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2024 Glass Skin Routine: 5 Steps to Glowy Skin

2024 Glass Skin Routine: 5 Steps to Glowy Skin

You’ve probably heard of it on TikTok and Instagram, but – what’s “glass skin”?
From the Korean word “유리피부”, which translates into “glass skin”, the term refers to skin that is smooth, glowy and translucent, as if a glass surface. While it may not be easy to make your skin actually glow, achieving smooth dewy skin is completely possible if your skin health is well maintained.

Step 1 to Glowy Glass Skin: Gentle Cleanser

As the first step of your skincare routine, it goes without saying how important your cleanser is. It’s vital to choose a mildly acidic cleanser with a gentle formula that protects your skin barrier and doesn’t over-cleanse, so that chances of irritation can be minimized.
Foam cleansers are excellent at doing this – their soft creamy texture cleanses pores with less friction on your skin, preventing unnecessary damage.
Using surfactants derived from coconut oil, this mildly acidic low-irritation cleanser can maintain your skin’s water-oil balance and strengthen your moisture barrier with soft, fine foam.

Gentle Cleanser Recommendation #2 ▶ Ginger6 Hydrating Ginger Water Foam Cleanser

This vegan cleanser contains 31.7% patented ginger water, which has extra anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties compared to regular purified water. Hydrates and cleanses at the same time with 8 kinds of natural extracts and 5 types of hyaluronic acid.

Gentle Cleansing Recommendation #3 ▶ Isntree Green Tea Fresh Cleanser

Containing green tea extract from the Jeju Island of Korea, this cleanser purifies pores, smooths skin texture and prevents excessive sebum production through a patented formula of amino acids, minerals and polyphenol.

Gentle Cleansing Recommendation #4 ▶ Aprilskin Carrotene IPMP Hydromelt Cleansing Balm

Both a makeup remover and a facial cleanser, this 2-in-1 balm works even on waterproof makeup. The gentle yet effective formula removes sebum, exfoliates, and soothes your skin all at once. Leaving no slippery residue, its low-irritation formula is perfect for acne-prone skin.

Step 2 to Glowy Glass Skin: Hydrating Serum

Dehydration lies at the roots of many skin concerns. Not only can sufficient moisturization strengthen your skin barrier, but it also readjusts your skin metabolism to a healthy, normal cycle, resulting in a healthier, radiant look and smoother and finer skin texture.
When choosing a serum, keep an eye out for hyaluronic acids, ceramides, and other moisturizers on the ingredients list. Also called “NMFs” (natural moisturizing factors), these ingredients replenish hydration for improved skin elasticity and a stronger natural barrier.

Hydrating Serum Recommendation #1 ▶ Beauty of Joseon Calming Serum : Green tea + Panthenol

Green tea, a powerful antioxidant, works alongside panthenol (vitamin B5) and mugwort in this moisturizing cocktail to facilitate skin metabolism, provide moisture, and alleviate skin discomfort caused by UV exposure and other external stressors.

Hydrating Serum Recommendation #2 ▶ Jumiso Waterfull Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Feel hydration sink into your skin with this serum containing 3-complex hyaluronic acid, ceramides as well as tocopherol. Its hyaluronic acids of varying molecular weights hydrate your skin from top to bottom and strengthen your skin barrier for a plump, dewy look.

Hydrating Serum Recommendation #3 ▶ numbuzin No.6 Deep Sleep Mask Serum

Containing mineral-rich 63% glacial milk from Iceland, this numbuzin serum supplies nutrients and moisturizes at the same time. Also contains hyaluronic acids of 5 different weights for intensive hydration both inside and out, restoring your skin’s water-oil balance.

