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The Beauty Stop You Need To Make At Orchard Gateway – Vanessa Tai

You’ve read our rave reviews of Porcelain, The Face Spa’s signature facial treatments. Now you can enjoy even more luxurious treatments and bespoke products at their brand new outlet at Orchard Gateway. By Vanessa Tai

Fresh new look!

Fresh new look!

Porcelain, The Face Spa is perhaps best known for their foundation-free philosophy. If you’re a regular patron (or regular reader of Material World!), you’ll probably know their facial treatments are usually extraction-based, to unclog and clean out pores. Founder Pauline Ng’s mother, affectionately known as Aunty Jenny, is a bit of a celebrity among Porcelain’s clients as she’s well-skilled in thorough and pain-free extractions.

With the Orchard Gateway outlet, however, Porcelain is expanding its services beyond traditional facial treatments. This outlet will feature solely equipment-based facial treatments.

Treatments That Actually Work

A peek at the interiors of Porcelain Aesthetics

A peek at the interiors of Porcelain Aesthetics

This new outlet will feature 9 facial treatments but the one that will probably get most people excited is the Proionic Facial, which is available exclusively at Porcelain Aesthetics. Here’s the science-y bit: The treatment starts with a double cleanse before the therapist applies the INDIBA® Capacitive Electrode across your face to help promote lymphatic drainage. This is then followed by applying the INDIBA® Resistive Electrode to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and fibroblast (also known as the “mother cell” of collagen and elastin) underneath your skin. What’s unique about this machine is how it makes use of a patented 448kHz long wave radio frequency to help stimulate the movement of ions through your cell membranes and restore your skin’s natural ion balance.

Simply put, your skin will look instantly rejuvenated post-treatment. Over a few sessions, you can expect visible anti-ageing effects such as a reduction of fine lines and pigmentation spots, and a re-contouring of your jawline.

Other treatments to look forward to include the Cryotherapy Facial and OxyRevive Treatment. The latter can be likened to an almost literal “breath of fresh air”. It is an award-winning oxygen facial that treats your skin to a gentle yet intensive aqua exfoliation followed by an infusion of custom-blended tonics using Hyperbaric Oxygen.

Customised Products 

Try before buy

Try before buy!

Speaking of custom-blended products, what sets Porcelain’s skincare products apart from others available in the market is how founder Pauline works with reputable suppliers from countries like USA, Japan, and Taiwan to create Porcelain’s own proprietary skincare line. To date, there are 18 products specially formulated for the skin issues faced by women living in a warm Asian climate like Singapore.

At the Orchard Gateway outlet, you’ll get to test out these products for yourself! The outlet features a fully-stocked product testing bar where therapists will be on-hand to assist in product demonstrations and giving you an opportunity to try the different skincare products.

Porcelain Aesthetics located at 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway #03-13. Please call 6227 9692 to make an appointment.

We have four tubes of Porcelain Flawless Skin Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 20 (worth $165 each) to give away!

Flawless Moisturizer

To win, simply follow the instructions below:

1. Download the Material World app on iTunes or Google Play. On the Contest tab, enter “Porcelain” as the Contest Name. Then key in the answer to this question: “What is the name of the treatment exclusive to Porcelain Aesthetics?”

2. Like Material World on Facebook.

3. Click on the Facebook Share button below and share this post with your friends. Tag “Material World” on your post and remember to set it on Public.

This contest ends Monday, 1 September 2014, and is only open to followers of Material World. Only entries submitted via the Material World app will be accepted. Please read our terms and conditions here.

Porcelain, The Face Spa worked with Material World for this post to review its new Orchard Gateway outlet. All opinions are the author’s own and have not been vetted by the client. Read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 27-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets
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[Material World x Porcelain, The Face Spa] Understanding Dry Skin and Acne – Tan Lili

Finding the solution to acne and dehydrated skin can be tricky – but not entirely impossible. Read on to learn about why dry skin can cause blemishes and breakouts, and what you can do to get a clear, well-hydrated complexion.

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It’s no news that oily skin is synonymous with acne-prone skin, but did you know that dry skin can also cause breakouts? I should know; my Sahara-dry skin, while generally clear, has had some nasty ones before.

A Vicious Cycle

One of the common skincare misconceptions is that to solve the problem of oily skin, we have to use products that remove as much oil as possible. That’s the last thing you’d want to do. Sebaceous glands – they lie just below the surface of the skin – are responsible for producing oil (or sebum), which is secreted through pores. The use of some sheen-removing skincare products can dry out your skin, kicking your sebaceous glands into overdrive and causing them to produce even more oil to counter dehydration.

