The glowy, youthful glass skin trend became popular on Instagram, and we bring to you the easy glass skin steps to achieving this look + ideas on products you can find in India.
Korean skincare took the beauty industry by a wave last year. Sheet masks have become one of the most loved and essential skin care items by all. And this year, glass skin is something that has been picking up lately and has surely become the new It-thing. It’s doing justice to the trending hashtag on Instagram #skinisin. Keeping up with K-Town trend is quite the hype this year. With the summer season still here, we’re right in time to tell you all about trying this gorgeous trend with easy glass skin steps!
The glass skin trend is all about giving your skin a mega hydration boost! It’s a full process involving cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, balancing, using enriching vitamins and minerals – all before you even start applying makeup. Yes, glass skin steps are kinda time consuming, but girls who try it say it’s worth it in making your skin feel healthy, youthful and above all – glowy.
You can’t get youthful skin overnight. The glass skin trend is all about clear, luminous and pore-less skin. So if you wanna be in for the ride, let’s take a look at the skin care regimen, plus, glass skin makeup.
Few Simple Glass Skin Steps to Get Perfect Glossy Skin
The actual way to achieve glass skin is an 11 step long process, using these many products. However, lots of women skip a few glass skin steps, or use products that can serve double purpose, so you’ll have to try and see how to suit it to your skin and lifestyle. Because the main idea is to achieve the healthiest, best skin you can have.
Ideally, the route to glass skin is all about taking care of your skin on a daily basis, but let’s at least talk about how to begin doing it just in a day. Waking up and starting the day with a good skincare routine is the closer route to glass skin.
Note Before You Read
Korean skin-care products, or skin-care items in general, work differently for everyone. The products we suggested here are based on what we’ve been recommended by Korean beauty bloggers, or based on good Amazon reviews. However, please remember that everything we recommend here may not suit every skin type.
Before you try out these tips and products, please consult with your dermatologist, or do a back-of-palm skin patch test before using them on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.
The best idea is to read the product description (we’ve provided links) and see their ingredients to understand if you’re allergic to anything. Also, check the reviews to see if it worked for people with similar skin type as yours. Purchase or use accordingly, and if these steps cause breakouts, stop use immediately and see a dermatologist.
Wipe off your makeup with an oil based balm to break down all the product. You can use a cleanser with natural ingredients, a sulfate-free formula that can deeply cleansed your pores. Here’s an example: Faceshop Jeju Volcanic Lava Cleansing Foam.
Follow this up with a cream cleanser or face wash to cleanse. The double cleanse method is for achieving two things – dissolving makeup and removing water-based impurities. Massage thoroughly just like any regular face wash for a minute or so and rinse with normal water.
Give your skin a gentle sweet tempered scrub to scour away all the dead skin cells and grime and awaken the blood cells. It’s important to be gentle and not to overdo it, which could cause inflammations. It is not necessary to do this step everyday. You can exfoliate once a week, unless your skin is exposed to too much dust, pollution or makeup, in which case you can exfoliate twice a week.
One a lot of beauty gurus are recommending is Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator. It is enriched with minerals, particularly phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It is also rich in vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
Hydration is key to younger looking supple skin, and the main step to achieving glass skin. The idea is to drench your skin with moisture, so that you can achieve that glow that looks as if you’re actually wearing highlighter, even when you aren’t!
Here are the steps: essence, toning, face cream and sunscreen. And if you’re looking for a night-time step – sheet mask. Let’s go over these one by one:
Face essence is a big part of the Korean 10 step skin care regimen, and of course, glass skin steps. This water-like product helps to hydrate the skin. Use a serum with hyaluronic acid and collagen to given your skin maximum moisture. Hyaluronic acid gives you intense hydration under the skin’s top layer, which is the key feature of glass skin. Try something like the Missha Time Revolution – The First Treatment Essence Mist.
The next step is toning. A toner helps balance your skin’s pH level, which may be upset by wearing/ cleansing makeup. Toners, or face serums, are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and grapeseed extracts. When used after essence, serums help increase the effects of the hydrating essence.
Toner is one of the glass skin steps that is a long-term solution. These serums take a while to show results, perhaps a couple of months, in which you can really see that lustrous skin with the glassy effect. Here’s one toner we found in India that has good reviews: Luxura Sciences Vitamin C Serum for skin glow, anti ageing with Vitamin C, natural hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, glutathione,Vitamin E, and more natural extracts (not all natural).
Or here are two alternatives: Irem Deep Cleansing Facial Toner (all skin types) and Optimum Organics Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (acne prone skin).
Go for intense moisturizer with a cream rich in retinol, that helps new skin cells renew/grow and gets the blood circulation running. Here is an option: StBotanica Pure Radiance Anti Aging & Face Brightening Cream, SPF 25 – Firming, Hydrating, Toning & Rejuvenating.
Korean women use sunscreen even when they are indoors, since the UV rays can strip your skin of moisture over a long period of time. That’s why using sunscreen (at least SPF 35) is essential among the glass skin steps.
Sheet mask is a staple in this routine of skincare to let all the oils seep into your skin. Sheet masks are typically applied all night long, and let its magic work through the night. Here’s an example: The Face Shop Unisex Glowing Masksheet Combo (Pack of 5).
Other than these, you can also try Innisfree or other popular Korean skin care brands some of which are available on Nykaa; and they have reviews there as well which you can check before buying. Let all these products settle into your skin before you jump into makeup.
Glass Skin Steps for Makeup
Top the canvas with radiating natural makeup to make a stunner entrance everywhere you go.
Bring some moisture back to the skin by spritzing a facial mist. Trade the gel/ liquid moisturizers with cream based products to give a natural dewy look. The key to glow-from-within kind of look is to have a strobing primer as the base. You can also mix highlighter with your makeup primer if you want a shimmer effect.
Follow this up with an ever so slightly brush of low-coverage foundation starting from the high points of your face. It’s time to take away the dullness and hide away those blemishes with some concealer. Dab it with a puff or pat in with a blender to make it seamless.
Set the concealer with a powder highlighter to make it stay all day. Since this look is about shine and not matte finish, one of the important glass skin steps is to apply powder only where you have concealed, and not all over your face.
Give some volume to your eyebrows by giving it a subtly defined and natural-looking eyebrow. Voluminous brows will look more youthful, instead of overly shaped ones.
Just a quick curl to your lash, a single coat of mascara to make you look fresh. And finish off the look with a gradient popsicle lip. Use lip plumping gloss in a natural shade to make it seem like you’re not wearing any lipstick!
Pro Tip : Mix your strobing primer with your body moisturizer and rub it over your chest and shoulders to give it an even look.
You could also apply some clear gel gloss or liquid highlighter on the spots to want to give that extra glow, such as your cupid’s bow, collarbones and shoulder bones.
Shazia Bargathullah is a regular freelance writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is also a fashion design graduate from iNIFD. Her journey started with a keen visual eye, an interest in styling and a passion for design. She has an expertise in modest fashion and writes about makeup tips, beauty trends and runway-inspired fashion ideas. She is also the author of the blog Devil Wears Parda. For comments and feedback, please email [email protected]