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How To Get Glass Skin: A Detailed Step Wise Guide

The obsession with glass skin is real, and much-deserved. It’s one Korean skincare trend that is refusing to fizzle out, and we’re much too happy about it. Reason? It pushes for healthy skin, which is lit from within, and not one that jumps from a highlighter bottle. Korean skincare is built on the philosophy that an overall healthy skin can eliminate a lot of skin issues even before they spring up. Which is why the Korean glass skin trend is only an extension of this preventative skincare philosophy. 

The aim is not to live upto some ridiculous beauty standard of having perfect skin, but, to embrace what you have, and make it better, healthier. And no matter what your skin type or concern is, glass skin is very much achievable if you pick products and be consistent with a routine that works for your skin.

Here we have broken down all the steps that lead to the much-sought-after glass skin. But before that…

1. What is glass skin exactly? 

glass skinWhy not glowing skin? Why not dewy skin? Why is glass skin called ‘glass skin’? Because this routine takes your skin to its optimum level – a skin that is even toned, has minimal texture and is much hydrated – to the extent that it almost reflects light. Which is why, glass skin. Although, it does require some amount of work to reach there, X steps to be precise. Although, if your lifestyle or preference does not make it practical, here’s a way to achieve glass skin in lesser steps

Without further ado, let’s dive right in! 

2. How to get Korean glass skin

Three things you should know about glass skin: 

  1. You cannot achieve it overnight. 
  2. Your diet matters as much as your skincare products 
  3. Do not overdo it with too many actives or acids

Drenching your skin in A LOT of moisture is how you approach glass skin, and here’s how you do it. 

Step 1: Oil Cleansing 

Quench Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing BalmThe world thought they knew cleansing, who can go wrong with the basics of skincare, right? But Koreans showed us how to do it the right way. Not cleansing but double cleansing is how you rid your face of every ounce of gunk and makeup, while also giving your skin a dose of nutrients. Using an oil-based cleanser will breakdown tough makeup, and pull out impurities from the pores that a simple face wash cannot. Side by side, it will also deliver skin-loving nourishing ingredients that make skin smooth and bouncy. Work it well on your face and neck for a couple minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.

Try double cleansing with this Quench products: 

Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing Balm MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types 

Step 2: Foam Cleansing

Quench face washesAs great as oil cleansing is for the skin, it also leaves a tinge of grease, obviously. So, follow it up with a foam cleansing, to remove any left bit of grit as well as the little greasiness from the oil-based cleansing balm. This step makes your face squeaky cleans, and creates the perfect canvas for the next skincare products to glide on. Although, keep in mind to not use a cleanser with harsh chemicals, you do not want to strip your face dry. 

Quench products to try: 

Yuzu Fine Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash MRP: ₹499

Suits: All skin types 

Matcha Better Skin Detox Gel Face Wash MRP: ₹449

Suits: Oily, combination and acne-prone skin 

Step 3: Exfoliate 

Quench exfoliatorsThe smoother your skin, the glossier it will be. Which is why exfoliation is a huge, non-negotiable part of a glass skin routine. Using chemical exfoliators that contain AHAs or BHAs will slough off dead skin cells, clear pores and give you visibly radiant and smoother skin. Do not overdo this step, use an exfoliator once or a maximum twice a week, and no more! Overdoing it will only irritate your skin and damage the skin’s protective barrier. 

Quench products you will love: 

Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types

Yuzu Fine 2-In-1 Vitamin C Scrub And Clay Mask MRP: ₹499 

Suits: All skin types 

Step 4: Toner 

Quench tonersA toner acts as a stabilizer for the skin. It balances the skin’s pH level as well as floods your skin with bouts of hydration. This might seem wacky, but by the books you must layer your toner, not twice or thrice but seven times to saturate your skin with moisture. Take 3-4 drops of the toner on your fingers and pat it into the skin, repeat this for seven times, ensuring that the product is seeping into the skin, and not sliding off. Go slow with this step. Depending on your skin type, use a toner that targets your skin concerns. Below are Quench recommendations. 

Matcha Better Pore Clearing Skin Tonic MRP: ₹699

Suits: Oily, combination, acne-prone skin.

Yuzu Fine Vitamin C Brightening Toner  MRP: ₹449

Suits: All skin types

Step 5: Essence 

Quench essenceEssence is so essential! This revolutionary product addresses skin concerns along with deeply hydrating your skin. But that is what a serum is supposed to do, right? Yes, but also no. The consistency of essence is much lighter, almost water-like, which allows it to reach the deeper layers of the skin that serums mostly cannot. Just like you apply a toner, take some essence on your fingers and then pat it into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Post this step, you will notice that your skin has started glowing and reflecting

Quench products to try: 

Mon Cherry Intense Brightening Essence MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types.

