The beaming glow that K-beauty is famous for has a name, and it's not dewy skin. Their 10-step routines are apparently designed to achieve something called "glass skin," which is basically glowing skin but bumped up to a whole other level.
"Glass skin is a skin ideal in Korea," Glow Recipe founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang tell Allure. "It means skin that looks clear, poreless, translucent, [and] luminous—like a piece of glass." Think skin that's so hydrated and dewy it catches the light on its own, an ultimate sign of youthfulness.
That said, the thing about glass skin is that even those with naturally good skin have to work their way up its glowing ladder. "It's not something you get overnight—it's consistent skin care that gives you that refined texture, the pinnacle of youthful skin," adds Alicia Yoon of Peach and Lily. In other words, you have to be a pro at layering your skin care to actually maintain it. No shortcuts! To start, here are products we love that will put you on the right track:
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Banila Co Ms. Flower & Mr. Honey Cream, P2300, TriNoma
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, P1400, Robinson's Galleria
COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P970, Beautymnl
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The Face Shop Yehwadam Pure Brightening Essence, SM Megamall
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Etude House I Need You Vita Complex Mask Sheet, P58, SM Mall of Asia