Eczema has never been fun to deal with: dry, itchy, red and cracked skin that you’ll do anything to calm down and keep under control. Furthermore, the visuals aspects of eczema (dry, rough and scaly skin) can have a large impact on your self-confidence. To make matters worse, the stress of the current times paired with the need to constantly keep your hands clean and wear as mask has contributed to a rise in flare ups experienced.

While eczema cannot be fully ridded, it’s severity can be managed, and your skin can be restored back to a healthy, supple state.

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What Causes Eczema?

According to the National Eczema Association, eczema is usually caused by a combination of genetics and triggers. Those of us that experience eczema often have an overactive immune system that produces inflammation when it is triggered by a substance inside/outside of the body.

Though the effects of these triggering substances vary between people, some common irritants are:
– Dry skin
– Fragrances & Perfume
– Stress
– Humid & hot climate
– Bacterial infections
– Allergens (pollen, dust, pet dander)
– Hormones

5 Simple Steps to Managing Eczema

Despite the triggers varying amongst people, here are several basic steps you can apply to manage your eczema:

1. Avoid hot showers
2. Avoid scratching
3. Manage your stress levels
4. Keep your skin clean of sweat and dust
5. Hydrate your skin

Using the right skincare also plays a tremendous role. We’re here to share our secret to help you stay on top of your eczema and get the healthy skin you deserve.

Building Stronger, Resilient Skin

Eczema often flares up when the skin is exposed to various triggers (internal and external). While internal triggers (stress and hormones) are slightly harder to control and avoid compared to external triggers (fragrances, dry skin, climate, bacteria), the effects of both can be minimized by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier against these substances.

The skin’s natural barrier acts as a shield against triggers and thus minimize the impact of triggers. Its strength comes from your skin’s pH balance. If you’re not sure what skin pH is, head over to this article where we explain the basics of skin pH. Eczema skin’s pH imbalance often comes from an under-production of sebum and lack of hydration. Sebum (which is the oil your skin produces) is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration, a lack of it causes your skin to experience a lot of hydration and moisture loss. 

Thus, it is vital to rebalance your skin in order to minimize the effects of triggers.

Treating Eczema skin with Intensive HA+ Hydrating Serum

As we mentioned, eczema skin’s imbalance lies in an under-production of sebum and lack of hydration. Thus, managing it requires replenishing the skin with hydration and sealing it in.

Made with a blend of natural ingredients to develop four unique complexes, the award-winning HA+ Hydrating Serum actively works to repair skin, reduce sensitivity and redness and deeply hydrate the skin. It’s lightweight texture and fast absorbing nature make it comfortable to apply, leaving no sticky feeling afterwards.

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Blend #1: Sensitive Complex

Aloe Vera Extract and Cucumber Extract lend their anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe skin while stimulating it to repair. Elderflower Extract contains potent antioxidants (Vitamin A & C) to soothe and condition the skin – especially effective after the skin has experienced trauma caused by triggers.

Blend #2: Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Acne Blend

Lactobacillus Ferment, also known as Probiotics, aid in counteracting bacteria on skin to minimise the irritation and inflammation it causes to the skin. Additionally, this helps to reduce the number of breakouts caused by acne bacteria.

Blend #3: Anti-Aging Complex

Though this blend was created to aid in minimising signs of aging, the ingredients fueling this blend are beneficial to managing eczema. Ingredients like Wakame Extract help prevent cell degeneration, repair skin and reduce redness. Paired with Glycosaminoglycans to help maintain the collagen and elastin structures your skin needs to remain supple. Restore resilience to your skin while laying the foundations for a slower aging process.

Blend #4: Deep Moisture Complex

Earlier on, we mentioned that dry skin is a common trigger for eczema and an easy way to manage that would be to hydrate the skin. Thus, this last blend was created with the sole purpose of imbuing the skin with hydration and moisture. A dual-chained Hyaluronic Acid coupled with four hydrating ingredients (Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Polyquarternium-5, and Glycerin) helps to hydrate the skin from deep within, keep the surface of skin moisturised and seal it all in.