Mama Cica Intense Oil Control Essence MRP: ₹699

Suits: Oily, combination, acne-prone skin. 

Step 6: Serum 

Quench serumsDid we mention that hydrated skin is the way to achieve glass skin? We think we did. Using a hydrating serum is the hero step of the routine, as it floods your skin with moisture, essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. A serum is also your treatment step, so pick one that targets your skin concerns – be it acne, pigmentation of dull skin as well as hydrates your skin. These are concentrated, action-oriented bottles of elixir that seep into the skin and fix your skin woes at a cellular level. 

Multi-tasking Quench serums: 

Mama Cica Dark Spot Correcting Ampoule MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types

Birch Please Skin Soothing Clarifying Serum MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types

Bravocado Intense Brightening Serum MRP: ₹699

Suits: All skin types

Step 7: Sheet Masks 

Quench sheet masksSheet masks are the most indulgent way to pamper your skin. Just 15 minutes, and your skin looks and feels much better. Along with flooding your skin with water, these also rejuvenate and provide a quiet, soothing ritual of relaxation. These are the heart and soul of Korean skincare, and a routine without them, would not qualify. Pre-soaked in essence or serum, they improve skin’s barrier as well as make it glow! Use this once or a maximum of twice every week, and you’ll never look back! 

Soothing sheet masks from Quench: 

Birch Please Sheet Mask For Intense Hydration MRP: ₹149

Suits: All skin types.

Mon Cherry Sheet Mask For Bright And Clear Skin MRP: ₹149 

Suits: All skin types. 

Step 8: Eye Cream 

Quench eye creamWhile hydration is the goal, and you’re at it, do not forget about your under eyes. It’s much more delicate than the rest of your face and deserves special care and attention. Keeping your under eyes firm and healthy adds to the overall health of your skin, as well as prevents dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines at bay. A good eye cream will make your eyes look well-rested, even when you’re not. It’s one tiny step that is truly a game-changer. 

Quench eye products to try: 

Mama Cica Dark Circle Fading Under Eye Cream MRP: ₹499

Suits: All skin types. 

Yuzu Fine Revitalizing Under Eye Gel MRP: ₹399

Suits: All skin types. 

Step 9: Moisturizer 

Quench moisturizersThe MVP of hydration, this step is a no-brainer. It comes in so many forms – creams, gels, lotions, emulsions, and even sleeping masks, but all of them essentially do the same thing – deeply moisturize and plump skin. A pea-sized amount of this product goes a long way in preventing fine lines, acne, excess oil, and of course dryness. Just like soul mates, there is one moisturize made for every skin type and concern, all you have to do is confirm your skin type and you’ll find your true-moisture-match! By this stage, you notice the glass skin radiance shining through! 

Quench moisturizers that suit every skin type: 

Mon Cherry Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel MRP: ₹599

Suits: All skin types.

Chialeader Oil Control Moisturizer MRP: ₹599

Suits: Oily, combination, acne-prone skin.

Bravocado Skin Repair Sleeping Mask MRP: ₹599 

Suits: All skin types. 

Step 10: SPF 

Quench Bravocado SPF 50+ PA++++ Sunscreen GelThe best is usually saved for the last, right? In skincare it is always sun protection. This step is, and will always remain at the crux of skincare, because without it all your efforts go down the drain. You already know why it is essential – prevents early signs of ageing, sun spots, tanning, and even skin cancer. So, do not skimp on wearing SPF, even if you are indoors. It not just protects your skin from sun damage but also keeps your skin in its optimum health. Just make sure to pick a broad spectrum, non-comedogenic sunscreen. 

Also, it’s better to pick a gel-based sunscreen for this routine, as it adds to the glow. 

Quench glow-giving sunscreen to try: 

Bravocado SPF 50+ PA++++ Sunscreen Gel MRP: ₹649

Suits: All skin types. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Is it important to follow all 10 steps to get glass skin? 
  2. If you want to go the textbook way then yes. But, if you prefer something less complicated, then you can also customize the routine to minus the steps that feel redundant. Although, the results may vary according to skin type. 
  3. How to get Korean glass skin without using Korean skincare products? 
  4. You need not use Korean skincare products to get Korean glass skin. All you need is the right formulation and ingredients that add glow as well as improve your skin’s health. Which is where Quench comes into picture – products that are made in Korea and customized to suit the Indian weather and skin. 
  5. How to get glass skin in 5 steps? 
  6. If you want to cut-down the 10-step routine, then here’s how you can get glass skin in 5 steps. Start with double cleansing > essence > serum > moisturizer > SPF. Using this skincare routine everyday will improve skin health and make it glossy! 

Let your daily skincare routine help you climb the ladder towards a healthier and glossier skin! 

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