Aestheticians Share a 6-Step Routine for Getting the ‘Glass Skin’ of Your Dreams

Do the dew.

By Caitlin Clark
how to get glass skin

There are few beauty movements as visually evocative as the “glass skin” trend. The concept, a Korean beauty ideal that’s recently made its way into the Western skincare lexicon, centers on exactly what you might expect: clear, luminous skin and practically pore-free perfection that’s as shiny as glass. Much like the moisture sandwich trend, it’s all about layering, something aestheticians are masters at. So, to learn how to get glass skin naturally at home, we tapped three of the best.

Ahead, Kaitlynn Kerrigan (aesthetic nurse practitioner at SkinSpirit), celebrity aesthetician and dermatological nurse Natalie Aguilar, and Dallas-based aesthetician Savanna Boda, break down everything you need to know about the trending aesthetic and what products to use to get the glass skin look at home.

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Not too long ago, we did everything in our power to battle shine on our complexion. From oil blotting sheets and endless powders, the look was all matte all the time. Now, we equate a healthy, dewy shine with inside-out hydration. What shifted?

“Before, you were only able to achieve ‘glass skin’ by doing professional treatments in an office, but now there are so many amazing skincare products that can deliver these results at home,” Aguilar explains.

It also happens to look pretty cool on a front-facing camera—like your own all-natural filter.

Shanika Hillock applying skincare products
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Is there a certain type of skin that benefits most from the glass skin look?

Fortunately, every skin type can benefit from the glass skin trend. Although, for those with normal or dry skin, all that hydration from products that give you the glass skin look—jelly-like moisturizers, glossy creams, and hyaluronic acid-rich serums—can be extra beneficial.

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How to Get the Glass Skin Look at Home

Given its K-beauty trend ties, you can expect a glass skin routine to be thorough, with plenty of hydrating layers, products, and the game-changing double cleanse. There’s no universally agreed-upon list of steps and products to achieve impossibly dewy skin, but our experts have helped break it down into a few essential steps that should work for every skin type.

And one thing to keep in mind: “I think there’s a lot behind the scenes that consumers do not see when it comes to these influencers achieving glass skin,” Kerrigan explains. “I bet you anything they are properly hydrated, incorporating antioxidants topically as well as in their diet, and maybe have had a little neurotoxin treatment as a cherry on top!”

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1. A Hydrating Double Cleanse

A K-beauty staple, double cleansing is more than just repeating a step. By washing your face with two different kinds of cleansers (i.e., an oil-based option and a gentle, hydrating cleanser), you’ll achieve an even deeper clean.

After cleansing, Aguilar recommends adding a warm towel compression for three minutes. “Warm a towel with warm water and hold it over your skin,” Aguilar explains. “This will soften the cuticle on the skin and help mildly increase circulation creating a beautiful rosiness on the skin.”

Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm

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Doctor Rogers Restore Face Wash

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2. Exfoliation

Polish up the skin (you may want to restrict this step to your nighttime routine) with your exfoliant of choice—be it a mix of AHAs and BHAs or a physical scrub. If you’re going with the final option, consider an antioxidant-packed product to keep healthy skin glowing as you strip away dead skin cells.

“Take your time to exfoliate your skin by gently and thoroughly covering the face and neck,” Aguilar adds. “Slow and thorough is best.”

ZO SKIN HEALTH Exfoliating Polish

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3. Toner

The oft-overlooked step helps balance and prep the skin for all the great ingredients to come—and can even help minimize pores in the process.

Joanna Czech The Toner

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Three Ships Awake Rose Hydrosol Toner

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4. Serums

Opt for something hydrating and pore-minimizing to create a smoother appearance.

Biologique Recherche’s Dermopore Serum

u003cpu003eThe cult-loved serum (recommended by Aguilar) tightens pores and creates a unified glow. u003c/pu003e

Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum

u003cpu003eThis insanely silky serum includes glycolipids and ceramides to address fine lines and leave skin luminous. u003c/pu003e

5. Hardworking Moisturizers

Lock in all that hydration with a dewy moisturizer that leaves skin pillowy and shiny in all the right ways.

No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Cream

u003cpu003eRecommended by Aguilar, this jelly-like cream feels lightweight, but it packs an antioxidant-fueled punch thanks to vitamins C and E. u003c/pu003e

SENTE Dermal Repair Cream

u003cpu003eIf your skin can handle a thicker moisturizer, Kerrigan recommends this soothing cream that features sodium hyaluronate to attract moisture and keep skin feeling hydrated long after application. u003c/pu003e

SkinBetter Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment

u003cpu003eBoth Kerrigan and Boda recommend this award-winning moisture treatment for all-over hydration day and night.u003c/pu003e

6. Mist or Essence

Acheive ultimate glassification by topping things off with a hydrating mist or essence. And don’t forget to finish off with a clear SPF in the morning.

Biologique Recherche’s L’Eauxygenante Facial Mist

u003cpu003eFor glassy perfection, Aguilar loves this facial mist, featuring silk extract for a glowy film over your skincare. u003c/pu003e

Jaxon Lane’s Rain Or Shine

u003cpu003eArmed with green tea and hyaluronic acid, this non-comedigenic sunscreen protects your shine without a chalky residue. u003c/pu003e