What Is "Glass Skin"? Here's How to Get the Look Everyone's Talking About
Does your current skin care routine have you—and your complexion—feeling unfulfilled? If that’s the case, we know exactly how you can get back on track with taking care of your skin. Anytime your skin is in need of something new, there’s an obvious place to turn. Korean beauty, of course. Think of any number of recent beauty trends, and there’s a significant chance that they began in the world of K-beauty.
K-beauty has brought us a slew of complexion-perfecting skin care techniques, from honey skin to the “seven skin method," and now there’s another one on our radar. You may have heard talk of “glass skin”—one of K-beauty’s most current trends—amongst your most skin care savvy friends, but if not, let us fill you in. We’re revealing how to put everyone’s new complexion obsession into action, with a skin care routine tailored to obtain glass skin, below.
What is Glass Skin?
Picture a piece of glass. Not stained or frosted, but a regular pane of glass. Immediately, certain qualities should pop into your head. Your piece of glass your mind conjured is perfectly clear and translucent, with a reflective sheen. Now, put your knowledge of what’s sought after in terms of skin to use. Can you see how that pane of glass could possibly translate into a skin care trend? Glass skin refers to a complexion that’s healthy and plump with hydration, and like glass, has an ultra-smooth and glossy finish.
As with most K-beauty trends, glass skin isn’t something you can possess with the snap of your fingers or a full night of beauty rest. Securing glass skin status takes time and consistency, and plenty of layers of potent skin care products. More on that, next.
How to Get Glass Skin
A glass skin routine may not be super short—the technique does rely on lots of layering, after all—but we promise eight steps will feel like no big deal once you’ve successfully achieved a glass-like visage.
Step 1. Cleanse with oil. Skin care routines tend to start the same way—with a facial cleanser—and there’s a good reason for that. Beginning with a clean canvas is essential, otherwise you’re simply piling products on top of oil and other impurities. To start working your way towards glass skin, start by breaking down makeup, dirt, and oil sitting on the surface of your skin with an oil cleanser, like the NYX Professional Makeup Stripped Off Cleansing Oil.
Step 2. Cleanse again. You aren’t quite finished with the cleansing phase of your regimen, so don’t step away from the sink just yet. To get completely clean, you’ll want to use the double cleansing method, which just so happens to be another technique popularized by K-beauty. Follow up using a cleansing oil with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, which combines cleansing and exfoliating.
Step 3. Use an essence. The same way primer is a must before applying makeup, using an essence before the rest of your skin care routine is recommended. It may seem like just another step, but essences actually help to prepare your skin for the rest of your regimen. For your first step post-cleansing, press the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence into your skin. Besides boosting your other products, the essence will deliver anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to help give skin a smoother and more radiant look. Doesn’t that sound fit for glass skin?
Step 4. Indulge in a sheet mask. Sheet masks aren’t reserved solely for at-home spa days, they can also be a regular step in your routine. For a quick boost of hydration, use the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask – Glow-Boosting after your essence. Kick your feet up and relax for 15 minutes while your mask gets to work, then remove to reveal more luminous-looking skin.
Step 5. Smooth on serum. Another way you may hear glass skin described is that it looks as if it’s always wet and extremely hydrated. Since that’s the case, you’d be hard pressed to find a more suitable serum than one that’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient which can hold up to 1000x its weight in water. Spread a few drops of the Vichy Minéral 89 over your face, then you’re free to move on to moisturizer.
Step 6. Max out on moisture. Staying hydrated is key when it comes to glass skin, which makes moisturizing one of the most important steps in your routine. Stick with a classic and allow your skin to soak up a generous layer of the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.
Step 7. Add broad-spectrum SPF. It goes without saying that visible sun damage is detrimental to glass skin, and your skin’s health in general. We mean, glass isn’t marked with dark spots and wrinkles, is it? To stay safe from the sun, apply the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen and follow the FDA’s guidelines, which include wearing broad-spectrum SPF every day, reapplying at least every 2 hours, and wearing a protective hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
Step 8. Use a face mist. At this point, your skin should look hydrated and plumped with moisture. But that doesn’t mean your dewy glow won’t fade as the day goes on. To refresh your glass skin on the go, give your skin a few spritzes of hydrating face mist, like the Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist – Rose.