Step 3 to Glowy Glass Skin: Moisture-Retaining Cream

After replenishing moisture with a hydrating serum, remember to lock it in with a cream – you don't want all that moisture to just fizzle out from your skin! Using a lipophilic emulsion or cream creates a moisture-trapping barrier that can reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) for more long-lasting hydration.
ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturizing Cream 80ml
Moisture-Retaining Cream Recommendation #1 ▶ ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturizing Cream
A gentle, well-rounded moisturizer containing natural nutrients from birches. Birch sap is rich in NMFs such as amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid, contributing to a formula that can soothe inflammation, purify, and strengthen your skin barrier at the same time.
Moisture-Retaining Cream Recommendation #2 ▶ Celimax Dual Barrier Skin Wearable Cream
Containing 5 types of ceramides, this cream shields skin from irritation caused by external stimuli and restores elasticity and health to your skin. Not only does it strengthen your barrier and improve your skin’s moisture-retention ability, but the hypoallergenic formula also calms sensitive skin and relieves redness.
Moisture-Retaining Cream Recommendation #3 ▶ RETURNU Deep Comfort Cream
The superb firming effects of this cream come from the 68.8% birch tree water and plant-based collagen in its formula, which offer instant deep hydration that sinks comfortably into your skin and stays there.

Step 4 to Glowy Glass Skin: Sun Care

Using sunscreen isn’t just to avoid tanning and dark spots; UV protection also prevents photoaging, which refers to the damage on your skin caused by prolonged UV exposure.
Slacking off on sun care can lead to hyperpigmentation, fine lines and sagging skin, so don’t forget to arm yourself with sunscreen before heading out!

Mild Sunscreen Recommendation #1 ▶ Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics

This hydrating chemical sunscreen protects your skin while nourishing it with the 30% rice extract in its formula, keeping your skin hydrated and supple. Probiotics help to stabilize your skin’s condition for soothed, healthier skin.

Mild Sunscreen Recommendation #2 ▶ ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturizing Sunscreen

This viral ROUND LAB sunscreen, containing moisturizing birch sap ingredients, defends your skin against strong sunlight and builds a hydration barrier to keep moisture in, with a gentle lightweight formula that sits comfortably on all skin types.

Mild Sunscreen Recommendation #3 ▶ Abib Airy Sunstick Smoothing Bar
Boasting a semi-matte, non-sticky finish, this sunstick features a wide stick surface that promises easy application without getting your hands dirty. It contains a range of hydrating and soothing natural ingredients, and offers 80 minutes waterproof protection so you can enjoy the outdoors worry-free.

Step 5 in Glowy Glass Skin: Weekly Exfoliation

Dead skin cells piling up can yield a dull and lackluster complexion as well as stretched, visible pores – not to mention your other skincare products may not be as well-absorbed by your skin. The keyword to unclogging pores and adding a refreshed glow to your skin? Exfoliation.
Haruharu Wonder Black Rice Soft Peeling Gel 100ml
Gentle Exfoliator Recommendation #1 ▶ Haruharu Wonder Black Rice Soft Peeling Gel
Featuring a mildly acidic formula containing 100% organic betaine and plant-based surfactants, this peeling gel is safe even on sensitive skin. It’s rich in fermented black rice extract, which boasts powerful antioxidizing effects, and gently purifies pores with triple AHA complex for a healthier skin barrier.

Aprilskin Real Calendula Peel Off Pack 100g
Gentle Exfoliator Recommendation #2 ▶ Aprilskin Real Calendula Peel Off Pack
A peel off pack containing calendula petals, pure natural calendula oil and calendula extract, with a mild formula that helps to exfoliate, refine skin, remove blackheads, and moisturize, giving you soft bouncy skin.
AROMATICA Glow Vita Facial Scrub Orange & Neroli 150ml
Gentle Exfoliator Recommendation #3 ▶ AROMATICA Glow Vita Facial Scrub Orange & Neroli
Delivers smoothing, radiant care to your skin with the refreshing energy of sweet orange and neroli. The soft, mild clay formula tidies up skin residue and removes excessive sebum and stubborn dead skin cells; it also moisturizes with hyaluronic acid.
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