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I want glass skin.

Has this been one of your latest wishes? Well, then you have landed at the right place. The above wish has become synonymous with most beauty enthusiasts today, thanks to the uprise of K-beauty (Korean beauty) in the global skincare industry.

Thankfully, glass skin is not as fancy as skin care bloggers make it sound. Here's how to achieve glass skin in some easy steps.

What Is Glass Skin? Is Glass Skin Achievable?

Glass skin is impeccably even-toned, smooth and lustrous skin. It is well moisturized and looks almost transparent like a glass. While this kind of skin can’t be achieved overnight, consistent skin care practices with the right food habits can definitely do the trick. Let’s get to the steps.

Step-By-Step Routine For Glass Skin

1. Double Cleanse

Koreans are all praise for double cleansing to get a squeaky clean look, and why not? A micellar water, oil-based face wash or cleansing oil removes all the makeup, sebum, sunscreen and dirt from your face. Following it up with a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type [1] helps deep cleanse your face for a squeaky clean look.

Skin Type

Ingredients To Look For In Cleanser

Dry Skin

Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, aloe vera and niacinamide

Oily Skin

Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide and glycolic acid

Combination Skin

Vitamin E, avocado oil, glycolic, salicylic or hyaluronic acid

Sensitive Skin

Olive oil, allantoin, chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and willow bark

Normal Skin

Something that is neither too drying nor too oily

 Note: Opting for sulphate-free cleansers are a must.

2. Tone

If you thought that toners are just for removing makeup, think again. Toners deserve a special mention in skin care for their ability to neutralize the skin’s pH. The sebum (natural oil) [2] in your skin mixes with sweat to form a thin film called an acid mantle.

Cleansers can disrupt the natural pH (slightly acidic) [3] of your skin and that's when toners come into the picture. A toner can restore the pH, provide hydration and help in better penetration of skin care products.They also minimize pores and thus, lessen the tendency of acne breakouts.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cell buildup. Your skin sheds dead skin cells every 30 days to push a new layer of skin cells. Physical aggressors like pollution, sunlight, improper cleansing and age can build up dead skin [4] on the surface. 

Use a physical exfoliant (scrubs with exfoliating beads) or chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid or lactic acid face masks) to wash away dead skin cells and to reveal a fresh layer of skin. A variety of sheet masks are available in the market for the purpose of skin exfoliation. Exfoliation is an important step in any glass skin routine.

4. Serum

Serums are skincare products containing potent ingredients targeted at specific skin concerns. Face serums can be used for:

  • Anti-aging
  • Dark spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Acne and clogged pores
  • Dehydration
  • Uneven skin tone, redness and sensitivity

Skin concerns

Ingredients To Look For In Serums

Anti-aging

Retinol, vitamin C, grape seed, hyaluronic acid, collagen, peptides, evening primrose, resveratrol

Acne (mild and moderate grade)

Zinc, arnica, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, cucumber, green tea and goldenseal

Skin lightening (tan, dark spots, dark patches)

Licorice, vitamin C, kojic acid, ferulic acid

Hydration

Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, argan oil, aloe vera, ceramides, rosewater, jojoba and vitamin E

Rejuvenating & repairing

Seaweed, anti-oxidants, noni extract , green tea, ceramides, essential oils, retinol and Omega-3 fatty acids

5. Moisturize

Nourish your skin with a good moisturizer. Locking in the moisture in your skin ensures soft and wrinkle-free skin. Moisturizer forms a protective layer on your skin and prevents water from escaping and bacteria from entering into your skin [5]. Bonus point? Your makeup will look flawless if your skin is well moisturized.

Invest in a barrier repair, lightweight and non greasy moisturizer for your skin. Don't forget the lips. You may want to try SPF lip balm to bid adieu to those cracked lips. You are also far away from glass skin if you ignore your eyes. Apply an eye cream to protect the skin around your eyes from getting dry, dark, puffed or wrinkled.

Skin type

Ingredients to look for in moisturizers

Dry skin

Vitamin E, niacinamide, shea butter, coconut oil, ceramides, glycerin and lycopene.

Oily skin

Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, retinoids, ceramides and/or peptides.

Sensitive skin

Soothing ingredients like aloe vera, avoid fragrances and colors.

Normal skin

Ceramides, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

Combination skin

Rice bran, aloe vera and tomato extract. Ingredients that are non-greasy, hydrating and balancing.

Note: Benzoyl peroxide is not recommended for regular & long term use.

6. Sunscreen

Don't let your skin care efforts go down the drain by skipping a sunscreen. We can't tell you how important it is to invest in sunscreen. The UV rays from the sunlight can cause fine lines, wrinkles, brown patches and skin cancer [6]. All these skin concerns are the last thing on your mind when you think of glass skin. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours.

Bottom Line:

Glass skin is more than just trending skin care products or beauty buzzwords. Skincare experts at SkinKraft suggest picking a skin care routine and sticking to it for healthy and glowing skin. After all, glass skin is synonymous to this and consistency is the key.

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