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What Is Glass Skin And How Can I Achieve It?

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“Over the last 100 years, we have seen matte takeover the makeup industry,” explains Space NK Pro Artist Arif Khan. “But, we’re currently in a new wave makeup generation where glossy, dewy skin is officially in.” Less about makeup and more about a series of hydrating skincare steps, Glass Skin in the latest Korean beauty trend to try. The highly Instagrammable result is a crystal clear, transparent complexion with an ethereal sheen to it. Read on as we detail how to take on the trend.

What Is Glass Skin?

Straight out of Korea, Glass Skin refers to a smooth and flawless complexion that reflects light like a piece of glass. It can be achieved by religiously following a strategic and effective skincare regime that involves layering skin with numerous lightweight formulas infused with nourishing vitamins and botanicals.

Step 1: Double Cleanse

This two-prong approach is a non-negotiable first step in Korean beauty routines. The initial cleanse should be an oil-based formula, such as Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil, which works to remove all traces of makeup but without stripping the skin of essential moisture.

Next, it’s time to decongest and clarify. Shiseido Clarifying Foaming Cleanser gives skin a deep cleanse without leaving it feeling dry or tight, like some foam formulas. With the help of rice germ oil and mineral spring water, your skin is left feeling clean and soft.

Step 2: Exfoliate

To achieve skin that is ultra-smooth and glass like, don’t skip exfoliation. Remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, more radiant-looking skin with hardworking alpha and beta hydroxy acids in gentle, everyday formulas. Try Caudalie’s new Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner infused with exfoliating salicylic acid as well as Caudalie’s signature organic grape water  which also hydrates and soothes the skin. Alternatively, Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is gentle enough to use every day, even on sensitive skins, and imparts instant, visible radiance.

Step 3: Essence

The key to Glass Skin is hydration. Boost skin’s moisture levels with a skincare step straight from Korea – the essence. Super lightweight and infused with radiance-boosting vitamins, an essence should be tapped into skin using fingertips to enhance the cellular renewal process and increase elasticity and firmness. Loaded with hydrating hero, hyaluronic acid, try Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. 

Step 4: Sheet Mask

Another famous K-beauty move, a hydrating sheet mask is the ultimate way to supercharge skin and impart that gorgeous, dewy skin finish. We can vouch for Verso’s Deep Hydration Mask, which leaves skin not just feeling softer, but looking brighter in just 20 minutes. Don’t forget to massage any excess serum into skin after removing the mask. We also love Sarah Chapman Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion Mask.

Step 5: Moisturise

Lock in the goodness of the various preceding skincare steps with a lightweight moisturiser. Look for a thin, water-based formula like Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, which is packed with hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts to help skin absorb and hold vital moisture. The secret to glass skin is keeping it  plumped and naturally glowy, so mist your face with a hyaluronic-infused spritz like Emma Hardie Pump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist throughout the day.

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