In last week’s edition of #LetsTalkTuesday, we covered the hidden impacts of blue light on our sleep and skin health. Truth is, your screens can bring around more skincare issues beyond blue light.   

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The Phenomenon of Screen Face: 

With our environment and lifestyle being more volatile these days, we’ve relied on technology to bring a sense of normality and routine into our lives. From telecommuting, Zoom hangout sessions with friends and Netflix watch parties, our interaction time with technology has increased to stay connected. However, unknown to us, this increased interaction has taken its toll on our skin and body. The phenomenon of Screen Face is a collection of skincare problems that develop as a result of the increased screen time. Namely, Squint Eyes, Tech Neck and Phone Chin. 

Squint Eyes: 

Long hours spent staring at your screens can cause your eyes involuntarily slip into a squint. Prolonged squinting causes your eyes to be in a crumpled position which leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming around the eye. Additionally, researchers have found that squinting halves the number of blinks per minute, causing dry eyes and blurry vision. With that, you would very likely rub your eyes which isn’t great for the delicate skin around the eyes.   

 Prolonged screen time also exposes your eyes to blue light. This can destroy collagen, cause dark eye circles, weaker skin barrier and increased dryness in the skin.   

Tech Neck: 

This skincare issue shares the same name as the common posture problem. Tech Neck is the forward-leaning of the head to look at devices. This unknowingly repeated action places additional strain on your spine (around five times the gravitational pull), causing shoulder pain and more. Moreover, it can also cause the skin under the neck to fold, deepening necklines. The additional gravitational pull also affects the skin, causing it to sag.   

Pair these issues with the lack of care the neck and décolleté receive in skincare routines you would get a neck and décolleté that may look older than you face. 

Phone Chin: 

Like Tech Neck, Phone Chin is a result of poor posture. Looking down at your phone or computers can cause the skin under the jawline to be compressed. With the average person checking their phone every 10 minutes (amounting to a whopping 96 times a day), this repeated downward gaze eventually causes a once defined jawline and neck to sag.   

Reversing Screen Face: 

Much like most skincare issues, reversing Screen Face is possible with the help of advanced technology combined with traditional craftsmanship encouraging the skin’s natural restorative properties. Introducing, the trinity of treatments that will reverse the effects of screen time, revealing the beauty unplugged.   

Multi-Spectrum Intensive Eye Treatment 

Created to combat Squint Eyes in 45 minutes, the Multi-Sprectrum Intensive Eye Treatment effectively:  

  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark eye circles   
  • Rebuilds collagen for plump eyes and firmer skin  
  • Lifts droopy eyelids 

Step 1: Double Cleansing & Exfoliation 

The treatment begins with a Porcelain staple – double cleansing – to free the skin of impurities while nourishing it with potent ingredients and antioxidants. Followed by a gentle exfoliation using Porcelain’s enzyme-based gel exfoliator – the Natural Skin Refiner – to lighten fine lines and brighten the eye area. 

Step 2: Eye Lift Massage 

A firm lifting massage is performed to aid the lymphatic drainage of fluids – to depuff and lift the eye area.  

Step 3:  Ultrasound with RevitalEyes Concentrate & HA+ Hydrating Serum 

To further boost the efficacy of the lifting massage, ultrasound technology is used to stimulate collagen production and strengthen capillary walls of blood vessels under the eyes to restore suppleness to the area. Coupled with the multi-faceted formulation of the HA+ Hydrating Serum and scientifically advanced ingredients of the RevitalEyes Concentrate restores youthfulness to the skin while reinvigorating the skin’s natural restorative properties.   

Step 4: Mask with LED Light Therapy 

Masking is a must-have. Porcelain’s Multipeptide Silk Eye Mask is then applied along with LED light therapy to enhance the penetration of the mask’s active ingredients around the eyes.   

Step 5: Head Massage 

The treatment ends with a head massage for the ultimate indulgence. Emerge with refreshed eyes and relaxed mind. 

Duo-Intensive Neck & Décolleté Treatment 

The best accessory is an elegant neck with a flawless décolleté to match. However, Tech Neck stands in the way of that. Thus, the Duo-Intensive Neck & Décolleté Treatment effectively:  

  • Reduces fine lines and necklines  
  • Visibly brightens and firms the skin around neck and décolleté  
  • Even skin tone along neck and décolleté 

Step 1: Double Cleansing & Deep Peel 

The treatment begins with a Porcelain staple – double cleansing – to free the skin of impurities while nourishing it with potent ingredients and antioxidants. To reveal brighter, youthful skin, a deep peel made from a balanced blend of Glycolic Acid and Trichloroacetic Acid is applied to exfoliate the neck and décolleté comfortably. 