Combined, these ingredients and 4 blends work to comfort the skin while strengthening it from within, increasing its resilience against irritants.

How Do I Use It?

The HA+ Hydrating Serum is not only multifunctional in its blends but also in its application. To enjoy maximum effectiveness, apply three to four drops of the serum to cleansed skin and spread evenly. Boost the effectiveness of other products by mixing in several drops of the serum. We recommend mixing the HA+ Hydrating Serum with our Botanical Soothing Gel (a lightweight moisturiser formulated to strengthen and rebalance dry and sensitive skin). Lastly, the serum can also be applied to hands or other parts of the body experiencing eczema or signs of sensitivity.

Don’t just take it from us, check out these reviews from clients that experienced eczema!

“If y’all watched some of my empties videos I did in the past, you’d be familiar with the Porcelain HA+ Hydrating Serum! I love it for its efficacy, on my dry and eczema skin, this soothes, hydrates, plumps and gets rid of dry flakes.”

Mong Chin, YouTuber & Content Creator

“I’ve said this across a few other pages for other products because dehydration is the bane of my existence. I got the chance to try this new product from Porcelain and since using it, the fine lines (from dehydration, not age) on my forehead seem to have lightened. I used to have this stubborn eczema patch above my lip which pops up a few times a month but come to think of it — it hasn’t surfaced in a while…. Kudos to this, I’m pretty sure.”

Kelly Roxanne, Customer of Porcelain

“HA+ Hydrating Serum and Natural Skin Refiner are my absolute favourites from Porcelain for my eczema prone sensitive skin. I’ve tried them for about 1-2 months now and it helps with my acne and spots so so well.”

Trixie Khong, Founder of By Invite Only

Start conquering your eczema today and treat your skin to the ultimate multifunctional serum!

There, we’ve said it. The HA+ Hydrating Serum is the first of Porcelain’s new Intensive line of products, and we made it for the clients who inspired us to curate amazing ingredients into four specific complexes. Four, to help clients from all walks of life enjoy a hydrating serum that would be suitable for any skin type, any age, and any climate. But it took two years before we were ready to unveil it to the world.

The serum was first launched internally — as with any other product we have to ensure it works – before being sold in-store. Like Pauline said during our media launch just the 3rd of May, we run a tight ship with our products.

Porcelain's Intensive - HA+ Hydrating Serum is designed for anyone at any stage of their anti-ageing regime

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“Does this product deserve a space on your shelf?” 

We took two years to be able to say, hell yeah!

So here’s the story we wanted to share that we feel is more important than any blow-by-blow sales talk. Because hey, you can read that here. Instead, let’s talk about the story behind the HA+ Hydrating Serum. 

And that’s really our clients’ stories that we’re sharing. Every day, our clients talk to us. It goes beyond “How’s your day?” – beyond skin deep. Many tell us they have oily skin (but they’re really just dehydrated). A few struggle with how to properly moisturize dry skin.  The ultimate question that triggers our brainstorming frenzy:

“I can’t find anything out there that works for me; do you have a solution?”

The truth is, there are many incredible products out there with great anti-ageing benefits, or hydration, or acne control. And that was when it hit us – the keyword is “or”. There is a plethora of products in the market that specifically focus on just one or two main skin concerns. For example, there are many rich creams. Plenty that contain hyaluronic acid. Even more with ingredients that help boost collagen levels… But how many anti-ageing products had more benefits than just plumping up wrinkles? How many could be used by certain people that provide the benchmark of it being suitable for anyone and everyone – people with sensitive or even acneic skin?

“What gap are we trying to fill here?”

With that, out popped our latest flagship product, the HA+ Hydrating Serum – specially designed not just for anti-ageing and hydration, but also to combat acne (with good bacteria) and soothe and even heal sensitive skin. A product to fill out all that the “Ors” couldn’t – to fill the gap that our clients helped us realize was there.


To you.
 

Stay True and #StayHAdrated,
(AND shop the NEW HA+ Hydrating Serum at www.ShopPorcelain.com now),

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#DearPauline: Our Very Own Beauty Column!

