What Is Glass Skin and How to Achieve It

What Is Glass Skin?
Glass skin is a term for exceptionally smooth, even-toned and lustrous skin that’s so flawless it has the appearance of glass. It’s simply a clear and elegant way of describing a certain type of enviable complexion like its predecessor – “dewy” skin. Glass skin aims for an intensely moisturized skin that gives off an almost transparent complexion and a very youthful, lit-from-within glow.

While some skincare trends are focused on particular products that promise instant visible results, achieving glass skin requires a multi-dimensional approach. The skin’s surface must be extremely smooth, without bumps or rough texture. The skin has to be moist and have a lustrous appearance that catches and reflects light and the skin should look plump and firm.

Achieving this coveted dream-like visage requires a consistent skincare routine consisting of a cleanser, toner, serum, exfoliator and a hydrating moisturizer. K-beauty staples like toners, essences and sheet masks are the most effective hydration.

Step 1: Double Cleanse
A clean canvas is a must when it comes to your skincare routine, especially at night when your face has collected all that dirt, grease and makeup residue. Start with a cleansing oil or micellar water for your first cleanse, then follow with a gentle foam wash or cream cleanser.

Try: PIXY Glowssentials Light Radiance Mulberry Infused Micellar Water

Step 2: Exfoliate
We can’t talk about clear and smooth skin without mentioning exfoliation. Whether using a physical exfoliator (such as crushed walnut or gentle jojoba beads) or a chemical type (like glycolic or lactic acid), this step will slough away dead skin cells that dull skin and clog pores. Two to three times weekly is ideal to avoid irritations, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Try: PIXY Glowssentials Pollution Off Clay + Scrub Mask

Step 3: Tone
Traditional toners are often ignored because some find them to be too drying, but with PIXY skincare, they take on an entirely different role. Our toners are formulated with refreshing and moisture-enhancing ingredients (like superfruit extracts, vitamins B5 & E). Not only to restore the skin’s pH levels but also to provide base hydration and allow better absorption of oncoming products.

Try: PIXY Glowssentials Vitamin Infused Face Mist

Step 4: Add an essence
Essences, the less-concentrated relatives of serums, tend to be more lightweight and watery in consistency. Like targeted treatments, they’re formulated to address skin concerns like dryness and redness but with the added purpose of delivering mega moisture and hydration.

Try: PIXY White Aqua Hydra Moist Essence

Step 5: Moisturizing 
Moisturizing is a no-brainer in any skincare routine, but when you’re aiming for that luminescent look, you’ll want to reach for one that is lightweight yet packs maximum moisture. Look for nourishing botanical extracts, powerful hydration and antioxidants.

Try: PIXY Glowssentials Light Radiance Tone & Bright Cream

Step 6: Use SPF (daytime only)
Without skin that’s protected from the sun’s rays, consider your glass skin dreams positively dashed. This is because no matter how many steps you have in your skincare regimen, put simply: Skin that’s weathered from UV rays won’t shine. SPF is a year-round must. 

Try: PIXY Glowssentials Pollution Off Sunshield Daily Moisturizer

Weekly extra: Sheet Mask
A skincare step where you have no choice but to kick back and relax for a while—what’s not to love? Add to that, they also happen to be the easiest way to soothe the skin, repair damage and lock in and replenish moisture. Within 10-20 minutes, you can enjoy healthier skin and a brightened complexion to boot. We’d recommend doing this 2-3 times per week. 

Try: PIXY White Aqua Serum Sheet Mask

Those #glassskin photos on your feed may motivate you to hop on this beauty trend, but it’s important to remember that there is no shortcut to achieving flawless-looking skin. And if there’s one thing that skincare trends have taught us, it requires consistency and commitment to your skin care regimen.