Step 2: Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatment 

With medical-grade machinery, a selection of pulsating lights is administered for precise and targeted treatment. Gentle flicks of light stimulate the skin’s collagen production in the dermis layer. Simultaneously, pigmentation is lightened and skin tone is evened, leaving behind a plump and radiant neck and décolleté. 

Step 3:  Detox Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

To further enhance the skin’s natural youthfulness, Porcelain’s signature lymphatic massage is conducted. The in-house developed technique reduces water retention and boosts the drainage of toxins for healthier skin upon an elegant neck. 

Step 4: Custom Blended Mask 

A premium custom-blended mask targeted at your specific skin needs is applied as you slowly fall into a relaxing slumber. 

Step 5: Head Massage 

The treatment ends with a soothing head massage that is guaranteed to deepen your sleep, leaving you reinvigorated when you awake. 

Proionic Multi-Sculpting Chin & Neck Treatment 

While adjusting the way you look at your devices can reduce the presence of Phone Chin, allow the Proionic Multi-Sculpting Chin & Neck Treatment to do the heavy lifting and restore a sharper visage with a sleek neck to match.  It effectively:  

  • Reduces the appearance of a double chin  
  • Tightens sagging skin under chin and neck  
  • Stimulates collagen production for taut skin over time 

Step 1: Double Cleansing  

Likewise, the treatment starts with a double cleanse to free the skin of impurities while nourishing it with potent ingredients and antioxidants.  

Step 2: Carbon Dioxide Treatment 

A carbon dioxide sheet mask and topical gel are applied, triggering the BOHR Effect – a process that releases a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area. The BOHR Effect results in stimulating cell renewal and collagen production. Witness an immediate V-shape facial contour with bright skin to match. The cell renewal and collagen production lay the foundation for healthier skin in future. 

Step 3:  Proionic Neck Lift & Detox Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

Using a patented, 448kHz long wave radio frequency paired with Porcelain’s signature lymphatic massage helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production while draining toxins for an instant and long-term anti-ageing effects. Results are immediate with sustained tautness around the chin and neck. 

Step 4: Custom Blended Mask 

A premium custom-blended mask targeted at your specific skin needs is applied. 

Step 5: Head Massage 

The treatment ends with a soothing head massage that is guaranteed to deepen your sleep, leaving you reinvigorated when you awake. 

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Start reversing your Screen Face and get the healthy skin you deserve by booking an appointment today! 

Many of us have shared the common experience of being chided by our parents for sitting too close to the TV or holding our phones too close. We’re sure that their nags are often met with eye rolls and inner rebuttals about how they’re being dramatic. But what if their criticisms held some truth? 

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What is Blue Light? 

Apart from the potential harm that screens can do to your vision, the blue light emitted by your devices can impact your sleep cycles and damage your skin’s cells directly. Before we delve deeper into the hidden dangers of blue light, let’s first understand it.  

Light comes in a variety of wavelengths – this allows us to perceive different shades of it. The harmful blue light is light in blue wavelengths. Blue light is often emitted from electronics with screens as well as energy-efficient lighting. While blue light isn’t inherently negative – during daylight hours, they can boost attention, reaction times and mood – extended exposure at night can be extremely disruptive. 

Effects of Blue Light 

Blue Light and Sleep: 

The most prominent result of blue light exposure (especially at night) is a disrupted sleep cycle. Exposure to blue light suppresses the body’s secretion of melatonin – a hormone that influences the body’s circadian rhythm (aka your body clock). This makes it harder to fall asleep and impacts the restful quality of your sleep.   

Blue Light and Skin: 

In terms of skin, the disrupted sleep cycle caused by blue light impacts the skin’s ability to repair itself from damage and inflammation. Additionally, poor sleep comes a whole host of skin-related issues. Dark eye circles, weaker skin barrier, increased dryness in the skin and a loss of suppleness in the skin resulting in loose skin with deeper wrinkles.   

Beyond matters of sleep, exposure to blue light throughout the day can destroy collagen through oxidative stress. Blue light has been shown to penetrate deeper into the skin than UVA and UVB rays – specifically, the dermis where the skin’s collagen and elastin lies. This allows blue light to age skin faster. Over time, this means a loss of suppleness in the skin and deeper wrinkles.   

For darker skin tones, studies have shown that exposure to blue light can cause hyperpigmentation (particularly in medium to darker skin tones).  

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How to Protect Your Skin 

While reducing the time spent with screens can largely contribute to protecting your skin from blue light, it’s a rather hard option to execute given the increased reliance on computers for work and leisure.   

