Every person has the right to feel comfortable in their own skin. There’s no objective definition of beauty, and just because a person has lighter or darker skin does not make them uglier or prettier than someone with a different skin tone.
But there’s no denying that some people feel more confident when they enhance their skin tone to look brighter or darker. One popular trend I’ve noticed is many people trying to achieve something known as a “porcelain complexion.”
Contrary to what a lot of people think, porcelain skin isn’t necessarily referring to a skin color or skin tone. Many people think that it is exclusive to people with fair skin trying to get as white as they naturally can, but really, it’s not.
So, what really is a porcelain skin tone, how different is it from other skin tones, and how can people achieve natural-looking porcelain skin? Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Porcelain Skin?
When someone has porcelain skin, it can mean one of two things.
First, it can refer to someone with smooth, flawless, blemish-free and even-toned skin. Porcelain, in this case, refers to actual ceramic porcelain. After ceramic clay is heated and cooled into porcelain, it has a perfect, flawless, and translucent quality to it. In this case, it doesn’t matter if you have light or dark skin. If you have perfect, flawless skin, you have porcelain skin regardless of complexion.
Second is the definition of porcelain skin used by some beauty bloggers and beauty brands. Porcelain skin, in this case, refers to the translucent white color of ceramic porcelain after it’s cooled down. This means that it can be someone with very light skin with more pink than yellow undertones so that their skin is much lighter.
Porcelain Skin vs. Other Skin Tones
With regards to the first definition of porcelain skin, a person can have porcelain skin if it has no flaws and is smooth and even-toned, regardless of whether they have fair, tanned, or dark skin. People with flawless skins are often compared to porcelain dolls, as these dolls are made with flawless and even-colored skin, though the skin color can vary.
In terms of complexion, porcelain skin is the whitest type of skin. Fair skin has a warmer tone than porcelain skin as it has more yellow than pink undertones, giving it a slightly darker complexion. Porcelain skin, on the other hand, is an almost translucent white with more pink undertones.
Asian men and women and those with Asian ancestry have a higher chance of achieving naturally porcelain skin (both in terms of complexion and flawlessness). In East and Southeast Asia, men and women see lighter skin as an indicator of beauty. This isn’t because of the need to look more western, as some westerners believe, but has been instilled in countries like China, Japan, and Korea as far as 2333 B.C. This is because of the belief that tan skin was associated with people working in fields under the sun while whiter skin is associated with prestige in their cultures.
How to Achieve Porcelain Skin
Some people are blessed with having naturally flawless porcelain skin. If you want to achieve naturally flawless and light skin, here are some things you can do.
Use Foundation and Concealer
If you’re thinking of porcelain skin in terms of complexion have a light beige to ivory skin, it can be possible to use foundation or concealer to get white porcelain skin. Simply choose a foundation two or three shades lighter than your skin and apply to your face and neck. Use the right concealer colors before and after applying foundation.
If you use anything lighter, it may look unnatural, especially if it’s a light coverage foundation. And even if you use a full-coverage foundation, it will be obvious you’re using the wrong color when it’s much lighter than your neck or arms.
But if you’re only thinking about the flawless porcelain skin, simply get foundation of your natural color and concealers. Use green concealers to cancel out any redness and an appropriate concealer to cancel out dark spots. If uneven skin tone is your problem, you can use a light coverage foundation to even it out. But if you have uneven skin tone and a few acne scars and flaws, you might need to use a full-coverage foundation and more concealer.
Practice Good Skincare
Many Asian men and women can achieve flawless porcelain skin because their beauty business is a blend of both skincare and cosmetics. If you have healthy, glowing skin, there’s no need to use heavy makeup to temporarily give your skin the appearance of flawless porcelain.
If skin conditions like acne, clogged pores, and dry skin are preventing you from achieving flawless skin, consider creating a skincare routine to treat these conditions. Moisturize your skin daily. Always remove your makeup before going to bed with a makeup remover like micellar water and a clean cotton pad, or use a safe alternative makeup remover like jojoba oil. Wash your face daily with a mild cleanser. And if you have a certain skin condition, use the appropriate skincare medication to treat it.
Consult with Your Dermatologist
If you have a serious skin condition, your dermatologist may know the most effective medicine or skincare product that can treat it. They can also recommend which products are effective for skin care and which ones may cause breakouts.
Porcelain Skin Treatments
If facemasks and other beauty products aren’t effective in achieving porcelain skin, many spas and beauty salons may offer more intensive treatments to either lighten your skin or remove all the blemishes and discolored spots on your face.
This can be as common as facials, but it can also include whitening serums, exfoliation, and other treatments.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Many people who want to avoid getting darker skin try to stay away from the sunlight. Those who want to achieve lighter skin will find themselves getting a tan if they stay out in the sun for too long. If you have to go outdoors, use an umbrella or stay under the shade. You can also opt to wear hats and clothing that covers your skin to avoid tanning.
Porcelain skin can refer to two things: the flawlessness of the skin regardless of complexion, or a skin color resembling that of translucent white porcelain. While some people can achieve this naturally, it’s still possible to get this look through various means.