K-Beauty: Everything I Know About the Glass Skin Trend
Peach & Lily 🍑
On special days — days when extra-exciting things happen — I give myself a little break. I cut myself some slack to bask in the excitement and to process the giddiness. Today was one of those days.
I received a facial this morning from Alicia Yoon, the founder of Peach & Lily. P&L is one of K-Beauty's foremost e-commerce sites for purchasing Korean skincare products from across the globe. The new additions to her skincare line include a serum that retailers literally cannot keep stocked: Peach & Lily Glass Skin Serum ($39).
Glass skin is one of the recent K-Beauty crazes to go mainstream, along with "dewy," "cloud-like," and "bouncy" descriptions for beyond-perfect complexions. She definitely has one — the pore-less, blemish-less, perfectly hydrated, and wrinkle-free visage of a freaking goddess, to be exact. (BTW she has the best style — black silk slip dress, diamond-embellished gold hoops, and chic espadrilles like the ones I have been admiring at Saks. She’s definitely glam.)
Alicia explained a few things to me about how advanced the skincare is in Korea and that a team of experts worked together to devise the line’s meticulous formulas, which transform your need for/the function of cosmetics. I also got to hear about her past as a competitive platform diver and a student at Harvard Business School — it was clear that she is both brilliant and passionate, which is how I knew that the skincare philosophy and products she's touting were rooted in a history of excellence.
If you're wondering whether Korean skincare is really that different, it is. First of all, they are experts at keeping moisture locked in and tackling the signs of age by tending to your skin's moisture-barrier. They are also big fans of essences — many, many layers of hydrating and plumping nutrients for the skin that goes on after toner.
Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily
(Photo via Violet Grey)
One of my friends from college, Angela Park, works in the entertainment industry in Korea. Her skin truly stands out for being gorgeous. She explained to me how skincare is a cultural norm, an engrained, nightly, multi-step ritual. I have a hunch that a keeping-up-with-the-Jones's type of friendly competition might exist there among friends, the way we freak over weddings (and all that Jazz).
While I can relate to making time to care for my complexion, my skin is far from living its best life right now.
I had walked into the room — which was in The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills — with a dry face that was flaking and patchy. My friend Ali is convinced that something is up with my lipid-barrier, which is what keeps hydration in and protects the face from outside toxins and irritants. I had irritation along my jaw, too.
Have you ever had dry skin that kept on flaking no matter how much of a hydrator or oil you applied? That's the sign of a leaky barrier that isn't keeping moisture in — like pouring water in a sieve. That's what the tip of my chin was like.
Lucky for me, K-Beauty emphasizes the importance of lipid-barrier repair and incorporates barrier-restoring ceramides into many of their products. Alicia shared that ceramides and reparative oils are the best way to replace a depleted lipid-layer (AKA something my skincare protocol could benefit from RN).
I walked into that room with rough patches on my cheekbones, jaw, and nose, with a greasy, shiny-looking balm coating my entire face; I walked out infinitely more hydrated and with a lightweight, matte moisturizer keeping it all sealed into my skin. With layers upon layers of skin-nutrients, serum, and reparative oils applied, K-Beauty's sophisticated understanding of ingredients allowed a lightweight matcha moisturizer to lock the moisture into my plumped and hydrated skin.
After absorbing P&L's line like a sponge, I finally understand what "bouncy skin" means — and it has to do with consistency. Similar to the way my lips grow in size when I hydrate them with marula oil and develop a squishy, plump texture, my bouncy skin was due to the remarkable moisture-retention properties of this fabulously formulated skincare line.
Holy game-changer! Today was one for the books.
Shop the toxin-free, cruelty-free products I picked up today:
Essences go on after toners — as many layers as you'd like — and they hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
The box it comes in is Wes Anderson-pink. The all-in-one pads are supremely hydrating and drenched in product (my pet peeve is when facial pads are insufficiently soaked), designed for those days when you just can't. I used one this morning.
Ah, yes — the pollution-protective seal that traps moisture in and leaves you with a matte, non-greasy finish.
It tingles for a little but works like magic.
I love balms! This can even go on the lips and has the cutest packaging ever.
This was the line's first product to launch a couple years ago.
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