What Is Glass Skin & How Do I Get It?

by Malka Nebro November 17, 2021

What Is Glass Skin & How Do I Get It?

If you’re familiar with the 10 step Korean beauty routine, you’ve probably heard about the newest K-Beauty craze called Glass Skin. This look originated in Korea, but quickly made its way overseas and has become somewhat of a beauty ideal in cultures around the world. Glass skin is another way to describe perfect skin. Yes-- while this can be a bit unrealistic for many, it’s something to aspire to, as glass skin is skin at its healthiest. 

Wondering how you can get glass skin? There are a few tips to follow in your everyday life that’ll help you get there.

1. Increase your water intake

We all know drinking water is great for you and your skin, but it’s more important than ever when it comes to achieving your glass skin goals.  By staying extra hydrated, your skin can appear less dull and more plump.

Don’t confuse plumpness with puffiness. When your body is dehydrated you retain more water, which means you can bloat and experience puffiness in your face. Drinking lots of water can help combat these less-than desirable effects, and can help lessen the appearance of dark circles too.

2. Use an oil cleanser

Oil cleansers are wonderful because they don’t strip your skin like some foaming cleansers can.“Cleansing oils balance the skin's natural oils, keeping skin well-nourished and clean while protecting the skin's supply of  lipids,” explains Stacy Chimento, MD, Miami-based dermatologist with Riverchase Dermatology. “This is one of its main contrasts from foam-cleansers, which can strip the skin of its natural moisture and leave it dry.” 

Learn more about  oil cleansing and try a cleanser recommended by an expert.

3. Exfoliate your skin

Perfectly glass-like skin has virtually no texture, and one of the oldest tricks to achieve this is by exfoliating. You can take your pick when it comes to physical or chemical exfoliation (meaning a scrub versus a product containing AHAs), but here are a few examples that we recommend.

IT Cosmetics: Hello Results Resurfacing Glycolic Acid Treatment + Caring Night Oil

This nightly treatment by  IT Cosmetics is a chemical exfoliator and face oil in one. It works wonders to give you baby-smooth skin without the irritation or harsh chemicals, and it hydrates as it works. It was developed with the help of board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons, and is clinically tested and proven to improve uneven texture, fine lines, and pore size within just four weeks. 

OleHenriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub

This  OleHenriksen scrub is a physical exfoliator with thousands of five star ratings. It works to gently yet effectively polish away dull and dry skin, leaving behind a radiant base. It does contain AHAs for some chemical exfoliation action, but its lemon peel and sugar beads work instantaneously to physically scrub and cleanse your pores, no matter your skin type or skin concern.

4. Use a toner to reset your skin’s pH

Your skin’s pH level should be somewhere around 5.5, and a toner can help keep it in check. They also remove any last traces of dirt or makeup that could have been left behind after cleansing, and they help smooth out skin imperfections and tighten pores. 

The best toners are ones that don’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils (that would make oil cleansing pointess), so opt for one that has moisturizing qualities.

LANEIGE Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer

This is a two in one toner and moisturizer that has a lightweight yet nourishing feel. It smooths and softens your skin like any toner should, but it moisturizes like a cream too. It’s great for someone who’s on the go, or wants to minimize the steps in their beauty routine. 

 

LANEIGE Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer

 

5. Use a miracle serum

Serums have become really popular in the last few years, and it’s for good reason. You might wonder what the differencereally is between a serum and a cream, and the answer is really quite simple.

Serums are more than regular moisturizers. They often contain “miracle ingredients” like glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid blends to correct skin imperfections, rather than just hydrating the skin. 

Renée Rouleau Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum

This  face serum balances the effects of aging and acne by clearing clogged pores and leaving behind a smooth and radiant base. It was formulated for sensitive aging skin with noticeable effects of sun damage, acne damage, and discoloration. 

Renée Rouleau Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum

6. Wear a face oil 

Why not just opt for a cream? Face oils are typically formulated with smaller particles than creams, allowing them to sink into your skin quickly. Creams are known to be heavier moisturizers, and that’s because their larger particle sizes allow them to sit on top of the skin, absorbing into it less quickly. 

Augustinus Bader The Face Oil

This  face oil costs a pretty penny, but is worth every cent. The brand conducted a clinical and user trial that yielded stellar results. 99% agreed their skin felt instantly hydrated with a healthy, radiant glow.

Augustinus Bader Face Oil

7. Wear SPF year-round

When you apply SPF year round, you’re telling your skin you love it. Even during winter when the UV index is low, harmful UV rays can reach your skin, damaging it below the surface. It’s important to wear SPF no matter what time of year, as doing so will protect you from premature aging, sun spots, and risks of melanoma.

Wearing a foundation or concealer that contains SPF is great and all, but to keep your skin glassy for years to come, you need to layer it on below your makeup too. This is our tried and true SPF product to wear below your glam. 

Bliss Block Star Invisible Daily Sunscreen

This  mineral sunscreen leaves no white cast-- surprising, right? It’s lightweight, never greasy, and never pore-clogging. What’s not to love?

 

Bliss Block Star Invisible Daily Sunscreen

 

8. Eat healthy fats

Eating healthy fats is important for your skin and overall health. Don’t worry, it’s guilt free when eaten within moderation. The most important healthy fats are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. They are the building blocks and protectors of cell membranes, as they prevent skin dryness, maintain a hydrated complexion, and nourish the skin to encourage radiance and smoothness. 

Wondering what foods contain the best healthy fats? Avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, fish, and nuts are great for your diet, skin, and not to mention, your mood (because they’re all so delicious!) 

9. Get lots of sleep

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Making sure you get the appropriate amount of sleep for your age and activity levels is important for keeping that youthful bounce in your skin.

Your body releases hormones as you sleep that aid in functions like cell rejuvenation and inflammation regulation. With a lack of sleep comes an increase in stress and Cortisol production. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and a surplus of it has been found to increase oil production, leading to clogged pores and acne breakouts. It also can break down your skin’s collagen and elastin, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. 

Want some colorful beauty products to compliment your newfound glass skin? Try our line of clean products, ethically and thoughtfully created with all skin types in mind. 

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