The same goes for dry skin. Because of the lack of moisture, dry skin reacts by producing more oil as well. Over time, the build-up of excess sebum will clog pores and, in turn, result in breakouts. As you can see from the diagram below, throw in anti-acne treatments, and it becomes a vicious cycle.


Here’s a deeper look at some of the causes of acne in dry skin, and what you can do to combat acne while ensuring your skin stays well-hydrated.

1. Over-washing

Over-washing can strip away the natural oils needed to form a protective skin barrier, which helps prevent moisture from leaving the skin and bacteria from penetrating it. Gradually, the barrier weakens – this not only causes dry skin but also allows bacteria and harsh chemicals from the environment to easily penetrate the skin. Using a mild cleanser, wash your face only twice a day – once in the morning and the other, before bedtime. Avoid rinsing off with hot water, as it can dry out the skin as well. Use lukewarm water instead.

2. Ultra-rich Moisturisers

It may seem counterintuitive to avoid ultra-rich moisturisers if you have dry skin, but using them can lead to clogged pores. Look for one that is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, has a non-greasy formula and is easily absorbed by the skin.

3. Harsh Acne Treatments

Many acne treatments contain harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, which is very drying for the skin. Avoid using cleansers formulated for acne-prone skin too – they tend to have degreasing properties, which remove the natural oils your skin needs to stay hydrated.

Understanding the frustrations of those of us with severely dehydrated skin, Porcelain, The Face Spa has launched Balance Hydraclear Gel. It fights acne by targeting four areas of acne reduction: bacterial growth and microbial activities, skin inflammation, hyperkeratosis (thickening of the outermost layer of the epidermis containing dead cells) and the secretion of sebum. Made up of a blend of natural ingredients – cupuacu seed butter, willow bark extract, pepper seed oil, witch hazel extract and tea tree oil – the Hydraclear Gel also helps moisturise the skin and balance pH, sebum and moisture levels.

Review of Balance Hydraclear Gel

While the Hydraclear Gel is suitable for all skin types and can be used as a moisturiser, it’s recommended to be used as a spot treatment for those with dry skin. Since my face is (thankfully) free of acne at the moment, Denise, who has combination skin, tried the Hydraclear Gel. Here’s what she has to say:

After cleansing and toning, I applied the Hydraclear Gel in a gentle tapping motion. Because of its watery texture, it is almost instantly absorbed by the skin. Rather than the tightening effect some acne-fighting products have on the skin, this sits comfortably against mine and leaves my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day. I also like that the gel leaves behind a cooling sensation – a much-needed perk-me-up on dreary mornings!

Just a few days after I started using the Hydraclear Gel, I noticed the couple of recurring acne on my chin reduced in size. Where they were angry red bumps a week ago, they have now more or less smoothed out and are barely visible. I’m definitely sold!”

Material World worked with Porcelain, The Face Spa to review Balance Hydraclear Gel. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here. Balance Hydraclear Gel is retailing exclusively at Porcelain, The Face Spa (15 Cantonment Road), at $41 (10ml) and $108 (40ml).

Win a Balance Hydraclear Gel, worth $41!

Balance Hydraclear Gel by Porcelain The Face Spa

Balance Hydraclear Gel by Porcelain The Face Spa

We’re giving away 10 Balance Hydraclear Gel (10ml), each worth $41! To win, follow the instructions below:

1. Download Material World’s app, “Material World”, free on the iTunes store.

2. On the Contest tab of the Material World app, fill in the name of the contest (Porcelain Face Spa) and your particulars, and answer the following question: Name one of the ingredients in Balance Hydraclear Gel.

3. Then share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “Porcelain Face Spa” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

4. This contest is open only to those who download Material World app, and Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

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[Material World x Porcelain, The Face Spa] Freezing Time With Cryotherapy – Vanessa Tai

Facial treatments these days are getting increasingly advanced and I, for one am thrilled. Anything to achieve that flawless, glowing complexion, right? Ever since my first experience at Porcelain, The Face Spa, I’ve been in awe of the efficacy of their treatments. So I was chuffed when they invited me back to try their latest treatment, the Cryotherapy Facial.

