Photo: Instagram/Hyekyo Song

Been hearing about K-beauty glass skin and wondering what the hype is all about? That’s the type of skin that Korean actresses Hye-kyo Song and Young-ae Lee have. ‘Glass skin’ is defined as visibly poreless and luminous skin, with an even skin tone and texture – just like glass, says Dr Jae-Young Jeong, Dermatologist at Medicube Clinic. Glass skin is essentially supple, plump and translucent because it is well hydrated.

What does Dr Jeong think is the reason behind why glass skin is so sought after by women? He thinks it is because ‘glass skin’ has the characteristics of younger-looking skin – clear, supple, smooth and even toned without wrinkles. Naturally, wanting to maintain our youthful good looks as we age is an almost universal desire amongst most of us. What’s more radiant luminosity means you look more presentable, energetic and professional.

This is also seen in the type of complexion issues that he sees in the clinic, with 40 per cent going to him for acne and troubled skin; 30 per cent with skin texture considerations (sagging skin, wrinkles, open pores); and the remaining 30 per cent having skin colouration concerns (dark spots, hyperpigmentation, skin-brightening). Read on for more on this from Dr Jeong.


Top five skin tips to get glass skin?

Anyone can achieve glass skin by investing a little time and effort.

  1. Double cleansing method (first cleanse with an oil-based cleanser. Then cleanse once more with a water-based cleanser).
  2. Use moisturisers with high water and oil content where needed.
  3. Make sure to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, sun damage and hyperpigmentation caused by the sun. We recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30 for everyday protection. Even when you are at home.
  4. Try incorporating one sheet mask every day in your skincare routine – also known as the ‘1 Day, 1 Mask’ skincare. Look for sheet masks with ceramides, squalene, hyaluronic acid, rice bran oil, and macadamia oil which all help boost the skin’s hydration levels for plump and healthy skin.
  5. Weekly exfoliation to help with your skin’s cell turnover.

What are some common bad habits which prevent women from achieving glass skin?

Common bad habits include drinking alcohol and smoking, which accelerates skin aging. Skipping your nightly cleansing routine is also really bad for skin as makeup, impurities and dead skin cells that have accumulated during the day will clog pores and cause milia (tiny white bumps). Not using a serum and moisturiser before you go to bed. Between 10pm to 2am is when your skin cells are most actively regenerating and is therefore also the time when skincare products are best absorbed to help skin regeneration.

Common skin myths which are actually bad for skin?

Contrary to popular belief, frequent visits to the sauna, steaming your face or washing your face with hot water is not helpful. If you visit the sauna too often, the excessive heat and sweating can enlarge pores over time.

People think that spraying mist on your face will deliver moisture, but it actually wicks away more moisture from skin as the mist evaporates from the surface. As a result, skin feels drier and tighter. Make drinking enough water a habit instead in order to keep skin hydrated from inside out.

What is the quickest method to get glass skin?

Glass skin has a balanced oil-moisture level, and does not have dark spots. Regular laser treatments, rejuvenating injection treatments as well as professional facial and aesthetics treatments can achieve faster results compared to at-home skincare.

Are there any specific aesthetic procedures or laser treatments you recommend for this?

LDM (Local Dynamic Microwave) ultrasound technology is for rejuvenating firming and lifting treatment. The LDM ultrasound technology is a non-invasive treatment that plumps skin by encouraging collagen production which helps fortify the skin barrier. It is also effective in reducing and preventing redness and scarring. While the Nd-YAG laser treatment is effective for achieving clear and translucent skin.

Injection treatments can directly deliver the nourishing agents directly to the skin and as such can deliver results quickly. We often use a combination of rejuvenating injection treatments with hyaluronic acid and Rejuran Healer PDRN to improve the overall facial tone and texture while reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines.

What are your product recommendations that will help one achieve glass skin?

Cleansing properly, using a targeted spot treatment to even out skin tone, and finishing with a good moisturiser are the basic steps to achieving this.


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