Protecting my skin from the elements, with Porcelain The Face Spa

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

My job as a journalist includes writing, taking of photos and doing interviews. The nature of the subject I write about most often (ie. motorsports) sees me being outside a lot, exposed to the various elements of nature (mostly sun and wind and rain, snow on rare occasions).


For example, I just returned from a weekend at Formula Drift Indonesia in Jakarta where I spent three full days out in the unforgiving sun. See the tan line across my face? That was how harsh the sun was.


Right before that I was in Indonesia for 10 days visiting islands (such as Bangka and Bali) and doing lots of sightseeing IN THE SUN.


With the varying climates, how does my skin cope? Being away a lot means not being able to go to Porcelain, The Face Spa for my bi-weekly facial treatment but thank goodness for its home care product range that keeps my skin in good shape!


First, I thought I would share the extent of which I travel. Here are snapshots from places I’ve visited for work this year - 


Weather conditions: Tropical (sun or rain) 


Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur):
Weather conditions: Tropical (sun or rain) 



Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Khao Yai):
Weather conditions: Tropical (sun or rain) 



Japan (Kyushu, Fuji, Chiba) in January and June:
Weather conditions: Cold with sunlight, occasional rain (some snow in certain areas)



USA (Long Beach) in April:
Weather conditions: Cold with bright sunlight 



Switzerland (Geneva) in March:
Weather conditions: Very cold 



Germany (Dresden) in early January:
Weather conditions: Super cold with snow 



Now that you have a better of idea of what my skin has been exposed to, you would agree that all the changing temperatures and humidity levels will not be good for the skin. Not forgetting the hours spent in the plane and its artificial atmosphere…


There are eight products in total that Porcelain, The Face Spa has provided for my home care use (which I also religiously bring along on my trips). Here are some of them:


I’m not gonna list an entire product catalog here for you but I’ll share with you the travel must-haves! (I will share the rest of the products in another entry, don’t worry!)


Because I am out in the sun so much, whether there is sunlight or not, there will always be harmful UV rays acting on your skin. To make sure that I don’t burn my skin or get more pigmentation on my cheeks, I am sure to apply Porcelain‘s Doll Tinted Sunscreen before I leave my hotel room.


DOLL Tinted Sunscreen (SPF60)

My mum has always taught me to apply sunscreen before I go out, regardless of whether I will be indoors or outdoors as artificial lighting can cause pigmentation too. The sweet thing about Doll Tinted Sunscreen is that the cream is of skin colour, hence applying it is like applying concealer, doubling up as a protection for whatever blemishes you want to hide while protecting your delicate skin from the sun.



SGD 150 (35ml)


Combined with lightening agents, this UV filter corrects pigmentation problems while protecting your skin against UVA / UVB rays. With a sheer luminous tint, it adds radiance and glow to your skin while preserving its natural youthfulness. Its advanced formula prevents pores from clogging, making this an ideal make-up base.


Key Active Ingredients

 Cetyl Demethicone, Burdock Hydrogylcolic Extract, Soluble Collagen, Iron Oxides


Suitable For

All skin types except for dark skin.



Apply a small amount and use a “tapping” motion to evenly distribute around face.



 SPF 60 / UVA & UVB protection / Natural skin color / Non comedogenic / Corrects pigmentation



SOOTHE Aloe Recovery Gel

Aloe vera has always been good for the skin and this Soothe Aloe Recovery Gel contains 99% stabilised aloe, which means it helps greatly with healing for the skin – perfect for my sun burns. It also hydrates the skin very well, especially after a long flight or a long day outside. I like how cool it feels on my skin after cleansing! Other than the face, I also use this aloe recovery gel on the blisters on my palm that I got from go-karting without gloves some months ago. Fantastic skin-healer and after-sun re-hydration tool!



SGD 98 (40ml)



This feathery-light, ultra soothing gel heals & hydrates the skin to help eliminate breakouts & ease irritation. Specially formulated with pure aloe extracts to soothe skin after dermatological procedures & shield it from environmental aggressors, Aloe Recovery Gel pampers & calms stressed skin. Suitable for even the most reactive complexions, this dual mechanism formula improves skin’s moisture balance & promotes skin’s natural resilience.


Helps With

Pimples, Acne, Scars, Dark Spots, All Cuts & Wounds, Burns & Stretch Marks.



Apply a moderate amount gently to skin, paying more attention to problem areas. Use as frequently as required on cleansed skin.


Key Active Ingredients

Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel (99%)


Suitable For

All skin types, even sensitive skin.



Repairs problem skin / Heals wounds / Eases irritation / Protects skin


You don’t have to be a frequent traveller to use these products – you can use them anytime, anywhere. I’m just saying that if I have to pack light and I have to choose from my Porcelain home care range, these two are a definite. These two are sized quite similarly and very easy to slip into the handbag.


Porcelain has also kindly shared some skin care tips for travelling:


Hot Weather

  • Remember to apply sunscreen before you leave the house and for Doll Sunscreen, do reapply after an hour under the sun.
  • Avoid sunbathing or other unnecessary exposure
  • Cover up bare skin
  • Keep cool with tepid baths


Cold Weather

  • Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid bathing in very hot water. It may feel good, especially with the cold weather nowadays but when you shower, bathe or wash your face with extremely hot water. It can not only break the capillaries in the face, but also break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which will lead to a loss of moisture.
  • Wear layers of loose rather than close-fitting clothing. Tight clothes can inhibit circulation and clinging fabrics can irritate your skin.


Pollutant Protection

  • Antioxidant nutrients help to block free-radical activity in the body, so include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.
  • Many skincare products contain antioxidant ingredients, such as vitamins A, C, and E- though whether these can actually penetrate the skin cells and provide any long-term benefit is a matter of debate. It’s worth trying them if you can afford it and you find one that suits your skin.
  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly at night to wash off collected dirt and grime.


Thank you Porcelain – for giving me peace of mind when I travel! My skin’s really important to me:)


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> I love Porcelain skin, you?

> 6 “bad skin” foods you should avoid eating

> Know your skin type

> Want a Porcelain complexion?

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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