Yes, you read it correctly. Just 5 steps! If you’re a skin care aficionado, you most definitely have heard of “glass skin” by now and know that it involves a longer routine than five steps. Read on to discover how to get glass skin naturally.
What is glass skin?
Before we get started, let’s get into what glass skin is. The term originated – like many other beauty trends – in the Korean beauty (K-Beauty) space and describes skin that is luminous, clear and unblemished. If you look at somebody with the glass skin look, their skin is even, smooth and free of any visible texture like pores, bumps or rough patches – hence the comparison to glass.
Originally, glass skin is achieved through a multi-step K-beauty routine that can include up to 10 different products and steps. Understandably, this can be impractical for many women. Thankfully, you can achieve the same effect in less time and with half the amount of products.
Our 5-step glass skincare ritual
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If you asked us which one of these steps is non-negotiable, it would be the cleanser step. Glass skin starts with a thorough, double cleanse every night. Start with a cleansing oil like our Nourishing Cleansing Oil and muslin cloth to remove any makeup, sunscreen and surface debris, then follow it up with a gentle cream, gel or foam cleanser.
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Is it really a K-Beauty skin trend if there isn’t any essence involved? A hydrating essence like our Activating Water Essence enhances your skin’s ability to retain moisture and helps it better absorb your other products. To apply, pour a couple of drops into your palms, place your hands together and gently twist to activate the essence. Gently pat lightly onto your skin until it completely absorbs.
Once your essence has had some time to absorb and your skin is now fully prepped, it’s time to apply your serum. Serums typically are packed with a high concentration of active ingredients. Think of it as treatment for your skin depending on your concern – it’s where the magic happens. If ageing is your concern, try our Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum to help reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Struggling with parched skin? Hydration is key for glass skin so we recommend our Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum to deliver intense hydration and restore your skin’s natural glow. Finally, you can soothe any rough patches or redness with our Calendula Redness Rescue Serum.
Now that you have on all of your water-based hydrating products, you’re going to want to seal it all in with a facial oil. Sealing in moisture supports your skin’s protective barrier. Depending on your skin type, it’s best to consider which oil will work on your skin best. Drier skin types might need a more hydrating oil, while oiler skin types benefit from a balancing oil. Our Skin Balancing Face Oil is suitable for all skin types and works to promote smooth, supple, and even skin. A glass skin must have.
The theme with glass skin is hydration and moisture. We have our essence, serum, oil all applied and now we’re kicking it up a notch with a moisturiser. As with all products, choose a moisturiser that works with your skin type and one that’s appropriate for the time of day – in practice, this usually means saving richer, heavier creams for overnight use and applying gels and lighter lotions during the day.
While moisturiser is the final step, we think there’s no such thing as too much glow. So we recommend spritzing your skin with our favourite Rosewater Balancing Mist to support moisture balance and leave you with dewy, radiant and supple look to the skin.