When your skin is going through a change and you want to regain control and restore balance, Control is the line you can rely upon. Here’s our quick guide to incorporating Control into your skincare routine for healthier, balanced skin! 

Deep Cleansing Gel 

Formally known as Daily Cleansing Gel, this powerful gel cleanser’s proprietary formula thoroughly removes impurities and excess sebum while soothing and moisturising the skin.  
 
Best used at night as a second cleanse. Suitable for use on the body to minimise acne and brighten skin. 

Glycolic Toner

A complex blend of nature’s best, this alcohol-free toner soothes inflammation, hydrates and accelerates collagen & elastin production for visibly radiant skin.   
 
Suitable for day & night use, pump product onto a cotton pad before swiping onto cleansed skin. When used in the day, do remember to apply SPF to minimise the development of photosensitivity. 

Hydraclear Gel

Clear and weightless, this gel works to keep acne at bay. Best used on cleansed skin, after serums and before heavy moisturisers/creams. 
 
Suitable for day & night use, apply a pea-sized amount on acne to soothe inflammation or apply a liberal layer on the skin to regulate skin’s sebum production.   


Still unsure of how to use Control to restore harmony to your skin? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your skincare routine and make tailored recommendations based on your needs! 

The only constant in nature and all things living and breathing is change. This includes you and your skin. Change is inevitable and if you used the same skincare routine now as you did in your youth, expect no improvement. Knowing this, your next question should be “How do I change for the better? How can I evolve my skincare to suit my age?”.  

Well, keep reading and you’ll find out!

If you’re in your 20s:

Photo by Peter Nguyen

Youth – although highly coveted – can come with some down-sides. Typically, when you’re in your 20s, your hormone levels have not fully stabilized and this can result in your skin’s pH level being off from the ideal levels (which is about pH 5.5 to 6, FYI). 

What’s pH level, you might be asking. 

Simply put, it’s the balance of the water and oil content of your skin. When your hormone levels are not stable, it can cause your sebum glands to be more active. As a result, you can experience an oilier appearance of your skin, hormonal acne and most importantly, an off-balance pH level. When your pH levels are off, it can cause your skin’s natural protective barrier against environmental aggressors (pollutants, free radicals, dirt, bacteria etc) to be weakened. If the pH levels are not restored to optimal levels, it can lead to increased sensitivity, breakouts and pre-mature aging.

How do I take care of it? 

The key to taking care of your skin in your 20s is to strengthen and maintain your skin’s natural resilience through balancing your pH level.  

If you have oily and/dehydrated skin, it means your skin’s oil content is greater than its water content. Thus, you should focus on controlling the oil production while hydrating your skin from within. We recommend our Balance – Sebum Control Essence. With ingredients like Tea Tree Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate and Horse Chestnut Extract, experience regulated sebum production, deeply hydrated and soothed skin. Not sure if you have dry or dehydrated skin? Read this Prologue post to find out!

If you have dry skin, it means your skin’s oil and water content are both low. Thus, you should focus on increasing both contents in your skin.  We recommend out Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion. With ingredients like Rose & Jojoba Oils that act as a protective barrier to keep your skin from losing moisture and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate the deeper layers of the skin, it’s the perfect product to replenish the oil and water content your skin needs.

If you’re in your 30s:

Photo by BBH Singapore

Youth is slowly departing your side. Although it sounds depressing, it’s not all doom and gloom! The plus side is that you no longer need to deal with great hormonal fluctuations and hormonal acne. Downside is that your skin is slowly losing its ability to repair quickly, and its production of collagen and elastin is reducing.

At this stage of your life, it is extremely important to start protecting your skin and supporting collagen and elastin production. With age, your skin starts to lose it suppleness, begins to thin out and wrinkles will become more obvious. Additionally, it is a good time to start protecting your skin against environmental aggressors – especially the sun. By using the correct type of SPF and nourishing your skin in antioxidants, you lay the foundation for minimal pigmentation, wrinkles and pre-mature aging in your later years.

