Grab the nearest glass in your area. Look how smooth and translucent it is. Touch it. Now, did you know that Koreans somehow managed to adapt a glass texture for their skin? Mind-blowing, yeah.
It’s the newest K-beauty trend: glass skin. The skin mimics the luminescence of glass. No, this is more than just “dewy skin.” Glass skin is almost see-through, poreless, and lit from within.
To achieve this perfection, you don’t even have to go under the knife. You just have to follow their secret skin care regimen! Well, it’s no longer a secret, since this new K-beauty trend has gone viral!
Really, What Is Glass Skin?
If the above description reads like science fiction, let’s break it down to actual science. What is glass skin in the literal sense?
The “glass effect” is the result of skin that is:
- Intensely smooth
- Plump and firm
But the chief element of glass skin is hydration. Literally drenching your skin with moisture to create that natural “liquid highlighter” effect.
Is glass skin achievable? Yes.
As long as you are a human being and not an alligator, you can work hard on achieving a glassy complexion.
Glass Skin Starter Pack: What You Need
The following beauty products should now be part of your life if you want glass skin. So grab your credit card and add-to-cart the following:
#1. Cleanse Twice
Wash your face twice. First, with an oil cleanser; second, with a gentle foam cleanser. This is not an OCD move, but a necessity to truly cleanse your face.
What you want to achieve is a perfectly clean slate as your first step. If your face were a canvas, you’d want it to be brand new.
This is especially important at night, when your skin has accumulated so much gross stuff, such as dirt, grease, and makeup. Call it deep cleansing.
Double cleansing is not enough. When talking about clear skin, exfoliation is a cardinal rule. Skipping this step is simple blasphemy.
Go get your favorite exfoliator and scrub those dead skin cells away. This will unclog your pores and cure that dull-looking skin.
Whether you are into physical or chemical exfoliators, just do it. But not obsessively, because it can cause irritation. Just 2 to 3 times a week.
#3. Apply Toner
Toner is crucial for product absorption. Meaning what magic stuff you put next on your face will penetrate your skin. Toners also aid in resetting the pH (acidity) level of your skin.
There are K-beauty toners out there that even imitate your skin’s natural pH. Unlike your usual toner, the K-beauty toner deeply moisturizes and hydrates (again, the secret to glass-like complexion) the skin.
Korean toners are known for their moisture-generating ingredients, such as ginseng, green tea, and galactomyces. It is advised that you apply 7 layers of toner.
#4. The Power of Essence
Essence is an actual beauty product. It is a thin, water-based product with hyaluronic acid. It infuses your skin with more hydration and moisture— then retains them.
Essence is responsible for that luminescent effect. It gives you that glow effect, which trumps the dewy effect!
#5. Face Oil or Ampoule
An ampoule is your fountain-of-youth K-beauty product. The Korean version of face serum, ampoules inject nourishment into your skin. It smoothes those wrinkles, firms the sagginess, reduces the size of your pores, and evens out the color of your skin.
However, ampoules are used mainly for bad breakouts—not really for daily skincare. For daily skincare, use a plant-based face oil. Ideal for all skin types, this lightweight product quickly seeps through the skin and spreads healing antioxidants.
To achieve glassy skin, you have no choice but to pile up on hydrating and moisturizing products. Go for Korean moisturizers, which contain the secret ingredient cica. Cica (Centella Asiatica) is an African herb that has powerful hydrating powers.
As a general rule, pick a moisturizer that is lightweight, rich in antioxidants, and packed with botanical extracts.
#7. Eye Cream And Mask
If you have iridescent skin but have dark circles under your eyes, you’re only achieving the vampire look— not the glassy look. Please, get an eye cream.
Then finish your regimen with a clay mask oil cleansing, or a sheet mask. Again, this is to infuse more hydration into your skin while acting as an anti-inflammatory.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The operative word for glass skin is “hydration.” So apart from using a bunch of essential hydrating products, also drink plenty of water.
Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol can dry out your skin and speed up its aging process. So while you fix the outside of your skin, you must also make your insides healthy. Laugh often, drink plenty of water, and stick to your Korean glass-skin therapy.