This Korean Beauty Glass Skin Routine Has Never Fooled Me

As someone with oily skin, I have always opted for skincare products with specific mattifying and anti-sebum properties. That is until I came across the K-beauty phenomenon that is “glass skin” (initiated by Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon), which refers to a reflective glow of dewy light that , as its name suggests, resembles glass. I started to come out of my fear of looking too “oily” and embraced the idea of ​​an incredibly glowing complexion that is not due to oil but rather a very hydrated dermis . With my newfound obsession with a glass skincare routine, I discovered Korean skincare products, which now take up most of my beauty cabinet.

K-beauty is steeped in Korea’s rich history and traditions that stem from the natural and herbal remedies used in the country and neighboring regions for various body conditions and skincare issues. For example, centella asiatica (also known as gotu kola), found in many K beauty products, is a medicinal plant found in parts of Asia and used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years to treat superficial skin problems such as wounds, burns and psoriasis. In addition to old pioneering ingredients, K-beauty is also responsible for a number of skincare trends and hacks, including oil cleansing (washing your face with an oil-based cleanser). oil) and the use of an essence (a product somewhere between a serum and a toner). “Korean skincare is a wellness practice and takes into account how the skin relates to the whole body as well as how the skin functions as an ecosystem,” explains the founder of Peach. & Lily, Alicia Yoon, at TZR.

The traditional Korean 10-step skincare routine became popular when Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho invented it in 2014 in a She maintenance and shortly after In the shine. Back in college, I was super fascinated by the complexity of having a long skincare routine, so I adapted one for myself, but it turned out to be disastrous – which is inevitable in skincare if you don’t do your research. I overloaded my routine with useless fad products I saw on the internet and ended up with a routine that included a sugar scrub, acid-based toner, abrasive cleanser, spray for the face, a drying mask and an ineffective moisturizer. , to name a few products.

A few years later, with a substantial amount of research under my belt and an increased appreciation for the gentle, holistic origins of the 10-step skincare routine, my regimen now includes as many steps as I did in college ( a few days and nights), but much more effective. It includes basic K-beauty products and practices that are as authentic as they are effective. “Rather than a specific ingredient, I think [K-beauty] is more about approach and practice,” says Yoon. “In my opinion, what sets the Korean approach to skincare apart is its focus on holistic skin and body health, as opposed to skin ‘perfection’.”

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Below, see the K-beauty skincare routine I currently use when I want to achieve the ultimate glass skin glow.

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Step 1: Oil Cleanser

I dreaded oil cleansers for a while because already having oily, acne-prone skin, I could only imagine that massaging an oil into my skin for a minute would end in clogged pores and a desaster. I had no idea that all it took was the right cleanser to get me addicted to practicing K-beauty. Incorporating oil cleansing as the first step in my nightly routine has helped me tremendously in reducing excess oil and improving the overall texture of my skin.

Step 2: Water-Based Cleaner

Before adapting K-beauty practices to my skincare routine, I always opted for a foaming cleanser, some of which left my skin feeling dry. Switching to gentle water-based cleansers like this one from Naturium has really made a difference in my moisture barrier. My skin is always clean but also super supple and hydrated, which allows the next steps of my routine to fit in perfectly.

Step 3: Exfoliating

Ditching harsh physical exfoliators for more effective chemical exfoliators has been one of the best changes I’ve made in my skincare journey. However, once in a while, I still want the satisfying feeling of a physical exfoliant, and K-beauty’s global catalog is full of products that strike the perfect balance between physical and chemical exfoliants, like this rice mask from SkinFood. I get the gentle exfoliation factor from the little grains that slough off dead skin cells, while the rice bran water helps brighten the skin.

Step 4: Toner

If you would have told me a few years ago that I didn’t have to have to apply a toner with a cotton ball, I would be shocked. But that’s also because I used to assume that all toners were astringent – intended to purify pores with a strong alcoholic scent and drying effect. Little did I know there was a whole world of K-beauty moisturizing toners that I could pump into my hand and pat directly on my face, which would help all my other serums and creams absorb and work better.

Step 5: Essence

Honestly, sometimes I’m still confused about what exactly an essence is (somewhere between a serum and a toner), but I stopped asking questions once I came across this cult essence from Cosrx. Like most people, I was initially put off by the mention of snail mucin, but once I got past that I encountered one of the most hydrating products I have ever had. never used. It sinks into the skin, leaving it plump with a dewy glow.

Step 6: Serums

This product needs no introduction or explanation of why it’s great. Any skincare fanatic has surely come into contact with this lightweight, hydrating serum. What I will say is that no matter how many hyaluronic acid serums I go through (and as a beauty editor, that’s a lot), I always come back to this one time after time.

Step 7: Sheet Mask

I’ve always been a little skeptical of sheet masks, thinking they’re really only for skincare “vibes” and not actual results. I still don’t use sheet masks often (I’m more of a clay mask girl myself), but when I do, it’s usually a K-beauty – plus, when I’m doing a routine complete in 10 steps a mask sheet completes the experience. This cotton face mask from Innisfree isn’t just for vibes. The lightweight sheet, when placed on a clean, hydrated face, releases ceramides deep into the skin, which your moisture barrier will thank you for.

Step 8: Moisturizer

With the large amount of moisturizers I accumulate and rotate, it’s rare that I use one for months at a time, but here I am hitting the bottom of the new Laneige Water Bank Moisturizer because I’ve been using this non-stop for months. From the texture and light scent to the way it melts into my skin, leaving it baby soft, and the fun packaging, I really can’t get enough of this cream.

Step 9: Eye cream

Some will tell you that an eye cream isn’t necessary, but if you’re really into skincare, you’ll have a solid one (or two) in your rotation. I always opt for eye products that contain caffeine to help with my dark circles and Klairs gel does just that.

Step 10: Sunscreen

last but certainly sunscreen is not the least. I only use SPF during the day, but that doesn’t take away from its importance – everyone should wear sunscreen every day. My SPF level of choice is 50 courtesy of NEOGEN. It’s lightweight, doesn’t leave me feeling greasy, and perhaps most importantly (at least for me), it doesn’t leave a white plaster.

During the day this routine is usually eight steps for me (no oil cleanse or sheet mask) and at night it tends to be nine steps (no SPF). While this may seem long and tedious, it really isn’t – and in fact, one of the things I love so much about the Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine is its depth, which allows me to take my time and be pampered. a bit before starting my day and as a way to unwind after a long day.

Even if you don’t implement all 10 steps, just adding a K-beauty product or two is sure to raise your skincare game and boost your glow.

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