How do I take care of it? 

To support collagen and elastin production, look for products that contain Hyaluronic Acid and anti-oxidants. Hyaluronic Acid is a compound that is important for collagen and is naturally found in the body (albeit it decreases over time). Anti-oxidants on the other hand protect your skin against free radical damage and prevents premature aging. We recommend our Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum. Packed with a dual-chained Hyaluronic Acid and potent anti-oxidants like Vitamin A, C & K and Elderflower Extract, it is the powerhouse for your anti-aging needs.

To protect your skin from environmental aggressors, we recommend the Skin Perfecting Moisturiser. A physical sunscreen that protects you from harmful UVA & UVB rays. Moreover, it is loaded with anti-oxidants like Vitamin E that help to slow down the signs of aging. Antarticine, another key active ingredient, helps to promote the production of collagen and elastin. All the ingredients for a youthful appearance rolled into one SPF!

If you’re in your 40s:

Photo by BBH Singapore

In your 40s, you’ve blossomed into an established woman -proud of herself and unwavering in her personality. It would be a shame to not let this inner beauty shine through and reflect in your appearance too! At this age, your skin’s turnover cycle has tripled in duration compared to when you were in your 20s – from 21 days to 60 days. Your skin’s turnover cycle is essentially the time taken for your skin to produce new cells and how long it takes for these new cells to migrate from the deepest layers to the top layers. 

Dead skin cells accumulate on the surface which can cause dull, dry skin with more lines, wrinkles and deeper folds. It can also trigger pores to enlarge and expand as they become clogged with a mixture of dead skin cells and oil.  

How do I take care of it? 

There are many exfoliators out on the market – from Physical exfoliants like scrubs to Chemical exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs and enzymes that – that can get the basic job of clearing dead skin done. But, considering that some of these methods (especially Physical Exfoliation) can contribute to pre-mature aging, we need to look at gentler and more effective alternatives. Why not try out our Revive-Natural Skin Refiner? It’s a gentle, enzyme-based exfoliator that removes dead skin while treating your skin with its hydrating and anti-oxidative ingredients like Natto Extract and Aloe Vera Extract.

If you’re in your 50s:

Photo by Ashwin Vaswani

Hitting 50 is often a celebrated accomplishment, so it’s vital you look your best when celebrating your roaring 50s. At this age, you would experience greater signs of aging – be it wrinkles, sagging or a more sunken appearance. This is due to the decrease in amount of collagen and elastin your skin produces. While products can help, they are unable to penetrate deep enough and will have limited effects in restoring a youthful appearance. This is where facial treatments by highly trained professionals come into play. 

How do I take care of it?

Treatments like ZapGlow™, Proionic and Arctic Tone are able to stimulate your collagen and elastin production and stimulate your facial muscles for lifted, supple and radiant skin.  

Proionic makes use of a unique-patented long wave radio frequency to generate heat and ion-balancing technologies to boost skin cell health and collagen and elastin production. Similarly, ZapGlow™ utilises the light energy generated by the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to stimulate cell renewal alongside collagen and elastin production. A polar opposite, Arctic Tone makes use of cryotherapy to bring the skin’s surface down to a low temperature of -15°C while a 4Hz Low-Frequency CryoProbe stimulates the muscles to improve facial tone and firmness.

We hope these tips help you care for your ever-changing skin and allow you to be confident in your own skin, regardless of age! 

We generally steer clear from sales talk or pushy blog posts, but our recent annual Client Satisfaction survey sprung some surprising results: Our clients actually want to hear more about our treatments, products and seasonal offerings. So, here’s answering some of their wishes because this X’mas, our Christmas offerings are looking pretty fine.

