I’m pretty sure at this point you have heard, read and seen all about glass skin. The Korean skincare trend has taken the world by storm and everyone wants to be a part of it. It seems unreachable, looking at people on Instagram post photos of their skin after the routine, looking so flawless, glowy and silky. What if I told you that, you too can achieve this? Yes, your skin can be just as silky as those models you see online or in magazines.
Not only am I going to give you the breakdown of how to achieve flawlessly radiant and glass skin, I am going to give you home remedies, so that you don’t have to break the bank.
There are obviously several products you can look into to achieve glass skin. This is for those who like to keep it natural, and easy. Straight from your kitchen, you too can have glass skin. But first, are you new to skincare and don't know where to start from? Download your free skincare guide here, to help you on your skincare journey. Build your skincare kit step by step.
What is glass skin?
Okay, now let’s break it down to actually understand what glass skin is. If you are planning on going on a journey, you have to know where you are at least headed.
Glass skin is skin, that is spotless, hydrated and simply looking healthy. It glows when light hits is and looks supple, in fact your fingers can attest to its supple nature. It almost looks like skin that has no texture. And you can a thousand percent achieve this, as long as you follow these steps and make sure, you stick to it consistently.
The steps involved in achieving glass skin
1. Double cleanse the skin
Double cleansing is essential in the glass skin care regimen. Cleansing twice guarantees a completely clean face ready for some good products. The first wash usually breaks down oil and wash off dirt from the skin, it is mostly advised to use an oil-based cleanser for the first wash. Since we are trying to use household products as possible here, you can go in with coconut oil or olive oil mixed with a little bit of cleanser for the first wash. Oil help breakdown makeup, that way you don’t need to vigorously clean your skin, in a way that could be harmful. Frequently wash, not vigorously wash! Keep that in mind.
Then your second cleanse, really gets rid of whatever was left on the skin after the first wash. And now the skin is cleaner, allows for the cleanser itself to really get in there and do what it promises. The first wash cleanses and gets rid of dirt, while the second wash also cleanses and actively works with your skin, without having that barrier of makeup.
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2. Gently Exfoliate
After your skin is all cleaned up, and rid of all makeup and dirt, you are required to gently exfoliate. Now there are several people who chose to not exfoliate daily because of sensitive skin. This is why you need to make sure; you are using a gentle exfoliator. You can also skip some days, maybe exfoliate three times a week. Just listen to your skin and give it what is wants, what it responds well too. You definitely don’t want to skip exfoliation all together. It is crucial to the glass skin care regimen.
Exfoliating really helps to get into your skin and clean out those pores. It also helps to keep that skin texture looking smooth and gets rid of dead skin. Leaving your skin radiant as ever, while eliminating blemishes. Now it is important to know that when going in with an exfoliator, you are not expected to literally scrub your face harshly. You make circular motions with your finger tips pressed lightly against the skin. Here are 10 amazing DIY face scrub recipes for sppectacular results.
3. Use a hydrating toner
After cleansing and exfoliating, it leaves your skin feeling dry. Clean, but dry. Therefore, the toner actually gives you skin back that needed hydration. You do not want your skin to be stripped away feeling dry. Find out if you have naturally dry skin here. This will better help you in choosing the right toner.
The previous steps are needed for cleansing and making sure there are no clogged pores, this step is needed to put back some hydration into the skin and leave your skin looking healthy. As long as you stay away from toners that have alcohol in them, this step should leave your skin feeling supple and hydrated. Alcohol is extra drying and dehydrates up the skin.
4. Go in with your essence
Essence is mostly water based, and is somewhere in between the serum and a moisturizer. An essence simply adds radiance to the skin and helps in hydrating. Our goal here is to have healthy looking glass skin, you can never say no, to extra hydration. This is something you can easily make at home too. It improves dull skin, fine lines and appearance of blemishes.
