Ever since the skin of glass trend first emerged in Korea, everyone has coveted it. And we can thank Alicia Yoon for that. The founder of Peach & Lily trained as a beautician in the US and Korea and has combined the best of both worlds. When she launched the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum in 2018, the promise of a glass skin in a bottle blew it off the shelves. Now she’s finally adding another to the mix: Peach & Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist. “We really kicked off this glass skin movement and as the serum got so viral, people kept asking when your next glass skin product was coming out,” Yoon said. “We could have just pumped products, but we were very intentional. We asked ourselves what do people need to keep their skin very healthy? A mist is hydrating, and replenishing is an essential care. Our skin needs this support all day long.
The Peach & Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist is quite multitasking. Obviously, it gives that glass skin look, but it does a lot more, including hydrating, fighting damage, and soothing the skin. It is designed to be worn in three ways. “First of all, you can wear it directly on bare skin to get an instant glassy veil,” Yoon explains. “You get this replenishment of all of these beneficial ingredients that aren’t just hydration. I usually don’t do powdered makeup as it will only clump and flake off. The second way to wear it is under makeup and even for someone like me who has very dry skin, when you have it underneath it’s like a second skin application, giving you a backlit glow. The third way is on makeup and even on makeup it’s like a highlighter in a bottle. It is very constructible. Spraying it on makeup will also revive your makeup and give it hold.
Packed with powerful ingredients, Glass Skin Veil Mist doesn’t just rely on water for its base, which can actually leave skin even drier if it lacks other occlusive ingredients to lock in moisture. This is why fresh cucumber water is a key ingredient, which is packed with antioxidants. It’s also light enough to ensure the spray is a super fine mist. The ingredient list is completed with peach extract for vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to achieve that glow and strengthen the skin; reishi mushroom, an adaptogen which is the cornerstone of traditional Korean medicine to reduce damage, inflammation and redness; lotus and liquorice for brightening; cica to calm; ceramides to protect against stress factors; vitamin E to strengthen the skin; and aloe to soothe and replenish.
Another key ingredient in Glass Skin Veil Mist is its proprietary VoluSmooth. “We developed this special ingredient complex and over 40 chemists worked on it,” Yoon explains. “It’s so innovative that we could sell it to other brands, but we won’t. We created VoluSmooth as an alternative to 100% herbal silicone. It’s not just the form, there is also a function. The three ingredients are the bamboo extract which is really helpful in fortifying the skin and also has a nice finish. There is mulberry extract for antioxidants to fight free radical damage. Burdock root has been used for centuries in Korean medicine for eczema and acne. It gives a major glow, protecting the skin from the inside. The whole formula itself is packed with stuff to combat these daily stressors to make sure you keep that glass skin from the inside out.
Protecting the skin from daily stressors is the key to achieving glass skin. “Damage below the skin’s surface creates a lack of translucency,” Yoon explains. “The sun can cause this. Pollution can also cause hyperpigmentation, as well as a lack of hydration. There are all of these different stressors on the skin, including blue light, the buildup of toxins in our environment, and the internal stress we face. It’s about using these ingredients to calm, hydrate, replenish, and brighten. Yoon herself is no stranger to skin issues as she suffers from severe eczema which is how she got into skin care. This is why its products are designed to be very gentle.
Ultimately, the definition of glass skin is healthy skin. “When the skin is at its healthiest, it looks pore-free, luminous and translucent,” says Yoon. “It’s hard to do it superficially. We must fight against inflammation, work on hyperpigmentation, tighten the appearance of pores and balance the skin. It’s a long term goal, not something you get overnight. We are really excited to share this so that you can help your skin look like this without makeup. I am very passionate about this because I have severe eczema and still struggle with itchy and inflamed skin. You don’t have to have good skin genes to have glass skin.
To prove it, Yoon shares his routine for getting glass skin:
STEP 1: CLEANING. “The very first step is very important because cleansers can strip the skin too much,” says Yoon. “As a beautician, I see so many people come up with this step gone wrong and it’s hard to catch up. I highly recommend a gentle cleanser like Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Cleansing Gel because it is hydrating and calming. This is one of Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite cleansers. Getting back to the inflammation, it is so important that we do everything we can to combat it and calm down. A cleanser can be a great addition to start a skin care routine.
STEP 2: TONER. After cleansing, use a moisturizing toner to balance the skin’s pH. Yoon recommends Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence, which combines a few steps by doing dual function of toner and essence. “Hydration is an important principle,” she says. “The emphasis is on regeneration, hydration and impregnation of the skin in the first place. This essence has three different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and really regenerates the skin. It is excellent for plumping the skin with hydration and will absorb everything better. It also contains ingredients to lighten and firm. One thing I like to do on days when I have more time and I’m throwing up is I’m going to layer it across an entire 30 minute TV show. It’s like getting a Korean hydrofacial. In my 20 years of facials, I haven’t yet met someone and thought to myself that your skin is too hydrated – almost everyone is dehydrated. All of these microclimates, such as air conditioning in summer and radiators in winter, can have harmful consequences on our skin. ”
STEP 3: SERUM. That’s where Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum comes in. “It contains 2% niacinamide, peptides, peach extract for vitamins and minerals, and it’s packed with antioxidants,” Yoon explains. “The clear serum is completely absorbed by the skin and is suitable for all skin types. Like the entire Peach & Lily line, it is also clean. Just as important as what you put on your skin is who you are not put on the skin. I don’t want to take seven steps forward and five steps back.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM. The newly launched Peach & Lily Pure Peach Retinoic Eye Cream contains bakuchiol, a much gentler alternative to retinol for the skin. “It seals it all together with great humidity,” Yoon says.
STEP 5: MOISTURIZING. Yoon’s go-to is Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, a super calming formula that soothes irritation and is suitable for all skin types. “It’s packed with antioxidants to protect the skin,” Yoon says. “It helps the skin to fight against pollution. “
STEP 6: SUNSCREEN. Any expert knows that this step is non-negotiable. “Each morning, follow this routine with an SPF,” Yoon says. “Windows only block UVB rays – they don’t block UVA rays – so it’s important to reapply indoors because there’s always sunlight coming in. “