Most of us have hidden behind Instagram filters to conceal our flaws. Everyone covets fresh, glowing, clean-looking skin, but those pesky pimples, acne scars, forehead bumps, destroy our Utopian dreams of flaunting a flawless visage. Haven’t you ever wondered how Korean women have next-to-perfect skin, even without the filters? Well, we are on board to crack the code behind glass skin, so let’s get started!
Glass skin is a well-known beauty trend that is here to stay. It is the latest in Korean beauty trends, and lays emphasis on a luminous, glossy, clear, and dewy look that can be attained by following a perfect skincare regime. Many beauty editors and celebrities have been raving about it. In this blog, we will discuss in detail what glass skin is, its origin, how to achieve glass skin at home along with what kind of skincare products can help achieve it, and why it is all the rage at the moment.
What Is Glass Skin?
The world of Korean skincare introduces us to this technique of glass skin where your skin has that clear, translucent bright shine. Glass skin, a skincare beauty trend that went viral in 2017, originated in Korea before becoming popular in the U.S. It can be described as a make-up style, a skincare routine, or both. Glass skin, or better as Korean glass skin is a skincare routine, that gives a healthy and balanced, hydrated, luminous appearance to the face. It promotes a polished, clear, wrinkle-free countenance that's as poreless, smooth, and wrinkle-free, just as a perfectly refined piece of glass. If you have skin scars, texture or hyperpigmentation, worry not, you can fake the glass skin look with make-up. Experts say that to achieve glass skin, you should follow a proper skincare regimen and maintain a healthy diet plan; stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
How To Attain Glass Skin At Home? A 7 Step Korean Glass Skin Routine
As per experts, a perfect skincare regime is all about cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, including vitamins, humectants, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and sunscreen in your daily regime. By following this simple step-by-step guide, you can achieve glass skin at home.
1. Double Cleanse
Double cleansing is imperative for maintaining healthy and problem-free skin. During the first cleanse, your makeup, dirt, and grime will be broken down and removed from the face, while the second cleanse is usually tailored according to your skin type. Your first wash should be done using a micellar-water cleanser or a cleansing oil/ balm, and the second wash should include a water-based cleanser.
Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells from the skin surface. This step is especially beneficial for people with oily skin as it clears clogged pores.
3. Use A Hydrating Toner
Achieving optimal skin hydration is the core of glass skin. Hence hydrating toner is a crucial step in this technique. You can use a hyaluronic toner after cleansing to maintain the hydration level of your skin.
4. Apply A Facial Serum
Facial serums consist of active skincare ingredients which nourish and hydrate your skin from within. Serums are light, hence get absorbed into the skin easily. After applying toner, wait for a couple of minutes for the toner to get absorbed into the skin completely. Then apply a hydrating serum or a Vitamin C serum for treating any specific skin concern such as dark spots, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, etc.
5. Moisturize your skin
This is a vital step in achieving a glass skin. While layering skincare products, consider the consistency of the product and apply the skincare product with the thinnest consistency first and the thickest at the last.
Experts recommend selecting a moisturizer based on your skin type. For oily skin types, water-based or gel-based moisturizer is recommended and for dry skin, moisturizer rich in fatty acids and ceramides is recommended.
6. Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
Ultraviolet rays can damage your skin leading to suntan, dark and dull skin. Exposure to sunlight can also lead to the appearance of early signs of ageing. Hence it is crucial to sun protect your skin. Invest in a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effect of the sun.
7. Sheet Mask
Good night's sleep is imperative for maintaining a healthy glow on your skin. Hydrating your face with a hydrating sheet mask before sleeping will give you a fresh, radiant glow when you wake up the next morning.
How To Get Glass Skin Through Make-Up?
Are you looking forward to attain Korean glass skin through makeup, here are some expert-recommended tips that you cannot afford to miss. As per a renowned esthetician, you can fake glass skin through the right use of glass skin products. Among the glass skin products, a highlighter or an illuminator is the one that steals the show. Let’s see how to attain a glass skin through make-up.
1. Create A Glowing Base
Make sure your makeup stays intact by applying primer first. Before we move on to foundation, you have 2 choices:
- You can use an illuminating foundation.
- You can add a liquid highlighter to your matte foundation to achieve a glossy effect.
Pro Tip: You can add your favourite facial oil to foundation liquid to attain a glossy effect or liquid highlighter.
2. Brighten & Glow
Another way to give your face a picture-perfect, luminous look is to apply a highlighter to certain peak points on your face such as the chin, cheekbones, cupids bow, and bridge of the nose.
3. Add Blush
Through the strobing technique, you can attain the right look. Choosing the right shade of blush can work magic on your face. A touch of rosy blush or blush that is a few shades darker than your natural skin tone will help attain a glass-skin look. Choose a liquid or a creamy formula to get that natural, dewy look.
Pro Tip: Apply some product onto your lips for an overall monochromatic look.
So while you wait for the 7-step skincare regime to start showing results, it's a smart idea to try the various makeup hacks to achieve glass skin, and you will fall in love with the look. Mind you; we are not promoting a set standard when it comes to the appearance of the skin. It is ok to have textured, scarred skin. But, while you openly flaunt your imperfections, there is absolutely no harm in trying out ways of looking the best version of yourself by experimenting with skincare and makeup hacks.
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