Korean skincare routines has been popular among us for a few years now, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. This is not without good reason, however. Korean skincare has been known for its highly effective formulas, premium ingredients and outright sophisicated branding. It is no wonder a good portion of the masses are going crazy over the ever growing arrays of Korean skincare routines. Innovative terms concerning beauty and skincare are being created and popularized Now, among them, is the term ‘glass skin’, used to describe flawless, translucent skin that is smooth and glass-like.
Glass Skin – What is it, really?
‘Glass skin’ is used to describe skin that is extraordinarily smooth, even, fair and well-toned. So much so that it borders along being impecable and glass-like. It’s a simple and impressionable term used to describe, in other words, near perfect skin, skin that is for good reason well sought by many. Glass skin is able to get its youthful, glowy appearance from a multi-step skincare routine that focuses heavily on concentrated mositurization.
How to get Glass Skin
Now for the juicy part – how exactly then to get glass skin and what are the steps involved? While many skincare routines emphasize on specific beauty products that boasts of results right away, to achieve glass skin, the process is not as straightforward. A more well rounded routine that requires consistent effort is required. Firstly, the skin should be made exceptionally smooth on the surface, free of uneven tones or bumps. Secondly, right below the surface there should be intense moisturization to help create the glassy, glowy look. Last but not least, the skin should be optimally firm and supple to create just the right text for a naturally healthy look.
Specifically, the multi-step skincare routine consists of using a good cleanser, toner, essence serum, exfoliator and most importantly, a deep moisturizer.
Step 1: Double cleasing
In Singapore, double cleansing is a popular way to clean the surface of the skin. Begin with a mild cleansing oil or water-based cleanser as the first cleanse. Follow this up with another mild wash using a foam-based or cream-based cleanser.
Step 2: Exfoliating the skin
Exfoliation removes dead cells from the skin, and it’s an essential step to achieving glass skin. This step should only be done in moderation though, namely a maximum of twice or thrice a week is more than sufficient. This is especially so if you have sensitive skin. Exfoliation may be done either using a particle based exfoliator such as a bead based one or using a chemical exfoliator such as an acid based one.
Step 3: Toning the skin
Toning of the skin is a step that many often overlooked because of its simplicity. Doing this step right, however, is also necessary to achieving the highly coveted glass skin look. Moisturizing toners, such as many of the Korean toners, help regain the skin’s acid-alkaline balance and also allows for better absorption of moisture for the next steps. The correct way of applying the toner is via layering. Optimally, gently apply up 7 layers of the toner for better effect.
Step 4: Introducing an esssence serum
A skin essence is often a ligher version of a serum. Use one to mitigate skin issues like pigmentation and swelling. Essences also help with hydration in the other parts of the skincare routine.
Step 5: Double with a thicker serum
A full serum commonly consists of a wider array of concentrated active ingredients. The various ingredients in the serum each has an active role to play, from supplying the skin with nutrients to stimulating collagen levels for anti-aging effects. For this step of the routine, you may consider using a hyaluronic acid based serum that is more designed for daily use rather than over a specific period of time.
Step 6: Moisturizing the skin
Another simple but critical step of the process. Choose a moisturizer that comes with maximum hydrating effects. Also look out for ingredients that supply nutrients to the skin such as Cica. This can help restore the skin, greater protect it from harm and even provide anti-aging effects.
Step 7: Applying an eye cream
Glass skin is never complete with panda eyes. Again, choose an eye cream that nourishes the areas under the eye. Normal moisturizers may not do the trick because these areas are often more brittle than the other areas. Consider using a stronger eye cream or serum.
Step 8: Finally, applying a mask
How can a skincare routine heavily inspired by Korean skincare routines exclude a mask? To top it all off, apply a mask to comfort the skin and allow for effective absorption of moisture and nutrients.
The glass skin skincare regime, while not as simple and straightforward as many highly commercialized skincare routines, often produces the best long lasting effects. This is a intricate process that requires consistent effort and discipline. If you are up fo the challenge, be sure to it and write to us to share your experiences!
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