At Home: 

With blue light being emitted from light bulbs at home, consider switching them from cooler shades to warmer or natural ones. Furthermore, night lights used to soothe you to sleep can also emit blue light (which ironically makes falling asleep harder). Thus, it’s best to switch the bulbs for a warmer shade or omit them for a more restful night’s sleep.  

Additionally, where possible, consider using dim red lights during the night as they are less likely to shift your circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin production. 

For Computers & Phones:  

If working late at night, midnight Netflix binges or scrolling social media just before bed is part of your daily routine, switch on “Eye Saver Modes” or “Night mode” to reduce the blue light emitted by your screen. These modes turn the screen a slight shade of yellow to minimise the amount of blue light emitted.   

Should your devices not come with the above modes, programs like f.lux help to control the blue light emitted based on your circadian rhythm for minimal disruption to your internal body clock. 

However, these are tools to mitigate the effects of blue light. Whenever possible, avoid screens and other electronic devices 2 to 3 hours before bed to minimise its impact on your circadian rhythm. 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses: 

Glasses aren’t just a fashion accessory or tool for the visually impaired. They can be used to protect your eyes from harmful blue light emitted from screens. For those of us who already wear glasses daily, replacing your regular lenses with PC lenses or blue light cancelling lenses provides you with an additional layer of protection.   

Furthermore, having blue light blocking lenses allows your glasses to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from oxidative stress that results from blue light exposure.   

Skincare: 

SPF’s protective capabilities are highly underrated. Not only does it protect you from the photoaging effects of UVA rays and burning effects of UVB, but it can protect you from the photoaging effects of blue light! To be specific, mineral SPF (SPF that contains iron oxides, zinc oxides or titanium oxides) have been best proven to protect the skin from blue light exposure. A good trick to know if the SPF you have is mineral or not is to see if it’s tinted – like our Skin Perfecting Moisturiser. 

In addition to a protective layer of SPF daily, skincare products rich in antioxidants help counter the oxidative stress the skin undergoes from blue light exposure. Common yet potent antioxidants include Vitamin A, C and E, Caffeine and Niacinamide. Our recommendations? Give our Botanical Soothing Gel a shot at soothing, moisturising and infusing your skin with its potent antioxidants.  

Looking to protect your delicate eye area from blue light’s oxidative stress? Try the RevitalEyes Concentrate – packed with Niacinamide and Caffeine to counteract oxidative stress while leaving you with youthful, revitalised eyes. 

Start protecting your eyes, skin and health from the harmful effects of blue light with these tips and enjoy restful nights and refreshed skin. 

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With the world’s faces being shrouded behind a mask, eyes have become the new focal point on every face. While this provides us with an opportunity to flaunt another feature on our faces, the pandemic has also taken its toll on our eyes. Prolonged hours spent on our screens thanks to lockdowns and work from home arrangements have left our eyes surrounded by dark rings, fine lines and puffiness. Want to free your eyes of their grasp? Keep reading on as we uncover the causes behind common eye issues and how to tackle them from the root! 

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Common Eye Issues:  

Long before everyone was stuck home, we each experienced our fair share of dark under eyes, fine lines and puffiness – especially if we spent nights burning the midnight oil. But what exactly causes these issues?  

Dark Eye Circles:  

Though dark eye circles look adorable on pandas, they certainly are not doing us any favours. Apart from genetics, dark eye circles are a result of a combination of bad habits – sleep deprivation, eye strain and sun overexposure.   

Sleep Deprivation:  

Sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eye to dilate, creating a dark appearance. Additionally, sleep deprivation can also cause fluids to build up underneath the eyes, making them appear puffy and casting a shadow on your under eyes.  

Eye Strain:  

Though spending long hours staring at a screen is inevitable given current circumstances, the long hours cause us to strain our eyes. This strain causes the blood vessels around our eyes to dilate, leaving behind a dark appearance.   

Sun Overexposure:  

While the feeling of the sun’s warm touch on the skin is great, too much can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin (aka pigmentation) which can cause the skin to darken and darken the under-eye area. 

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Puffy Eyes:  

No one wants to wake up to puffy eyes. Like dark under-eye circles, puffy eyes are largely caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention can be a result of multiple factors: Sleep deprivation, poor lymphatic drainage system, high salt diets and alcohol.   

Sleep Deprivation:   

As mentioned, a lack of sleep causes a buildup of fluids under the eyes, making them appear puffy.  