With an endless selection of skin care products available on the market, it’s understandably nerve-wracking to find the right products to develop a skin care routine suitable for your skin. No two skins are the same and no skincare routine is universal, so the routine you pick should definitely be one that’s suited for your skin type. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to help you devise an easy and personalised routine for flawless skin.

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First off, get to know your skin

The process of building a personalised skin care routine begins with recognising your individual skin type and having a radiant and glowing complexion as the desired outcome, as you’d want your skin to benefit from it and not leave your skin high and dry.

While some skin care products do wonders for your skin, using them in an incorrect sequence or inappropriate regime may end up irritating and agonising your skin.

Here are the four commonly known skin types, as categorised by the cosmetic industry:

  • Normal skin: You have a balanced complexion and your skin appears refined with little to no blemishes. Acne and sensitivity concerns are a rarity to you. To sum it up, this is the skin type we all dream to achieve.
  • Oily skin: Your skin is no stranger to congestion and acne, appears shiny and feels oily throughout the day. While the cause for oily skin can mainly be attributed to genetics, ample hydration of the skin (go for non-comedogenic products!) can keep your sebum production levels in check.
  • Dry skin/Sensitive skin: Your skin appears rough and flaky, and you may find some products to be particularly stinging to your skin. This is due to the skin’s damaged moisture barrier which impedes its ability to lock in moisture, causing your skin to be especially sensitive and more easily inflamed.
  • Combination skin: You would often experience your skin to be oily in some areas, such as the T-zone and dry at the others. Instead of having two different routines for your skin, it may be more useful to find one that consists of different products to target a variety of skin issues.

Hey, keep it clean!

Proper cleansing is the first step and foundation of an effective skincare routine. It’s also probably the most important one of all – as this step sets up your skin for the rest of the steps and products that follow after.

Look for an alcohol-free, gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain strip your skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin. Gently wash your skin, then rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it removes the natural oils from your face faster.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Makeup Cleanser 

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The Revive, Makeup Cleanser is an oil-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free cleanser, which also doubles as a pre-cleanser. Invigorate your skin by gently massaging the cleanser into your skin! It melts away impurities and makeup. The antioxidant-rich Orchid extract nourishes and regulates pigmentation while Horse Chestnut extract purifies and prevents further ageing.

Remove dead skin cells

Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. And remember: don’t scrub! Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and exacerbates any existing skin issues.

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Natural Skin Refiner

The Revive, Natural Skin Refiner is a non-abrasive exfoliant, as it makes use of natural enzymes instead of harsh beads that may cause irritation to the skin. With a potent blend of aloe vera and natto extracts, the refiner gently clears congestion and refines pores without drying out your skin. Gently massage in a circular motion to boost micro-circulation and allow its natural enzymes to soften dead skin cells.

Toned and ready

One of the most important parts of the daily skin care routine is toning. It balances the skin after cleansing, calms and lowers its pH level. Toning helps prep the skin for any serums that follow, and removes excess oil your cleanser may have missed. Another perk? It shrinks the size of your pores!

Porcelain Recommends: Revive, Glycolic Toner

glycolic-sq_1024x1024An alcohol-free toner formulated with glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, the Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner removes excess sebum, impurities and dead skin cells, to clarify the skin to make way for a brighter, clearer complexion. After cleansing and exfoliation, apply on a cotton pad and gently swipe on your skin. The best part of it all: it doesn’t dry out your skin!

Hydration is key

After cleansing, exfoliating and toning your face, it’s time to moisturise your skin. Moisturising is an essential step for your skin as it prevents dryness, flakiness, acne and wrinkles. Don’t skip this step if you’re looking for younger looking skin! Fine lines and wrinkles smoothen out when our skin remains hydrated.

Porcelain Recommends: Balance, Hydraclear Gel

After cleansing and toning, apply the Hydraclear Gel with a gentle tapping motion to massage into skin. This clear and lightweight gel works hard to keep acne, inflammation, bacteria and excess sebum at bay while keeping your skin moisturised and pH levels balanced.

Stay True,


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