Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable?

Recently there has been a trend away from retouching magazine images within an inch of their lives; in fact quite a few publications have promoted makeup and natural (non-retouched) images. However perfect beauty and perfect skin is still something of a holy grail in the industry. People want that naturally; rather than seeing their image altered in an untruthful way. Glass Skin is the latest Korean beauty trend. What is it and is it really achievable? 

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable?

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable?

Set to Glow is all about being honest and only promoting things that actually work. My Instagram followers really love my honest reviews. Just recently I wrote about the Korean Skincare products I know and love in Dr Jart+ and Korean SkincareThe post was mainly about the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine and what products you can use to achieve it. A normal routine in a western country involves a cleanser, exfoliator, hydrating serum, moisturiser and sunscreen. We're not really big on toners. You can see this if you search on google trends in Australia for example. Korean skincare focuses on one issue per step. It's a different approach; however most of the people that commented on my post said they don't really need so many steps and find using too many products annoying. Although; like me, lots of people had favourite Korean products...

What is the Glass Skin Trend?

Glass Skin is the fancy name for clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin. Ellie Choi has posted about her skin on social media and people are saying that it looks literally poreless and dewy, just like a newborn baby's. One magazine says "Seriously, her complexion is as crystal clear as glass, and her skin has that natural glow to it that is similar to when I wear tons of liquid, wet-looking highlighter." And it does look a lot clearer than mine, I agree. Because she is younger, whiter and has naturally clear skin without freckles...

So how does Choi achieve her poreless glass skin? First she removes makeup with a cleansing wipes, then she cleanses twice with basic cleansers (Cetaphil and Kiehl's). She then tones her skin with another basic product Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3. She then moisturises with a Cetaphil moisturiser - she says she uses quite a bit. She masks using Skinfood's Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask and also sometimes uses a sheet mask. Am I the only one that sees nothing out of the ordinary here? There is nothing in this routine that would actually give anyone glass skin...

I was reading an article on her routine and getting a bit angry when I came to the last paragraph about healthy eating and drinking water. "For me, eating fried and greasy foods affects my skin," she wrote. "Make sure to drink tons of water daily! Eat more [fruit and vegetable emojis]." This totally makes sense and is the basis of one of my posts about anti-inflammatory eating - The Link Between Diet and Skin Health. I thought finally, were now talking some sense.

Firstly, the products Choi uses are nothing out of the ordinary. She doesn't use any active products and she also doesn't talk about going to get laser or microdermabrasion facials. The Korean 10 Step Skincare Routine has a step built in there for exfoliating. Even if you have sensitive skin exfoliating is important. There is no real exfoliating step in Choi's routine.

Step 3: Exfoliator. Notice I say exfoliate before tone? If you have sensitive skin you should keep the exfoliating to a minimum, but keep in mind that exfoliating at least twice a week is crucial for clear, polished skin. Sloughing off dead skin cells makes sure the rest of your skin care products sink in and do what they are supposed to do. I prefer chemical exfoliators and I have a whole blog post dedicated to the subject here: Chemical Exfoliants: AHA vs BHA.

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable? Healthy Eating?

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable? Healthy Eating?

Choi is an attractive girl and I have to say the way her skin looks isn't down to what products she uses; it is mostly because of her healthy eating philosophy and a good dose of genetics. For those of you like me who have skin issues and have struggled with teenage acne, adult acne and illness. Skin like this is unachievable. I have naturally freckle prone skin and I will never have skin like this. None of the articles focus on this. This Glass Skin trend is pretty silly... Why is there a trend towards natural and retouch-free photos when we write about Glass Skin on the other hand?

I feel like I would like to promote a healthy diet and skincare routine that gives YOU the best skin YOU can have. Be your best self because you feel better and more healthy that way. Not because you want perfect Glass Skin that you may not be able to achieve because you had pustular acne as a teenager.

What do you think of the Glass Skin Trend? What products do you think would help towards achieving great skin? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you!

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable with Just Products?

Glass Skin; The Latest Korean Beauty Trend. It is Achievable with Just Products?

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