3 Steps To Glassy Skin

What's the hallmark of Korean beauty? That quintessiantial glow that gives the skin a radiance that looks bouncy to the touch, of course! We've previously touched on the glass skin method, but today, we'll be going in a little more in depth with the products and techniques you could use to achieve that glossy dewy complexion. Here's how to get that glow in just 3 steps!

Step 1: Toner/ Skin
Skin's are a little different to toners: they have added hydrating ingredients that are great for the skin. Not usually used as an astringent, these thicker toners are usually patted into the skin instead of wiping on with a cotton pad. To really give the skin an added hydration boost, we've picked a thicker, slightly gel-like toner to do the job. We've used the 7 Skin method and patted it into the skin seven times, layer upon layer. The trick to this method is to ensure that each layer is properly absorbed into the skin before starting on the next layer. Slightly tedious, but the results really do shine for themselves. We used Innerface's Essence Toner that's made with Jeju-oxygenated water (it's rich in minerals like calcium, sodium and magnesium to give the skin a health boost), but you can try other skins like The Face Shop's Rice Ceramide Moisture Toner and Onsaemeein's Perfect Moisture Toner.

Step 2: Essence
Step two of this regime involves a rich and nourishing essence. You'll want to pick one that's got superb moisturizing powers, but is easily absorbed into the skin to avoid stickiness. For this, we used Beuins' Water & Oil blending Essence that has a dual-phase formula reminiscent of your favorite makeup remover. When absorbed in, the skin feels bouncy to the touch without feeling oily, making it great for layering in between products. Picking richer essences geared towards dry skin types like Guerrison's Complex 9 Essence and AQUTOP's Youth Control Treatment Nibs Essence would work great for this step too.

Step 3: Cream
To seal in all that moisture, we've selected a nourishing cream that doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Daily Skin's Blue Lotus Curious Cream has gotten us really curious: what is in this cream that makes our skin feel so good? It has a dense but non-sticky texture that feels almost balmy on the skin while still leaving a delightful sheen on the skin. Smoothing a cream as the last step onto the skin seals in all the goodness and ensures it stays locked in throughout the day, and if you can't get your hands on the one we mentioned above, try out these nourishing creams instead: Skin & Lab's Red Cream and Nature Republic's Super Aqua Max Cream.

There's no denying that the skin's left looking radiant, glowy and plump after this regime. Our little duckling looks gorgeous with "chok chok" glass skin, no? We love this (relatively) short regime that incorporates and condenses the benefits of the K-beauty routine. All of the products mentioned above and others amazing ones can be found on Althea's site. What would some of your favorite product picks to try out this 3 steps? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a magical day!

Althea's Mermaid

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