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Article By: Tess DiNapoli
The Korean beauty aesthetic hasn’t taken long to catch on with the rest of the world. K-Beauty is all about #skingoals, but perfecting the technique that will ultimately grace you with clear, fresh-faced, porcelain skin that resembles glass may take some practice. You have to commit to glass skin. The change doesn’t take place overnight. More importantly, you can’t pick and choose what you do, nor can you stop doing it midway through and hope to achieve the same results. You know what the self-help gurus say, though: do anything for thirty days and it becomes a habit.
Your commitment to K-Beauty may not take that long to turn into a routine, however. Within a week, you’ll experience changes in your skin. It will be fully hydrated, moisturized from within, and take on a noticeable glow. How can you nurture the gorgeous glass skin that’s taken K-beauty and the rest of the makeup world by storm? Read on to find out some of our tips.
Cleanse It On the Double
Double cleansing is the first step to getting glass skin. Before you start, dry your face thoroughly. Once it’s dry, apply a cleanser with an oil base. That part is important. Even if you have oily or combination skin, shop for an oil-based cleanser. It will help to keep your skin hydrated as you layer on additional products. After you apply the first cleanser, rinse your face with water. Go with a lukewarm temperature—not too cold, not too hot. Hot water dries out the skin, but cold water won’t break down the oil.
The second cleanser should have a formula that promises to hydrate your skin. For extra points, pick out a cleanser that acts as a gentle exfoliator, as well. That will not only massage away any flakes of dry, old skin, but it will also clean out your pores, getting rid of makeup, sebum, and other debris. Alternate between the exfoliating and the hydrating formula. You only need to exfoliate two or three days a week.
Whether it’s a hydrating day or an exfoliating day, don’t touch your face with a towel afterward. Let everything air dry. Your skin will absorb every bit of moisture, which is essential for glass skin. Besides, you want a bit of dampness to remain for the next step.
Tone, Tone, and Tone Some More
Toning is the real secret behind glass skin, so much so that some K-beauty enthusiasts swear by the 7-skin method, where you layer your toner up to seven times. Most people find this to be the most tedious part, at least until they try it. Applying several layers of toner doesn’t take that long. Waiting for each application to dry a bit is the most boring part, but you can take the opportunity to brush your hair or apply lotion to the rest of your body.
Search for a deeply enriching toner with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, natural extracts, essential oils, and oat kernels. Apply it with your fingertips—wash your hands first! Give the first layer a few seconds to dry, then apply another, and another, and so on, until you have seven layers of toner on your face.
All that moisture has a sensational effect on your skin. Within the first few weeks, your skin will appear plumper, and you’ll spot an unmistakable glow. The toning routine is like a glass of water to your thirsty skin. The more you hydrate it, the healthier it becomes. There’s a neat cheat for this part of the glass skin routine, though. Once or twice a week, you can spend twenty minutes wearing a hydrating sheet mask instead. Full-face sheet masks drip with hydrating toner. Your skin will lap it up, and you’ll love how your face feels afterward.
Hydrate with an Essence
If it isn’t apparent yet, hydrating is the name of the glass skin game. Moisturizing is essential, as well, but your skin needs water, not just lotions and creams. Now, a hydrating essence is a bit like a serum, and somewhat like an essential oil, as well. It’s a signature component of glass skin. Beauty and skincare gurus from Korea swear by hydrating essence.
K-Beauty experts and insiders recommend searching for a product that contains both glycerin and squalane. Glycerin is a fantastic substance. It yanks water straight out of the atmosphere and into your skin, where it does a world of good. Squalane is ideal for balancing out uneven complexions. It improves your skin’s barrier function, which helps it to guard against redness and off-balance pigmentation issues. You won’t have to deal with any splotchy areas.
From there, you need to pat the oil into your skin. Try to avoid rubbing the skin on your face. That goes for anyone, whether you’re adopting the glass skin look or not. When you rub your skin, it tugs, and tugging messes with your skin’s elasticity. Over time, it can result in sags and wrinkles.
Become a Moisturizing Maniac
In a K-Beauty routine, there’s no such thing as too much moisture. It’s no surprise, then, that the fourth step is devoted to moisturizing. Without it, you can’t achieve smooth, porcelain skin. Unfortunately, you can’t slather on the creams you currently have, not unless they fit the bill. Glass skin requires a next-level moisturizer.
Above all else, shop for a skin-plumping product. It should also contain oils that promise to trap moisture, which will keep your skin from drying out and flaking. Those types of moisturizers are even perfect for oily skin. The glass skin aesthetic isn’t glassy because it’s oily or greasy. It’s smooth and soft with just a touch of shine, similar to a natural highlight.
You can get double the action in this step. Once your skin absorbs your moisturizer, and you’ve left it to dry on its own, you can give yourself a spritz of hydrating facial mist. Experiment with a spray that has cucumber and mint. You can do this at any point throughout the day to give your skin a little sip.
Slather On Sunscreen
No matter where you are or what time of year it is, you have to protect your skin from the sun. That’s the healthiest option all around, regardless of your beauty routine or skincare goals. UV rays are dangerous, first of all. Second of all, the sun ages your skin, especially your face. Too much exposure can lead to a leathery texture, lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Thirdly, a suntan or, worse, a sunburn will undo all of your hard work.
If you’re going to be outside for any length of time, you need sunscreen. Broad-spectrum is best. You can easily find a sunblock that fits in with your skincare regimen. Look for products that plump, hydrate, moisturize—whatever you want. It’s not difficult to locate lightweight gels that offer super protection while promoting the glow you’ve worked so hard to attain. Just make sure that it will act as an unbreakable barrier between your skin and the rays of the sun. Otherwise, you have to contend with fine lines and brown sun spots.
The routine may seem like a lot at first. Once you go through it a few times, however, you’ll find that it does feel like a skincare routine, not a chore or an obligation. It becomes a soothing act of self-care that you’ll look forward to performing. The difference in the appearance, elasticity, and health of your skin will keep you going. Experiment with an assortment of products as you put together your skincare regimen. As long as they follow the guidelines and improve the health of your skin, then you’re golden. Always double check to make sure you’re using products that are compatible with your skin type, too.