Ever found yourself scrolling through social media and stumbled upon someone with shiny skin that seemed to have an inner glow? We’re talking about a smooth complexion where pores are seemingly absent and fine lines is just somebody that you used to know. It’s not photo editing skills but actually, a new trend called Glass Skin. With that, Beauty Insider is giving you the inside scoop on how to ACTUALLY get glass skin.
So, where did this glass skin trend come from? It started in South Korea where all great beauty trends are stemmed. Within Asian culture, beauty is stemmed from having hydrated, smooth and dewy skin. For example, one of our eldest secret ingredients to achieving optimal beauty is none other than rice; it’s ultra-hydrating, nourishing and brightening with numerous benefits.
While western beauty standards are getting that sun-kissed, bronzed look, Asian standards differ from embodying and encouraging one’s natural beauty. This is the reason why our makeup looks are more on the minimal side. However, ultimate beauty comes from our own skin, thus creating the need to have your skin at optimal health.
Sounds appealing, right? But, how do you get it? Don’t fret because we’ve got you covered. As skincare lovers ourselves, we’ve gotten on board the glass skin train too! With that, carry on reading as Beauty Insider will give you a step-by-step skincare routine on how to achieve glass skin!
First things first, we need to start cleansing. You want to make sure you’re using the right cleanser for your skin type. This is vital because you don’t want to overly strip your skin of your natural moisture and oils. However, we also want to start our routine with a squeaky-clean face. Therefore, we’ve listed out your skin type and the best cleansers to use:
Dry Skin: Your skin is clutching to every drop of moisture for dear life so your cleansers should be high in humectants. However, you also need it to be effective enough to cleanse your skin and restore hydration back. The types of cleansers you want to go for are in gel, milk or cream form.
Oily Skin: Most cleansers on the market are designed for oily skin which are foaming cleansers. These cleansers tend to have higher surfactants and are able to really cleanse your skin of all that oil. Foam
Combination Skin: You have the best of both worlds therefore it’s best you alternate between our cleanser suggestions from dry and oily skin. It’s best you identify yourself if your skin is feeling a little dry then reach for a gel cleanser. If your skin is oily after a long day, then you should opt for a foam cleanser.
Sensitive Skin: Steer far away from cleansers that are high in fragrance. Those with sensitive skin need a cleanser that is gentle, soothing yet manages to get the job done. You should opt for cleansers in gel form as it will penetrate deeper into your skin.
When it comes to achieving glass skin, you need to be incredibly gentle with your skin. You want to retain bounciness and suppleness and being rough with your skin will not give you that. Instead of using a physical exfoliator like a scrub or enzyme powder, choose a chemical exfoliator.
Additionally, chemical exfoliators are usually in the form of a thin watery liquid that causes no harsh scrubbing of the skin to exfoliate. It’s all about leaving it to sink into our skin and exfoliate on its own.
Exfoliating is an important step. Our skin constantly turns over cells however our dead skin cells tend to stay on our skin. Therefore, by exfoliating, you are promoting skin cell rejuvenation so you’ll constantly have new healthy skin. However, ensure that you’re not over-exfoliating and only do it 3 times a week.
Many skincare gurus will tell you that toners are unnecessary however when it comes to glass skin, this step is vital and skipping is out of the question. Toners will help hydrate your skin which will allow the rest of your products following to maximise its efficiency.
Now that we’ve convinced you that you absolutely need a toner in your routine, for glass skin applying toner can be a little intense. This is because you are required to layer your toner. It is said that you need to layer your toner up to 7 times but 3 to 5 times is still acceptable. This will provide immense hydration to the skin and trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
Many are often unsure if essences are needed in a skincare routine because most people think a toner and serum will do its job. Despite that, an essence is very important. The texture is usually lightweight and is meant to penetrate deeper into the skin like a toner but has the power of a serum. Serums tend to have a larger molecular size that only reaches just deep enough to be effective.
Therefore, implementing an essence will truly improve your routine and maximise its effectiveness. Essences tend to have anti-ageing ingredients that will help create a bouncy complexion and also smoothing out textured skin.
Don’t lie, serums are the best part of the routine. Many people always wonder what skincare product should you actually invest serious dollars in and trust us, you do not want to cheap out on serums. This is the part of the skincare routine that truly matters when you are trying to target specific skin concerns.
Serums are formulated to be intensely potent yet in a liquid form to ensure swift penetration when it hits our skin. This will then seep deep into our skin and nourish it from within. When going for glass skin, it’s pivotal that you get an ultra-hydrating serum!
Whether you have dry skin or oily skin, you NEED moisturiser. Many presume that moisturisers should only be used by those with dry skin but that is false! There is a big difference between having greasy skin and neglecting the skin until it’s parched which will only make your skin even oilier! This is a natural bodily response where the skin distresses due to dehydration where it then proceeds to create more oil than needed.
Therefore, moisturising your skin is an important step that you must skip on. There are many types of formulas out there and for glass skin, you want a water-based moisturiser. This, in turn, will leave your skin hydrated yet rocking that dewy look!
Don’t step out to the world sunscreen-less! We have applied many nourishing and hydrating products so it would be a shame to leave it unprotected. That is why sunscreen is a big NO-NO to simply skip. In fact, if you don’t wear sunscreen, your entire skincare routine prior would be less effective!
This is also the case if you’re working indoors. Sunscreen protects us from UV rays and free radicals and you are not safe anywhere from them during the daytime. Which is why sunscreen is important and always remember to touch up every 3-4 hours.
Lastly, it’s time to treat yourself, beautiful! Giving yourself weekly treatments is essential to achieving glass skin. Put on a sheet mask or a clay mask or go down to the spa for a much-needed self-love session. So, what are you waiting for? Get glowing!
Author: Nina Shahriman | Date: 12th January 2021