Have you ever heard of Korean glass skin? What does it mean to have glass skin? In our comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to follow if you want to achieve this type of radiant, dewy complexion that’s as clear as a piece of glass.

We’ll discuss every aspect of Korean glass skin, from cleansing to protection, and explore why this trend has gained immense popularity recently. Finally, we’ll address common questions about Korean glass skin including how to tailor your skincare routine to achieve it.

What is Korean Glass Skin?

Korean glass skin is a trend that focuses on achieving a flawless, luminous complexion, like clear glass. Realizing this goal involves following a rigorous skincare routine to enhance hydration, promote a translucent glow, and boost skin health.

The Korean glass skincare routine has gained global acclaim for its transformative effects, as many say it leaves the complexion looking smooth, poreless, and impeccably radiant. Notably, popular Korean makeup artists like Hye-Min Park or ‘Pony Makeup’, have continued to push Korean glass skin and other similar trends to the forefront over the last several years with collections that promise to give you this look.

Why is Korean Glass Skin So Popular?

This trend has gained traction in recent years due to K-beauty influencers, K-dramas, and K-pop idols showcasing impeccable skin. The Korean glass skincare routine addresses common skincare concerns, prioritizes hydration and overall skin health, and aims to provide a naturally radiant finish.

In addition, the trend aligns with the Korean beauty philosophy which emphasizes prevention rather than correction for long-term skin benefits. Korean skincare products are known for their innovation and quality, supporting the global shift towards natural, healthy beauty. Many admire the achievable, natural-looking glow of Korean glass skin, making it a sought-after goal worldwide.

Korean Glass Skin Routine: Step-by-Step

How do you get Korean glass skin? It’s all about having a skincare routine that focuses on leaving your complexion silky smooth.

Let’s review the step-by-step instructions:

1. Double Cleansing

Begin with Rejuvoderm Gentle Cleanser to remove impurities and prepare your skin for the subsequent steps.

2. Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate using a suitable product to slough off dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. This step prepares the skin to better absorb products.

3. Apply Toner

Use a hydrating toner to balance the skin's pH levels and enhance moisture retention.

4. Use Serums

Apply Stemnucell Dermal Regeneration Serum to smooth signs of age like wrinkles and fine lines, repair damage to the skin barrier, and boost hydration.

5. Moisturizer

Apply a nourishing moisturizer to lock in hydration and create a supple base for makeup.

6. Use an Eye Cream

Use a specialized eye cream to address concerns like puffiness, dark circles, or fine lines around the eyes.

7. Don’t Forget Your SPF

Complete your routine with Dermaxsol SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer to shield the skin from harmful UV rays. This is a crucial step in maintaining a youthful, healthy complexion.


Other Factors Affecting Your Skin

Apart from the quality of your skincare routine and genetics, there are several other factors [1] that can play a significant role in the health and appearance of your skin. Not understanding these factors may impact your achieving the perfect Korean glass skin.

Environmental elements such as sun exposure, pollution, and climate shifts can have a profound effect on your complexion. Prolonged exposure to UV rays may lead to premature aging or hyperpigmentation, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. In addition, living in areas with high pollution levels [2] could contribute to clogged pores and accelerated aging.

Lifestyle choices including eating habits, water intake, and exercise also influence skin health. Following a balanced diet [3] rich in antioxidants and properly hydrating can support the skin's natural resilience. Conversely, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition may lead to a dull complexion, wrinkles, and skin disorders.

Fluctuations in hormones like cortisol, high levels of stress [4], and certain medical conditions can also impact your complexion. Maintain a holistic skincare approach taking these factors into account for optimal skin health and radiance.

Glass Skin Tips for Your Skin Type

Achieving the Korean glass skin look may be challenging depending on your skin type. However, it’s certainly possible to tailor your skincare routine to attain this coveted look by understanding the specific needs of your complexion.

Here are some tips for each skin type:

Dry Skin:

  • Prioritize hydration by using a gentle cleanser and a rich moisturizer.
  • Use a hydrating serum and exfoliate once or twice a week.

Oily Skin:

  • Use a salicylic acid cleanser to reduce oil production.
  • Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and mattifying products.

Combination Skin:

  • Apply targeted treatments to problem areas.
  • Use a pH-balance cleanser to optimize skin barrier function.

