How to make the K-beauty glass skin trend work in Singapore's humidity

Here's what you need to know -- and what you can use -- to do it right.

How to make the K-beauty glass skin trend work in Singapore's humidity
How to make the K-beauty glass skin trend work in Singapore's humidity
11 Jul 2018

How to make the K-beauty glass skin trend work in Singapore's humidity

If you have been keeping in touch with all things K-beauty, then you would know that the Glass Skin trend has been, and still is all the rage. And the trend isn't just for K-pop stars with their own aestheticians on hand. Late last year, Korean-American aspiring makeup artist Ellie Choi went viral after posting about her "glass skin" routine on Instagram. 

The key to achieving this trend, as the Koreans do it, is to keep skin well-hydrated - because smooth and supple skin shines, just like clear glass.

But in Singapore’s humidity, following a multi-step skincare regimen that focuses on hydration might be a little tricky as many women don’t even use a moisturiser due to the misconception that since the weather is humid enough, we don’t need more moisture.

Here are 5 key things you need to know about achieving the trend here:

Hydration is important for healthy skin.

“When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient,” says Tina Oh, Laneige Singapore’s Training Manager. “In order for the skin to protect our bodies from UV radiation, microorganisms and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin is more flexible and allows the skin’s protective barrier to remain intact. If skin is broken, environmental factors can cause harm to our bodies and cause exacerbated water loss, feeding a cyclical pattern of more damage due to further dehydration.”

For example, oily/combination skin can experience excessive production of sebum due to dehydration, which makes skin greasy and can create pore-related troubles. Dry skin, on the other hand, lacking moisture becomes prone to dullness and wrinkles.

Yes, you can over-hydrate the skin.

“Over-hydration of the skin occurs on the outermost layer of the skin that works as a barrier. The skin starts to swell after exposure to excessive moisture. When skin swells, the structure of the barrier starts changing, leading to an increase in water loss. There may also be an increase of the normal pH level of the skin, going from 5.5 to between 7 and 8. This change in pH level has a negative influence in the enzymatic processes necessary to keep the skin barrier healthy, decreasing the skin’s own ‘immune system’”, explains Oh.

Oily skin does not equal to having enough hydration.

“Contrary to what most people think, having an oily skin does not mean that your skin does not lack moisture,” says Trey Jie from Kiehl’s Singapore. “In fact, oily skin is a sign of dehydration. Our skin needs an optimal level of sebum and moisture to be healthy. When our skin lacks moisture, it leads to an over-production of sebum, hence causing skin to become oily.”

Yes, you should still keep skin well-hydrated, even in Singapore’s hot and humid climate.

Did you know that Asians have a naturally weaker skin barrier than Caucasians? So says Oh, who adds, “This means that the skin becomes easily damaged by external stimuli, making it more prone to moisture loss and dryness”.

In addition, with Singaporeans’ love for having the air-condition switched on at full blast, further contributes to skin’s moisture loss, it can aggravate skin’s dryness resulting in fine lines and breakouts from the imbalance.

This is important because according to Oh, “overtly oily or dry skins are unable to absorb nutrients effectively”, which can lead to even earlier onset of premature skin ageing.

A multi-layered skincare regimen is possible…

As long as you choose a regimen based on your skin type, says Oh. In addition, for Singapore’s humidity, lightweight essences, serums, lotions and gel-creams work better for the climate and oily to combination skins. For drier skins or if you tend to spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms, choose a richer formulation such as creams, to provide intense hydration and prevent moisture loss.

And everything moderation, says Jie. So instead of slathering the skin with a lot of each product, a thin layer of each serum, essence or lotion will do. It is all about delivering hydration deep within the skin, locking it in and preventing moisture loss that can lead to skin being dehydrated or dry.

And because smooth, supple and clear skin is essential for a “glass-like” complexion, Oh also advises regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and refine the skin texture.

Want to get started achieving glass skin? Try fitting the following products into your routine. 

Photo: Instagram/@elliejellyb3an

1. After cleansing, hydration replenisher: Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Toner, $45.
1. After cleansing, hydration replenisher: Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Toner, $45.
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1. After cleansing, hydration replenisher: Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Toner, $45.

Replenishes moisture to the skin after cleansing, and preps it to receive all the skincare benefits of the products that follow by gently removing last traces of impurities and dead skin cells with AHA.

