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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It’s amazing what (sun)light can do for you. We’re talking the magical Vitamin D, said to boost happiness levels, build stronger bones and lower blood pressure. Sunlight can also heal the skin… and generously leave it with little brown gifts called pigmentation. Then there’s the other kind of light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which can also generously lighten the damage dealt. That’s our ZapZapTM for you.

A Zap is A Wish Your Skin Makes | The ZapZap IPL Series | #GetYourGlowOn

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ZapZapTM — An IPL Fairy Tale for the Skin?

The latest introduction to the family of existing treatments, the ZapZapTM series is a suite of IPL treatments targeted at pigmentations, wrinkled/lined skin, acne and acne marks.

IPL isn’t really new to us, but we’d recently given our equipment an overhaul and exchanged our existing Korean technology for the latest, most premium of non-medical grade Spanish Variable Pulse IPL machines that aestheticians are legally licensed to operate. Also, while most other IPL treatments only use blue or green light, our ZapZapTM equipment pairs blue with red light for accelerated recovery.

In other words:

– Better, faster results with even less to no downtime
– It’s good for more than just pigmentations — it’s also great for softening fine lines, heal acne and its marks, balancing excess sebum and brightening the skin
– Suitable for all skin types
– Doesn’t cause dryness to the skin — we promise

We don’t believe in shortcuts, but this is as close as it gets.

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

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ZitZapTM — Healer of Scars, Acne and Broken Hearts Skin

Meet ZitZap™ — the new best friend that makes our signature QuintessentialTM extraction facial so much better. Designed to — well — zap zits, marks and bacteria away, remarkably enhancing skin’s healing after it’s been uncongested (did I just make that up?) to death.

ZapBrightTM — Healer of Pigmentations, Age Spots and Dull Complexions

ZapBright™ zaps melanin, effectively lightening blemishes on the skin. Waste particles are then flushed out of the body and never see daylight again.

ZapGlowTM — Healer of Wrinkles, Lines and Sags

Imagine this: Results so stark yet subtle, a phone camera can’t capture it… but your friends will definitely notice the lines that did a mysterious disappearing act! Designed to reduce fine lines, firm and brighten the skin, ZapGlow™ is an IPL treatment that’s perfect for anti-ageing concerns.

With Good Things Come Bad Things Like Nagging

We love the fast results ZapZapTM brings us and our clients, but as with all things, prevention is better than cure. While some skin problems are truly hereditary (and there’s nothing we can do about genes), we can mitigate/prevent them with these quick skincare tips:

– Use sunscreen so pigmentations don’t appear/appear less
– Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially if you’re pregnant and prone to pigmentations
– Acne is fixable but just made harder if you keep picking at it

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We’re just a zap away,

Disclaimer: As always, speak with our trusty consultants to determine if the ZapZapTM series is right for you. There’s always something that might be better for what your skin needs.


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There it is, that pesky wrinkle on your face. But wait, you haven’t even hit the big three-oh yet so what gives? The fact is that skin aging can set in much earlier than you expect it to – and that’s not the only surprising thing about skin aging. Here are 10 facts about skin aging that may not have crossed your mind. View Post

Ever wondered about the reason behind your dull skin, even after a good night’s rest and use of proper skincare? One of the key reasons behind dull skin is insufficient oxygen flow, but there are other factors that matter.

  1. Improper diet, lifestyle and dehydration causes dull skin

Our skin reflects the food we eat. Proper nutrition greatly affects the health of your skin! The late nights partying may seem like harmless #YOLO fun, but drinking and smoking severely dehydrate the skin. Keep yourself adequately hydrated after a night out, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly to get the blood pumping!

  1. Environmental pollution, too.

Environmental pollution can result in dull skin

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For city dwellers, smog, dust and other kinds of environmental pollutants congest our pores daily. Environmental pollution also increases the free radicals in your cells, which cause premature ageing. Ensure you double cleanse daily with an antioxidant-rich milk cleanser before your usual cleanser for a hydrating deep cleanse. This rids your skin of unwanted congestion.

  1. Lack of proper exfoliation

Regular exfoliation prevents the buildup of dead skin cells. It also stimulates the cell renewal process and microcirculation as you massage your skin. Do use gentle, hydrating exfoliators as over-drying ingredients can stimulate more sebum and unwanted skin issues.

  1. Sun exposure

Sun exposure can result in dull skin

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A bad tan is not the only problem that comes from prolonged sun exposure to the sun. Your complexion can also become dull and your skin can take on a leathery, rough feeling. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen to slow the ageing process.

  1. Air-conditioned spaces

Air conditioning may be the greatest invention of the 21st century, but it causes dehydration to the skin. Using a humidifier when and applying moisturizers before you sleep can help your skin remain hydrated!

With all these factors in play, it is important for your skincare routine to include products that are suitable for your skin. Porcelain’s new and proprietary Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is alcohol-, paraben- and mineral oil-free to prevent skin irritation. Boasting ingredients like witch hazel, Vitamin C and aloe vera, the Glycolic Toner also has glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while thoroughly removing traces of makeup and dirt that may be left behind even after cleansing.

What’s left is skin with pH balance-restored at its natural level to allow for better absorption of products. Lactic acid, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), also increases collagen production to aid in skin regeneration as the skin ages. Besides unclogging pores and reducing the chances of a breakout, sodium hyaluronate in the toner locks in moisture to leave your complexion smooth and supple.

Here are other benefits the Glycolic Acid Toner can offer:

  • Tone and brighten skin
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Refine skin texture

Fixing Dull Skin: The Glycolic Toner gently exfoliates dead skin cells for a clear, radiant complexion

You’ve been bombarded with information as to why sunscreen is vital, and you’ve taken the daily skin triad routine to heart. Here are some more beauty tips you may not have heard of!

Whiten your nails. Put some baking soda on a lemon wedge, and rub the wedge on your nails. Lemons are not only acidic, but antimicrobial too—and, paired with the abrasive properties of baking soda, leave your nails looking brighter and healthier.

Extend your bronzer’s life. Fond of the bronzer? Make a bottle go a long way with this trick: buy a shade darker than what you normally use. When you’re ready to get that sun-kissed look, mix a bit of the bronzer with your favorite moisturizer, then apply on your skin. You’ll get a sheer glow that won’t break the bank!

Exfoliate your scalp. When you don’t have a clarifying shampoo within your reach, you can temporarily turn to good ol’ apple cider vinegar. ACV helps “exfoliate” your scalp, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. This makes the scalp absorb nutrients even better from your favorite shampoo, and promotes healthier hair growth. Not only that, but the beneficial acids found in ACV (acetic, lactic, and malic) help neutralize the PH of the scalp. Do this rinse once or twice a week: mix equal parts of ACV and water, apply on hair, then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.

Avoid wrinkles. If you notice more wrinkles on one side of your face, it’s most probably the side that you sleep on. Prevent this from happening by using silk or satin pillow cases.

Moisturize your lips. We all know that those slices of cucumbers can help get rid of puffy eyes, but do you know that they can also be good for our lips? Since cucumber is made up of 96% water, it helps restore moisture. So cut up a slice and apply it directly on your lips.

Makeup remover from the kitchen. Do you know that you can use olive oil to remove  eye makeup? Just soak a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe the area. If you feel a wee bit oily afterward, apply a warm and damp washcloth to remove excess oil. Coconut oil can also be used to remove not just eye makeup but blush and foundation as well. And the bonus: they both leave your skin moisturized. (Though this doesn’t mean you can now skip your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine.)