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What is Glass Skin and How Do You Get It?

It’s been more than a minute since the Korean beauty craze introduced us to sheet masks, layered skincare routines, and double cleansing. Now we have a staple Kbeauty term to add to our lexicon: glass skin. And you don’t need to drench your face in snail slime or layer 11 different products to get it. Our step-by-step glass skin routine will help you get to glassy, poreless perfection using science-backed beauty products in less than 5 minutes a day.

What is Glass Skin?

Glass skin is dewy, pore-free and flawless. In fact, the term “glass skin” is a direct translation of the Korean phrase “yuri pibu,” which references the Korean ideal of crystal-clear, translucent, luminous skin. All of these adjectives describe your skin at its healthiest, which is what we’re about!

How Do You Get Glass Skin? 

While there’s no single agreed-upon way to get glass skin, the key to achieving a flawless skin texture is to be unrelentingly consistent in your skincare routine while incorporating gentle ingredients that hydrate and refine uneven texture. Like other trends such as skin flooding and glazed donut skin, glass skin also relies heavily on hydration and nourishment to smooth and plump while creating the luminous, almost reflective finish that’s synonymous with the trend.

Copper Peptide Plumping Serum

A Step-by-Step Glass Skin Routine

1. Start with a Gentle Double Cleanse

Remove makeup and deep clean your pores with a gentle, hydrating double cleanse. Why use two different cleansers? For the same reason you sweep or vacuum before mopping.  You need to remove debris to avoid pushing it around while you cleanse. Otherwise, you won’t get the crystal-clear skin you’re after.

Start by massaging our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil into dry skin to dissolve makeup and impurities. As you rinse with water, the oil transforms into a gentle milky cleanser, leaving your face clean and hydrated. 

Pores stretch when they fill with your skin’s naturally-occurring sebum, making them appear larger. And if sebum and impurities are allowed to linger, the top layer of debris can oxidize, causing blackheads. Use our Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser as the second step in your double cleanse to powerfully deep-clean your pores without overstripping while also minimizing redness and irritation.

2. Balance with a Pore-Refining Toner

Prepare your skin to receive moisture while dramatically improving the look of uneven texture and enlarged pores with our BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner. Our alcohol-free toner uses white willowbark extract to gently but powerfully exfoliate and decongest pores. Meanwhile, caviar lime extract works its alpha hydroxy magic to gently exfoliate dead cells from the surface of your skin. All this happens without over-stripping thanks to our sugarcane-derived squalane, which balances the skin and leaves it smooth and hydrated. 

3. Quench Skin with a Hydrating Serum

Massage a dropper full of our Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum into your face and neck as the third step in your glass skin routine. Fans of our bestselling serum call it “nature’s Botox”  for its ability to instantly plump and quenche thanks in part to the water-binding properties of ectoin. We’ve paired this powerful, protective hydrator with our rapid plumping complex to deliver instant, long-lasting hydration alongside a dramatic improvement in elasticity thanks to copper peptides. Our groundbreaking superingredient, squalane delivers skin-plumping, elasticity-boosting ingredients 40x deeper for increased and lasting efficacy.  

4. Smooth and Plump Your Undereye Area

The skin in your undereye area is thinner than the rest of your face, meaning it can become crepey and dehydrated more easily. Drench this delicate area in all-day moisture with our bestselling Marine Algae Eye Cream. Our award-winning eye cream combines the power of marine algae peptides and paracress extract with our superhero squalane to instantly lift and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering deep hydration to visibly smooth the undereye area.

5. Support Your Skin Barrier with a Nourishing Moisturizer

A healthy moisture barrier is the key not maintaining hydration while keeping redness and irritation at bay. Our award-winning Omega Repair Cream is renowned for its ability to moisturize, soothe, and protect skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Its ultra-nourishing blend of ceramides, beneficial lipids, and sugarcane-derived squalane mimics the moisture naturally found in your skin to boost barrier function while visibly improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Lock in Moisture and Add Glow

Glass skin is so dewy it’s almost reflective. Rely on skincare—not highlighter, which can call attention to uneven texture —to achieve this next-level glow. 

Our cult favorite Vitamin C Rose Oil is your glass skin go-to for bright, luminous skin. Our science-backed formula features an innovative form of oil-soluble Vitamin C that’s uniquely stable and incredibly gentle. Use it as the final step in your glass skin routine to brighten and moisturize while sealing in active ingredients and getting that glass skin glow.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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