The Koreans have had such a major influence on our beauty regimes. You’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity or skincare expert who doesn’t swear by a sheet mask, a facialist who can live without an essence and pretty much anyone who doesn’t strive for glass skin.
That’s exactly why we’re always looking to the Koreans for the next major thing in skincare – and they’ve served up the goods via a new skincare trend that’s basically glass skin 2.0.
Enter: crystal skin.
As its name suggests, glass skin refers to an almost transparent complexion that resembles a reflective mirror – and crystal skin is an elevation of this. The result is a crystal clear, transparent complexion with an incredible glow and sheen to it – and the trend is quickly taking over Instagram and TikTok.
“Crystal skin is the ‘post-facial glow’ that you can create at home with the right tools and ingredient understanding,” explains Scientia brand founder, Tiff Salmon. “Apart from the fact that it makes you look fresh, youthful and just generally healthy, that luminosity is also a sign that your skin is in tip top condition, meaning you’re more likely keep that youthful glow long-term.”
Ok, we’re interested. So how can we achieve the look at home?
“My main advice to get glossy, hydrated crystal skin at home is to nail down your routine and then stick to it, consistency is key,” says Tiff. Here are her foolproof steps to achieving crystal skin…
The perfect combo of actives
Make sure your routine combines a good blend of resurfacing and regenerating actives like AHA’s and retinols, as well as ingredients that are going to replenish and nourish the skin. Look for hydrating masks, moisture barrier building ceramides and balancing oils for a rounded routine that gives your skin everything it needs without overwhelming it.
Facial massage is key
For that plump, healthy glow I do love giving myself a facial massage in the morning to help decrease any puffiness. I start the day with the Scientia Dawn Elixir (a 100% natural blend of 23 oils that revitalise, rejuvenate and renew), pressing the oil into the skin to help give it that slip before I begin the massage. Use a roller to firmly but gently roll up from your chin towards the ear, using more pressure on the upward motion. Repeating across the entire side of your face, focus on your facial contours to really stimulate blood flow and reduce morning puffiness.
Add a toner
I like to add a refreshing moisture boost at the toner stage of my routine, rehydrating skin after cleansing and whilst perfectly prepping your skin for everything that follows. Look for a skin brightening and thirst-quenching toner to refresh and hydrate.
Keep it simple
For any of my fellow skincare lovers out there, it’s definitely easy to fall into that ‘more is more’ mindset, but when it comes to layering your perfect skincare routine, it’s less about how many products, and more about which products/ actives, when and in what order.
One of the main things to be careful of when you’re layering is the ingredients and actives that you’re combining, or you risk irritating the skin and damaging your moisture barrier. Certain product combinations can make skin angry and overstressed – retinols and glycolic acid for example – so when you are layering, you need to read the bottles and make sure the ingredients play nicely together.
Then, once you’ve got your products locked down, to get the most out of them, make sure to go in order of viscosity, starting with the thinnest and building your way up, giving time for each layer to sink in properly before applying the next.”