5. Apply a hydrating serum
Now I know we are trying to stick to DIY methods, but I would completely cheat you out if I skip this step. Applying a serum is mandatory for the glass skin care routine, serums have so many benefits that cannot just be ignored. A serum is not something you can make at home, but I guess you can choose what you actually put in money for.
In case you were wondering; can you skip the serum? Yes, you can.
Your skin will still look radiant and healthy, but I would recommend it in this journey of attaining glass skin.
For the glass skin, in particular, hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to look out for in a serum because it’s often found in intensely hydrating formulas.
Moisturizing helps to lock in all of the moisture and the good products you have already applied to the skin. This is one of the most important part of the entire skin care routine. Other than locking in the products and moisture, it further keeps your skin hydrated through the day.
It fights dry and patchy skin issues and also improves the condition of flakiness on the skin. Your day and night care routines may need different moisturizer types, but it is recommended to go for a lightweight moisturizer for your face. Complete this step by applying eye cream to improve the dull and dark patches under your eyes. Here is my own daily routine I have created for myself. I like to keep it simple, and it works for me. Read here.
Products you need to get glass skin at home
Oil Based Cleanser
As mentioned earlier oil-based cleanser is essential for breaking down makeup making it a lot easier to wipe off. Without having to be to harsh on your skin. Of course, you can get this in stores or you could make your own by simply adding oil to a little bit of whatever regular cleanser you have. You definitely have to purchase a face wash, that is not something you can just make at home, unless if you have the chemical compounds. But with the oil hack, you can just get yourself one really good face wash, add in coconut oil, or olive oil to your first wash and simply go in with the face wash alone for second washing.
DIY Face Exfoliator
There are several face exfoliants you can make yourself at home, but I will share one right now;
You need equal parts white and brown sugar
A little bit of water and any essential oil of choice
These are items you can definitely get at home. The scrub does not only get rid of dead skin and expose a more radiant layer of your skin. It also improves blood circulation in the face which in turn boosts the production of collagen.
DIY Face Toner
Apple cider vinegar makes a very good homemade toner. This is something that even if I have store bought toner, I still manage to incorporate in my skincare regimen. Apple Cider Vinegar is known to have amazing properties which are great to rejuvenate dull and pigmented skin. The fact that it is acidic means it helps to lighten any blemish one may have, which will eventually result to having spotless skin.
You just mix in equal parts water and vinegar.
Put a generous amount on a cotton pad and wipe across the face.
It is amazing at helping to balance Ph levels as well.
My personal favorite DIY essence is the rose water essence. As mentioned earlier, essence is water based, so it is no surprise that the product needed to make it has water in the name. anyways this is a really easi recipe;
Get yourself a spray bottle
Put in some rose water
Add a few drops of a few different essential oils you may need
Shake it up
And get to spritzing!
To be honest, you can skip the oils and spray only the rose water. The rose water itself has tremendous benefits for the skin. The oil is for extra moisture and benefits.
DIY Face Serum
Now you cannot actually make a serum at home, but I added it here to point out that there are other natural items you can use to give you the effect a good serum normally would. Those natural items are aloe vera and honey.
They are to be used as a mask, and also to clarify, they are to be used separately. If you have accessibility to aloe vera then go with it. You basically apply this like a face mask after you cleansing and exfoliating.
Peel the aloe vera
Scrape out the jelly like insides
Blend, or squish with a fork
Apply consistently over face
Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
As long as you stick to it consistently, it does wonders for your skin. The same applies, if you do choose to go with honey.
DIY Face Moisturizer
You can pretty much use any essential oil for this.
My personal favorites, in order of importance.
Rosemary oil (I love that it absorbs and doesn’t leave skin oily)
After reading this, I hope that you understand just how attainable it is to have glass skin. The ultimate key is to really be consistent with everything. As long as you stick to it, it will definitely pay off, you should start seeing results after 1 month of consistency. It is not something that can be promised after doing for a week. Yes, your skin should feel clean and healthy after a weeks’ worth of sticking to a routine. But to achieve that glass skin, you’ve got to keep it up.
Have you ever tried the glass skin care regimen before?