The top beauty and skincare tips from spa owner Pauline Ng. By Melissa Heng
Photo: Chew Seng Kim / The Straits Times
Pauline Ng, 29, founder and managing director of face spa Porcelain
Ms Ng studied business at Singapore Management University and started Porcelain with her beautician mother, Madam Jenny Teng, 53, in 2009, shortly after graduating. The spa in Cantonment Road was named Best Luxury Beauty Spa in Asia at the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2013 and 2014. The home-grown company also has its own paraben-free, fragrance-free and non- comedogenic skincare range. Ms Ng’s husband is in private banking and they have no children.
1 GO FOUNDATION-FREE
I have nothing against make-up, but I am an advocate of keeping the base of your skin free from foundation, BB cream and concealer. This allows the skin to breathe and prevents congestion over extended periods of use, which can lead to acne and other skin issues.
2 DOUBLE CLEANSE DAILY
I double cleanse my skin at the end of every day – first with a make-up cleanser, followed by a hydrating cleanser. This helps to get rid of all impurities such as make-up, pollution, dust and sweat. Here’s how to do it.
3 KEEP YOUR FACE CLEAN
Besides washing my face daily, I also keep my skin clean by not touching my face too much and changing my pillow cases once a week. Good hygiene keeps bacteria at bay.
4 ALWAYS USE SUN PROTECTION
Even if you are just making a trip to the supermarket, wear sunblock on your face. This helps to keep your skin healthy.
5 GO FOR A PROFESSIONAL SKIN TREATMENT AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH
This helps maintain skin health and prevent skin issues. Those worried about skin brightness can choose an exfoliation-based treatment, while those concerned about ageing can select a treatment that helps to lift and firm the skin.
6 ALTERNATE NAIL COLOURS
If you paint your nails regularly, alternate between nude or clear nail polish and coloured nail polish. This helps to prevent nails from turning yellow.
7 GET ENOUGH SLEEP
There is no myth to the concept of beauty sleep. Sleeping seven to eight hours a day allows your body to get rid of toxins, prevents inflammation and recharges your mind.
8 USE HYDRATING SKINCARE
Never use cleansers that contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or alcohol-based toners. These tend to dry out the skin. Look for skincare that contains ingredients such as aloe vera, rose, sodium hyaluronate and ceramides. These help to hydrate and provide moisture to the skin.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline ‘Beauty from tip to toe’.