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

Credit: Matheus Bertelli

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 

Credit: Alice Alinari

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

Credit: Fröken Fokus

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.


READ MORE STORIES HERE:

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

On Honey Facials, Milk and Almonds | #GetYourGlowOn

Foundation Of Skin Care: SOS For Sun Damage

#SkinHacks for the Time-Starved Traveller

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

Everyone talks about the pregnancy glow. Less talked about are the nasties: Zits like back when you were in high school. Dry, flaky skin even when you don’t usually have dry, flaky skin. Days out on the beach are days long gone because — is that another dark mark on your face? We ask you to calm down though — these are all perfectly normal pregnancy skincare skintuations that many women like you face… and there are remedies.

Pregnancy Skincare: 5 Woes, 5 Tips | Pregnancy Diaries

Credit: Josh Bean

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #1: ACNE
(WHEN I WAS 13, I HAD MY FIRST LOVE ZIT)

Being a teenager was nothing without bouts of breakouts… but when you’re 30 and pregnant? You might almost wish you weren’t having a baby bump. Pregnancy hormones can send your oil glands into overdrive, creating a breeding ground for acne. Worse, androgen (a male sex hormone) increases during pregnancy, further increasing sebum production, clogging, blackheads and finally, pimples.

The cruellest joke ever? The acne products you used to use are unsafe while you’re pregnant because of the chemicals. Minocycline, doxycycline, tetracycline and Accutane, are definitely no-gos as they can cause birth defects.  Then, it’s best to stay away from ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid too, since these can enter the bloodstream. Most products are not actually pregnancy-tested…

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Your skin will most likely clear up after pregnancy. In the meantime, here are some quick tips.

Skin Hacks: DON’T SQUEEZE. DON’T PICK. DON’T TOUCH. Opt for ingredients like lactic acid, tea tree oil or sulfur. See a doctor if you’re really sick of the acne that seems persistent and widespread. Instead, cleanse face with a mild, hydrating cleanser. If necessary, use steam to clear clogged pores. Look for non-comedogenic / water-based skincare products as these don’t aggravate oily, acneic skin. Also, contrary to popular belief, you CAN go for facials while pregnant — watch out for the next Nanny Princess Pregnancy Diaries post on this! 

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #2: DRY SKIN

Damned hormones. Where you once had smooth, glowing skin, you’re now left with a dryness that doesn’t seem to stop itching.

Why?

It’s really many factors that play a part: More moisture is channelled to care for your baby, thus leaving you high and dry. With the little one inside you, your body temperature also tends to rise, thus literally getting you more hot-headed, stressed and itchy, thus triggering dry skin.

Pregnancy Skincare Woe #2: Dry Skin

Credit: Juliana Arruda

And the biggest contender (again): hormones. Oddly, those can’t seem to make up their mind between producing too much or too little sebum. Too little oil? You’re facing dryness and decreased elasticity. Too much? What else to do but to keep washing your face, right? Wrong. Washing your face too frequently can actually dehydrate the skin even more.

Skin Hacks: Water — lots of it. Aim for 12 cups a day. Hydrating lotions for milder cases; prescription treatments for severe ones. Warm (not hot!), comforting showers (and oatmeal baths, we hear) work wonders to calm your spirits and skin but don’t spend too long in there or your natural oils will start depleting. Get a humidifier for the bedroom. And our final, favourite trick: Get a high-grade, ultra-hydrating serum loaded with hyaluronic acid to quench your skin’s thirst.

 

 

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #3: INCREASED SENSITIVITY
(YOUR SKIN IS BEING A BIGGER BABY THAN THE ACTUAL BABY)

As if acne and dry skin weren’t painful enough, your skin might be literally… in pain. The usual facials you go for might verge on painful, your face seems to get red more easily when you’re exfoliating, and your favourite scented lotion is now sitting on its lonesome on your dresser. Your skin is being a total baby.

Why?

… You guessed it. Hormones.

Skin Hacks: Gentle is the name of the game. Swap out scrubs (both for the face and body) for a loofah or a soft, textured washcloth. Switching to unscented / natural lotions and body washes could also help. Apply calamine lotion on itchy spots. Shun products that are heavy with additives, dyes, and / or fragrances, all of which can exacerbate the situation. When in doubt, always check in with your dermatologist, pharmacist or doctor.


“You certainly don’t want anything causing micro-tears on your skin… the more cuts and wounds on your skin, the easier it is for chemicals to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Ingredients to stay away from in soaps and body washes include triclosan, parabens and fragrance.”
| Melissa Schweiger, coauthor of Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom, and Baby

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #4: (HYPER)PIGMENTATION
(AKA ITS SUPERHERO ALIAS, THE MASK OF PREGNANCY)

Aside from causing hormones to go a little (a lot?) out of whack, pregnancy also increases melanin production. Melanin is responsible for darkening of the skin, and you might be victim to dark patches.

The sun you used to love? That love might be long gone at this point. But it won’t be for ever… the melasma (another name for this pigmentation conundrum) usually fades after pregnancy.

