Smooth, poreless surface, flawless complexion and a natural glow that makes your skin look almost glass-like! We are sure you have heard about this Korean skin trend that has taken over all our social media feeds. Koreans have flooded the beauty world with surprising but effective skincare trends that promise to give you porcelain skin just like the girls you see in your favourite K-pop drama. One of these Korean skincare trends that has got every millennial excited is the glass skin trend. It’s flawless, visibly smooth and has a ton of healthy glow. Gorgeous, isn’t it? No wonder ‘how to get glass skin’ is the most asked beauty query on the internet today.
The interesting thing, though, is that Koreans don’t only serve up groundbreaking beauty trends but also give us a proper regimen to achieve it (remember the 12-step Korean skincare routine?). Well, don’t worry, this one’s easier than that. Let us show you how to get glass skin by just following a specific skincare routine. This involves your basic CTM and in addition to it, some hydration-boosting and glow-enhancing skincare products to use on a daily basis to get glass-like skin.
Take a look at this step-by-step skincare routine and a guide on how to get glass skin.
- 1. Double cleanse
- 2. Exfoliating
- 3. Toning
- 4. Serum
- 5. Moisturising
- 6. Face masking
- 7. SPF
- FAQs about Glass Skin
1. Double cleanse
The first step of every skincare routine is to cleanse your face to get rid of residual impurities like sweat and oil. The skincare regimen to get glass skin, though, needs you to not just cleanse, but double cleanse. First start with any oil-based cleanser or any natural facial oil like coconut oil or olive oil and massage it on your face. It takes off stubborn grime, makeup and product residue and oil from the face. Wash with lukewarm water to get it all off and then wash your face with a hydrating foaming face wash. It will leave your skin clean and moisturised. Rinse the face wash off with cold water.
The next step is to exfoliate your skin. This one’s a no-brainer. The face wash can’t deal with the dead skin build up on its own. To get smooth skin that is clean of oil, blackheads, dullness and dead skin cells, exfoliate your skin after you cleanse. Take a mild face scrub with some hydrating ingredients in it and apply it on your skin. Now, massage it gently all over your skin for about five to seven minutes. Make sure to get to the tricky parts like the sides of the nose, chin and forehead where the pores are usually blocked and to get every last bit of oil and grime off your face.
The third step to get glass skin is toning the skin. A toner balances the pH levels of the skin, cleans off whatever product or impurities are left on the face and provides a base for skincare products to come. It also shrinks pores and makes your skin look virtually poreless, which is the whole point of getting glass skin. Get a toner that also moisturises the skin, by opting for a non-alcohol based toner that doesn’t dry out your skin. Take a cotton pad and pour a little of your toner onto it. Following the 7-skin method, which is to layer it on your face about seven times to achieve glass skin.
The next step is to add a face serum or face essence, which is a lighter and less concentrated version of serum, to your routine. After using the toner on your face, apply a few drops of essence or serum onto your face. These products and this step in particular provide your skin with essential nutrients and moisture that penetrates deep into the skin, making it look glowy and glass-like. Take a few drops of essence or face serum on your palm and pat it onto your face. Don’t rub or massage the product. Apply it in a dabbing motion to let it get absorbed by the skin. Once you are done applying it, move on to the next step.
Your skin needs to be hydrated from within and visibly moisturised from the outside if your goal is to have reflective, glass-like skin. Moisturising is a very important step to achieve glass skin. Even if you have oily skin, you need to apply a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser that doesn’t clog pores but does the job. Take your moisturizer and apply it onto your skin. Don’t opt for greasy or sticky moisturiser formulations, as they might make your skin look oily. You can pick any moisturiser with known hydrating ingredients and humectants like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, face oils and more. The more hydrating and watery your moisturiser is, the more luminous and healthy your skin will look.
6. Face masking
For extra beauty benefits and a hydration boost, include a face mask in your skincare regimen. A popular step in the K-beauty routine, face masks not only hydrate your skin, but also provide vitamins and minerals and improve the overall health of your skin. Plus, they soothe skin and make it plump and glossy. They also relax you and reduce stress by calming your mind which is a win-win for your skin’s health. You can use sheet masks, clay masks, or cream masks, according to your skin type, but make sure it has hydrating ingredients in it.
To protect your skin from the sun and the subsequent free radical damage is non-negotiable if you want to achieve flawless, even-toned and glowy skin. Most skin issues like premature ageing, dark spots, sunburn and tanning are a result of sun exposure. Plus, your skin problems like acne, pigmentation and skin irritation also get worse when your skin comes in contact with UV rays. Invest in a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or more and wear it everyday, all through the year, whether you go out or not.
FAQs about Glass Skin
Q. What skincare products should I use to get glass skin?
A. Apart from your regular skincare staples like cleanser, toner and moisturizer, invest in hydrating products like sheet masks, glow drops and serums. Also, work with more watery and liquid-y skincare products infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, oils and more.
Q. Can I get glass skin overnight?
A. Reducing dullness, dryness and blemishes and achieving clear, glowy skin needs time. However, if you want quicker results, steam your skin regularly, use a charcoal mask or an overnight glow mask or simply spritz some glow-boosting face mist to get glass-like skin.
Q. Is glass skin easy to achieve?
A. Yes, you can achieve glass skin by simply following a specific skincare regimen. You need to cleanse and moisturise regularly and use the right products and that’s it! However the commitment to your skin care is important and it depends on other lifestyle habits like getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and regular workouts.