Many have the perception that skincare is only for the affluent. However, here are 7 simple daily skincare hacks that will prove that anyone – budget conscious or not, can have good skin! Our two cents’ worth (get it?) might just do the trick.
Milia seeds are a skin condition that can happen to anyone at any time in life. They are most often seen in newborns and can be expected to rapidly disappear in these cases. The biggest problem with milia occurring in infancy is panicky parents, who do not know how harmless and temporary it is. Milia may not be so temporary when adults get it. In fact, these unsightly blister-like bumps can sometimes be permanent without intervention.
Milia visibly manifest in tiny blister-like protrusions on the skin. This can occur in anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. Those on infants usually disappear over a brief period, but on adults, can be a long-term cosmetic problem. This condition is not dangerous, and it is officially unknown if there is a relationship to another underlying condition. Milia is one of the most misunderstood of all health conditions, but in itself, appears harmless by all reports.
Causes of Milia Seeds
The truth is that no one knows the causes with certainty. It is widely believed that this condition is due to an exfoliation problem when tiny flakes of dead skin clog the pores. Our research indicates that this is likely only half of the equation. The other half is an excess of cholesterol in the skin, where the body frequently deposits its excess cholesterol. This, in turn, leads us to a third contributing factor, which is sunlight deficiency. A body removes excess cholesterol in the skin through sunlight, which helps converts it into vitamin D3.
Here are some of the other causes of Milia Seeds:
- trauma to sweat ducts
- radiotherapy (radiation)
- topical corticosteroid use
- genodermatoses (genetics)
Home-Care for Milia Seeds:
For those who want to care for them themselves, we recommend:
- Take frequent showers
- Exfoliate the skin
- Supplementation with niacin is the single most effective treatment for some sufferers
- Avoid heavy facial cosmetics
- Get moderate sunlight exposure frequently
- Reduce high cholesterol foods
- Supplement with biotin, because many sufferers find that biotin supplementation alone cures their milia
- CoQ10 is produced by the body during intense exercise and is found in meat and fish. The body uses it to emulsify oils and increase energy. Emulsifiers make oils water-soluble (like soap), which assists in its removal, thus reducing milia.
Treatment for Milia Seeds:
Extractions are the key to porcelain skin.
Director Aesthetician, Jenny Teng, who has had over 17 years of experience as an aesthetician, explains.
“Throughout my career, there is one core finding in my approach to effective skincare treatment. That is the thorough deep cleansing of the skin using specific extraction techniques for different skin problems. It has been my mantra and Porcelain’s mantra. With proper deep cleansing, nutrients from the products we use can penetrate much easily into the dermis and that is what makes Porcelain facials different.”
Porcelain’s Director Aesthetician has been known widely for her skills to remove milia seed through extractions. Find out more about Precision Facial and how our Director can help your skin.
Blog Reviews by Clients:
- “Despite the red spots, I was happy. No, ECSTATIC. My skin was not only silky smooth but BABY SOFT! Every painful moment through the extraction that I tried to trace back, was well compensated with the pure glow and light that I was looking myself in the mirror.” – Grace Lim
- “Jenny then starts working and she left no pore untouched. Every single one of my pores was pulled, poked, squeezed and some, multiple times. I held a hand-mirror as she worked; explaining her meticulous process at the same time. I looked on with an amalgamated mix of excitement, surprise and embarrassment. Out of my pores came deep-seated milia seeds (oilseeds) and gunk produced by my over-active sebaceous glands.” – Nicolas Travis
- “When the redness subsided, my skin was smooth as a baby’s bottom. Well, maybe not that smooth but smoother and clearer than it had been in years. Some of the pigmentation was also considerably lighter and I was loving my new glowing Photoshopped complexion. In fact, I’m so sold that I’m willing to go through the entire ordeal all over again.” – Mother Inc, Daphne Ling
As little as “pH” may seem, these 2 letters in the alphabet are probably more important than you and I both realize. pH Balance acts both as a culprit and a form of salvation for most skin problems. Let us now understand why.
What is pH Balance?
“pH” stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. Similar to high school Chemistry concepts, a pH value from 0-7 is classified as “acidic”, while anything from 7-14 is classified as “alkaline”. Pure water has a neutral pH level of 7, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?
Let us first understand the biology of our skin.
The oil and sweat glands embedded in our skin contribute to our skin’s pH level – which is approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic.
When our skin is too acidic, it will cause inflammation and be more susceptible to bacteria infection. When our skin is too alkaline, it will become very dry and thus, age faster.
Therefore, the trick to healthy skin lies in ensuring that your skin’s pH is balanced at 5.5.
What Happens When Our Skin’s pH Level is Imbalanced?
As mentioned, our skin’s pH level is approximately 5.5. But what happens when the pH levels start to vary?