Poor Lymphatic Drainage System:  

Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids that carry toxins, immune cells and waste products. When working poorly, it causes our tissues to be swollen with fluid. This fluid retention causes the puffiness often seen in your arms, legs and face just as you awaken.   

High Salt Diets & Alcohol:  

While salty foods can soothe your cravings, it often results in your body retaining more fluids than necessary. Likewise, alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated, causing the body to retain more fluids and sodium which leads to puffiness overall. 

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Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Eyes:  

Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are inescapable as we age – our skin loses its elasticity, and our facial muscles weaken. However, there are certain habits we have that we unknowingly do that make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.   

Sun Overexposure:  

The sun is back to contribute to our endless list of skincare woes. UV rays cause the skin to experience photoaging – a process that damages collagen and results in wrinkle formation.   

Squinting and Frowning:  

While we don’t recommend living your life with minimal facial expressions, the repeated motion of frowning or squinting (especially at your screens) causes the muscles in those areas to contract. The repeated contraction causes the skin to wrinkle. As the muscle strengthens due to repeated movements, the wrinkles would also become deeper.   

Rubbing Your Eyes:  

Rubbing the sleep from your eyes can be the best feeling in the world, but the rubbing action stretches the thin skin of your eye area. Over time, it can stretch the skin and breakdown the collagen and elastin in the area. The same concept applies when applying or removing makeup from the eyes. Rubbing the delicate area is a no-go. 

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Tackling Your Eye Issues:  

It is highly likely that you experience several of these issues simultaneously and it can get tedious to incorporate various tips to tackle them. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed them down to three essential tips to help combat your eye issues at the root.  

#1: Sleep is Precious  

The world never sleeps, but this doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out to keep up with it. Catching sufficient quality sleep can do wonders for your productivity, health and skin. An adult should get an average of 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.   

Some quick tips to help you get the sleep you need are:  

Set a sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time daily can help set a loop on your natural body clock (aka your circadian rhythm) and allow you to catch quality sleep.  
Reduce blue light exposure – blue light is light often emitted by electronic devices. It affects your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime, making it harder to fall asleep. Setting your computers and phones to restrict blue light along with minimising your use of devices 1-2 hours before bed can make a huge difference.   

#2: SPF is your BFF  

We love our SPF. Our day cannot start if our faces aren’t protected from the sun. Even at home, your skin is not protected from UV Rays. Thus, protecting your skin with a simple SPF every morning can do wonders for your skin. It drastically slows the photoaging process, protects the skin from developing pigmentation and reduces the risk of developing skin cancers. Give our Flawless- Skin Perfecting Moisturiser a try – crafted with skin-loving ingredients that would nourish and protect your skin simultaneously. 

#3: Invest in the Right Skincare  

Many get the impression that eye-care products are an unnecessary luxury – thanks to their typically small packaging and higher prices. However, investing in a good eye care product can significantly revitalise your eyes and restore youth to them.   

Say hello to the Porcelain RevitalEyes Concentrate, a unique silicon and oil-free formula which fuses the lightweight texture of an eye gel with the ultra-moisturising effect of an eye cream to impart 7-in-1 benefits, further supercharged with a built-in high-frequency micro-vibration and micro-current massaging device.

Treat your eyes to the supercharged eye care marvel with code  RC15% for 15% off your first RevitalEyes Concentrate! 

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The skin surrounding your eyes is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and hence, needs to be given special attention. This tender area, which is ten times thinner than the rest of your skin, is often exposed to an array of problems like puffy eyes, dark circles, wrinkles, loss of eyelashes and fine lines. Having a beautiful face but with wrinkles around the eye can make a person look old.

Thus, to maintain a youthful appearance, eye skin care is an absolute must. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a wide range of beauty treatments and products which can effectively treat the skin around the eyes. Then there are the various home remedies that can be used to cure puffy eyes and other problems without any side effects.

Drinking plenty of water and digging on fruits and vegetables is the key to healthy skin and will go a long way if you want to take care of your eye skin. Read on to find out how to get rid of baggy eyes and dark circles, secrets of healthy and beautiful eyes and much more.

How To Get Rid Of Baggy Eyes And Dark Circles

Getting dark circles and baggy eyes has now become a common problem and haunts both old and middle-aged people and even youngsters these days. Stress, late working hours, faulty diet, etc can be blamed for causing puffy eyes and dark circles. However, it can be easily sorted out if you follow few precautionary measures and take effective steps. Read further to know how to curb the problem.

