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The latest K-beauty trend has nothing to do with fun products and everything to do with the final result. Glass skin, which is the fancy name for clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin, is taking over social media — and one person's skin-care routine for achieving the look is going viral.
Ellie Choi, an aspiring makeup artist from Los Angeles, revealed every single step of her skin-care routine on social media, and her tweets are — weirdly enough — blowing up on Instagram. My Instagram explore page is filled with reposts of her skin-care thread and all of the posts have about 20,000 likes. Why? In the accompanying pictures, her skin looks literally poreless and dewy, just like a newborn baby's. Seriously, her complexion is as crystal clear as glass and her skin has that natural glow that is similar to when I wear tons of liquid, wet-looking highlighter.
In her series of tweets, which have been screenshotted and posted as slideshow on Instagram, Choi starts off by announcing that she has combination skin. More specifically, she's "oily in T-zone and dry around [her] cheeks." From there, she dives into where any good skin-care routine should start: cleansing.
Every night, Choi starts off by taking off her makeup with an Allure-editor favorite that we just can't get enough of: Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes. She doesn't stop there, though. (That might be where you're going wrong.) Choi then washes her face with one of two cleansers. The more affordable option she recommends is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, which is about $7. She also loves the $19.50 Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser. Both are decent options if you ask me. Both formulas won't strip your skin of moisture but will remove every ounce of makeup and grime from your face.
Once her face is all washed, Choi moves on to toner. "I use Clinique toner after face wash to remove any remaining dirt and oil for that extra clean," she explains. To be more specific, Choi stocks up on the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3. Toning is a major step that many people leave out of their routines because of old-school fears that it will dehydrate your skin. Instead, it's another way to nourish skin. Sarah Lee, the co-founder of Glow Recipe and self-professed "toner addict," recently told Allure, "The idea is to thoroughly cleanse and clarify via your double cleanse, then use a toner as the first leave-on step that hydrates and treats."
Speaking of hydration, Choi smears on a "decent amount" of moisturizer after toning. Her two ride-or-die products are Cetaphil's Moisturizing Cream and Wonjin Effects's Water Bomb Cream. (The latter is a better option if you have oily skin, FYI.)
Every other day, Choi adds an extra step to the mix. After cleansing, she exfoliates with Skinfood's Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask. She said it helps with her "healthy, natural glow," and she's not wrong. Both sugar and strawberry are excellent yet gentle ingredients for sloughing away dead skin cells and letting your skin shine on its own. Also, once or twice a week, Choi breaks open a sheet mask from K-beauty brand Innisfree. (They go for about $1.80 each.)
A non-product-related tip Choi finishes up on is diet. "For me, eating fried and greasy foods affects my skin," she wrote. "Make sure to drink tons of water daily! Eat more [fruits and vegetables]." Eating better and drinking more H2O is always a good idea, but water isn't as magical as everyone makes it sounds. "This is one of the biggest myths in all of dermatology," Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center once told Allure."Drinking six to eight glasses of water does not hydrate the skin from within. Drinking water is essential for overall health, but it has very little to do with the level of skin hydration."
Regardless, Choi provided a great roadmap to glass skin. Excuse me while I overhaul my skin-care routine.
A few of my personal faves: For starters, the Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick is a delectable tube for stressed-out skin, while the Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Foam is a non-drying cleanser infused with green tea that works wonders for sensitive complexions. To remove even the toughest makeup without leaving your skin raw, try a cotton pad soaked with Blithe Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water, then throw on the Neogen Pink Cactus Hydramax Knit Mask to brighten dull skin in just 20 minutes or less.
You can check out the rest here, or see the skin-care product winners for this year's Best of Beauty Awards.