About Cryotherapy Facial

Originating from Korea, this 60-minute treatment has a two-pronged approach. First, a customised blend of serums will be applied onto your skin using 0.5mm micro-needles. If your eyebrows just arched at the word “needles”, don’t be alarmed! There’s zero pain involved; it just feels like gentle pricks against your skin. Plus, it uses a cooling technology so there’s no redness or risk of inflammation. The purpose of using micro-needles is to enhance absorption of the serum into your skin. Plus, the upward stamping motion helps with the lifting effect.

The second step of the treatment involves using a cryo probe to chill your skin to -10 degrees Celsius, which helps restore firmness to overall skin tone. The therapist would glide the probe over your face in gentle, circular motions, which aids in improving microcirculation.

Check out my Before and After pics below:





Pretty amazing huh? Being only 26 years old, you would think skin firming wouldn’t be a top concern. But I guess pictures really don’t lie. Apart from the picture that I took for this post, there have been several “candid shots” of me where my chin is – horrors of horrors – visibly sagging southwards. I’ve tried a couple of facial treatments in the past that promised to lift my skin, but none of them had as dramatic an effect as the Cryotherapy Facial.

After the treatment, my previously-tired skin also looked and felt rejuvenated, as if it’s been given a new lease of life. Just take a look at the condition of my skin before and after treatment.

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

Before (Tired, dull complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

After (Bright, refreshed complexion)

There was absolutely no Photoshop or airbrushing involved in the images you see above – what you see is what you’ll get.

Customised Treatments at Porcelain, TheFace Spa

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

Flawless Pore+Spot Intensive Serum

What I like about the treatments at Porcelain is how they take care to customise products and treatments to treat each individual. My skin is relatively unproblematic – it’s just a little on the dull side, with pigmentation spots – so the product used for my treatment was the Flawless Pore+Spot Serum. This highly concentrated serum comes with Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, and Sodium Hyaluronate to brighten skin and lighten dark spots.

For customers who have acne or sensitive skin, the Cryotherapy Facial may not be a recommended treatment as the stamping action of the micro-needles may trigger a reaction. Not to worry, Porcelain has a comprehensive suite of services that will suit any skin condition. The products and equipment you see at Porcelain have all been sourced from various countries by their founder Pauline. Come 2014, she will be bringing in even more products, and equipment, which means a greater level of customisation for you, the consumer.

Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 15 Cantonment Road, Tel: 6227 9692.

Material World worked with Porcelain, The Face Spa to review its facial treatment. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.


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We have three Cryotherapy Facial treatments, each worth $250, to be won! To enter your name for the draw, follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section, name two benefits of the Cryotherapy Facial.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “Porcelain Face Spa” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. Private message us on Material World’s Facebook Page with the term “Porcelain, The Face Spa – Cryotherapy Facial”. Include your name, gender, NRIC number, mailing address, and age.

This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Wednesday, December 25 2013.


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[Material World x Porcelain, The Face Spa] How I Achieved Beautiful Skin – Vanessa Tai

To me, having a flawless complexion is the first and most important step to looking beautiful. Smooth, luminous skin is a sign of good health and what can be more attractive than being in the pink of health? In my quest for perfect skin, I’m always on the lookout for new skincare products and treatments, so I was thrilled when Porcelain, The Face Spa contacted us to try a facial treatment at their dedicated facial spa.

Porcelain, The Face Spa is an advocate of going bare-faced (ie: no foundation) as they believe in allowing one’s skin to “breathe.” Also, the efficacy of their treatments and products are designed to correct your skin problems, so there’s no longer a need to conceal. As someone who can’t bear to leave my house without first applying a layer of BB cream, I was definitely intrigued.

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The simple, understated interiors of Porcelain, The Face Spa.

Conveniently located in a charming shophouse a stone’s throw away from Outram Park MRT, the spa exudes a quiet, relaxed vibe. One thing I noticed during my two hours at Porcelain was the keen attention paid to small details. For example, the music piped throughout the spa was contemporary acoustic songs (not the ubiquitous sounds of birds chirping or waves crashing favoured by other spas.) Also, the tea that was served before and after my treatment was the unusual but delicious brown rice tea.

My treatment for that day was the Quintessential Facial, a bespoke treatment designed to help clients with skin congestion. Before I plonked myself down on the bed, I got my therapist, Michelle to help me take a picture of my skin sans makeup:

Dull complexion, clogged pores, tired eyes

Dull complexion, clogged pores and tired eyes

To say that my skin was congested would be putting it mildly. Many late nights combined with an irregular skincare regime had caused my complexion to look dull and speckled with blemishes, as evidenced in the image above.