  • Mash a tomato well into a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and lemon juice and apply this mixture underneath the eyes. After a period of ten minutes, wash your face with water. Do this regularly to ward off the dark circles.
  • Take a few drops of almond oil and massage it gently under your eyes for ten minutes to treat dark circles.
  • Take a bowl of ice cold water and dip two cotton wool balls in it. Now, take them out and squeeze out the excess liquid. Next, place the cotton balls on your eyes until they become warm.
  • Cut a cucumber into thick slices and place a slice over each eye. Lie down for ten to fifteen minutes and relax with your eyes closed. By doing this, not only your eyes get rejuvenated but it also aids in getting rid of tired and puffy eyes.
  • Another way to cool your eyes is to apply chilled tea bags or by wrapping an ice cube in a soft cloth and then placing it over your eyes.

Healthy And Beautiful Eyes Secrets

  • Drink plenty of water to keep your eyes well-moisturized and sparkling.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it causes redness in the eyes.
  • To add a glamorous touch to your eyes and make them look attractive, use eye lash curlers. Many beauty stores today sell ordinary metal eye lash curlers at reasonable prices.
  • Avoid junk and salty foods as they cause water retention, which in turn makes the skin near the eyes bloated.
  • Wear glares to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Buy branded sun glasses as cheap ones are harmful.
  • Every morning, splash your eyes with generous amounts of water to keep it cool and clean.
  • Gorge on foods that are rich in vitamin A and C such as mangoes, oranges, spinach, fish, pumpkins, tomato, capsicum, cabbage, and the like.
  • Constant glaring at computers or TV can damage your eyes so take few minutes break from time to time.
  • Avoid reading in dim light or working in front of the computer system for long hours as this will lead to dark circles and baggy eyes.
  • Taking adequate rest and sleeping for at least seven to eight hours is a must to keep your eyes glowing.

Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health but many of us are guilty of the lack of these included in our diet. Instead, the processed food that we so commonly eat outweighs the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibre, essential to our overall well-being.

Following up on our previous blog post on fruits, we now share with you which kinds of vegetables can benefit your skin (and of course your health too)!

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, which are absorbed into the body to aid in the production of Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Large amounts of vitamins (K, C and B6) and carotenoids (anti-oxidants) found in Carrots can help combat free radicals that causes damage to skin cells. Consuming Carrot juice can also keep your skin hydrated. However, do eat Carrots in moderation as excessive consumption may cause the skin to have a slight yellow/orange tinge.

Broccoli

High concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can be found in this cruciferous vegetable. Vitamin A helps in the production of healthy cells in the skin, while Vitamin C helps the skin with collagen repair and production, while protecting the skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains a great source of folate, which is essential in healthy cell regeneration, and sulforaphane, which studies have shown that it helps in reducing incidences of cancer.

Tomatoes

Studies have shown that properties in tomatoes help function as an internal sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays. High concentrations of Lycopene found in tomatoes also help in skin renewal, and has anti-ageing properties for the skin. Moreover, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium in Tomatoes are effective in tightening your pores, and also work as an astringent to deep-clean. For a quick home DIY facial, try mashing up tomatoes and apply to a clean face.

Garlic

Garlic is widely known for its strong medicinal value, despite its pungent smell and taste. Holding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, Garlic helps to relieve skin bacterial infections thereby helping the skin to stay clear and free from impurities! The large number of antioxidants present will also make your skin healthy and looking young.

Potato

Potatoes are high in starch and thus are a good source of carbohydrates, but it also means that they are culprits to your weight gain. However, do you know that Potatoes can be included into your skincare regime as well? Potatoes have properties that make it an anti-aging agent. Washing your face daily with potato juice may help improve the skin’s clarity, and even reduce appearances of wrinkles! Additionally, you may wish to cut a few slices of raw potatoes and place them over your eyes to reduce dark eye circles.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are often used in skincare products as it is really an effective vegetable that helps one to achieve glowing skin, treat various skin problems and even reducing dark eye circles. Containing antioxidants and large amounts of water, Cucumbers help to moisturize and hydrate tired skin. Cucumbers can also help to reduce redness of the skin. Also, Vitamin C in Cucumbers aids in collagen production, which helps to promote elasticity in our skin.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in nutrients and vitamins A, C and E which helps to soothe and soften the skin. Also present is Niacin (Vitamin B3) which helps to soothe dry, irritated, or red blotchy skin. Avocadoes are also great for making facial masks at home as their buttery texture allows easy application, and what’s more is that the various nutrients and vitamins can be easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft after application.

As the saying goes, “you are, what you eat”. Don’t forget the importance of including both fruits and vegetables into your diet for a healthier you, and a healthier skin. Fruits and vegetables have abundant nutrients and vitamins that act as our skin food whether they are being consumed, or applied as a mask! 🙂