Skincare trends and techniques are a global phenomenon. The concept of glass skin is no different. Introduced to the western world by Korea, glass skin refers to some of the most sought after and admired skin type out there: the healthiest, poreless, perfect sheen of a flawless complexion. So flawless in fact, that merely looking at it reminds us of the smooth shininess of glass.
How Do You Get Glass Skin?
For you to have glass skin, your skin itself should be blemish-free, appear poreless, luminous, and almost translucent.
There are a variety of skincare routines you can choose from that include double-cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating, serum layering, and so much more. Normally, the routine goes something like this:
- double cleanse with gentle, oil-based cleanser
- follow up with foam based cleanser
All skin types are unique so what works for one person may not work for another. But there's something else that needs to be understood about glass skin.
Is Getting Glass Skin Realistic?
The psychological effects of trying to reach for "perfection" might not be the healthiest option for some. While glass skin tends to be the Holy Grail of complexions, it might not be realistic for those of us with sensitive skin, skin issues like chronic acne or rosacea.
It's paramount to understand that your skin will go at its own pace. While glass skin may be something you'd love to attain in the near future, it's not something that will happen overnight.
While some might think glass skin involves some kind of specific formula of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, etc. it's less about the products and routines and more so about one particular little secret. A secret that can do more for you than just give you incredible, glowing skin.
The Secret to Glass Skin
Time and time again, people overlook this one thing when it comes to skincare. Just as they say that eyes are the window to the soul, your skin is a reflection from within. Treat your body well, nourish your body with goodness, and your skin will glow with health and abundance.
The secret to glass skin is living a healthy lifestyle. This means staying hydrated, keeping away from greasy, fattening foods, and choosing leafy greens, healthy carbs, and involving yourself in great exercise that boosts your cardiovascular health.
Glass skin is a lifestyle. It isn't a skincare routine that you can do 15 minutes a day and expect immediately satisfying results from. Just as you can't expect six-pack abs from doing crunches alone: 85% of your results happen in the kitchen.
Glass skin is the same concept. Your skin depends on your lifestyle choices and nutrition more so than simply layering on some serums. That's not to say that the skincare routine doesn't help, but if you're focusing more on products and the mirror, there's an issue.
Glass Skin Skincare Routines
That being said, there's still a method to the madness when it comes to glass skin routines.
Do any research and it'll tell you that a staple of a glass skincare routine is that you start off with a double cleanse. This consists of starting with a gentle, oil based cleanser that won't clog pores or strip you of your natural oils.
Next, it's recommended to use a foam-based cleanser. Afterwards, you exfoliate, removing dead skin cells and blackheads.
Follow up with a toner to even out skin tone and to allow your serums in the next few steps to absorb easier.
Next, incorporate either a serum or hydrating facial oil that’s lightweight but loaded with antioxidants. For glass skin, choose serums with vitamins or hyaluronic acid because this moisturizes your skin and brings out a natural glow.
Lastly, moisturize. This will give your skin a burst of hydration and keep your complexion plump and supple.
There will always be skincare trends and new routines that take the world by storm. Remember, each skin is unique so it's key to customize your skincare regimen to match what your skin is telling you.
Glass skin may be a coveted skincare goal and whether or not it is realistically attainable is up to your discretion. Pictures and videos you see on the internet of people with "perfect" skin can be misleading and impact our self-esteem. It's important to remember that things like filters and editing exist, so take these with a grain of salt. Having attainable skincare goals is healthy and normal, but having unrealistic goals based off of others' results and skin isn't something I'd recommend.
That being said, glass skin is a fun, motivating skincare goal to try and obtain. Listen to your skin and body, pay attention to your results, and remember to tweak your routines to bring out the best of your skin and your appearance.
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