Skin Hacks: If you weren’t religious about sunscreen before, it’s time to start now. An SPF of at least 25 to 30 would do half the trick; the other half would be for you to stay indoors as much as possible to reduce sun exposure. Physical and mineral sunblocks are your safest bets, as chemical sunscreens can irritate your sensitive skin + have potential risks. In more specific words, opt for protection that comes with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

PREGNANCY SKINCARE WOE #5: STRETCH MARKS
(YOU TIGRESS WHO BROUGHT LIFE TO THIS WORLD)

Pregnancy Skincare Woe #5: Stretch Marks

Credit: Chayene Rafaela

A good 50 – 90% of women get these in pregnancy. It isn’t curious—anytime a body grows at a rate at which the body can’t keep up with, these tiger stripes appear. These tend to come fastest in the final trimester when your baby grows the most.


“For most people, whether or not they get stretch marks has to do with genetic predisposition.”
| Glenn Kolansky, MD, a board-certified dermatologist

While there isn’t much you can do to prevent it, there are ways to reduce the risks of developing them (too much), including controlling your weight. Staying hydrated (at least 12 cups of water a day), and eating a healthy and balanced diet (think antioxidants, vitamins, leafies, fatty acids).

Skin Hacks: Thoroughly moisturize, especially areas which are most prone to these marks. These include your belly, boobs, stomach, hips and thighs.

Till the next Pregnancy Diaries post, stay true,


READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Skincare For Expectant Mothers: 10 Tips

Understanding Acne – Why Some Get It And Some Don’t

Layering Hydration the Right Way | #SkinHacks

Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin – 3 Quick Tips | #SkinHacks

If you have followed us on our social media recently, you would have heard us rave about our Sun Rescue facial. (P.S.: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t!) There is just so much to love about this facial, especially when it’s so blazing hot right now!

Sun Rescue: Calm, Repair & Hydrate

Credits: Chris Osmond

This treatment entails a three-pronged approach to Calm, Repair and Hydrate your skin. The skin undergoes vasoconstriction and vasodilation, which stimulates microcirculation and cell regeneration.

Sun Rescue is a saviour — and not just for sun damaged skin

As the name suggests, the Sun Rescue targets sun-damaged skin. And that’s not all. This treatment absolutely does wonders for hypersensitive and dry skinned individuals. It soothes irritated skin and provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. The best part? It’s suited for all skin types.

The treatment

The treatment first begins with a gentle double cleanse using our Revive, Makeup Cleanser and Soothe, Hydro Cleanser to remove surface impurities. As long as your skin isn’t sunburnt, the therapist then applies the Revive, Natural Skin Refiner to slough away dead skin.

Next, experience a chilling yet soothing sensation with our freeze therapy. The CryoProbe cools the skin down to -10 degrees. This helps firm, tone and restore radiance to your skin. The combination of CryoProbe and electrophoresis with aloe vera gel helps with blood circulation and cellular oxygenation. Furthermore, it enhances the penetration of the aloe vera gel up to 99% (Read about the reparative benefits our aloe gel brings here). In turn, this speeds up the skin’s healing process and builds its immunity.

The OxySpray infuses custom-blended serums and oxygen to hydrate and nourish the skin. After analysing your skin’s needs, your therapist will prepare a ginseng tonic, witch hazel or rosewater mix – depending on which best suits your skin. The mist feels light and refreshing and delivers incredible hydration and reparative effects. After the oxygen therapy, a custom-blended mask is applied on and left to rest on your skin.

To top off your treatment, the therapist performs a relaxing massage. The facial ends with moisture gel protectant and sunscreen to retain the facial’s benefits. All our products are non-comedogenic (they don’t clog pores!).

The end result

Experience instantly radiant skin, refined pores and a rejuvenated visage. Read what Nylon Singapore and Mefitted have to say about this facial!

 

Stay True,

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

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

 

 

In our previous post, we talked about the horrid things the sun does to your skin. (Check it out here) But when it comes to skin care, prevention is always better than cure. You might have heard that for the umpteenth time, but are you doing enough? Read on to find out.

Sunblock or Sunscreen?

Sun protection products are your best friends when it comes to fighting the sun, and understanding the different sunscreen functions is the first step to sun-proof skin. Sunblock, also known as physical sunscreen, acts as a shield against UV rays. It helps to reflect damaging UV rays as they hit the surface of your skin. Sunscreen, on the other hand, offers chemical protection by absorbing the UV rays at the surface layers of the skin. The UV rays are then released in a harmless form of energy, preventing them from damaging deeper layers of the skin. This is unlike sunblock, which blocks off all penetration. Find out more about the difference between sunblock and sunscreen here.