Sensitive Skin:

  • Opt for fragrance-free products, and always do a patch test before using a new formula.
  • Choose products that include minimal ingredients.

Acne-Prone Skin:

  • Use non-comedogenic products that don’t clog the pores, and apply targeted treatments.
  • Cleanse twice daily to prevent breakouts.

Aging Skin:

  • Use products rich in anti-aging ingredients like retinoids and antioxidants.
  • Prioritize nourishing moisturizers and daily sunscreen use.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Tailor your routine to your specific skin type and concerns, and don't be afraid to adjust it as needed. Additionally, consult with a dermatologist for personalized advice and recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do Koreans have flawless skin?

Koreans attribute their skin quality to a combination of genetics, a meticulous skincare regimen, and a holistic lifestyle.

Is glass skin realistic?

Yes, achieving glass skin is realistic if you follow a consistent, dedicated skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle.

What foods help give you Korean glass skin?

Following a balanced diet can certainly support and enhance skin health. Here are some foods that can contribute to a healthy complexion:

  • Fruits: berries, in particular blueberries and strawberries
  • Vegetables: leafy greens like spinach and kale, carrots, and sweet potatoes
  • Fatty Fish: salmon, mackerel, and sardines
  • Nuts and Seeds: almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds
  • Avocado
  • Whole Grains: oats and brown rice
  • Lean Protein: chicken, tofu, and beans
  • Tomatoes

Which vitamin is best for glass skin?

While your diet should contain a wide range of nutrients to promote skin health, including antioxidants and essential fatty acids, vitamins C and E are particularly beneficial for helping to achieve glass skin.

Is Korean glass skin easy to achieve?

It requires commitment and consistency, however, anyone who diligently follows a Korean glass skincare routine could achieve radiant, flawless skin.


Attaining Korean glass skin is possible with a multifaceted skincare approach that emphasizes hydration, repair, and protection. By following a step-by-step routine and considering your individual skin type, you can work towards achieving a luminous, flawless complexion.

Consistency and a holistic approach to skincare and lifestyle are the best methods for attaining glass skin. If you want additional advice, speak with a dermatologist to discover what works best for you, and embrace the journey to radiant, glass-like skin!


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2] Abolhasani R, Araghi F, Tabary M, Aryannejad A, Mashinchi B, Robati RM. The impact of air pollution on skin and related disorders: A comprehensive review. Dermatol Ther. 2021;34(2):e14840. doi:10.1111/dth.14840. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33527709/
3] Cao C, Xiao Z, Wu Y, Ge C. Diet and Skin Aging-From the Perspective of Food Nutrition. Nutrients. 2020;12(3):870. Published 2020 Mar 24. doi:10.3390/nu12030870: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/3/870
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Zuri Hawkins-Jarrett

Zuri Hawkins-Jarrett

Before deciding to attend the University of Georgia for undergrad and pharmacy school, Zuri knew she had a love of science and a passion for helping people. Although she changed her major several times, she finally landed in pharmacy, where she found her niche. After graduating from pharmacy school in 2016, she moved to Columbus, Georgia, where she completed two years of pharmacy residency training. In her second year, Zuri cared for insured and uninsured populations. These experiences highlighted the importance of patient education and how it affects a person's health outcomes. Zuri graduated from her residency program in 2018 and started as a clinical pharmacy specialist with Kaiser Permanente Georgia. In this role, she had the opportunity to provide direct patient care and education on various health conditions. Despite finding a job that spoke to her passion for helping others, she still felt she could do more. In 2019, Zuri enrolled at Emory University to complete a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on prevention science. One course, in particular, sparked her interest in an area she had never considered before – health communications. After finishing her Master's program, Zuri found a way to merge her pharmacy and public health backgrounds through health content writing. Education Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Georgia Master of Public Health – Prevention Science, Emory University Post Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Piedmont Columbus Regional Post Graduate Year 2 Ambulatory Care, Piedmont Columbus Regional Certifications Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist Experience Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Kaiser Permanente 2018 – Present Hospital Pharmacist, Piedmont Fayette 2019 – Present Health Content Writer, The Melanated PharmD 2022 – Present

Written by Zuri Hawkins-Jarrett

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