Although I would hardly call myself a beauty influencer, I love sharing the products I use on my instagram stories. That’s how I discovered the beauty community, even before working as a copywriter, and formed DM relationships with people I’ve never met before, but who trust implicitly when they recommend something. But after posting a story about the new Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining SerumI was shocked to find that I had over 100 DMs from complete strangers asking for my opinion.
The launch of the brand’s long-awaited eponymous line was a big deal for beauty fans, myself included (I already have all four products, plus backups). They’re pretty good, but the star of the show is definitely the serum, which promised “glass skin.” The concept of “glass skin” has been making a lot of noise in recent months, since makeup artist Ellie Choi shared her routine on social networks. And her skin is flawless. A true wonder without pores. As the owner of a set of permanently clogged pores, I was just as baffled as the rest of you and eager to try this particular product.
Before adding it to my extensive skincare routine, I spoke with Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon about how the formula would help me achieve my own glass skin. “[It’s] a beauty ideal in Korea and it refers to skin that looks like glass – poreless, smooth, translucent, illuminated,” she explained via email. “Glass Skin is the hallmark of truly healthy, happy skin that glows from within, with a refined texture. All skin needs should be covered. [It] needs to be well hydrated, so we’ve included our proprietary blend of short, medium and long chain hyaluronic acid. Skin should also be free of inflammation and dark spots should be improved, so we’ve included niacinamide. Glass Skin is also bouncy and firm, so we’ve included a blend of peptides to signal greater collagen production. Mountain yam and peach extract provide minerals, fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin to give it what it needs to thrive. And madecassoside helps soothe the skin.
All that remained was to try it for myself, as Yoon suggested, on clean, toned and well-exfoliated skin. I’ve been using it for a month, after a double cleanse and essence application, and before moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen. I wouldn’t say my pores have been fully cleared, but my skin’s texture is more even and smoother, and the sunspots I’ve come to terms with as part of the arrival of the sun. summer are much weaker than in the past. year. I have been using niacinamide in my prescription acne cream since I was 26 and have had great results. So it makes sense to add it to my daytime regimen to help with hyperpigmentation. The corners of my mouth also tend to get dry from taking spironolactone (a diuretic that helps with hormonal cysts), and since using the serum I haven’t needed a extra layer of moisturizer. Thanks, hyaluronic acid.
Overall, my skin may never look like flawless glass, but I’ll happily take on that glowing, freckled, and often clammy face that hasn’t needed concealer in a month. Luckily I already have a second bottle.
Photo: Courtesy of Peach & Lily
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