing it? 

Internal Causes:  

1. Poorer Blood Circulation  
Your skin’s blood circulation is vital as it delivers the nutrients and oxygen to your skin’s surface. As you age, naturally, your skin’s blood circulation gets poorer, causing the skin surface to turn dull. 

2. Genetics 
Genetics play a large part in determining the aging process we go through. Fair skin is prone to wrinkles at an earlier stage while darker skin tends to experience them at a later stage. Dryness induced by aging can also be determined by genetics.  

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External Causes: 

1. Sun Exposure 
Aging caused by excessive sun exposure is also known as Photoaging. The sun’s UV rays are comprised of 2 types – UVA & UVB. Simply put, UVA can penetrate deeper into the skin and causes damage to the collagen and elastin of your skin. Collagen is responsible for giving your skin a youthful, plump look while elastin gives your skin its elasticity. UVB on the other hand, affects the surface layer of the skin, often resulting in tans & burns. 

Too much sun exposure over time can lead to spider veins, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and wrinkles. 

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2. Pollutants 
Pollutants, especially in the cities, exposes the skin to free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that cause oxidative stress to the body. Think of your skin as a freshly cut slice of apple. After some time, you would notice that the apple starts to brown and breakdown from oxidative stress. The same happens to your skin. Free radicals break down the cells over time and result in a loss of skin elasticity and wrinkles.  

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3. Lifestyle Habits 
Habits like smoking can contribute to greater oxidative stress while too many late nights contribute to dark eye circles, imbalances in your skin pH and slow down your skin’s ability to heal & recover. Lastly, your nutrition greatly determines your body’s ability to neutralise free radicals. Plus, a poor diet consisting of too many sweets and fried foods can result in greater breakouts – trust us, it’s not worth it, despite how good they taste! 

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4. Improper Care 
Much like any living thing, it will wither when poorly cared for. Improper skincare routines and habits – like over stripping the skin of moisture with oil blotters or skipping on SPF – can cause your skin to be more prone to oxidative damage, inflammation and pre-mature aging. These problems occur because improper care often results in an unbalanced skin pH and as a result, a weaker natural barrier against environmental aggressors. 

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Anti- Aging – Why is it Important? 

Your skin often experiences & shows signs of aging in your mid to late 20s. However, for signs of aging to be visible indicate that the effects of aging have already started taking a toll on you. Furthermore, anti-aging is not all about looking 10 years younger than you are – but rather focusing on strengthening and protecting your skin from internal & external stressors. By focusing on strengthening your skin, you work on minimalizing inflammation, sensitivity, oiliness/dryness and slower signs of aging.  

All this sounds wonderful to have, but how and where do you start? 

Credits: Anna Shvets 

Anti-Aging – When & How to Start? 

It is always ideal to start the basic practices young. These practices include understanding your skin, double cleansing as part of your nightly routines and applying SPF (even if you’re staying home)! However, we know that if you’re reading this article, you have probably started to see signs of aging appear on your skin and are in search of more potent methods of anti-aging.  

These potent methods often come in the form of treatments like Botox, Fillers, Ablative & Non-Ablative treatments. 

P.S. Ablative means that the treatment would remove the first few layers of your skin. 

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What to look for in Anti-Aging Treatments: 

There is a never-ending pile of anti-aging facials offered in the market of skincare. However, it is important that you do your research to find a reliable spa/clinic that offers treatments that: 

  • Deal with the root causes of aging – such as building up the skin’s collagen & elastin and boosting its natural ability to counter oxidative stress 
  • Suits your budget – anti-aging treatments are an investment that require consistency for effects to be substantial. 
  • Fits your time frame – is it vital to look 10 years younger by the end of one session? 
  • Is meant for your skin type – some laser treatments are not suitable for people with darker skin tones (particularly those with skin tones at level 5 & 6 of the Fitzpatrick Skin Phototype Scale 

Unsure of what treatment to go for? Here are some of our top anti-aging treatments you can check out: 

CryoZapWith over 1000 combinations, experience a fully customised treatment designed to target your specific anti-aging needs. 
Proionic: Using a uniquely patented long wave radio frequency, experience the instant and long-term anti-aging effects of cellular ionic exchange. 
Illuminate: A relaxing treatment that combines Oxygen Therapy, Diamond Microdermabrasion and Vino Therapy for the ultimate age-reversing treatment. 

