Have you ever heard the term “porcelain skin”? Judging by recent data that tracks internet search queries, more and more people are Googling it to try and find out what it is and how they can get it.
However, skincare goes through many trends and it’s hard to know whether they will last for the long term. But the numbers don’t lie, and it looks like porcelain skin is here to stay.
So what exactly is porcelain skin, and how do you achieve it?
What is porcelain skin?
Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a porcelain vase. What does it look like? How does it feel? Porcelain is a ceramic material that is usually light in color and incredibly smooth to the touch. Those visual and physical qualities have become super desirable in the skincare world, after all, who doesn’t want beautifully smooth skin?
To be more specific, porcelain skin is probably as close to “perfect” skin as you can get. It refers to skin that is polished, clear, clean, blemish-free, with an even tone, and usually a lighter complexion. Think of a literal porcelain doll, and that’s the look we’re going for. Does this sound unrealistic? Our brains suggest yes but our hearts want to believe it’s possible!
Is porcelain skin the same as fair skin?
This is a common association to make, but porcelain skin and fair skin are very different. Fair skin only refers to the color of the skin itself, but those with a fair complexion can still have uneven tone, lines, wrinkles, blemishes, breakouts, and other forms of irritation. Porcelain skin, on the other hand, is extremely tidy and has almost flawless physical and visual properties, while also having a bright complexion.
How do I get beautiful porcelain skin?
Believe it or not, you don’t need to be bitten by a vampire or sacrifice a goat on an altar to get god-like porcelain skin, there are actually many everyday things you can do that can help you get there.
Here are some of our top tips.
This is super important. One of the most common reasons why people have issues with their skin is that they are not properly hydrated during the day. In fact, most people go through their lives in a mild state of dehydration, which isn’t healthy!
To hydrate your body, you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, or more, depending on your individual body type. To hydrate your skin, you can use a moisturizer on a daily basis. Moisturizer will lessen symptoms of dryness, and help the skin layers retain more water for longer, keeping the skin looking glowing and fresh.
Use sun protection
The last thing you need if you’re aiming to get porcelain skin is too much exposure to the sun. The sun’s UV rays are extremely powerful and can damage skin relatively easily. Sunburn turns the skin red, causes inflammation, and in more severe cases leads to peeling. Also, spending too much time in the hot sun can stimulate hyperpigmentation, which creates dark spots on the skin resulting in an uneven skin tone.
It’s best to always wear sunscreen with SPF 30-70 whenever venturing out on a bright sunny day. This will form a protective shield over the skin that will greatly minimize the chances of it burning or suffering forms of harm.
Remove all makeup before bed
Don’t be lazy, wipe that makeup off before hitting the sack, no matter how tired you are. Leaving makeup on during sleep can be one of the worst things for overall skin health. Overnight, the makeup will get too dry, clog pores, encourage breakouts, trap oil, and cause blemishes and irritation.
Always remove all of your makeup with proper makeup-removing products or natural oils and make sure the skin is clear of all dirt and muck. To heal the skin overnight and give it nourishment for the next day, wear an overnight facial mask to gift precious nutrients and vitamins to the cells.
Refine your skincare routine
Finally, ensuring you have a well-rounded and refined skincare routine that addresses all of your skin concerns is essential in the journey for porcelain skin.
You’ll need effective cleansers to remove dirt, moisturizers for hydration, exfoliators to refresh skin cells and stimulate collagen production, anti-aging ingredients like retinol to smooth lines and wrinkles, natural face masks to pamper the skin, and the mental strength to get into a consistent habit every day in taking your skincare seriously. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and flawless porcelain skin will require a lot of effort and commitment to achieve.
Porcelain skin may sound too good to be true, but at the end of the day, it’s just the result of proper skincare on a consistent basis.
Will everyone be able to achieve porcelain skin? Probably not. But through doing the right things and using the correct types of products at the best times, your skin can grow in its overall state of health, and then you stand every chance of reaching the finish line.