With this year focused on achieving glowing skin, which happens to be one of the biggest beauty trends, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Korean skincare is introducing products that are no less than groundbreaking. Few years back, it got us obsessed with sheet masks, introduced us to bee venom and snail mucin.
If you do not know what glass skin is, allow us to explain. We all love skin that’s clear and healthy; glass skin is exactly that. Glass skin is meant to evoke the idea of skin that looks completely clear. Poreless and dew skin is the ultimate goal when it comes to this routine.
What is the Korean glass skin routine?
Glass skin routine is a step-by-step guide to achieve flawless, dewy and practically spotless glass-like skin. It starts with products specifically formulated for your skin type and includes steps like double cleansing your skin, followed by a serum, lotion, moisturiser and mist. What sets this beauty regimen apart from the usual ones is that it does not make use of astringents but relies on hydrating ingredients that maintain the pH balance of your skin.
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It comes as no surprise that this beauty regimen has sent people all across the world obsessing over it. So, let’s break down the steps to follow for the glass skin routine.
Here’s how you can get glass skin at home with these 7 steps
1. Double cleansing
Asian skincare introduced us to double cleansing, and now there is no looking back. A clean and clear canvas is a must when it comes to your skincare routine, especially at night, when your face has all that dirt, grease and makeup residue. This method involves removing your makeup with an oil-based cleanser and washing your face with a water-based face-wash so that your skin doesn’t feel dry. Choose a makeup remover and face-wash that are specially formulated for your skin type and maintain the natural softness of your skin without drying it out.
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, ginseng and floral water) and are applied to provide base hydration and allow better absorption of incoming products. Cleansing opens up your pores and leaves them open if you do not follow it up with a toner which helps close the pores and not dabble with the skin’a Ph level. Use a gentle, non-alcoholic toner that closes your pores and softens your skin.
Essence is the highlight of the Korean skincare routine. Essences, which is a less-concentrated version of serums, tend to be more lightweight and watery in consistency (a cross between serums and toners). Like spot treatments, they’re formulated to address skin concerns like pigmentation and redness but with the added purpose of delivering high doses of moisture and hydration. The main ingredient of any essence is water, the core of Korean skin beauty.
At this point, your skincare routine gets serious and is taken a notch above. A serum does more than just hydrating your skin – it evens out your skin tone, plumps up your skin and reduces fine lines while maintaing the moisture balance in your skin throughout the day. Switch to a serum that has moisture-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
5. Moisturise…a lot!
Moisturising is one skincare activity which doesn’t require much brain storming. However, when you’re aiming for that luminescent look, you’ll want to reach for one that is lightweight yet packs maximum moisture. Sometimes, the whole point of following a skincare routine is to find ways to keep it hydrated for the longest time. You need to use a moisturiser that is meant for your skin type, which does not cause breakouts and is calming to your skin.
6. Apply an eye cream
Glass skin isn’t an overnight change taking place. It cannot happen if you’re rocking dry patches and bags under your eyes. Add an eye cream or serum to nourish the eye area that tends to be drier and sensitive than the rest of your face.
7. Seal with a mask
Korean beauty has given us some of the best skincare tips and tricks, but masks are arguably the ones the beauty world is most obsessed with. They also happen to be the easiest way to soothe tired skin and lock in and replenish moisture. Simply pop one on to give your skin the quick attention it needs.
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