We sit down with founder, Pauline Ng,  to take a closer look at how customisation runs through the heart of Porcelain, growing from aspirations to development.

Customisation is no stranger to our practice. From the beginning of time, we believed that understanding one’s skin is not limited to the individual as its journey also includes the changes from our day to day.

Taking things a day at a time, even with just our skincare, is no easy task. Which is why the theme of customisation has been refreshed for this time of the year.

“To me, customisation is more about open-mindedness and constant learning.”

Open-mindedness and constant learning is something Pauline reflects in all aspects of growing her business. The beginnings of research and development involve the identification of a need, whilst further research and education comes together to tackle said problem. At the end of this enlightening rabbit hole you find a product displayed proudly in our spas and on webstore.

What follows is the beauty of experimentation and curiosity. The complexities of skin biology are far more erratic than what can be fixed in a one-off session. Monitoring skin changes through time and treating them accordingly with the right products can help you put your best face forward every day. Of course, this should not mean having an arsenal of products on hand everyday. Instead, all you need is to understand the different uses of these products and how they can cater to your different skin needs.

At Porcelain, we begin our journey of each individual with a Skin Discovery Analysis. From there, we monitor your skin’s reactions to treatments, making tiny adjustments along the way. According to your skin condition, different components of the facial are switched out to cater to skin sensitivity and maturity. Once you’re done with a session, aftercare is encouraged with take home products for further skin TLC.

Much like our approach to our services, our products don’t fall too far from the tree. Unknown to many, most of our products are multi-functional, with varying usage simply by adjusting application and dosage. Pauline shares the beginning stages of the Deep Hydrating Lotion and its reception from her peers. From varying climates all over the world, she would get texts raving about how the product has helped with stressed out skin from travelling. She notes that although some uses for the Deep Hydrating Lotion were not initially intended, their functionality continues to be a crowd pleaser. The product, included in our Christmas Gift Guide Sets, is definitely a multi-functional must have in every bag. As a mask in the evening, or a setting spray before you head out the door – it’s soothing capabilities and handy spray nozzle leads it to be highly adaptable to different skin needs, at different times of your life.

Keeping an open mind with product business development is why Porcelain continues to offer the service standards it holds today. With the year winding down to an end, taking the time off to understand oneself is an on-going journey. But much like skincare, constant education and adaptability is the continuous step forward, either in personal growth or skin radiance.

With the year drawing to a close, embrace the gift change with a little helping hand. #GetYourGlowOn Xmas sets have been carefully curated with multifunctional capabilities to cater to your varying skincare needs.

Unwind this festive season and take on the new year with exuding radiance #fromwithin! Happy Holidays from us at Porcelain.

The #GetYourGlowOn Xmas sets and Holiday Gift Guides are currently available on our webstore here. Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, travel accessories and a Skin Discovery Analysis with each purchase.

Cheerful and carefree, she walks into a room and instantly brightens up the space with her vivacious spirit – one of which that also comes with strict discipline. 

“Balance is the essence of life!”

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In our latest edition of “It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts” with WearOhWhere, we round up the new year the best we know how – recounting our journeys over delicious food. We kick off our conversation with Charlotte Mei, avid traveller, host and nutritionist, to look at the big picture – life mantras and her take on every day as it happens. As the year comes to a close, we also take a moment to wind down and show our appreciation for the little things, refocusing on what truly matters.

At Porcelain, we believe that finding #RadianceFromWithin begins with knowing oneself and accepting change as it comes. It’s about dedicating our energies in the right places and on areas that affects us as individuals.

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Charlotte shares her take on this in a little tête-à-tête while preparing the “You’re Magni-fig” sandwich – a festive exclusive created just for Porcelain Origins Café.  

The RECIPE

Fig was chosen as the key ingredient since it’s her favourite fruit, and just happens to also be a star ingredient in our Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask. Infused with Fig extract, the mask gets a boost of Vitamin A and C which promote exfoliation and skin renewal for a fresh face.  

