a Korean skincare trend that is beneficial for all skin types.
There is a growing percentage of skincare consumers, who can easily describe for you the difference between essence and serum, double cleansing is practically a religion and they are continuously looking for K-beauty trends like the “glass skin”. Here is everything you need to know about glass skin, the latest skincare trend that we crave from the Koreans.
What is glass skin, what does it mean?
“Glass skin” is basically an expression for having so clear and hydrated skin, that the light bounces back from the face and creates this glass-like, glowing effect. It’s the idea of having a perfectly clear, healthy and dewy complexion. Fundamentally it means having your bare face look so smooth and so glowy, that you don’t need any makeup to look fresh-faced and radiant. “Glass skin is a term for exceptionally smooth, even-toned and lustrous skin that’s so flawless it has the appearance of glass” – says K-beauty expert Jude Chao.
Advantages of glass skin
Firstly, your skin will be healthier than ever! Someone who has glass skin takes very good care of his/her skin, exfoliates regularly and takes hydration seriously. The glass skin also means no enlarged pores, no pimples, no wrinkles. In my opinion, glass skin can be a synonym for perfect skin too. Glass skin can be achieved by special makeup techniques as well but if you are a true K-beauty fan, you will try to get glass skin for the sake of not wearing make-up. This is also the second advantage, you can forget about foundation, powder or highlighters! Leave behind the makeup brushes and concentrate on perfectly dewy skin naturally. Nothing makes me more confident than walking out of the house makeup-free and feeling like Alicia Keys who went makeup-free for years and looked just as good (if not better) than any other celebrities.
Another huge advantage of glass skin is the mindset and confidence that you achieve with it. I think nowadays when social media heavily influences us from a young age and we hardly never see anyone without makeup, photoshop or filters, it’s important to bring awareness to feeling contented and satisfied with our natural skin. Having your skin glass-like will definitely make you confident, proud and happy. You don’t have to cover up any imperfections, don’t hide behind a thick layer of foundation! Even if you can’t master glass skin perfectly, your skin will for sure look healthier and dream-like and you will hopefully focus on the achieved natural highlights rather than a temporary red spot on your face.
How to achieve glass skin?
While many skincare trends focus on one product that promises instant results, achieving glass skin requires a long-term approach. Having perfectly smooth and clear skin doesn’t happen overnight and you should rather think of it as a skincare investment. You need to commit to it and push through the tired evenings when you just want to go to bed without taking care of your skin beforehand. Your goal should be a smooth, even top layer of the skin with lots of water underneath the surface in order to have plump, firm and moist complexion that catches and reflects light.
The foundation of glass skin lies in clear skin
Just like most skincare trends, you have to start with a clean slate and what’s better for it than double-cleansing? Thoroughly clean your face with an oil cleanser, I recommend the Dr.Ceuracle Pro Balance Pure Cleansing Oil, then follow by a water-based, gel, foam or powder cleanser. These two steps are necessary to remove the excess oil, dirt, impurities and makeup residue. Try to focus on hydration starting from the first step of your skincare routine and choose a cleanser that also hydrates, like the Dr.Ceuracle Pro Balance Creamy Cleansing Foam.
Away with the dead skin cells!
The second step should be exfoliating. This step removes the dead skin cells that clog pores and make your skin dull and sometimes flakey. I believe that this is where most of us fall behind. Many people still use physical exfoliators that are often too harsh and some of us are too cautious and afraid of over-exfoliating. My recommendation is to choose a mild chemical exfoliator and use it regularly. The Dr.Ceuracle Tea Tree Purifine 70 toner removes dead skin cells and cleans your pores while you can safely use it on a daily basis.
The secret of glass skin is using a hydrating toner
Next, toners. Traditional, western toners often contain alcohol and strip your face, they are drying and generally make more harm than good. However, in Korean skincare, toners have an entirely different role. K-beauty toners are formulated with hydrating and nourishing ingredients (like floral water, green tea, galactomyces) and they not only balance the skin’s pH levels but also provide the first layer of hydration. If you use the above mentioned exfoliating toner, you kill two birds with one stone or you can use another for extra hydration. Choose a toner based on the main ingredient: the Nacific Real Floral toners contain rose water or calendula water, the Benton Cacao Moist and Mild toner contains cacao extract and the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin contains snail secretion filtrate.
Unlimited essences, serums and ampoules!
The next steps are the real game-changers, this is when you can really hydrate your skin. Use an essence and use it religiously! Essences are a cross between toners and serums, their consistency is watery but thicker than a toner. They are lightweight and somewhat translucent, they often come in a bottle with a pipette or pump. They are formulated to address different skin concerns and they always deliver very soothing hydration and moisture. After applying your essence, you will see the first signs of glowing skin, your face will be radiant. If you have problematic skin or even just some occasional pimples, try out the Dr.Ceuracle Tea Tree Purifine 95 essence!
The following step is using a serum or ampoule. These products typically contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. Their ingredients contain powerful elements with which you can reverse the signs of ageing, nourish or minimize pores. Some ampoules are only meant to be used for a certain period of time to recharge the skin and then you should switch to something more lightweight. If you want to bring your skin to the next level, try the Dr.Ceuracle Royal Vita Propolis 33 Ampoule or if you’re looking for something to deeply hydrate your skin, check out the Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum with over 80% cacao extracts and additional hyaluronic acid!
The last step of the glass skin routine is the moisturizer. Choose one that is hydrating, enhances the skin barrier or contains nourishing botanical extracts. Many Korean brands use cica, aka Centella Asiatica that is a healing and barrier restoring ingredient. You can use the Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Cream which contains 73% nourishing cocoa extract and hyaluronic acid or the Benton Snail Bee High Content Cream if you wish to focus on wrinkle care or healing acne scars.
+1 tip: Every now and then, use a sheet mask, simply because they are such an amazing, quick solution for dehydrated and dull skin! They are convenient, easy to use and you will see the results immediately.