It’s so cliched to kickstart something new whenever January and the New Year roll around. This time, we’re reinventing the wheel (okay, exaggerating here). This December, we’re kickstarting 2019 with a brand-new series with WearOhWhere.com — the Origins series. In this series, we uncover people’s stories once more, focusing on their heritage, roots and then their futures. We explore how they look back on their pasts, how they use their histories to inspire their todays and tomorrows, how their origins define who they are and will be.

Here’s Origins defined — the Porcelain way:

Origin
{or·i·gin} /noun/
The point at which something begins its existence

[1] The inception of fresh concepts that push traditional boundaries and create paradigm shifts in beauty and skincare. The birthplace of the trends of tomorrow.
[2] Also a celebration of You – you who came, loved and stayed

These remain the inspiration behind our latest collaboration with WOW. Soon, we’ll be unearthing three ladies’ versions of their backgrounds and how they play an integral part in influencing their futures.

Last week, we launched the new Origins series with Kelly Latimer — TV host, vocal talent, fitness enthusiast, mother of a very beautiful Sienna… but my personal favourite? SAF-enlister.

The Origins Series | Kelly Latimer

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Here’s Kelly defined — the Latimer way:

On being British:

“I like tea. I think my frankness is quite British. I’m quite straight to the point and quite curt… if you asked me for my opinion, I will give you my opinion. Everyone says what they think there whether you like it or not, whether you can take it or not. If you are willing to dish it, you’re going to have to be willing to take it as well.”

On being Singaporean:

“I like to feed people! I inherited my mother’s Asian hospitality. If you come to my house, you’ll never be hungry.”

Read our story with Kelly Latimer here.

And if you’re not yet up to date with our #BareWithMe and #DearPauline series, you need to catch up. Pronto.

Stay True,


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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.

What does pH Balance Have to do with Our Skin?

Our skin is made up of 3 main layers – epidermis, dermis and the subcutaneous fat layer. Beneath these skin layers lie our oil and sweat glands.

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.

Eat right

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.

Maintaining a proper diet is essential for pH Balance

Scroll through the rest of our blog for marvellous skincare tips!

Related blog posts that you could refer to include:

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
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc

1. Cucumbers for energy 
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

Tip #1 for Porcelain Skin: Never sleep with makeup on

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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

Tip #2 for Porcelain Skin: Eat more fruits & vegetables

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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

Tip #3 for Porcelain Skin: Eat healthy fats

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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

Tip #4 for Porcelain Skin: Drink water

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

Tip #5 for Porcelain Skin: Choose quality beauty products

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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

Tip #6 for Porcelain Skin: Protect from the sun

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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.