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What to do in preparation for Anti-Aging Treatments: 

Anti-aging treatments are known to be very stimulating in order to stimulate the collagen & elastin that reside deep within the skin. Unfortunately, this stimulation can result in breakouts, inflammation and sensitivity if your skin’s pH is not balanced. This is often the reason that causes many to suffer from breakouts after anti-aging treatments.  

Thus, it is imperative that you work on balancing your skin pH first before continuing with anti-aging treatments. If you’re unsure on your skin’s pH and how to balance it, why not let our Skin Educators figure it out for you?  

Join our Skin Educators in our Virtual Skin Educators as they focus on helping you understand your skin, achieve a balanced pH and healthy skin – all in just 30 minutes! 

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What to do post Anti-Aging Treatment: 

Congratulations! You started down your path to healthier, youthful skin. While getting started is important, ensuring consistency is equally vital. Thus, it is important to have a treatment plan to guide you through to younger skin. A treatment plan should consist of the various treatments suited to you as well as the durations between treatments. In addition to this, after-care is extremely vital to ensure the longevity of the treatment’s result. While after-care tips do vary from treatment to treatment, here are some general tips that should be adhered to: 

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – while your skin is working hard to minimise signs of aging, you need to work hard to supply it with the nutrients, anti-oxidants and hydration it needs to operate! Might we suggest our HA+ Hydrating Serum
  • SPF is your new BFF – remember that the sun is one of the main causes of aging, so protecting yourself from its UV rays is always a safe bet. Plus, some anti-aging treatments tend to make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s always a good idea to make SPF a staple in your daily routine. Try out the Flawless Skin Perfecting Moisturiser – flawless skin that’s protected from the sun in one swipe! 
  • Pace yourself – as we mentioned prior, anti-aging treatments can be very stimulating to the skin. While this is not inherently a bad thing, it is important to note not to over-stimulate the skin with overly frequent treatments as it can result in more sensitive skin. 

We hoped this guide helped to break down aging – its causes and solutions – as well as share some hacks on anti-aging treatments! 

Over on our Instagram, we received an intriguing question during one of our #LetsTalkTuesdays – a weekly installment where we discuss skincare topics and tips. We were asked: 

“What will help firm up one’s skin? Can we consume collagen to produce collagen?” 

With such an interesting question, we felt it would only be fair to research, discuss and share our findings with you! 

Why is everyone so obsessed with Collagen? 

Collagen is a protein that accounts for one third of your body’s protein composition and is the major building block of bones, skin, muscles, tendons & ligaments. Collagen also facilitates healthy skin cell functioning and is one of the reasons why your skin looks healthy and plump in your youth.  

As you age, your collagen production greatly decreases to the point where your body is unable to produce collagen rapidly enough to replace collagen that has been broken down by the body. This leads to more obvious signs of aging (like wrinkles, sagging and loss of suppleness in the skin). Undoubtedly, no one wants to go through this process if they had an alternative to slow it down or bring it to a halt completely. This desire to look forever young led to the creation of technology, treatments and supplements to help slow the process of aging.  

Collagen Supplements – Do they work? 

Among the many options available to help slow the inevitable aging process, supplements have been touted as an easy solution. But does it really work? 

There are two types of collagen used in supplements: Whole & Hydrolysed. 

Whole collagen is collagen that comes whole and will be broken down as peptides in your digestive system. Hydrolysed collagen is collagen that is already broken down into peptides. The difference?  Apart from where the collagen will be broken down into peptides, not much. However, it is important to note that collagen peptides are better absorbed into the bloodstream as they are much shorter chains of amino acids compared to whole collagen.  