1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

Christmas Offerings 1: Porcelain Triple Moisture Kit for the Thirsty

No matter what age you are, hydration remains the essential solid foundation for great skin – making this set of three essential hydrators an absolute prize. The deal clincher – it also comes with a complimentary limited-edition pouch.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel (1x 50ml)
– Balance – Hydraclear Gel (1x 50ml)
– Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel (1x 30ml)
– Porcelain Pouch (1x, Complimentary)
– Porcelain Aurelie tea (1x, 10g) * 

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good aloe gel that’s made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera
– Have pimples and who can’t find a good spot treatment that also hydrates while zapping zits and that also balances sebum and that also feels featherlight on skin and that also…
– Want a moisturizer that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, peach, mountain pepper, peony, lemon verbena, tea tree oil…
– Are men who need that extra bit of TLC post-shave
– Are all of the above

 

$269 (U.P. $350.50)

2: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and Inflamed

Christmas Offerings 3: Ultimate Acne Busters Kit for the Zitty and InflamedOur favourite unisex kit.

Also the definitive SOS kit for acne-afflicted complexions, this bundle contains what Porcelain fans consider as the go-to stars when hormones go haywire, and acne rears its many ugly heads. Ridding skin of p.acnes bacteria and excess sebum while keeping hydration levels up is key.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (1x 120ml) or Soothe – Hydro Cleanser (1x 120ml)
– Revive – Glycolic Toner (1x 120ml)
– Balance – Sebum Control Essence (2x 8ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

Zit-prone people
– Have combination-oily skin, including and especially men who are more prone to these skin types
– Are in need of controlling excess shine
– Need a gentle, exfoliating toner that contains mild AHAs, and that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Love natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut, sage, cucumber, tea tree oil, soybean extracts…
– Who are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

 

$149 (U.P. $200)

 

3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Christmas Offerings 3: Prep & Revitalize Kit for the Dreary and Dull

Or, more warmly known as the essential kit for people who have plans pre-X’mas all the way till the New Year. Also the perfect complementary set to the above two kits.

Look radiant before that Christmas / New Year bash! Come off like you’ve had 8-hours’ sleep every night when you’ve been hopping from festive dinner to dinner!

Whether it’s revitalizing you need pre- and / or post-party, cure its hangover with mask after mask, and remember to drink more water.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

– Hydrocare – Bio-cellulose Mask (2x)
– Revitaleyes – Multi-Peptide Silk Mask (2x)
– Revive – Natural Skin Refiner (1x 50ml)
– Gold Dropper Bottle (1x 5ml)

PERFECT FOR PEOPLE WHO:

– Party a lot
– Are very busy
– Have skin so dehydrated, they think it’s oily
– Have legit, dry skin
– Frequently complain they can never find a good face mask that adheres well to their faces
– Suffer from tired, lined eyes
– Love value for money and serums in equal parts: this mask comes with 30ml of serum which you can squeeze into a 5ml dropper bottle we include with every set!
– Live for multiple-functional gadgets: The Natural Skin Refiner acts as an exfoliator-cum-mask
– Want a mask that hydrates while providing bursts of antioxidants for brightening and protection from free radicals
– Are women, especially mothers, grandmothers, wives and daughters — show them it’s okay to take a break!
– Are men, especially the ones who believe that they deserve good skin too

$99 (U.P. $198)

* Buy any 2 sets with a total value of over $200 and get 1x Porcelain pouch + 1x tin of Porcelain Aurelie tea. The Triple Moisture Kit automatically comes with one of both.

(Limited to 3 per person, while stocks last)

 

4: Just Aurelie.

You’ve met Aurelie.

PERFECT FOR:

– Grandparents
– Friends who love tea
– Friends who don’t know tea
– Everyone? Who doesn’t like tea? Even coffee lovers love tea

We’re all waiting for X’mas,


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

5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

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

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!

 

 

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.

Milia Seeds - Understanding Causes & Treatment

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)
  • sunscreens
  • 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:

Milia Seeds: Extractions are the key treatment

Credit: Aiony Haust

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