It’s not a new trend to follow what the South Koreans do best — beauty. Some may argue that South Korea’s biggest exports are KPop and KDramas, but here at ShopBack, we know better. From the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine to BB Creams, there are countless beauty trends and products that have made its way into our beauty repertoire. The latest in the long line of Korean beauty exports?

Glass skin.

In case you’re confused, we’re not saying that your skin will break after applying makeup to this effect. Glass skin means that your skin will shine as if you’re emanating an inner glow.

HERMO has an event happening from 1 Nov 2018 to 5 Nov 2018, and they’ve given us a list of their bestselling products. There’s as many as a hundred of them, but have no fear. I’ll look through them all and tell you exactly how to get that glass skin glow. (And you can get them all, with 2% cashback, using HERMO promos through ShopBack.)

  1. For Clear Skin, You First Need To Cleanse and Cleanse Again

Double Cleansing has been around since 2015, but the Glass Skin trend has brought it back into the spotlight. Double cleansing uses both an oil-based cleanser and a water or gel-based cleanser to thoroughly wash away any dirt and impurities.

First, Use An Oil-Based Cleanser To Remove Sebum And Makeup

Contrary to popular belief, using an oil based cleanser isn’t going to make your skin oilier. Oil-based cleansers can come in liquid or balm forms depending on your preferences.

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

hermo-Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

Try the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water. It removes your makeup and SPF from your sunblock, is suitable for dry and sensitive skin.

Banila Co. Clean It ZERO

hermo banila co clean it zero

There’s no better product for cleansing than the Banila Co. Clean It ZERO. I’ve used it before myself, thanks to my aunt getting me a sample all the way from Korea. It’s not only lightweight but it does its job of getting gunk off your skin pretty thoroughly.

There’s no stickiness left after you wash your face with the Banila Co. Clean it Zero. Personally, I’ve brought my small sample around with me when I travel – it removes makeup, oil, and dirt all in one go.

Then, Use A Water Or Gel-Based Cleanser To Wash Away Sweat Or Environmental Impurities

The gel-based or water-based cleanser washes away other impurities which are left behind and covered by makeup throughout the day.

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

hermo Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

The Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a good gel cleanser to get. It’s gentle on your skin, and it has a low PH of 5-6 so your skin doesn’t get irritated.

  1. The Next Step Is To Use A Toner

Toners may seem like the step you can skip, but they’re actually in your skincare routine for a reason. Using a toner can help to minimise pores, reduce whiteheads and prep your skin for serums, ampoules and moisturisers.

Nowadays, toners also have different functions added in them.

Cosrx’s AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

hermo Cosrx AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

HERMO’s top rated list includes cult brand Cosrx’s AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. AHA and BHA both help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. AHAs dissolves dead skin on the surface, and BHAs are perfect for calming redness and acne.

Combined, both the AHA and BHA in Cosrx’s AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner will help clear any redness or pimples on your skin. The great thing about using this toner instead of any exfoliator is that it won’t have little particles that might irritate your skin.

  1. Soothe Your Skin

If your skin is inflamed, a good cure is to use Aloe Vera on it. I stick my Aloe Vera gels in the fridge for the added cooling effect (and also because it just feels better that way). Aloe vera can help to reduce itchiness, and skin inflammations. It’s pretty good for chronic skin problems like psoriasis, acne and eczema too.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel

hermo benton aloe propolis soothing gel

The Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel not only has aloe vera in it, but also something called “Propolis Extract”. If that sounds foreign to you, propolis is something bees use to build their hives. It has anti-inflammatory effects to help your skin heal too, just like aloe vera.

  1. Why Should I Use Essences / Ampoules / Serums

This step might seem superfluous. You might think, “I’m already following a skincare routine. I cleanse, I tone, and I put on some moisturiser and that’s fine with me. Why do I need to use any of these?”

The thing is: using an essence, ampoule or serum can help target problem areas on your skin. If your goal of having clear skin seems far away, then getting one of these serums, ampoules or essences can help you get one step closer.

The important thing is choosing the right product for yourself.

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum

hermo klairs rich moist soothing serum

One of these top rated serums as recommended by HERMO would be the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum. This particular serum helps moisturise your skin and reduce redness.

  1. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

After going through all those steps, we can’t forget to moisturise. There’s a reason why moisturising has been a staple in beauty routines. You can use a moisturiser specific to your needs — it doesn’t matter if your skin is dry or oily or a combination of both. Do not skip moisturising — this is the most important step.

Moisturising helps to lock in moisture in your skin. After all that cleansing, your skin’s natural oil has to be replenished. Using moisturiser at the end of your beauty routine helps you prevent the loss of water in your skin, and let your skin repair itself, and helps you age slower.

  1. An Extra Step: Finish With A Mask

There are many articles out there that tout putting on a mask every night, but if you don’t like the feeling of sleeping with a mask on or you’re just too lazy to wash it off after, then once a week is good enough.

There are many masks you can choose from, especially in the world of K-Beauty.

By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask

The By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask contains Vitamin C and is free of artificial perfumes, artificial colourants, and parabens. Reviews on HERMO itself says that the mask has an instant brightening effect, which is exactly what we want to achieve a glow.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

If you prefer to use something that isn’t a sheet mask, try the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. It helps to tighten your skin and purify your pores.

Now That You’ve Sufficiently Prepped Your Skin, Take The Next Step To Getting Glass Skin

The point of having “glass skin” is that you look as if your skin is reflecting light, and that the glow on your skin is coming from within. After all that prep work, it’s time to apply the right makeup and get the glass skin effect.

  1. I Want Glass Skin But What If I Don’t Own A Highlighter Or Shiny Primer?

The most popular product to get instant glass skin is the VDL Lumilayer Primer or by using a highlighter that’s a little on the glittery side, but it’s easy to get the look with any brightening product, illuminator, or even a little face oil mixed into your foundation.

Glass Skin: Beauty From Inside Out

Have you tried the glass skin trend for yourself? All these beauty trends may come and go but skin care should never be neglected. The thing about beauty is that it really does come from the inside — so be mindful of what you put in your body.

*Featured Image Credit by Bin Thiều | Unsplash