The effectiveness of collagen supplements is still a highly debated topic amongst scientists and dermatologists. Although collagen supplement sales people will tell you that their products are effective, there have not been sufficient, well-funded and large enough studies to prove that collagen supplements (both hydrolysed and whole) are effective in boosting the skin’s collagen production and skin elasticity.  

Moreover, when you do consume collagen supplements, much like any other supplement, your body directs and absorbs the collagen in areas that need the most repair. Therefore, it does not guarantee that the collagen you consume will all go to boosting your facial collagen.  

But not all hope is lost, there are still other scientifically proven methods to get your collagen production going! 

Technology & Treatments for Collagen 

Technology has advanced to a point where it can directly stimulate your fibroblasts – a cell that is responsible for producing collagen & elastin –and be extremely relaxing.  

Thankfully, Porcelain has curated a selection of equipment and crafted treatments to create a luxurious and effective experience for you! 

Here are several options: 
CryoZap: 
The pinnacle of customisation: derived from a combination of luxury, technology and in-house formulated products, this facial utilises Intense Pulsed Light to zap your fibroblasts awake (and subsequently product collagen) while a CryoProbe chills the surface of your skin to achieve micro-circulation. An incomparable experience that will leave your skin feeling youthful and radiant.

Proionic: 
Sit back, relax and experience the warm sensation of ionic exchange and long wave frequency that heightens cellular regeneration and collagen & elastin production. Emerge with brighter, healthier and refreshed skin.

Ready to get the get your collagen going? Download our App and book an appointment with us! 

It’s amazing what (sun)light can do for you. We’re talking the magical Vitamin D, said to boost happiness levels, build stronger bones and lower blood pressure. Sunlight can also heal the skin… and generously leave it with little brown gifts called pigmentation. Then there’s the other kind of light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which can also generously lighten the damage dealt. That’s our ZapZapTM for you.

A Zap is A Wish Your Skin Makes | The ZapZap IPL Series | #GetYourGlowOn

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ZapZapTM — An IPL Fairy Tale for the Skin?

The latest introduction to the family of existing treatments, the ZapZapTM series is a suite of IPL treatments targeted at pigmentations, wrinkled/lined skin, acne and acne marks.

IPL isn’t really new to us, but we’d recently given our equipment an overhaul and exchanged our existing Korean technology for the latest, most premium of non-medical grade Spanish Variable Pulse IPL machines that aestheticians are legally licensed to operate. Also, while most other IPL treatments only use blue or green light, our ZapZapTM equipment pairs blue with red light for accelerated recovery.

In other words:

– Better, faster results with even less to no downtime
– It’s good for more than just pigmentations — it’s also great for softening fine lines, heal acne and its marks, balancing excess sebum and brightening the skin
– Suitable for all skin types
– Doesn’t cause dryness to the skin — we promise

We don’t believe in shortcuts, but this is as close as it gets.

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

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ZitZapTM — Healer of Scars, Acne and Broken Hearts Skin

Meet ZitZap™ — the new best friend that makes our signature QuintessentialTM extraction facial so much better. Designed to — well — zap zits, marks and bacteria away, remarkably enhancing skin’s healing after it’s been uncongested (did I just make that up?) to death.

ZapBrightTM — Healer of Pigmentations, Age Spots and Dull Complexions

ZapBright™ zaps melanin, effectively lightening blemishes on the skin. Waste particles are then flushed out of the body and never see daylight again.

ZapGlowTM — Healer of Wrinkles, Lines and Sags

Imagine this: Results so stark yet subtle, a phone camera can’t capture it… but your friends will definitely notice the lines that did a mysterious disappearing act! Designed to reduce fine lines, firm and brighten the skin, ZapGlow™ is an IPL treatment that’s perfect for anti-ageing concerns.