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Ingredients:
1 slice sourdough
3 tbsp cottage cheese
2 dried figs, sliced
Handful of rocket leaves
1 tsp balsamic glaze
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt, black pepper

Method:
On a lightly toasted slice of bread, spread the cottage cheese and sprinkle some salt over. Lay the slides of dried figs, rocket leaves, and drizzle with balsamic glaze and olive oil. Finish with some cracked black pepper.

“Figs are my favourite fruit – they’re sweet, soft yet crunchy at the same time, and full of fibre. I’m using dried figs in this recipe due to seasonality, but fresh figs are just the best thing ever! Cottage cheese and toast are my favourite combination for a quick snack or breakfast. I like cottage cheese for its subtle flavour and creamy texture, and it’s a great source of protein.”

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As a food and wellness advocate, Charlotte narrates her personal journey with food and self-acceptance. She recalls her initial picky eating habits on the high chair. As the years progressed, exposure to travel and food programmes began her interest in food. After having to live alone and provide for herself, her passion for food and nutrition flourished.

Charlotte attributes her strong personal beliefs to her parents who emphasised the importance of self-worth in all aspects – thought, action and behaviour. To build a healthy relationship with oneself, the TLC must begin from inside out. With Charlotte’s skincare as well, as she reaches for products that are made with natural ingredients and is always making sure she’s moisturised. It’s no wonder a frequent touch up from our Deep Hydrating Lotion seems to always freshen up a face, regardless of the time of day.

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Understanding the ownership of self, listening to your body and what it needs – it’s the perfect, wind-down read to cap off a new year. We suggest taking it on fresh-face first with a little time to yourself, some indulgent skincare and an open-faced “You’re Magni-fig” sandwich. Sweet, unapologetic, and delightful – just as you should be.

Take in the little moments, one feel-good read at a time. Read the full story here.

The “You’re Magni-fig” sandwich is available at $9.90 at Porcelain Origins Café until 31 December 2019.

Everyone knows that when it comes to taking the perfect selfie, clear, blemish-free skin is a must. For the not-so-good skin days, a cute filter or photo editing app can make your skin appear flawless in photos. But what about when we’re not behind the camera? We can’t use a filter or editing app to hide our “imperfections” in our day-to-day lives. This is where a daily skincare routine comes in! Hello, perfect skin! Goodbye, filters.

Keep reading to find out more about the importance of a daily skincare routine and how you can develop one that works best for your skin type and needs.

A Daily Skincare Routine & Its Importance | #SkinHacks

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WHY A GOOD DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE MATTERS

Despite our skin being the most exposed of our organs and working 24/7 to protect our bodies from the environment, it often remains neglected. This makes it more susceptible to sun damage, skin diseases, and early signs of ageing. It’s never too early to develop a skincare routine! Even the most basic regime can do wonders for both your skin’s health and defences, especially with commitment and time.

Just as you’d exercise to tone your other body parts, developing a skincare regime is essential to help you maintain the health and natural beauty you were born with. Once your skin is damaged, it can be difficult to revert it to its original state.

You are never too young (or old!) to start caring for your skin. Rather than fighting your way back to younger-looking and clearer skin, it’s best to take a preventative approach and start early. This gives your skin a strong and healthy foundation, preventing damage and delaying signs of ageing.

WHAT GOES INTO A DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE

Trying something new? A general rule of thumb is to start small and simple. This same rule applies to your newfound skincare routine. It can be hard to develop a good regime with too many speciality products.

No matter your age, the bare minimum should include cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection. Using a gentle cleanser can clear your skin of oil, dirt, and pathogens. A good moisturizer can help maintain your skin’s natural defence mechanisms against infection and other elements. Finally, sunscreen is a must!

A Daily Skincare Routine & Its Importance | #SkinHacks

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While a two-step skincare routine may seem universal, keep in mind that there’s no cookie-cutter regime that works for everyone. It depends on your skin’s individual needs and knowing what products work best for your skin type. This is especially true if you have specific concerns that can’t be treated with a basic regimen. This is where targeted products such as highly concentrated serums come in handy.

