In some circles, where the difference between ampoules and essences needs no explanation, and double cleansing is practically a religion, “skin of glass” is a term you will hear spoken of in respectful terms. I have browsed through many images illustrating its impressive results and have tried countless times to replicate its mythical glow. But as any expert will tell you, the real secret to glowing skin will never come from the palette of a highlighter, no matter how amazing the formula is.
So when Peach and Lily founder Alicia Yoon recently asked me if I had ever tried a full glass skin routine, I saw my chance to finally achieve the reflective cheekbones of my dreams. I’ve known Yoon for a long time, and let me tell you the woman has no pores and still manages to look just the right amount of dew. If I had to have someone to guide my foray into this radiant land, she was the perfect candidate.
What is the skin of glass?
“Peau de verre” is a phrase from the K-beauty scene and quickly went viral on social media. It is used to describe a complexion so luminous that it could be modeled from glass.
To get there, some work is required. When I first opened Yoon’s email, I’ll be honest: I immediately cringed at the amount of meticulously detailed steps I had to follow as soon as I woke up. Yoon encouraged me to think of the process “like a meal plan â giving your skin the 360-degree care it needs to thrive: proper cleansing, exfoliation, balancing, antioxidants, humectants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and protection! ” My current meal plan is about 75% croissant, and wand-shaped blood cells run through my veins, so maybe we were on different pages on that. Still, brushing my face with matching creams and serums is literally my job, so I persevered.
While the experiment Yoon had me conduct consists of 11 different products, she points out that you don’t have to buy so many things to duplicate the results. âIt’s not so much about the number of steps as it is about what your skin needs to be perfectly healthy,â she says. âClean properly; double cleanse or use a cleanser that can both dissolve makeup and remove water-based impurities. Balance your skin’s pH with a toner. And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. “
How to get a glass skin
Soaking your skin in moisture is the hallmark of this approach; this is what gives your face that liquid glow (without using a drop of highlighter). There are other things you should add as well: sunscreen, scrubs, and face masks. The most important thing, according to Yoon, is to keep everything soft. “Don’t overdo it with too many acids or harsh active ingredients,” she advises. âIn the long run, your skin will become inflamed. Â»Check your ingredient labels. If you are using any products containing vitamin C, be very careful not to mix them with high concentrations of AHA, BHA, or retinol.
I have been following the routine below for a full week (Yoon estimates it takes you between one and three weeks to see “deep results”). However, I will prematurely reveal that I was already impressed after just seven days. So when you see the results below, imagine them with extra time. My arsenal of news would have been completely overwhelming without the instructions that came with it, so I will now hand it over to you altruistically. Use this list as a starting point and modify it to suit your skin type and needs.
1. Start your day with a gentle cleanser.
I started each morning with Peach and Lily’s Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, a crystalline gel that emulsifies into a translucent lather when I wet it. While the sulfate-free formula thoroughly cleansed my pores, it was also gentle, which is what I demand from any facial cleanser I use. The combination of coconut fatty acids, sugars, and soothing herbs prepared my face beautifully for the 239,840,328,402 steps (well, 10) to come.
2. Flood your skin with a hydrating essence.
Next is the Wild Dew Treatment Essence, which looks like water but contains a complex of short, medium and long chain hyaluronic acid molecules, one of the most popular moisturizing ingredients on the market. Add 2% niacinamide to fight inflammation and a balancing pH of 5.7, and you get what is equivalent to a super toner, even though I applied some with my hands because I didn’t buy cottons round since 2005.
3. Add extra hydration with essence pads.
Speaking of cotton, I was immediately drawn to Lazy Day All-in-One Moisturizing Pads just because the name contained lazy, which is my favorite beauty word. While the gasoline-soaked pads are designed to condense some of the other steps into one delivery system, I went ahead and applied them after gasoline, because the more moisture the better. it’s. (On the other hand, if your head is already starting to spin at this point, consider swapping out a few of the products mentioned with these for an effective dose of fatty acids, humectants, and antioxidants.)
4. Apply a moisturizing serum.
The fourth step was the hero of the whole process: the glass skin refining serum. The fast absorbing formula is designed to quickly deliver a tonne powerful active ingredients for your skin: hyaluronic acid, fatty acids, vitamins, peptides and minerals.
5. Use a moisturizer rich in antioxidants.
Next, a chewy layer of Antioxidant Matcha Pudding Cream, which I awarded points for its appealing hue and bounce, as well as its antioxidant-rich ingredients.
6. Apply a firming eye cream.
I treated the delicate skin under my eyes with Volufiline Eye Essence, patted with my ring finger to avoid pulling. While I maintain that no eye cream will magically erase your dark circles, this formula uses an awesome combo of peptides, ginseng, collagen, and glutathione to quickly firm and smooth skin.
7. Seal everything with face oil.
Finally, I patted a few drops of Pure Beam Luxe Oil all over my face. It’s a cold-pressed blend of squalane, jojoba, sea buckthorn, grape seed and camellia oils that boosted my lipid barrier while flooding my face with antioxidants. (If you have oily skin, don’t worry, it also helps control excess sebum production.)
8. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
âMake sure you’re riding the SPF, which you probably already are,â Yoon added. I briefly wondered if I should remove “beauty editor” from my LinkedIn, then guiltily applied a generous coat of Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting SP35.
9. Repeat all in the evening and perform a double cleansing to remove your makeup.
In the evening, I rehearsed the Broadway production once more, adding Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil to remove all traces of my makeup.
10. Use an exfoliating mask once a week.
I treated my face with two mask formulas (once each) during the week. Left on for five to 10 minutes, the Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask helped clear my blackheads and rashes with a potent blend of 10% Glycolic Acid and 0.5% Salicylic Acid. I have a mild case of rosacea and a compromised skin barrier so I kept it out of my cheeks to be safe. But Yoon notes that she formulated the popular treatment with a soothing component, using chamomile, turmeric, aloe, and other ingredients to balance the effects of the acid peel. (She informed me that she had done facials for sensitive people with eczema and rosacea and had not seen any unwanted results, but I am stubbornly paranoid.)
11. Finish with a hydrating mask once a week.
The final touch and the second mask: Original Glow Sheet Mask, which left my face so wet I looked like I had just stepped out of a waterfall.
On no planet could this experiment be described as low-maintenance, but the results were worth it. Anyone’s face will look hydrated after being smeared with 50 layers of moisturizers, but even after they’ve been completely absorbed my face has continued to provide the mesmerizing appearance of a crystal ball. lightly sprayed. I don’t think skin is supposed to look like this, I thought as I watched the rays of the sun bounce off my forehead.
The products didn’t go so far as to make my hyperpigmentation and mild acne go away, but they did notable wonders in terms of my overall glow and even skin tone.
While Yoon didn’t make any stipulations beyond the prescribed topics, I guess you get the best results if you stay away from certain lifestyle decisions. For example, you probably shouldn’t have your own Friday night gin and tonic tastings or consume large amounts of pastries while embarking on this trip. I did both of these things during Glass Skin Week, delivering a silent prayer / apology to the K-beauty gods for my lifestyle choices. To put a positive spin on this, I think it shows that you can continue to live your best life and still reap the rewards. I can definitely adopt any beauty routine that allows me to rock a cheeseburger in bed and still shine like a diamond.
Sarah Y. Wu is a beauty writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @ say.wu.