Beauty Skincare

Get That Glass Effect

After introducing innovative skincare routines like double cleansing and products like sheet masks, K-Beauty has once again taken the world of beauty by storm with its ‘glass skin’ trend.

Isn’t it true that the only thing we adults envy little babies for is their supple, tender and translucent skin? How much we all want to get back to that age just to get crystal clear and problem-free skin again. Well, only because it’s impossible to rewind age, the Koreans have devised a way to get that baby-like skin and oras it’s now termed, ‘glass skin’.

The glass skin effect can’t be achieved overnight and is a continuous process of following a strategic skincare routine.

Don’t you love your look when you put that glossy highlighter on the high points of your face and it shines like gold? We are all fans of such a dewy skin look. The idea of glass skin is basically caring for your skin in a way that it naturally shines and glows as if you’ve put tons of highlighter on—the skin that’s clear like glass, almost pore-less, dewy and baby soft.

The glass skin effect can’t be achieved overnight and is a continuous process of following a strategic skincare routine. It’s all about cleansing and layering skin with hydrating products which help create an appearance of glowing skin and then gradually layering make-up products like foundation and correctors to the bare minimum. Therefore, it’s important to be patient while waiting for the desired results. “Glass skin is a fancy name for flawless radiant skin which looks so smooth and pore-less that it feels like baby skin,” says Aakriti Kochar, make-up expert. “The name started getting popular with a multistep skincare technique starting from exfoliating, toning, serum, face oils and so on. These steps prepped such a smooth and glowing skin that it looked almost glass-like. This term then evolved in make-up as well, where one follows a step by step procedure for flawless and lightreflecting skin,” she adds.

The most popular skincare regime for glass like skin includes—makeup removing using gentle and moisturising wipes, followed by cleansing using a hydrating cleanser which doesn’t dry out the skin, alternate day exfoliation (depending on the skin type and weather conditions), use of hydrating serum (preferably with hyaluronic acid as one of the ingredients), a lightweight moisturiser, skin corrector, concealer and foundation, and a final layer of glow-boosting highlighter. “If the skin is prepped well with this intensive skincare routine, one ends up using lesser foundation and concealers. Post that (before using a loose powder), use a cream highlighter on the high points of your face to reflect light. Use powder only on areas where highlighter hasn’t been used,” explains Kochar.

To make skin healthier, products like face mists, sheet masks and face oils can also be included periodically in your skincare regimen. These products boost glow and keep skin hydrated to help the make-up products glide and sit smoothly on to the skin, making it look problem-free and translucent. “What makes me encourage this trend is that it’s a useful way of applying less product and still making the skin shine 10 times more than usual,” says Kochar. However, you must know that you will have to adjust your routine depending on your skin type and conditions. Pay attention to how your skin reacts while using products and following these steps so as to alter it according to your skin.

Though there are make-up artists and experts who are not much in favour of over-highlighting, glass skin comes as a relief to them as who would mind skin that’s healthy and naturally glowing. So, all we are saying here that rather than exposing your skin to multiple make-up products to achieve a finish that looks made-up, invest your time in a skin-benefitting routine and products.