Meet Honey Skin: Glass Skin’s sister trend


Internet broke, got fixed, then broke again when Seduce shared an aspiring makeup artist, Ellie Choi’s “glass skin” routine and the close-up of the dewy skin that comes with it. As the name suggests, glass skin refers to translucent, clear, smooth skin, the kind MUA so clearly possessed. There is nothing quite like the power of social media to ignite a mass craze, so when Choi shattered every step of her routine and the photographic proof that the products were to blame for her crazy complexion, the likes, the regrams and retweets have spread.

Then recently Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam, shared with me another buzzword Korean women are looking for: honey skin. She explains, “Korean women are obsessed with all the natural based skin care ingredients that can help them achieve ‘honey skin’, or skin that looks bright, hydrated and supple.” Intrigued (and curious how it differs from glass skin), I polled Cho and Korean beauty destination Glow Recipe co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang for their thoughts.

What is the origin of the expression “honey skin”?

The first thing is the first, however. Unfortunately, we’re a little (a lot) late for the Honey Skin Party. According to Cho, honey skin “has dominated social media for a few years”. She continues, “You can see for yourself, the hashtag in Korea has over 176,000 results on Instagram. People love to post their honey skin, or their favorite skin care products, or even babies with their. natural, plump skin on Instagram when they refer to honey skin. ”

Chang adds, “Honey peel is an older term that was used in Korea to describe hydrated, dewy skin that is deeply plumped with nourishment.”

How is it different from the skin of glass?

According to Lee, “Glass skin is a newer and more trending term for super smooth, pore-free, luminescent and almost translucent skin, similar to a piece of glass. Both are coveted skin ideals in Korea, but the skin of glass captures the recent craze for Glowing, Enlightened Skin from within with more precision. It’s also a more realistic look that women can go for – honey skin tends to be a bit oily for some. “In other words, glass skin places more emphasis on texture, while honey skin refers to hydration levels and suppleness.

In terms of numbers, Cho says Glass Skin is less well known on Insta. “Glass skin is similar to honey skin in that it’s a slang term used to describe supple, luminous, and almost translucent skin,” she explains. “But not many people use the term ‘skin of glass’. Only about 2,000 results appear with ‘skin of glass’ in Korean. It’s kind of the Korean way of saying hashtag skin goals.”

Is honey peel similar to the K-Beauty term “Honey Glow”?

It’s easy to get lost or confused with so many similar phrases, but Chang explains that honey glow is actually a different concept that focuses on finishing the skin with oil. “Honey glow is a Korean skincare trend characterized by a super shiny, almost slippery texture, meant to mimic the shine of real honey. While a solid five-step K beauty routine designed to add layers of ‘hydration is not negotiable, finishing products like a face oil or an oil-based squeezed serum are the key to getting the intense shine of honey skin. ”

How to get honey skin?

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The secret to super hydrated baby skin is similar to Korea’s traditional 10-step skincare routine, but (luckily for you) it’s a little more streamlined.

Chang says, “You’ll want to double the cleanse before applying anything. We like to use a cleansing oil first, followed by Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce gentle cleanser to get super clean skin that’s prepped for the rest of the routine. ”

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While not mandatory, Cho recommends exfoliating before using moisturizers to ensure that they are better absorbed into the skin and that no dead skin barrier is preventing them from doing their best job.

Organic Flowers Toner
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“Then it’s time to apply a plumping toner like Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner seven times – yes, we said seven! Chang urges. “This step is crucial and brings immediate and visible results to the skin.

True Micro Ferment Essence
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Next comes gasoline. According to Cho, “Soak up a deeply hydrating essence, such as Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence ($ 46) which is formulated with hyaluronic acid so that it not only deeply hydrates, but also it also helps retain that moisture or Neogen Real Ferment Bio Essence. ”

Apricot Gold Pressed Serum
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Finally, it’s time for the moisturizer. For getting honeyed skin, Chang and Lee love a squeezed serum like Blithe Gold Apricot Squeezed Serum ($ 49). It melts into the skin and contains apricot extract, which improves skin clarity and the shine of the boots.

And There you go. Honey skin, served. For more K beauty secrets, check out the one product Korean women will never use.


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