With Good Things Come Bad Things Like Nagging

We love the fast results ZapZapTM brings us and our clients, but as with all things, prevention is better than cure. While some skin problems are truly hereditary (and there’s nothing we can do about genes), we can mitigate/prevent them with these quick skincare tips:

– Use sunscreen so pigmentations don’t appear/appear less
– Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially if you’re pregnant and prone to pigmentations
– Acne is fixable but just made harder if you keep picking at it

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We’re just a zap away,

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: As always, speak with our trusty consultants to determine if the ZapZapTM series is right for you. There’s always something that might be better for what your skin needs.

 


 

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or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

Cleopatra’s good looks are legendary, thanks to her equally famed beauty rituals. Milk and honey were a staple in her baths to give her soft, moisturized, and glowing skin. And here at Porcelain, we’re just a big a fan of those as much as she was. Milk and honey facials, anyone?

On Honey Facials, Milk and Almonds | #GetYourGlowOn

Credit: Van Lanigh

Oh, Honey…

Sidetracking a little…

One fine day in 2018, a woman drove to and parked at a commercial building — promptly getting lost within while trying to get out of the carpark. Somehow, she found herself wandering the kitchen corridors and started panicking in earnest as she’d been lost for over an hour. A gentleman soon rescued the damsel in distress and got her out. Alas, said gentleman was from a prestigious hotel within the premise, and they were searching for an equally esteemed spa partner to work with. With that, a fruitful collaboration was born of The Curious Incident of the Lady in the Daytime.

Now let’s give all these characters a little more character:

Woman:          One of our lady bosses
Building:          Guoco Towers
Hotel:               Sofitel City Centre Singapore
Collaboration: A facial treatment – BeespokeTM Honey Facial + 3 products designed exclusively for them

And the BeespokeTM Honey Facial was Born | #GetYourGlowOn

And the BeespokeTM Honey Facial was Born

This instant rejuvenator is specially designed to deliver radiance to dull, tired skin. The combination of Cryotherapy™ and our signature Shiatsu face massage further lift and rejuvenate skin from within to fight signs of ageing. Complete with LED light therapy, a brightening almond-and-honey scrub, a purifying bee propolis extract plus a milk and honey firming masque, this Beespoke™ Honey Facial is perfect for occasions when you need the fast track to brighter, more hydrated skin.

I’m not sure about you, but that sounds just about #GetYourGlowOn-perfect for the festive season that’s just around the corner. Or for any other time you need a pick-me-up, really.

“Age cannot wither her.”
| Shakespeare on Cleopatra

Other #GetYourGlowOn-worthy treatments to consider: IlluminateTM; Cryotherapy; Arctic ToneTM; ProionicTM

 

Aren’t we all waiting for X’mas,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Rescue & Restore: 4 Steps to Restore Glow to Post-Holiday Skin | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Skin Tips To Revive Dull-looking Skin In Time For X’mas | #GetYourGlowOn

5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

 

or… just flip through our site like you do a diary you found by secret!

 

 

Here’s the cold, hard truth: The answer is yes! For the uninitiated and worried mothers out there, pregnancy facials are possible.

Pregnant women probably need them more than before they got themselves with child — why, hello there, yet another triple-zit-on-my-nose. Where’s that glow everyone talks about? You aren’t alone; many mothers find themselves privy to acne, dry flaky skin, sensitivity, amongst other unwelcome guests — instead of the elusive, legendary radiance.

However, remember to play by the rules of the game to ensure your baby (and you) are safe during this highly hormonal period. 

Pregnancy Facials - Can I Get One With That Bump? | Pregnancy Diaries

Credit: Alex Pasarelu

GENERAL RULES OF THUMB SO PREGNANCY FACIALS DON’T BECOME PREGNANCY FAILS

  • Don’t raise your core body temperature above 38.9°C. You don’t want your body to trap heat and become an oven… research has shown that raising the internal core temperature too high during the first trimester can result in birth defects
  • ALWAYS tell your therapist that you are pregnant when making the appointment, especially if it’s your first pregnancy facial; this helps them modify the steps as necessary so they don’t get charged with babyslaughter

NOW, THE PREGNANCY FACIALS YOU CAN DO

No bells, whistles, or frills where these are related. In other words: stick to the basics. Gentle, hydrating facials are the safest bets and can deliver much-needed moisture and confidence boosts.

