Since their start in 2009, local skincare brand, Porcelain, has undergone a facelift. Co-founded by a mother-and-daughter duo, Jenny Teng and Pauline Ng, the label stood out from the rest of the competition by adhering to its central tenet that healthy skin should come from within. That core value still remains but under the rebranding, Porcelain relaunches its skincare line that is inspired by kintsugi.
Taking cues from the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi or the acceptance of the imperfect, kintsugi (Japanese for "gold seam") is an art where the repair of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold.
Instead of hiding the repair, the gold highlights the past damage. We are forced to reckon with the object's scarred history. Along with this awareness of impermanence is the sense of non-attachment. The reverence for the breaks is simply to put forth that this is just another event in a mutable world.
It is that philosophy that Porcelain endears to. That rather than conforming to unrealistic beauty standards, the brand helps users to embrace their skin’s individuality. With what you're given, Porcelain seeks to treat the problem, not mask it with foundation.
Porcelain's relaunched products are now contained within a cerulean hued bottles that resemble ceramic flacons. The company boasts four ranges: Essential; Control; Soothe and Plus+ ("plus-plus?"). The Essentials range is for everyone’s skin type. Consider this as the principal of good skin condition and enhancement. The Control range targets problem skin types. For sensitive skin types, the Soothe Range is your go-to and lastly, Plus+ range is all about the slowing down the ageing process. You can't stop ageing (because entropy) but you can, at least, ease on the brakes.
Porcelain is available at Porcelain Spas and online, as well as, on KrisShop, iShopChangi, Tangs, Lazada and Amazon.