While sunblock is primarily formulated to shield off UVB rays, sunscreen takes care of the UVA rays. Therefore, choose broad-spectrum sunscreens for complete coverage. These sunscreens fuse the benefits of sunblock and sunscreen to block off both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF Explained

The Sun Protection Factor represents the duration you can stay out in sun without burning. Everyone has a period of time they can stay in the sun before their skin starts suffering from burns. Multiply this figure by the SPF, that’s the amount of time you can stay in the sun safely. So for example, if it takes your skin 20 minutes before burning, an SPF15 sunscreen will lengthen it to 5 hours.

“The higher the SPF, the more covered I am.”

False. In fact, a SPF15 is about all you need. A SPF15 sunscreen filters out 93% of the UV rays, while SPF30 hits a mere 4% higher of 97% coverage. What’s more, the percentage hike decreases as you go up. The point of SPF isn’t so much about the coverage you get, but the duration you can stay protected. Moral of the story – Reapply your sunscreen regularly.

Choosing the Right One for You

Due to its thick formula, sunscreens are often comedogenic products. (Learn about why you should opt for non-comedogenic products) This will lead to another series of skin headaches for you in the long run. Check out more tips on how to choose your sunscreen here.

Flawless Skin Perfecting Moisturizer To counter this concern, Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (SPF20) offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays while pledging to be non-comedogenic, oil free and paraben free. Now, you can slather on your sunscreen generously without worrying about clogged pores.

Everyone dreams of having flawless skin without having to cake on layers of thick, greasy foundation. Available in two different tints, our Skin Perfecting Moisturizer provides the perfect blemish coverage for you while remaining light on your skin. Top it off with a water-resistant sunblock if you are going for a dip in the water, and you are ready to be the envy of your friends!

Sun care practices

“Even miracles take a little time.”

We couldn’t agree more with Cinderella’s godmother. Your trusted sunscreen needs a good 20 minutes before it is absorbed in the skin and ready to combat the sun, so don’t forget to apply it before you leave the house. Throughout the day, your sunscreen wears off as you sweat, hence it is important to reapply it.

The 4.5-billion-year-old star shines its brightest between 11am to 4pm. Do try to stay in the shade or protect yourself by using umbrellas with UV protection during this period of the day. Also, hydrating yourself regularly will help you fight the sun from within. Read more about the sun and sun care tips here.

Already suffering from sun-damaged skin? Stay tuned to our next blog post on how to salvage your skin.

 

Dwelling in the coops of Singapore means that you get exposed to the sun all the time. With the warmer weather here to stay, it’s important for you to know how dangerous the sun can be.

1. You get more sun than you think

80% of total lifetime sun exposure happen incidentally.

Picture this – It’s a lazy cloudy afternoon and you get comfy on the cosy couch by the window. Getting up, you decide to go for a seemingly harmless drive without sunscreen on. These little things, however, can accumulate up to a hefty average of 14 hours of sun exposure a week.

Harmful UV rays are everywhere. Even on sun-less days, or indoors if you sit by the glass windows or if it’s just a few minutes out in the sun. Applying and reapplying sunscreen faithfully is what keeps your skin safe.

2. Biggest enemy of ageing skin

Being responsible for 90% of premature ageing, your skin definitely hates the sun. UV rays damages and impairs the production of collagen and elastin. Without the support of these tissues, our skin loses elasticity and appears saggy.

Photoaging, also known as sun-induced ageing, is caused by two main UV rays:

  • UV A rays
    • Causes photoaging and skin cancer
    • Present with the same intensity through all daylight hours, all year round
    • Penetrates clouds and glass (P.S.: It’s not safe indoors!)
    • Damages the deeper layers of the skin to the dermis and hypodermis
      (Learn about skin layers)
  • UV B rays
    • Causes sunburns and skin cancer
    • Intensity varies through the day, place and season, but is strongest from 10am to 4pm
    • Can reflect off surfaces (e.g. water, ground) and cause double-damage
    • Damages the superficial layers of the skin (epidermis)

3. The sun’s dark side – Pigmentation

Age spots, sun spots, dark spots – these unsightly marks are the flaws on your face you wished you could erase. As the word “sun spots” suggests, the sun is the main culprit responsible for pigmentation. UVA rays penetrates your dermis and stimulates the production of Melanin, which causes the dark patches on the skin. While there are treatments available to help this skin issue (check out our IPL Pigmentation Facial), there is no perfect cure for it yet.

4. It heightens the risk of skin cancer

Sunburns hurt the DNA in your skin cells. When these damaged cells build up, it can cause cells to grow out of control, eventually leading to skin cancer. Having severe sunburns, even if it’s once in a while, will raise your risk of skin cancer multifold.

5. Being young doesn’t mean being safe

While you might not witness the consequences of a sunburn immediately, it is likely to hit you back a few decades down the road. A nasty sunburn can cause pigmentation to kick in 10-20 years later, or lead to skin cancer when you are older. Instead of wishing to turn back the clock, start practicing good sun care practices now! If you have to bask in the warmth of the sun for a prolonged period of time, always apply a generous amount of sunscreen.

Now you know the secret to looking younger  😉 Stay tuned to our blog posts to learn about how to prevent yourself from these nasty effects of the sun.