How I Achieve the Glass Skin Trend

There was a Korean beauty trend that went around last fall called “glass skin,” which is essentially that your face looks “clear, poreless, translucent, [and] luminous—like a piece of glass.”

After I figured out how to clear my skin, I knew this was something I wanted to try without buying new skincare products that might not react well with my face. I’ve been wearing less makeup and have been loving the look of dewy skin (especially now that it’s winter and my face is dry). Here are the steps and products I use to achieve “glass skin.”

My normal nighttime skincare routine is as follows:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream

On a day when I’m trying to get the glass skin effect, I use everything in my skincare arsenal to do so. I place emphasis on my nighttime skincare routine because sleep helps to regenerate your skin cells, but this is my full routine:

  1. Cleanse. I’ve been using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for the past year and it has worked wonders for my skin
  2. Exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator. I have sensitive skin and I use the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream.
  3. Use a balancing toner. Skin Laundry’s Balancing Antioxidant Toner has done a great job of clearing up my skin without stripping away moisture—and it does not contain alcohol.
  4. Apply a clay mask. Glass skin cannot be achieved without making sure all of the blemishes and spots are removed from your face. Clay masks helps to open your pores and clear everything out, and I prefer them to charcoal masks because clay is not as harsh.
  5. Pat in a serum. I use the Nature Republic Snail Solution Emulsion every night and snail mucin promotes skin elasticity, hydration, and brightness. If my face needs extra brightening, I will use 1-2 drops of the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.
  6. Moisturize to add back hydration. I use La Roche Posay’s Toleraine Riche, which is meant for sensitive skin, then follow up with an eye cream
  7. Wear an overnight sleeping mask to retain moisture. I’ve been using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
  8. In the morning, rinse off the mask and cleanse again. Instead of using toner, pat in a facial essence such as the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Moisturize and use eye cream as normal.
  9. Use a moisturizing primer to create a smooth canvas on your face without losing hydration. My favorite has been the Glossier Priming Moisturizer.
  10. Spray a toner or facial mist to lock all of the moisture in. When I want to look extra glowy, I use the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.

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