Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

What Is Glass Skin & Can We Have It Too?

Of course you can! And we have so many beautiful Cheeky’s who already have glass-looking skin! A Cheeky on our Instagram page referenced ‘Glass Skin’ and we couldn’t be happier that he reminded us of it!

Glass skin has been a buzz word for some time but it’s actually a phrase made popular by makeup artist Ellie Choi whose now-viral skin care routine—and accompanying selfie showcasing her impeccably smooth, translucent skin makes her THE face of glass skin.

What is glass skin?

Glass skin is a way to basically explain enviable, clear, glowing skin! It’s that simple! 😉 When it looks like this way, it should have a glass-like effect.

Achieving this coveted dream-like, dewey skin requires a consistent skin care routine consisting of a cleanser, toner, serum, exfoliator, a hydrating moisturizer, a luxurious eye cream and a hydrating skin mask to seal in the goodness.

#CheekyConfidential Consider watery products with humectants like hyaluronic acid (HA) and glycerin and consider using either multiple layers of one hydrating product or several layers of different ones. K-beauty staples like toners, essences and sheet masks are the most effective hydrators! LAYERING is key!

Read our blog to learn more about K-Beauty!

Korean Skin Care: Charlotte Cho’s Beauty Bible

The glass skin regimen

Step 1: Cleanse, double cleanse

Asian skin care introduced us to double cleansing. Properly cleansed skin is the Korean beauty way! Start with a cleansing oil or micellar water for your first cleanse, then follow with a gentle foam wash or cream cleanser.

Read our blog to learn more about double cleansing!

Are You Double Cleansing?

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliating is key when it comes to clear, flawless skin! Don’t overdo it, though. Two to three times weekly is ideal to avoid irritations, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Step 3: Tone

K-beauty toners are made with refreshing and moisture-enhancing ingredients and are used to not only to restore the skin’s pH but also to provide base hydration and allow better absorption of oncoming products.

Step 4: Add in an essence

Essences tend to be more lightweight and watery in consistency (a cross between serums and toners). Essences are targeted to address pigmentation & redness, but they also deliver a ton of hydration.

What is a toner?:

A toner is used as the final step after cleansing. The main function of a toner is to balance the pH level of the skin after cleansing and to remove the last traces of dirt and residue that your cleanser didn’t spot.

What is an essence?:

Essentially an essence’s job is to prepare the skin for the next step in your routine and help aid in the cell renewal process. They basically allow your skin to be more receptive to other topical skin treatments applied over your face afterwards. These liquid formulas are highly concentrated, with antioxidants, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and natural ingredients working together to create the perfect skin-rejuvenating cocktail.

Step 5: Treat with an ampoule

The Korean counterpart of serums, ampoules contain a higher concentration of active ingredients.

Read our blog to learn more about ampoules

Your Guide to Ampoules

Step 6: Moisturize

Moisturizing is a no-brainer when it comes to K-beauty. By now you’re seeing that layering hydrating products is where it’s at! Find a product that gives a ton of moisture without being too heavy or greasy.

Step 7: Apply an eye cream

Though I think eye creams are hit or miss (I find peptide containing products work really well, like Elemis’ Peptide Night Recovery Cream Oil which isn’t an eye cream but it’s ultra hydrating), eye creams are a must in the K-beauty routine. Try to find products that have more hydration than your moisturizers, even if they aren’t labeled eye creams.

We do trust our eye cream product recommendation below if you’re looking to try a new eye cream.

Step 8: Seal with a face mask

I honestly think some of the best masks out there are K-beauty sheet masks! Sheet masks are an amazing way to seal in all that moisture and get that glowing skin we crave.

Our favorite product suggestions


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (or the compatible to your skin type) This sucker has won over 40 awards! This is what Ms. Choi uses and we do too!)

‘Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes skin as it cleans. In fact, it’s gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin. Designed specifically to work for all skin types, it is a simple, yet highly effective way to care for your skin.’

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

‘DHC Deep Cleansing Oil removes excess oil, makeup, dirt and other pore-clogging impurities with its water-soluble formula. Infused with olive oil and vitamin E, it nourishes and hydrates the skin, while rinsing completely clean, never leaving behind a greasy residue.’


Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Face Mask

Ms. Choi uses this one!


Clinique Clarifying Lotion Toner

Ms. Choi uses this one! Mostly helpful for combination to oily skin types.


MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence


Missha Time Renewal Night Repair Ampoule  

‘This ampoule helps to give you a dewy, supple and clear complexion. The key ingredient for this anti-aging serum is Bifida Ferment Lysate, a fermented yeast that visibly reduces signs of aging and improves skin elasticity while protecting the skin. Often compared to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair as its less expensive dupe, this serum has developed a cult following due to its ability to repair and hydrate, giving you luminous smooth and even-toned skin with regular use. The formula may be powerful, but it’s gentle enough for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.’

^We love our Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum too! They really are SUPER similar in consistency and repair abilities. 


Collagen Marine Cream Duo

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – day

Clinically proven* to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 14 days, improve hydration and leave skin feeling firmer and looking more radiant.

Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream – night

Clinically proven*, this oxygenating night cream helps with your skin’s natural regeneration process. Wake up with a firmer-looking, radiant complexion whilst helping delay the signs of premature aging. For all skin types.

*Independent Clinical Trial

Eye Creams

Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment 

Featured in the book, Anti-aging Beauty Bible, features ‘super active Padina Pavonica and Blue Flower Linseed help tone and firm, while a sophisticated Amino Acid complex attracts and locks moisture deep into the skin.’

Face Mask

Manefit Bling Bling Hydrogel Mask Set – Soothing Aqua Collagen

‘This award-winning contoured hydrogel mask treatment instantly cools and soothes stressed and tired skin on contact. It features collagen, which helps to restore your skin’s natural elasticity and plump out fine lines and wrinkles. You’re left with hydrated and supple dewy skin.’

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