Well, many undesirable things can happen. Instead of listing down all the possible scenarios, here is what generally happens:
Once our skin’s pH level is imbalanced, the oil and sweat glands will start to detoxify by pushing impurities out from the bottom layers. In fact, most skin conditions such as acne and eczema always start from the deepest layers, which is why everything actually boils down to our skin’s pH level.
How Do We Prevent This?
As horrifying as it sounds, with every cloud there is a silver lining. Here is how you can prevent your skin’s pH level from varying too much:
Know your skin’s pH level
Everyone’s a little different. In order to know what your skin’s pH level is, you could take a simple test that is available at most dermatologists.
If you do not suffer from any skin conditions, then your skin is most likely at a pH level of 5.5.
If you tend to have oily skin, then its pH level should be below 5.5.
If you usually have very dry skin, then its pH level should be above 5.5.
Use the right products
The most basic of all products – the facial cleanser, plays one of the biggest roles in ensuring pH balance of your skin. Find a cleanser that has the closest pH value to your skin type, because a cleanser that has a close pH value to your skin will not mess up your pH balance.
Apart from your facial cleanser, be sure to check the other products that you might use on your skin.
As much as we’ve stressed this, it is worth mentioning again!
Eating right contributes significantly to your body’s pH level (that’s right, your body has a general pH level too!), which directly translates onto your skin’s pH Balance as well.
Here’s a rough chart to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Please bear in mind your skin type and thus pH balance, though.
Scroll through the rest of our blog for marvellous skincare tips!
Related blog posts that you could refer to include:
- Foods to Avoid This X’mas For Better Skin (And No Acne!)
- 6 Facts About Asian Skin
- Layering Hydration the Right Way
Once again, this only stresses our philosophy that healthy skin should radiate from within.
Remember now: Balance is Everything 🙂
There’s a lot of goodness packed in one cucumber! Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, including:
– Vitamin B1
– Vitamin B2
– Vitamin B3
– Vitamin B5
– Vitamin B6
– Folic acid
– Vitamin C
1. Cucumbers for energy
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.
2. Cucumbers for smoother, younger looking skin
The photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layer. What you can do is try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. To tone skin and tighten open pores, you can try using cucumber as a toner. You can either mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar, and with a few drops of Lemon, honey & aloe vera gel or use it alone. This can help you achieve more youthful and radiant skin.
3. Cucumbers fade dark circles & reduce puffy eyes
Cucumbers have the ability to quickly and easily reduce the appearance of dark circles. Due to the antioxidants and silica present in cucumbers, they can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. A common tip is to place 2 cucumber slices on both eyes and let it rest for 20 minutes while relaxing your eyes. Due to the large amount of ascorbic acid in cucumbers, they can also reduce water retention and overall puffiness!
4. Cucumbers cure your hangover!
Cucumbers contain sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients that the body lost. If you eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed, you will wake up feeling refreshed and free from headache and an awful hangover.
5. Cucumbers freshen your breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30s. The photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth which is the culprit of bad breath.
6. Cucumbers treat sunburn
If you are guilty of staying out in the sun a little too long and are dealing with sunburn, cucumbers have cooling effects on your skin, and is a very gentle and easy method to soothe and calm your skin, speeding up the healing process.
7. Cucumbers treat cellulite
Cucumber can reduce the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Mix half a cup of ground coffee with some cucumber juice and a tbsp of organic honey to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, and gently massage for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will appear smoother and long term use will help to reduce cellulite 😀
As simple as it may sound, these tips definitely go far in your journey to Porcelain skin.
Porcelain Skin Tip #1: Never sleep with makeup on
You should never ever leave your makeup on while you sleep, as it may lead to breakouts and rashes. Makeup also clogs your pores, contributing to the appearance of enlarged pores and making your skin look inflamed.
Porcelain Skin Tip #2: Reduce processed foods; eat more fruits & vegetables
Processed food is usually filled with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and processed grains, which aren’t good for your health and skin. Instead, you should eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide good vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your skin and body will thank you for!
Porcelain Skin Tip #3: Eat healthy fats
Eating healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids provide you with loads of health benefits and improve your skin. Instead of normal cooking oil, you should opt for olive oil when making your own meals to get your daily quota of healthy fats.
Porcelain Skin Tip #4: Drink water and cut down on soft drinks, caffeine & alcohol
Soft drinks are high in calories and sugar, which doesn’t do your waistline and skin any good at all. On the other hand, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, making it look dry, dull and tired. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin.
Porcelain Skin Tip #5: Beauty products – Go for quality, not quantity
There are tons of beauty products out there, and you just got to accept the fact that you’d never be able to finish trying them all. Looking for the right product that suits your skin is really going to work way better than trying everything off the counters.
Porcelain Skin Tip #6: Protect your skin from the sun
It is of utmost importance that you wear sunscreen daily. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long period, choose a sunscreen with high SPF and remember to re-apply! It’s really better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to see pigmentation and wrinkles forming, and start regretting not slapping on sufficient sunscreen.