Binge watching your all-time favorite Korean Drama series must have been one of your usual ways in coping up with this worldwide lockdown we are currently experiencing. How many have you watched already? How was it? We’d love if you can share it to your fellow Queens! Yay! Level up the stay at home game. But apart from the romance and fun vibe that your favorite kdrama is giving bet that their glass skin is undeniably noticeable and makes you even think what certain skin care products and practices they actually have. And this is where the trend for Korean Glass Skin Care Routine came in. Bet you’ve heard a lot from your local celebrities to your favorite beauty bloggers; they all have a lot to say about this trend. But one thing is for sure, we all long to have this type of skin. Those #glassskin photos on your feed may be one of your motivation to hop into this K-beauty trend. Glass skin is meant to portray the idea of crystal piece of glass – meaning a skin that looks completely clear. Dewy soft skin! Yaaaay! Ultimate goal. We at Before and After Cosmetic have dig in on some relevant tips, tricks and practices that might help you to get started on this beauty trend. Listed below are some of the starting points which you can modify later on depending on your skin type and needs.
1. JUMP START WITH A CLEANSER
Just like any other skin care routine, cleansing should be the utmost priority. The primary purpose of cleansing is to remove dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin for a clean finish. A gentle cleanser is always recommended. Cleansing is as easy as 123 you’ve been doing it for decades. Just squeeze a small amount of cleanser into your clean hands add water to transform it from clay to mousse consistency and then gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face rinse off thoroughly and gently pat dry with washcloth.
2. EXFOLIATE! EXFOLIATE! – BUT NOT DAILY
We can never talk about skin care without exfoliation being mentioned. The purpose of exfoliation is to slough away dead skin cells that tends to dull the skin and clog pores. Be sure to choose a face scrub that is formulated for your specific skin type and issues. Remember not to overdo exfoliating. Two to three times per week is ideal to avoid any skin irritations.
3. REACH OUT FOR MASK
Bet some of you would agree that this is one of the skin care routine that you look forward to every time – masks are arguably one of those beauty tools that beauty world is currently obsessed with. Consider facial masks as an ultimate treat to your skin. These are masks that are essentially thin sheets made up of paper, cloth or gel saturated in serum, which usually contains serums and extracts. The easiest way to soothe tired skin, repair damage and replenish moisture. Consider doing this twice per week.
4. TONE IT DOWN
In contrary to the popular belief that toners tend to dry out your skin. Tone it up! This is essential in restoring PH balance Toning helps refines skin textures, minimizes pores and refreshes and revitalize the skin. It prepares the skin for the treatment to be subsequently applied.
5. FLOOD YOUR SKIN WITH MOISTURIZING ESSENCE
Korean women would never forget essence in their skin care routine, whether it is morning or night. Essence treats the skin on a cellular level. It is considered to be the less concentrated relatives of serums – but tend to be lightweight and watery in terms of its consistency. Essence is specifically formulated to combat wrinkles, fine lines, dull and uneven skin tone but with the added purpose of delivering extra moisture.
6. LAYER ON A HYDRATING SERUM
Achieve that flawless looking skin with minimum efforts. This wonder elixir is hydrating skin care product that protects your skin from free radicals and future damage. It targets your specific skin concerns such as, brightening, calming and firming. Generally, your serum should have active ingredients that you can wear throughout the day like Niacinamide and Vitamin C which will make it plump, firm and elastic. If overuse, they can cause skin irritation. Using a serum mildly, once every other day, would boost your skin and provide your skin with all it needs but in a gentle, balanced way.
7. A LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER WILL DO!
Layer up moisturizer on top of the serum – yes! In order to lock in moisture to achieve that radiant glow. A moisturizer a day can help reduce the chances of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. There is a misconception that oily skin does not need moisturizer. Everyone needs a moisturizer for every skin type and should be included in everyone’s basic skincare routine.
8. ADD UP A FIRMING EYE CREAM
In this most uncertain time where majority of the portion of your face that is shown in public is your eye area. This might be the best time that you include taking care your eye area as part of your usual skin care routine. Take good care of that delicate skin on your eye area because #glassskin would not be achieved if you have disturbing dry patches and bags under your eyes.
9. DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN!
UV ray is a no no! Applying sunscreen is the last and is probably the most important step in your morning routine. Not applying sunscreen every single morning is like inviting wrinkles and fine lines to make a party on your face. Using a hydrating sunscreen can protect your skin from the damaging sun rays, reduce the appearance of the aging skins and premature wrinkles.
What could have been concluded from this content is that there is no shortcut in achieving that #glassskin we all long to have. And if there is one thing that this k-beauty trend has taught us, it’s that achieving great skin requires consistency and discipline.
Buckle up, Queens! This one’s might be one of the most exciting part of your skin care journey.