The Science and Secrets Behind Glass Skin


What is Glass Skin?


The quest for flawless, radiant skin has led to a skincare trend that has taken the beauty world by storm: Glass Skin. This trend, with roots in South Korea, is all about creating a complexion that is so flawless, radiant, and clear that it is virtually translucent, like glass. At the core of this trend, the main priority is hydration and natural ingredients. This article will walk you through the complexities of glass skin, offering insights, recommendations, and product recommendations of what it takes to acquire and maintain this ethereal glow. Glass skin is characterized by several key features:


  1.     Glowing: With the built-up moisture barrier, the skin appears vibrant, free of blemishes or imperfections
  2.   Hydration: The key to glass skin is hydration! This will ultimately give the skin a beautiful plump and dewy appearance.  
  3.     Silky Texture: Glass skin has a sleek and even texture, free of roughness and radiating youthfulness. 
  4.   Translucence: The skin has a luminous quality, with a subtle, natural sheen.


The Science Behind Glass Skin


To achieve glass skin, it’s important to know the proper skincare regimen and your own skin type. This all comes down to the science of skincare and knowing how the skin has a variety of complex factors play a part in its health. Some key elements include:


  1.     Anatomy


The skin is composed of three layers, the outermost layer being the epidermis. The epidermis plays a fundamental role in supporting skin health. Understanding our personal skin type and the products it needs to be healthy is crucial in designing a skin care routine. Glass skin is a trend that promotes the health of all skin types, because whether your skin classifies as oily, dry, etc. it will benefit from natural ingredients and proper care. The idea of glass skin promotes a thick, protective layer of moisture, which ultimately leaves the skin looking free of blemish or texture. 


  1.     Hydration


Proper hydration is at the core of achieving glassy, radiant skin. When the skin is properly moisturized, it appears plump and glowing. Dehydrated skin can result in a dull complexion and highlight fine lines and wrinkles. Glass skin relies on hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient found within the skin, is essential for maintaining moisturization. We recommend HA (Hyaluronic Acid) Immerse Serum by ALASTIN Skincare. 


  1.     Collagen and Elastin


Collagen and elastin are proteins that provide structure and elasticity to the skin. As we age, these protein levels decrease, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Maintaining healthy collagen and elastin levels is essential for smooth and youthful-looking skin. With an increase of collagen in the skin comes an increase of firmness, strength, and elasticity. To promote natural elastin production and maintenance, we recommend the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology by ALASTIN Skincare.



Skincare Routine for Glass Skin


Curating a skincare routine that is tailored to your skin type is the first step in achieving glass skin. Consistency is key when it comes to any skincare routine, but especially when achieving the glass skin look. Here is a basic outline of what that might look like:


  1.     Cleansing + Exfoliation


Begin with a gentle cleanser to remove surface level makeup, dirt, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Double cleansing, which involves using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser can be especially effective, depending on the individual’s skin type. 

Glass skin is described as a glossy and silky appearance. In order to achieve this, there should be an emphasis put on the use of moisturizers, but before doing so, it is essential to have a clean base with the use of cleanser.  


Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes cellular turnover, revealing fresh, radiant skin. Use a mild exfoliant, such as a chemical exfoliant containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation or dryness, so it’s important to exfoliate only as often as your skin can tolerate. We recommend a cleanser and exfoliant combination for this step: NEO CLEANSE Exfoliating Cleanser by NeoCutis. 


  1.     Hydration + Moisturization


Next, it is important to apply a hydrating serum or essence to boost moisture retention. A serum acts as a protectant for the skin from environmental stressors. A serum also brings in nutrients and antioxidants to the skin. Most importantly for the glass skin look, is the stimulation of collagen and preservation of elastin. 

To have the radiant, blemish-free look that comes with glass skin, you need a protectant from stressors such as UV damage or aging. We recommend using C-Radical Defense Antioxidant Serum by ALASTIN Skincare. 


Next, an essential step in achieving glass skin is intense moisturization. Follow the serum with a moisturizer to lock in hydration. Reach for products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. It is especially important to be consistent with this step as this will ensure the glossy sheen of glass skin. Along with aiding in the achievement of glass skin, moisturizer promotes healthy skin that makes you look and feel younger. 


  1.     Sunscreen 


Sunscreen is a non-negotiable in any skincare routine, as it plays a  crucial role in the maintenance of healthy skin. Sunscreen offers a multitude of benefits beyond the common belief of solely sunburn protection. Without the protection of sunscreen, UV rays can cause sunburn, premature aging, and damage the skin’s barrier. Fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots are a direct result of UV radiation. To maximize the benefits, opt for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher and reapply throughout the day. 


UV rays can cause numerous skin problems, such as dark spots, pigmentation, and premature aging, all of which can outshine the glass skin effect. Sunscreen prevents the development of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, preserving the skin’s clarity and glow. By shielding your skin from sun damage, you’re maintaining its clarity, smoothness, and youthful shine, the core of the glass skin aesthetic. 


Glass Skin is Timeless


In the ever-changing beauty world where skincare trends come and go, the consistent lure of glass skin stands as a testimony to its everlasting beauty. Through this journey into the captivating trend of glass skin, we’ve uncovered the secrets and science behind it all. It’s not just about flawless perfection; it’s a reflection of self-care. The attraction to glass skin shows us that true beauty and glow comes from within – with a holistic approach to skincare. It’s about understanding the important combination of collagen, elastin, hydration, and protection that contributes to that desirable radiance.


In the end, the glass skin trend serves as a reminder that beauty isn’t defined by trends but by the confidence and self-love that radiate from within. This trend inspires us to invest in our skin’s well-being, understanding that the health of our complexion go hand in hand with our overall confidence. It empowers us to adopt skincare routines that honor our skin’s unique needs and reminds us that beauty is a journey, not a destination. 


Written by: Capri Darrus