Ever wished for a time machine? Or any contraption, which you can crank up, to take years off your skin? Well, your wish is about to get granted! The K-beauty witnessed an 11-step routine called ‘Korean Glass Skin’ that has instantly gone viral. As the name suggests, it gives you a glossy skin that would make even a piece of glass look stained. It aims to give a baby-like complexion with intense hydration and an all-over sheen resembling a near-transparent skin. Sounds intriguing? You bet! Here’s all you need to know about the Korean Glass Skin skin-care routine and how you can get it.
Where Did It Start?
Porcelain skin has always been a coveted quality for women in Korea. A clear, translucent, luminous, and poreless skin is the ideal beauty standard. The ‘no makeup makeup’ trend is really catching up in Korea where women wish to apply makeup that does not resemble traditional makeup. So how did this routine gain worldwide popularity? As all things that have been gaining prominence lately, this makeup routine also made waves on social media. Ellie Choi, a Los Angeles based make-up artist, was the first to reveal her skincare routine on Twitter. Since then, these tweets made their way to other social media platforms too, like Instagram and Facebook. What makes the entire regime so believable is the selfie that she posted, which was enough to let the skin-care aficionados looking for the same youthful effect.
How to Achieve Glassy Skin?
If you have been around long enough to know all the other Korean beauty trends, you would know that the routine is rigorous and does not come easy. In a way, the Korean Glassy Skincare regime is an advancement of the 7-Step Skincare Method. What differentiates the two is that Korean Glass Skin is basically the final result rather than a technique used to reach that goal.
Here’s how you can have Korean Glass Skin too:
The routine begins with removing every trace of makeup from your face. You may wash your face with lukewarm water as it is more effective in makeup removal than cold water. Using a good cleansing oil to clear your skin is the backbone of this step. Once the grim is off, the following second cleanses makes use of a hydrating formula, which will remove the excess oils without stripping your skin of moisture.
Exfoliation is vital to achieving a smooth texture that forms the base of the glassy complexion. Any buildup or dirt and dead skin that forms on your skin get sucked out by a good exfoliator. A water-based exfoliator locks in the moisture and can be used more often without damaging the skin. In fact, using an exfoliator that contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) could also aid in refining pores and soothe skin irritations, if any.
You simply cannot have the dewy, glass-like look if you do not hydrate your skin enough. The best and the fastest way to achieve an intensely hydrated skin is the 7-Skin Method. While your skin is still slightly damp after exfoliation, you need to pat on extremely light layers of hydrating toners. Ensure that you let every layer sit for a couple of seconds before slapping on the next layer. Finish off this step by using serum or moisturizer. Your skin will appear to be hydrated and plump.
Since hydration forms the core routine to achieve Korean Glass Skin, it is essential to seal in the moisture and hydrate the skin. The most sought-after product of K-beauty, Yuri Pibu, which literally means ‘glass skin’ in English, is formulated just for this purpose. The Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence tightens pores and evens out the skin’s surface. The high concentration of artichoke helps retain moisture and seeps into your skin seamlessly.
Korean celebrity makeup artists Park Tae Yun and Son Dae Sik developed the skin stroking technique for the final gloss and shine of the glass skin look. The beauty product normally used for this purpose is any hydration-boosting and reflecting serum. Skin stroking gives a smooth and polished finishing that enhances the final appearance of the skin. If one makes use of minimalistic colors and applies sheer, natural layers, then the skin appears as though it is illuminating from within! After priming and concealer or foundation, a liquid highlighter will smooth out your skin and gives an even skin tone.
Apart from these steps, it is also important to watch your diet. Foods that adversely affect your skin should be avoided and you should drink ample amounts of water daily. Even light exercises that help your pores breathe will add a glow to your shiny, glossy skin.