The glass skin phrase is becoming more and more popular, especially when it comes to Korean beauty trends. There are many terms used to describe what glass skin is: dewy, luminous, flawless, translucent, glowing etc. In short, glass skin refers to when skin is at its healthiest stage with no visible skin problems such as dryness, aging signs, blemishes, and dark spot. In other words, skin that is clear and beautifully glowing from within are known as glass skin.
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Some say that glass skin is genetic but if you are not blessed with "perfect" skin, we got some skincare tips for you!
On the journey to glass skin, a balanced and healthy lifestyle is essential. In addition, it also requires a great commitment to a good skincare routine in order to achieve a glass skin!
Healthy skin starts from a balanced lifestyle
It is undoubtedly important to practice and maintain a balanced lifestyle if you want to have healthy skin, as our body often “communicates” our healthiness through our skin, one of the biggest organs of our body. You would want to make sure that you are incorporating nutrient rich food and plenty of water into your diet as well as getting an adequate amount of sleep for your skin to regenerate and rejuvenate itself from within.
More healthy fat
Cold-water fish like mackerel, salmon, and tuna is a great source of healthy fat. Avocado, which is rich in fatty acids, also help to increase your skin's moisture level and provides barrier repairing properties.
More veggies, more fruits
Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and fruits like blueberries and grapes are enriched with natural, powerful antioxidants. They are skin savers, providing protection for skin and body against free radicals.
Water made almost 60% of our body and often times we don't drink enough water in our busy lives to hydrate our body. Drinking more water does not only help with your skin hydration level, in fact, it also helps assist gut movement and flushing out what is unwanted.
A good amount of restful sleep on a daily basis is the simplest thing you can do for your skin. Skin is being rejuvenated naturally while you are asleep, just as simple as that!
A skincare regimen that counts
Besides having a healthy diet and lifestyle, glass skin can also be achieved with the help of an effective and consistent skincare regimen.
Many of us must have heard about the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine that helps achieve luminous, translucent skin. Indeed, it works! Below are the steps you can consider adding to your current skincare routine for healthy glass skin.
Step 1-2: Double Cleansing (Makeup Remover + Cleanser)
Cleansing is actually the most fundamental step. A properly cleansed face prep your skin for the coming skincare steps. This would help to clear out dirt, sweat, excess oil and impurities to assist the skincare products applied later to perform effectively.
It is recommended to do double cleansing at night if you wear water-resistant sunscreen and/or makeup during the day. Firstly, with a makeup remover of your preference, such as cleansing balm, cleansing oil and micellar cleansing water, to remove makeup. Then, go in with a normal cleanser, could be foam cleanser or a milky/gel cleanser, to remove all the residues in the pores and on your skin.
Step 3: Exfoliator
(Suggested frequency: Twice a week)
Dead skin cells build up over time if your skin is not properly functioning. Thus, it is important to exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead skin cells and promote skin regeneration for better absorption for the following products. But don't over exfoliate! It is recommended to use a gentle exfoliator instead of a harsh one in order to protect skin barrier.
Step 4-7: Toner, Essence, Serums and Sheet Mask
(Pick and choose what your skin needs)
Supple, plump skin is what glass skin is all about! Therefore, adding multiple layers of hydration is the way to go. You can consider using a hydrating toner and layer it up until the “water” sinks in, leaving your skin glowingly hydrated. An alternative way to layer hydration is to use different skincare products. For example, you can use toner first, then follow up with a sheet mask, an essence and a serum that contain hydrating properties. Using layering method, skin is fully replenished with hydration that helps deliver the desired glass-like glow.
Essences and Serums are great products to incorporate active ingredients to target any skin concerns you might have. For example, niacinamide for brightening skin tone (e.g. Man:yo Galac Niacin 2.0 Essence), Vitamin C for hyperpigmentation and fine lines, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, etc.
Step 8: Moisturiser
After adding hydration, use a moisturiser to lock in all the goodness and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. Moisturisers come in different forms and textures such as watery gel cream, lightweight emulsion and rich buttery cream. Choose a suitable and comfortable moisturiser depending on your skin type.
Step 9: Spot Treatments
- For dark spots, try Medipeel Niacinamide W3 Toning Spot Cream
- To fade acne scars, try Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream.
- Apply Cosrx AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream on active breakouts.
- Stick on VT Cosmetics Cica Spot Patch on pimples with pus or open wounds.
- For eye wrinkles and puffiness, try Shangpree
Step 10: SPF - Sunscreen
(Protect your skin from UV rays and free radicals)
Do not forget to apply your favourite sunscreen to provide protection against uv rays and free radicals. Most skin problems like fine lines and pigmentations can be prevented if you protect your skin from sun damage! Always remember that it is easier to prevent then to correct a skin problem. Therefore, including sunscreens as the final step of your daytime skincare routine is a must!
Viola! There you have it, a complete guide on how to build a 10-step skincare routine for a glowing, clear glass skin!
Observe and listen to what your skin needs. Feel free to add or minus a few skincare steps according to your skin conditions. But the basic essentials would always be cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen.
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