What is glass skin? This K-Beauty Trend Is About To Be Everywhere

When researching K-Beauty earlier, Young-Ji from purpletale told me via email that the K-Beauty system makes “skincare feel more like a caring experience than a chore”. This is because the multi-step, multi-product process takes time and requires dedication. You can not take shortcuts. But, in the end, your skin will be beautiful.

Glass skin is the latest K-Beauty trend, and it features smooth, hydrated skin that looks wet. It’s also almost entirely poreless, and skin appears luminous and translucent…like glass.

It looks so delicate and lovely. The glass skin is also incredibly true to the K-Beauty form in that it involves many steps and products. You don’t sprint towards the glass skin. On the contrary, you train like a marathon.

Here’s what it is, what it isn’t, and how to get it.

Peach & Lily guru Alicia Yoon told Refinery 29 that glass skin is incredibly sought after in Korea because it’s a sign of youth. It’s also the result of a commitment to the labor-intensive K-Beauty process and it’s not easy.

Yes, it’s all about layering products to get that extra dewy look. But it’s not just products placed on the skin. Glass skin also involves exfoliation so that the deeper layers are healthy as well.

“Getting that cool texture is twofold,” Yoon told R29. “First, you’ll need an exfoliator to buff the skin so it has that really smooth texture. Second, a hydrating serum to help give that glass-like look.”

Courtesy of Peach & Lily

Be The Skin Purifying White Waterful Serum$40, Jet | Mizon Aha 8% Peeling Serum$11, Amazon | Mizon Collagen 100$11, Amazon

Christine Chang and Sarah Lee of Glow Recipe, who are launching new streamlined K-Beauty products at Target, agreed with Yoon’s assessment that glass skin is highly sought after by Korean women. They said Seduce that “glass skin is an ideal skin in Korea”. The duo said several light coats of moisturizers are needed to keep the face looking dewy and plumped.

Vita-Propolis ampoule$38, Target

They also recommended Vita-Propolis Ampoule, which is a serum that gives radiance, as part of the regimen and for strobing skincare, which also helps skincare obsessives achieve that glass-like glow. If you prefer a more matte complexion, you’ll want to continue without stopping at glass skin.

“Gwang”, which means “dewy glow” in Korean, is the ultimate goal here.

I have incorporated K-Beauty products and methods into my personal skincare routine for the past 18 months. I have long since graduated from washing, moisturizing and makeup in the morning and washing and moisturizing before bed. It’s too basic for me, and I’ll never go back to my pre-K-Beauty days.

Instead I added serums and essences and my skin is still soft, conditioned and smooth. I unlearned old beauty habits and retrained my brain to view applying multiple products to my face after washing it as essential to keeping my skin looking and feeling great in the long run.

If you follow Yoon on Instagram, you know she masks like it’s her job. Oh wait, that East his work. But clearly, you can witness her ardent commitment to moisturizing and caring for her skin.

His Insta is a reminder of the loyalty that followers of the K-Beauty system must have.

Courtesy of Amy Sciarreto

If you like the look of glass skin but are unsure about the time investment, think about it this way. Maintaining healthy skin is more than a chore. It is a form of self-care and an absolute necessity for your overall well-being.

Even if you give up the major shine of Glass Skin, we could all use a little more self-love on a regular basis. K-Beauty is not just a fashion. It’s a way of life.

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