The best way to perfect skin may well have been discovered. The latest Korean beauty trend, called “glass skin”, will make yours look clear and luminous. With its amazing results, it’s no wonder this technique is taking over the social media.
The person responsible for launching the skin care routine that has taken the Internet by storm is Ellie Choi, an aspiring makeup artist from Los Angeles, who shared the secret behind her perfect skin on social media. Her tweets are gaining extreme popularity on Instagram of all places, with most of them gathering more than 20,000 likes. It’s hardly a surprise when you look at the accompanying pictures. Choi’s skin looks flawless, like a newborn’s: crystal clear, poreless, and dewy complexion with a natural glow that you can only come close to achieving by using a ton of liquid, wet-looking highlighter.
In the series of tweets in which she revealed her routine, Choi announces that she has a skin that’s “oily in T-zone and dry around her]cheeks.” The first step is the same as it is in any good skin-care routine: cleaning.
Choi uses the Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes to remove her makeup every night. Next, she uses one of two cleansers to wash her face. The less expensive choice is Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser, which costs about $7. The other option is the $19.50 Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. Both of them are excellent choices, which will remove every last speck of makeup and grime from your face without drying your skin.
When she is done with washing her face, Choi moves on to toner. She uses the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 to “remove any remaining dirt and oil for that extra clean.” Lots of people skip the toning because they fear it will dehydrate their skin, but that doesn’t have to be true, as toning, when done properly, is just another way to nourish the skin. Sarah Lee, who co-founded Glow Recipe, calls herself a “toner addict.” “The idea is to thoroughly cleanse and clarify via your double cleanse, then use a toner as the first leave-on step that hydrates and treats,” she recently told Allure.
After toning, Choi applies a “decent amount” of moisturizer to keep her skin hydrated. Her two favorite products are Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream and Wonjin Effects’ Water Bomb Cream. If you have oily skin, then the second option is the one for you.
Every other day, after cleansing, Choi adds one more step to the routine: exfoliating. She uses the Skinfood’s Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask, which helps her with her “healthy, natural glow.” The sugar and strawberries contained in this product are excellent for removing the dead skin cells and restoring your skin’s shine. Once or twice a week, Choi uses a sheet mask from K-beauty brand Innisfree, which costs about $1,80.
Choi finishes up with a recommendation to follow a healthier diet: “For me, eating fried and greasy foods affects my skin,” she wrote. “Make sure to drink tons of water daily! Eat more fruits and vegetables.” You can’t go wrong with eating more greens and drinking more water, just keep in mind that water isn’t as magical as people believe. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center once told Allure that “Drinking six to eight glasses of water does not hydrate the skin from within. Drinking water is essential for overall health, but it has very little to do with the level of skin hydration.”
All in all, Choi has given us wonderful advice. Following her routine is really simple, and the results are undeniably stunning. A perfectly clear skin has never been easier to achieve.