The treatment started with Michelle thoroughly cleansing my face with a milk-based cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and sunscreen. This was followed by a blend of a cleansing gel made with 80 percent aloe vera gel and a makeup cleanser made with orchid milk. At Porcelain, they do not carry products from one particular brand. Instead, Porcelain’s founder Pauline sources the various products from reputable manufacturers across the US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. Through cleansing my face, Michelle was able to identify my key skin problems – a dry surface but oily within. To get rid of the blackheads in my T-zone, she went with a two-pronged approach. Firstly, she applied a thick layer of blackhead gel on my forehead, nose and chin, to help remove non-stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.

After application of the blackhead gel

Die, blackheads, die!

Gross, but all the white spots are my blackheads!

Gross, but all the white spots you see on this strip are my blackheads!

For those blackheads and whiteheads that were lodged firmly in my skin, Michelle employed Porcelain’s star method: the classic extraction. Unlike other facial treatments that focus the extraction on the nose or forehead, Porcelain believes in doing a thorough extraction on all parts of your face. This is to ensure your pores are sufficiently unclogged and ready to absorb the nourishing products.

Apart from my T-zone, other problematic areas included my chin and below my eye area. There were tiny brown spots on my cheek area that I thought were freckles but they turned out to be milia seeds (hardened bits of oil.) As someone who usually hates extractions, I must say the extraction method here isn’t as painful as others I’ve experienced previously. Of course, it’s not the most comfortable experience in the world. Thankfully, Michelle tried her best to work as quickly as she could and when she was done, she applied a serum to soothe my skin as well as a chamomile tonic to help tighten my pores.

The penultimate stage of the facial involved using LED light therapy on my skin for about five minutes. Again, there are two stages to this therapy – red and blue light. The red light therapy helps stimulate the production of collagen for a plumper, more elastic skin tone. The blue light therapy – also known as the “healing light” – gets rid of inflammation and bacteria-causing acne for a cleaner, more radiant complexion. The treatment rounded off with Michelle applying a customised mask all over my face. This mask is a blend of a hydrating mask (to combat my skin dryness) and a chamomile mask to soothe skin sensitivity.

A thick coat of nourishing goodness!

A thick coat of nourishing goodness

Here’s how I looked like immediately after my treatment:

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Fresh-faced and radiant, with just a dash of moisturiser and sunscreen on my face

My thoughts on Porcelain, The Face Spa:

Apart from the facial treatment, Porcelain also generously gifted me with a few products to try at home: Revive Makeup Cleanser, Soothe Hydro Cleanser and Soothe Aloe Recovery Gel. I’ve been faithfully using the products for the past two weeks, and my skin has seen remarkable improvement. Instead of the dull, sallow complexion of yore, my skin is now visibly cleaner and brighter. In fact, I’ve been receiving compliments on my skin from many different people, from the other Material Girls to friends that I’ve not met in awhile. While I haven’t quite mustered the courage to go completely foundation-free, the amount of BB cream I apply these days is significantly less.

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I’ve tried many facial treatments in the past and the “post-facial radiance” usually wears off about two to three days after the treatment. However, it’s been more than two weeks since my treatment at Porcelain and my skin is still as luminous as it was on the first day after the treatment! I think the stunning results alone more than justify Porcelain’s slightly steeper price range, but apart from the efficacy of their treatment and products, credit has to be given to their friendly, knowledgeable therapists.

Throughout the facial, my therapist Michelle carefully explained each step of the procedure and the various product ingredients. She also gave me many useful tips to deal with my dry skin, such as to avoid using foam-based cleansers as they are very drying due to the sulphates used (they’re better suited for people with oily skin.) A few days after my treatment, I also received a text message from Porcelain’s Client Relations Specialist to find out how my skin was doing post-treatment. To me, all these small but thoughtful actions really underscored Porcelain’s commitment to service excellence.

Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 15 Cantonment Road, Tel: 6227 9692.

Material World worked with Porcelain Face Spa to review its facial treatment. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

We’re giving away TWO Porcelain Face Spa Restorative Facial treatments (worth $195 each!)


To win one, simply follow the steps below:

1. Answer this question : “Name two countries where Porcelain Face Spa gets their skincare products from.”

2. Share this story with your Facebook friends by clicking the Facebook button at the bottom.

3. Tag Material World in your post. Make sure the post is set as Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

4. Then Private Message us on Material World’s Facebook Page with your answer and your details (Name, Age, NRIC No, Occupation, Email Address).

Contest ends July 18, 2013. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page qualify for this giveaway. Please like our page here.