1. Facials That Were Specifically Made For You
Customized and thus perfect for pregnant women, period (no more).

How could we say facials are suitable for pregnant women without first designing one specifically for you? Sometimes, pregnant women need just a little bit of downtime or a reminder that they still deserve to and can pamper themselves. Given the hormonal imbalance and resulting epidermal antagonists, you just want to fix them. You just want your un-saggy skin back. You just want some peace.

Doesn’t some oxygen therapy with a Shiatsu facial massage sound wonderfully oasis-like?

Treatments to try: RestorativeTM. Me-time, confidence and brighter, water retention-free skin.

2. Oxygen Facials
Especially great for dry and dull skin

Pregnancy Facials - Oxygen facials are great for dull, dehydrated skin

Oxygen is a really powerful thing. When your skin is tired, dull and lifeless, it’s there to pull you back from the edge. This miracle gas heals by boosting cellular regeneration and blood circulation. The faster your new cells replace the old ones, the younger your skin looks. This super gentle facial can also clear your pores so it can absorb moisture more. Voila, you’re as close to a pregnancy glow as you can get / you just amped on that radiance you have (you lucky thing, you).

P.S. It’s also anti-bacterial (meaning it can help with your acne) and anti-aging (it plumps out fine lines and wrinkles)!

Treatments to try: OxyReviveTM. Glow-ier, brighter skin awaits.

3. Hydrating Facials
Again, especially great for dry and dull skin

Pregnancy Facials - Hydrating facials are great for dull, dehydrated skin

Credit: Camila Cordeiro

Dry skin can really become the bane of your existence when it seems to flake beyond repair (to your despair). Your body is constantly transferring water to the little one inside while leaving you dehydrated and cranky. Dehydration can exacerbate oily skin conditions (the irony), acne and even pigmentation. Keeping it hydrated and healthy, on the contrary, can increase your resistance to the sun’s damaging effects, pollution and free radicals.

Pair your power-packed hyaluronic acid serum with an intensive hydrating facial to quench your skin’s thirst and heal it to a softer, suppler complexion.

Treatments to try: Sun RescueTM. Happier, more hydrated skin lies ahead. 

4. LED Light Therapy
Brilliant for acneic and distressed skin. And yes, generally safe for pregnant mamas 

Pregnancy Facials - LED light therapy is great for distressed, acneic skin

Credit: Anderson Guerra

To make things clear, LED light therapy is non-invasive and targets only the upper layers of the skin. It doesn’t damage your skin tissues but rather, triggers natural biochemical reactions similar to photo-synthesis.

In other words, your baby is safe.

Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria and simply minimizes / brings breakouts to a standstill. Red light, another commonly-used frequency, boosts collagen production, reduces inflammation and lessens redness and irritation.

Leave your frustration with acne bouts and sensitive, inflamed skin at the door. LED light therapy is a multi-talented weapon against acne, wrinkles, dullness and inflamed skin. Depending on the light frequency, it can be used for anything from boosting tissue growth to stimulating collagen production and regeneration.

Kind of a superhero like oxygen.

Treatments to try: Pick Me Up. Rejuvenated skin is just 30 minutes away.

AND, THE STUFF YOU CANNOT DO

As we said — no bells, no whistles. Refrain from fancy stuff like:

  1. Electric currents
  2. Chemical peels – The skin is super sensitive and easily irritated during pregnancy
  3. Microdermabrasions – These will likely scar your extra-sensitive skin and aggravate breakouts.
  4. Extractions – Or, if really, really necessary, ask your therapist to be really gentle with your sensitive skin
  5. Plastic surgery

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Not just slayers of skin woes, pregnancy facials can also really lift your mood. You deserve it. Go for it.

Stay true,


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