Be sure to reach out to a dermatologist or your skincare consultant before starting any skincare regime. They will be able to evaluate your skin and determine the best one for your needs.

 

“When you look good, you feel good.”

 

SOME SIDENOTES

– Be mindful of the pretty rings, bands and rocks on your fingers; skincare and beauty products can cause buildup on these. Whenever applying beauty and skincare products, be sure to take your bands off and store them in a safe place first.

– If you’d forgotten to take them off before applying your skincare products, don’t fret. Your jewellery can be easily cleaned! Many jewellers offer cleaning solutions that make it easy to keep your ring(s) polished and shiny in the comfort of your home. Giving a shout out to online jeweler, Blue Nile, that offers a super effective gem and jewellery cleaner, amongst a stunning collection of engagement rings. Consider getting both the cleaner and rings at the same time to protect them from damage from your skincare products.

– If you have sensitive skin, be sure to read the list of ingredients before purchasing and applying skincare products. Certain lotions and products can irritate the skin.

 

Take care of that ring on it,

 

 

 

 


 

READ MORE STORIES HERE:

Fuss-free Skincare Routines: How Long is Enough? | #DearPauline

Understanding Acne – Why Some Get It And Some Don’t  | #SkinHacks

Layering Hydration the Right Way | #SkinHacks

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

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

There are superfoods, and then there are wonder foods like the mighty Coconut. This tropical fruit is bursting with health benefits, and natural-beauty sticklers swear by using its oil for just about anything – so we’ve gathered coconuts with its compadres Cucumber, Sage, and Aloe, to bring you our Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel.

 

…BUT WHY COCONUT?

Products containing coconut (or coconut oil, in particular), as an ingredient are a common sight these days, and for good reason. Coconuts have been proven by 1,500 studies to be one of the healthiest foods with diverse health benefits. The best part that makes it so popular? It doesn’t become rancid! Combined with its exceptional healing properties compared to other dietary oils, this makes it an important ingredient in health and skincare products.

Coconut oil can be regarded as your skin’s best friend as it can be used as a moisturiser, cleanser, and even as a sunscreen!

  • CONDITION AND SOOTHES SKIN

Coconut oil hydrates and softens the skin and is quickly absorbed. It also clears away dirt and dead skin cells to reveal a healthier and clearer complexion. You don’t have to worry about clogging your pores, as unlike mineral oil, it’s not made from petroleum jelly and is non-comedogenic.

  • CLEANSE AND TONES SKIN

Coconut oil works great as a cleanser, moisturiser and even a makeup remover! It doesn’t discriminate as it works well with all skin types. It improves collagen cross-linking, which may help improve fine lines and wrinkles.

  • REDUCES ACNE

Thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it can also target acne breakouts, soothe inflammation and alleviate red, dry skin that accompanies acne. Complementing it with coconut oil to prevent acne scars helps strengthen skin for a healthier and more radiant complexion!

 

INTRODUCING: THE BALANCE – DAILY CLEANSING GEL

 

Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel, 30ml and 120ml

The Daily Cleansing Gel is made with a gentle blend which takes a three-pronged approach to cleansing: Soothe, Protect and Deep-Cleanse. Using a formula that incorporates all the goodness of a coconut combined with Cucumber, Sage and Aloe Vera extracts, it is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, rejuvenating, and it even balances out your skin’s pH levels! Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Soybean Extracts coupled with the coconut’s moisture and antioxidant content help prevent breakouts and removes impurities without stripping your skin’s natural oils.

It’s about time we thanked Mother Nature for this phenomenal creation and make the most out of it. With regular use of the Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel, you’re on your way to smoother and brighter skin!

 

Shop now at www.shopporcelain.com and use code ‘WEAREBACK’ during checkout to receive 10% off your order and free local delivery when you spend above $100! Offer valid until 10 June 2018.