There are a million and one skin care fads, but one trend that’s held fast is the K-Beauty skin care trend: holistic, all-natural ingredients, and intensely customizable according to skin type. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard all about the glass (or “dewy”) skin look, and you’ve thought it sounded either unrealistic or wayyyy too shiny. (Dew is one thing—oil slick-shiny is quite another, am I right?)
I’m here to debunk the myth that glass skin means— and looks— sweaty and oily. Also, glass doesn’t have pores.
The term glass skin, according to popular beauty bloggers, is a way to describe flawless skin that’s so clear and smooth that it resembles glass. Instead of a shimmering pool of oil, think of a clear mountain lake very early in the morning. Do you feel the difference? Let’s dive in.
Step 1: Exfoliate and De-Puff
This step is crucial when it comes to the glass skin look. You can do this using a physical (scrub) exfoliant, or a chemical exfoliant (in the form of a peel or serum).
You can also go the extra mile and do a little dermaplaning, but if you choose this route, please first be sure you know exactly what you’re doing and be safe (scars will take you further away from the glass skin you’re trying to achieve, k?). Now that so much of our skincare is done at home, you might want to purchase a face massager or roller such as this one. Facial massage actually helps with lymphatic drainage, diminishing puffiness and promoting firm, supple skin.
Step 2: Mask Up
Yes, you should always wear a mask when you go outside now. However, the mask I am talking about right now is my favorite volcanic clay mask. It clears out my pores and prevents acne flare-ups. If you’re smart, and you have pores that you’d like to say goodbye to, start using one of these once a week. But always follow with a moisturizer, even if you’re oily—as clay masks can be drying. Anything with hyaluronic acid, that moisturizing superstar ingredient, will do.
Step 3: Nourish Your Insides
Remember the 3 S’s: Sleep, Sweat, Supplements (and don’t forget diet)! Be smart. Drink lots of water, get 8 hours sleep, exercise regularly to increase circulation and cleanse out toxins, and take those skin supplements: mindbodygreen makes one of these that is specifically formulated to help your skin become its healthiest and most flawless. Youth in a bottle? I’ll take it! Make sure your supplement is giving you nutritional support as well, because healthy skin is supported by certain vitamins, namely A, C, E, D. Last but not least, don’t forget your daily collagen supplement. These have been proven to help with aging skin issues such as elasticity, texture, and hydration, all of which contribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin.
Step 4: Less is More
The focus here should be on prepping your canvas, not using a lot of paint, you feel me? Meaning, less makeup, more time, effort, energy, and focus on perfect, healthy, lit-from-within skin.
Trust me, once you’re able to put in the time and effort it takes to be consistent and have a regular skincare routine, you’ll hardly need makeup. You’ll feel lighter, smoother, and flawless!