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If we have to name one Korean beauty trend that has taken the world by storm, the top spot goes to the ‘glass skin’ trend. If you’re someone who loves Korean dramas, you know we’re talking about the oh-so-effortless glow on the skin of Korean stars. The aim is to make our skin look dewy and luminous like a piece of glass. Hence, the name glass skin!
The glass skin looks poreless, luminous and glossy with a natural sheen. That being said, the see-through healthy flushed appearance of glass skin really comes from within.
Skin expert Ravina Jain spoke to HealthShots about easy ways you can achieve a glossier and healthy skin.
“Achieving perfect glass skin is every woman’s dream. All it takes is the collective superpower of conscious diet and skin care! Incorporating healthy fats into one’s diet such as walnuts and avocados are a must for that dewy finish. After all, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) are termed essential for a reason,” says Jain.
“It is also extremely important to stay hydrated to flush out harmful toxins and rejuvenate the skin. It’s always a great idea to add lots of fruits in one’s diet, to get a healthy dose of antioxidants that will protect the skin from cellular damage,” adds Jain, who is also the founder and CEO of The Skin Story.
Achieving the glass skin look needs more than a skin care regimen. A healthy and balanced lifestyle is a prerequisite for the healthiest appearance of your skin without makeup.
While you must be trying to cut down on your fat consumption, leaving out on sources of good fat isn’t a good idea! Eating food rich in poly and monounsaturated fats can make your skin supple and hydrated. The healthy fat helps our skin barrier to improve thus, giving that glossy glass skin appearance. Include food items like eggs, fish, nuts and avocados in your diet.
That being said a hundred times, you should try to up your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables if you really love your skin. Fruits and leafy green veggies are rich in antioxidants that help your body cope up with oxidative stress. They also make your skin immune to free radicals. Next time you go grocery shopping, fill up your cart with fresh fruits like oranges, grapes and vegetables like spinach and kale.
The most advocated tip for a clear skin by moms and even celebrities is to drink plenty of water. Well, it really helps if you wish to achieve glass skin. It not only detoxifies your body, but also staves off dry, acne prone and textured skin. Water keeps your skin hydrated, refreshed and maintains elasticity. If you hydrate yourself well, your skin tends to heal the scars and minor cuts and burns better. Drinking water may also help delay the signs of aging. Here’s your sign to sip on a glass of water as you read on!
Sleeping may give your body a chance to revive and heal from the daily wear and tear. Your skin, the largest organ of your body, may experience the same as you sleep. Hence, the reason it is called ‘beauty sleep’. It is known that your skin produces collagen as you sleep which helps in maintaining skin’s elasticity giving it that plump appearance. Try to shut down your favourite series on time, follow a good skincare regime and dream about gorgeous glass skin! It’s that easy to achieve.
These steps are easy to follow and will give you that gleam from within. Other than lifestyle and dietary changes, you can get a sparkling glow by following a skincare regime.The skincare ingredients you need for this are accustomed to achieving a glass skin.
Adding to the ways you can get glass skin, Jain says, “When it comes to skin care, the key is to build your own skin story. This can include pampering your skin with the best hydrating masks out there, for the perfect finish. Hydrating and pore minimizing toners can also work like magic. They can aid in cleansing the skin deeply and lending a unique and fresh glow.”
The secret to getting perfection on your skin is by starting off with a clean canvas. Choose a mild cleanser like a cleansing balm or a hydrating cleanser to avoid stripping off your skin’s natural oil. Wet your skin and rub a dime sized amount on your skin. Using a microfibre towel, clean the emulsified cleanser, wash your face and pat dry.
Exfoliating your skin helps in getting rid of the dead skin cells piling up on the skin surface. Scrubbing them off using a physical scrub or a mild skin acid-based exfoliant can help unclog your pores and remove those pesky blackheads. The removal of the top layer of your skin may help unveil the new radiant looking skin which is a great start to achieving a glass skin look.
Spritz on a toner on your facial skin gives it a moist appearance but also regulates the pH of your skin. As the name suggests, a toner tones your skin by minimizing your pores for that poreless skin finish you are aiming for.
If you’re new to the skincare world, there are a number of hydrating essences available in the market. From basic hyaluronic to bizarre snail mucin, essence can give that hydrated look to your skin. An essence may let other products seep in better. If not essence, try a hydrating serum. It energizes your skin and gives it a plump appearance which is a basic for glass skin.
For a glass skin look, you need to look for a moisturizer that gives a luminous skin finish. A moisturizer that gives your skin an instant hydration boost is the right pick. Something that doesn’t almost disappear from your skin can help you achieve that glossy glow. Some experts rave about layering moisturizers to create a glass skin effect by using a gel based hydrator topped with a cream for that added sheen.
Well, Korean women like to give all the attention to their skin and leave the eyes natural. Use a facial oil if your skin allows it. If you’re somebody who has oily to combination skin, try using a facial oil only on the high points of your face like you use a makeup highlighter. Place a few drops of an oil on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupid bow and dab it all in for that glistening effect.
Lip care has a special place in Korean beauty because pink petals-like delicate lips are the USP of Korean stars. To achieve that look, start by applying your favourite lip balm or even ghee from your kitchen pantry. Rub and massage it in. Now, using a wet towel, rub your lips in circular motions to remove all the dead skin around your mouth area. Apply a beetroot tint in the centre of your lips and seal with lip butter.
With these skincare steps followed carefully, you can officially achieve a glass-like flawless skin!
However, no matter how badly we want our skin to behave, it breaks out, stays textured and looks faded sometimes. Well, skin is supposed to look like skin- a protective layer on your body! Do not fall for the retouched photos you see on social media and compare your skin with it. Always remember, beauty is personal. You can define it as you like.
Following a good skincare routine, drinking enough water, applying sunscreen and eating a nutritious diet is proven to work wonders on your skin!