Insiders of the Korean beauty world have a knack for giving unique names to describe their skincare routine. First came chok chok which meant 'damp' or 'moist' and symbolised a routine to get dewy skin. Then came kkul-gwang where 'kkul' meant honey and symbolised a routine to get honey-like skin. And now we have the glass skincare routine.
But it wasn't until last year---when the LA-based makeup artist Ellie Choi posted about it on her Instagram---that the term gained global popularity.
In her post, she shared her a skincare routine that has helped her get 'glass-like' pore-less and dewy skin.
This Girl's Glass Skincare Routine Is LIT!
Choi begins by announcing that she has a combination skin "oily in t-zone, dry around my cheeks," she writes. sFrom there, she dives straight into the first step of every skincare routine- cleansing.
Each night, Choi begins her skincare routine by first taking off her makeup with Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes (S$9.73). She doesn't stop there and that's probably what you're doing wrong.
Choi uses one more cleanser for deep cleaning. In her post she shared two of her favourite cleansers Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (S$15.80) and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser (S$35), the former being the affordable option.
With cleansing out of the way, Choi moves onto her next step, which is toning.
"I use Clinique toner after face wash to remove any remaining dirt and oil for that extra clean," she explains in her post (which she also tweeted out). Specifically, she uses the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 (S$31) for her toning step.
Toning is a crucial step in the Korean beauty skincare routine. However, many people often leave it out in the fear that it would leave the skin dehydrated. It's actually quite the opposite.
Sarah Lee, co-founder of Glow Recipe and a self-professed "toner addict," told Allure, "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."
And while we are at the subject of hydration, Choi's next step in her glass skincare routine involves moisturisation.
Choi reveals that she lathers on a "decent amount" of moisturiser once she is through with toning her skin.
Every other day, she states that she loves to exfoliate. "I like to exfoliate away dead skin. For that healthy natural glow, exfoliation is a must," she wrote. Her go-to exfoliator is the Skinfood's Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask (S$11) and rightly so.
Both strawberry and sugar are natural exfoliators and work well to slough away dead skin cells. This step is crucial in any Korean skincare routine and especially one if you want a glass-like skin. This is because exfoliation also deep cleans the pores making it easier for moisturisers and toners and sleeping masks to take proper effect when slathered on.
Choi ends her glass skincare routine with a bit of masking. She prefers the Korean brand Innisfree for her masking rituals that are carried out one or twice per week.
"Weekly I'll use one or two facial mask sheets to restore my skin's healthy natural glow," she wrote. She ends by advising her followers to drink a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water and include greens in their diet for better results.
And we couldn't agree more.
Irrespective of whether you want your skin to look dewy or glass-like, these basic steps are a roadmap to a flawless look. Now please excuse us while we overhaul our skin-care routine.