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What Is Glass Skin?
“Glass skin is a term for exceptionally smooth, even-toned, and lustrous skin that’s so flawless it has the appearance of glass,” says skincare blogger and K-beauty expert Jude Chao. Like its predecessors “honey” and “dewy” skin, glass skin aims for an intensely moisturized skin that gives off an almost transparent complexion and a “very youthful, lit-from-within glow,” adds K-beauty and skincare blogger Sheryll Donerson. “It’s simply a clear and elegant way of describing a certain type of enviable complexion,” she adds.
How to Get Glass Skin
While some skincare trends are focused on particular products that promise instant visible results, achieving glass skin requires a multi-dimensional approach, says Chao. “The skin surface must be extremely smooth, without bumps or rough texture. Directly beneath the surface, a large amount of water should create a moist and lustrous appearance that catches and reflects light. Finally, the skin should look plump and firm,” Chao explains. Achieving this coveted dream-like visage requires “a consistent skincare routine consisting of a cleanser, toner, serum, exfoliator, and a hydrating moisturizer,” says Donerson. According to Chao, k-beauty staples like toners, essences, and sheet masks are the most effective hydration. And because intense hydration lies at the core of a glass skin regimen, Chao recommends opting for “watery products with humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin and considering using either multiple layers of one hydrating product or several layers of different ones,” she explains.
Steps For achieving clear, glowing & glass skin.
Step 1: Double cleanse
A clean canvas is a must when it comes to your skincare routine, especially at night when your face has collected all that dirt, grease and makeup residue. Start with cleansing oil or micellar water for your first cleanse, then follow with a gentle foam wash or cream cleanser. Asian skincare introduced us to double cleansing, and we haven’t looked back.
Step 2: Exfoliate
We can’t talk about clear and smooth skin without mentioning exfoliation. “Whether using a physical exfoliator or a chemical type, this step will slough away dead skin cells that dull skin and clog pores,” says beauty chemist and skin care expert David Pollock, founder of JustAskDavid.com. Please don’t overdo it, though. Two to three times weekly is ideal to avoid irritations, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Step 3: Toner
Traditional toners are often ignored because some find them too drying, but in Korean skincare, they take on an entirely different role. K-beauty toners are formulated with refreshing and moisture-enhancing ingredients (like green tea, talectomies, ginseng, and floral water). “Layering is key here to achieving the extremely hydrated skin that’s necessary for glass skin, so the 7 Skin Method—applying up to seven layers of toner to your skin—in general, works well for this,”
Step 4: Add an essence
Essences, the less-concentrated relatives of serums, tend to be more lightweight and watery in consistency (a cross between serums and toners). Targeted treatments are formulated to address skin concerns like pigmentation and redness and also deliver mega moisture and hydration.
Step 5: Treat with a serum
Korean serums and ampoules typically contain a higher concentration of multitasking active ingredients, which help nourish the skin, reverse signs of ageing and promote collagen to help provide firmness, minimize pores, and even out skin tone,” explains Pollock. Now switch to a hydrating serum with moisture-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and vitamin E. “For structural firmness, vitamin C and retinoids will encourage collagen production most effectively,”
Step 6: Moisturize
Moisturizing is an activator in any skincare routine, but when you’re aiming for that luminescent look, you have to reach for one that is lightweight yet packs maximum moisture. Look for nourishing botanical extracts, powerful hydration, and antioxidants.
While it takes time and commitment, it is possible for most folks to achieve lit-from-within skin. But it’s not just about treating symptoms. It’s very much a lifestyle and requires a holistic approach. What you’re putting into your body is just as crucial as what you’re putting on your face. With the proper routine and a healthy diet, you can be on your way to a luminous complexion.