Korean beauty has been increasing in popularity in American markets over the last several years. Sephora, Target and Barneys have all stocked up on Korean beauty products. Bizarre ingredients like snail secretion and pearl extract is now permeating millions of women’s skin care routines around the world. The latest Korean beauty trend that’s going absolutely viral will make you want to jump on the K-beauty train right away.
The latest trend is “glass skin,” which is just super-dewy super-hydrated skin that’s got a sheen like the top of Howie Mandel’s head. Well, perhaps that’s not the best comparison. But, as you can imagine it’s smooth AF, and as the name suggests, it’s as shiny and translucent as a piece of glass.
It’s all about that youthful glow, says Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily. But, it’s not such an easy fix. “It's a sign of youthfulness and it's one of the most strived-for qualities in Korea,” she said. “However, this combination of ultra-smooth texture and super translucency can be hard to achieve with products alone. It's not something you get overnight – it's consistent skincare that gives you that refined texture, the pinnacle of youthful skin.”
Glass skin recently gained some traction here in the United States after a series of tweets went viral showing a step-by-step glass skincare routine. Her routine was reposted on Instagram and have over 20,000 likes. Ellie Choi is a LA-based makeup artist and she’s got some poreless glowing skin. She started out her routine with her cleansing ritual.
Before bed, Choi washes her face with one of two cleansers. She likes to use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, which can run from $10 to $20, depending on the size. She also recommends a more inexpensive alternative, Ceaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, which is about $7. Following her double-cleanse, which is a K-beauty standard, she moves on to toner.
“I use Clinique toner after face wash to remove any remaining dirt and oil for that extra clean,” she said. She specifically prefers Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3, which is about $15. A lot of people typically leave out toner in their skincare routine because they are under the impression that it dries out the skin. But, it can actually hydrate the skin.
Another important step in getting glass skin is exfoliation. Exfoliants help remove any dead skin cells, which can leave your face looking dull. Every other day, after the double-cleansing, she uses Skinfood’s Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask. Sugar and strawberry are great ingredients to shed off those dead skin cells that are bogging down that glow.
Finally, Choi says the most important aspect of her skin care routine is her diet. “For me, eating fried and greasy food affects my skin! Make sure to drink tons of water daily,” she wrote in the post. She also recommends eating more fruits and veggies.
While the last step is important for your wellbeing, experts say that drinking copious amounts of water does little in the way of skin hydration. “This is one of the biggest myths in all of dermatology,” said Elizabeth Tanzi, director of Capital Laser & Skin Care. “Drinking six to eight glasses of water does not hydrate the skin from within. Drinking water is essential for overall health, but it has very little to do with the level of skin hydration.”
While Choi provided some great insight into how to achieve the glass-skin look, there are some other products that can help you along the way. There are other some Korean women who will go through an 11-step routine to get that translucent complexion. You may not have the time or money to spend on a glass-skin look, you could consider adding a serum and a peel to your routine.
The K-Beauty brand Yuri Pibu literally translates to “glass skin.” One of their high-demand products is the Artichoke Power Essence serum. It’s been shown to tighten pores, and small pores are essential to the glass skin look. While you can’t actually shrink your pores, you can undo the damage environmental factors had on them. You would use this serum after the toning step.