If you have been scrolling through your social media and going down the rabbit hole of skincare recommendations and trends, most likely you have heard of "glass skincare." Glass skincare is a Korean Beauty term that refers to skin that is clear, pore-less, and luminous. Similar to a piece of glass.
So, what is the secret to achieving clear, glass skin? It's all about layering. Layering lightweight products in the correct order is essential for making the skin look and feel dewy and plump.
Where Did "Glass Skincare" Originate From?
Glass skincare originates from Korean beauty scenes and quickly gained popularity on social media. Regarding the differences between Korean and Western beauty products, K-beauty tends to focus on achieving plumper skin and ultra-hydration.
Whereas Western beauty tends to focus on targeting skin problems directly. For example, Western products, compared to Korean beauty products, target acne by drying out specific areas to shrink the blemishes.
Skincare Steps on Achieving Glass Skin
1. Double Cleansing
The first step is to double cleanse. Double cleansing means using an oil-based cleanser to break down any makeup, debris, and oil on the skin. Next, thoroughly wash the skin of leftover residue with a gentle, hydrating cleanser.
The best products for your skin are those that are cruelty-free and vegan. All the ingredients are 100% free of animal and animal by-products, making it clean and more animal conscious. Amazingly, Flora & Noor is halal-certified, Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free, and vegan! Halal-certified products and halal skincare means that the product is permissible for Muslim use.
Which Cleansers Are Best?
Flora & Noor has many products for all skin types and concerns, including three different cleansers! All three cleansers do not leave the skin feeling dry or tight. Instead, they work to hydrate the skin and soothe irritations without clogging pores.
The Rose Renewal Cleanser – gently dissolves and removes impurities on the skin while balancing the skin barrier with ceramides and peptides. In addition, this cleanser contains hyaluronic acid, rose water, rose extract, and aloe vera, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent aging signs.
Hydration Station Aloe + Green Tea Cleanser – balances skin tone, texture, and oil production. Furthermore, green tea and aloe vera treat acne, unclog pores, and soothe imbalanced skin. This cleanser is perfect for those with combination skin, oily skin, and clogged pores!
Boost & Brighten Vitamin C Cleanser – brightens skin tone with vitamin C, borage, Gotu Kola, and aloe vera. Also, this cleanser protects your skin from environmental stressors such as pollution, smoke, and UV rays. Gotu Kola and vitamin C help stimulate collagen production, thus renewing skin cells and making the skin supple and bouncy.
You only need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Over-exfoliating may lead to micro tears in the skin, allowing bacteria and dirt to get trapped underneath the skin's surface. Chemical exfoliants may be more effective if you have sensitive skin because there is less risk of over-exfoliating.
Moreover, exfoliating removes dead skin cells sitting on the skin, speeds cellular turnover, and leaves the skin looking and feeling brighter and smooth.
A great alternative to physical exfoliators without irritations is face masks. Flora & Noor's Radiance Mask Collection contains face masks that gently exfoliate the skin while targeting specific skin concerns. All three face masks have kaolin clay, removing excess oil without dehydrating the skin.
Flora & Noor's Exfoliating Face Masks
#NOFILTER Enzyme Mask – works to improve the appearance of dark spots and acne while brightening the skin. This face mask contains Gotu Kola, tamanu, reishi mushroom, and glycolic acid, which treats acne, stimulates collagen production and brightens the skin tone!
Berry Oxygen Mask with Glycolic Acid – soothes the skin and contains anti-aging benefits with glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and rosehip oil. In addition, this face mask gently exfoliates the skin with cranberry and blueberry pulp.
Earth & Ocean Acne Fighting Mask – as the name implies, this mask fights acne and blemishes while calming irritations and redness. Kaolin clay, kelp, and spirulina gently slough away dead skin cells and absorb excess sebum.
After cleansing (and exfoliating), toners are a significant step to hydrating and treating the skin. In Korean beauty, the purpose of toners is to balance the skin's pH levels after cleansing. Applying a toner helps the rest of the skincare steps work more effectively.
Furthermore, toners remove any impurities and debris the cleanser did not catch. Toners also help unclog pores and minimize the appearance of pores.
Vitamin C Resurfacing Toner – contains vitamin C, niacinamide, aloe vera, and licorice root, reducing wrinkles and fine lines while protecting the skin from free radicals. As stated above, vitamin C boosts collagen production, reducing blemishes and promoting supple skin.
Rose Renewal Toner – this toner soothes and calms the skin with rose water and rose extract. In addition, rose water prevents blackheads, whiteheads, and acne while hydrating the skin.
Serums effectively target specific skin concerns because they contain more ingredients than other skincare products. Regarding serums, it is essential to research which ingredients are safe to use together or if you should alternate products.
Flora & Noor products and ingredients are 100% vegan and natural, making them safe to use together without worrying about irritation and reactions.
Bright Side Vitamin C Serum – brightens, hydrates, and unclogs pores with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, Gotu Kola, and vitamin E. Moreover, this vitamin C serum fades hyperpigmentation and fine lines while nourishing skin cells with ultimate hydration.
Moisturizing is a crucial step in any routine. Why? Because it locks in all the previous skincare steps while providing hydration simultaneously! Flora & Noor carries two moisturizers perfect for morning and night, healing the skin and protecting your skin's barrier.
Super Glow Gel Moisturizer – this gel cream moisturizer contains a melting pot of vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice root, and calendula, working to reduce hyperpigmentation, protect against free radicals, stimulate collagen production, and is anti-inflammatory. It is best to apply this moisturizer in the mornings (before sunscreen, of course!)
Rose Renewal 24/7 Ceramide + Tri-Peptide Moisturizer – ceramides and tri-peptides help fortify and fix the skin's barrier. Furthermore, this moisturizer contains rose water, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and more to hydrate and soothe skin cells to retain moisture deeply. When the skin is appropriately hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles do not have a chance to settle into the skin. If you are looking for a moisturizer to 'lock' everything in place, this Rose Renewal 24/7 Ceramide + Tri-Peptide Moisturizer is perfect for applying at night to reduce aging signs overnight!
Can Anyone Adopt a "Glass Skincare" Routine?
Yes! Anyone can start their glass skincare routine to have supple, pore-less skin. As stated above, glass skincare focuses on profoundly hydrating the skin with nourishing ingredients and products. Thus, many glass skincare routines typically contain 5-10 steps depending on if it is a morning or night routine.
On the other hand, everyone's skin is different! Suppose you achieve clear and clean skin with 2 or 3 ingredients and are happy with the results. In that case, continue to do so. Glass skin and skincare is an increasingly popular trend, containing a few different treatments than Western skincare.