Korean brands like Peach and Lily pioneered the glass skin trend, which is when the skin is so hydrated, smooth, and supple it looks like glass. However, what if we have textured skin? Well, Cassandra has put together a comprehensive list of products that form a PM glass, skincare routine for textured skin.
The very first step to a PM glass skin skincare routine is the cleanser. Although glass skin routines often recommend people to double cleanse, this is something that Cassandra doesn’t actually think you have to do. For one thing, a glass skin routine is normally accompanied with very light, minimal makeup or no makeup at all. One normally double cleanses after trying to remove heavy makeup and sunscreen. So, even though some glass skin routines recommend a double cleanse, keeping it simple is better.
When it comes to cleansing, we don’t want to overly strip the skin, and if we do have texture or acne, we need to use a cleanser that’s going to help us with those issues, not make us oily. A lot of glass skin cleansers only offer oil and hydration whereas someone with acne or blemishes might need a little something extra.
Step #1: Cleanse
ISNtree Sensitive Balancing Bubble Foam - $8.70
This is one of Cassandra’s favorites, especially if you’re on a budget. It deals with little things like acne or hyperpigmentation. It’s a slightly acidic bubble foam cleanser, and it cleans the skin without stripping. This products is made for sensitive skin, and it really preps the skin for the other products you’ll use. If you have rosacea, redness, prone to acne, or pigmentation, this one is beautiful, and it really helps to bring your skin back into balance.
Although this is a foaming cleanser, it doesn’t strip, and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry because that’s the opposite of a glass skin aesthetic. This cleanser really preps the skin for absorbing the next products that will be applied. The Bubble Foaming Cleanser is also excellent oil and combination skin. On the other hand, if you have slightly more mature skin, and you’re worried about fine lines, wrinkles, or rosacea, Cassandra would actually recommend Dr. Sam’s cleanser.
Dr. Sam's Cleanser (Option #2) - $22
Dr. Sam’s cleanser is so amazing. It’s so luxurious and more of a hydrating formula, and it’s excellent for adults who break out. If you are a little more on the dry and combination side, you might want to go with the foaming one though. But, for Cassandra, this is the perfect start cleanser to start a glass skin routine.
Step #2: Tone
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner - $19
Then, we have to talk about toners and essences. Cassandra doesn’t recommend toners because they are meant to tone or balance the skin, but you balance the skin anyways when you use a sensitive cleanser. The cleansers previously listed balances out the skin so well that Cassandra thinks we don’t need a toner. At the same time though, we still want that hydration. and bounce. Likewise, there is no better toner that Cassandra knows of compared to the Pyukang Yul Essence Toner. This is like liquid grape jelly or a thick water on your face. The ingredients are so simple, and they are so lovely to the skin. They absorbs phenomenally, and the penetration of this product is unparalleled. It’s a non-irritating formula as well. So, if you have super sensitive skin, a breakout, or a bad sunburn, this is something that’s truly safe to use on the skin. Cassandra also loves this because it works with the Peach and Lily Glass serum.
Step #3: Serum
Peach & Lily Glass Refining Serum - $49
This is a hyaluronic, niacinamide, maddecassoide, and peptide complex that helps with hyperpigmentation, unevenness, and dullness. It helps give the skin a supple look, and the hyaluronic acid helps to keep the hydrates the skin overnight for a bouncy and soft look.
Step #5: Moisturize
SLMD Lee MD Dream on Night Cream -$47
This one is great to use at night. It’s a nighttime retinol cream that’s not overly irritating. This feels bouncy, and it’s wonderful to wear overnight because it gives the retinol a chance to penetrate. Retinoids are not always photostable, and that means you can’t wear them out in the sunshine. Unless they are stabilized properly, they can degrade. So, retinoids are best used at night.
Likewise, while retinol can cause irritation, this formula contains a very gentle retinol. It doesn’t cause irritation, and because it’s put inside of this night cream, it’s like a bouncy, pillowy cushion on the skin that absorbs well. This works over night to give you glowy skin in the morning.
However, the glow is not from exfoliation. Retinoids help with acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines by speeding upskin cell turnover. They thicken the deeper layers of the skin, and that’s why it’s so important toexfoliate along with sunscreen.
Slo-brew Geologist Clay Pack (Option #2) -$68
A lot of glass skin routines say that you should sheet mask, but sheet masks are literally a serum. So, if you want an actual mask this one from Slo-Brew is great. It is an antioxidant, essence mask that helps to replenish, hydrate, unclog, and moisturize dull skin. It also helps to lessen the appearance of pores. This step could be especially helpful if you have very dry skin, and perhaps only use this 2-3 times a week.
Slow Brew is a line that creates their skincare slowly. They use cold processes, and they use a lot of fermentation. It is so thick, and this is what thirsty skin will love. Cassandra uses this for her oily skinbecause it doesn’t overly irritate. Cassandra really likes this for nighttime use, and you can wear it overnight.
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