2. Pre-serum skin strengthener: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, from $110
2. Pre-serum skin strengthener: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, from $110
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2. Pre-serum skin strengthener: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, from $110

A new and improved formula enriched with Reishi Mushroom (also known as Lingzhi) and Iris Root extracts, this pre-serum booster works to strengthen skin’s immunity power from within, so the skin gets stronger, healthier and more radiant.

3. Hydration booster: Hera Cell Essence, from $42 (75ml)
3. Hydration booster: Hera Cell Essence, from $42 (75ml)
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3. Hydration booster: Hera Cell Essence, from $42 (75ml)

A hydrating essence booster, it contains Eight Skin Activators by Cell-Bio Fluid Sync 2.0 to improve skin condition by hydrating and strengthening the skin from within. Skin is soft and supple over time.

4. Skin smoothener: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum, $40
4. Skin smoothener: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum, $40
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4. Skin smoothener: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum, $40

A leave-on serum, it’s formulated with AHAs, natural enzymes and lactobacillus ferment from plants, it gently and effectively sloughs off dead skin cells daily to keep skin smooth and luminous.

5. For intense yet lightweight hydration: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, $98
5. For intense yet lightweight hydration: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, $98
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5. For intense yet lightweight hydration: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, $98

Enriched with Organic Leaf of Life from Madagascar, it has a similar structure to our skin and has been found to strengthen the skin, deliver and retain intense hydration within and prevent moisture loss at the same time.

6. Hydrate: Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, $80
6. Hydrate: Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, $80
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6. Hydrate: Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, $80

Using plant-based Glycerin and Shiso Leaf extract, this product attracts and delivers moisture deep within the skin, plumping if from within to fill fine lines, leaving complexion smooth, supple and youthful looking.

8. Brighten eye area: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $98
8. Brighten eye area: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $98
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8. Brighten eye area: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $98

Don't forget to take care of your eye area. Infused with multi-sized Hyaluronic Acid molecules and Marshmallow Root extract, Peter Thomas Roth's eye patches attract and retain moisture, soothing the eye area and softening the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. They also contain caffeine to reduce the puffiness and Arnica to minimise dark circles.

8. For combination skins: La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, from $290 (30ml)
8. For combination skins: La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, from $290 (30ml)
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8. For combination skins: La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, from $290 (30ml)

With its unique formula of Kelp Gel and new Micro Gel Cream Capsule Technology, this not only hydrates the skin from within but also keeps skin cool and soothed, reducing redness instantly by 72 per cent. It also contains the signature Miracle Broth and Lime Tea Concentrate to protect the skin against environmental aggressors. 

 

9. For dry skins: Dior Hydra Life Intense Sorbet Crème, $110
9. For dry skins: Dior Hydra Life Intense Sorbet Crème, $110
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9. For dry skins: Dior Hydra Life Intense Sorbet Crème, $110

A lightweight yet nourishing balm that comforts, hydrates and strengthens parched skins with Mallow Butter and Chamomile extracts. Also protects skin against daily aggressors such as pollution and stress. Best bit? It’s also a great rescue for dry hands, elbows and knees.

10. Weekly overnight hydration: Chanel Hydra Beauty Masque de Nuit au Camélia, $128
10. Weekly overnight hydration: Chanel Hydra Beauty Masque de Nuit au Camélia, $128
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10. Weekly overnight hydration: Chanel Hydra Beauty Masque de Nuit au Camélia, $128

This powerful hydrator contains the highest concentration of the range’s signature active ingredient — Camellia Alba PFA, together with Blue Ginger PFA, it recharges and rejuvenates the skin with rich minerals and oxygen while you sleep so you wake to a smooth, radiant and supple complexion.

11. For hydration on-the-go: Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $50
11. For hydration on-the-go: Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $50
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11. For hydration on-the-go: Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $50

This moisture-enhancing mist is infused with coconut water and hibiscus flower petals that instantly hydrate and soften the skin. It also contains Aloe Vera and Rose to soothe the skin, and even Salicylic Acid to prevent and treat blemishes. Perfect for a quick pick-me-up anytime, anywhere.

12. For instant hydration rescue: Innisfree 3-Minute Green Tea Skin Pack, $29 (for 100 sheets)
12. For instant hydration rescue: Innisfree 3-Minute Green Tea Skin Pack, $29 (for 100 sheets)
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12. For instant hydration rescue: Innisfree 3-Minute Green Tea Skin Pack, $29 (for 100 sheets)

A SOS skin rescue that instantly hydrates parched skin, each sheet is soaked in fresh Green Tea Water and Panthenol to deliver moisture while strengthening and protecting the skin’s natural barrier at the same time. All this in just three minutes!

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