Achieving that smooth and translucent look of Korean glass skin may seem like a pipe dream because of our modern lifestyle. There’s the use of face masks (hello maskne!) and everyday pollution that contribute to skin stress.
When an angry little pimple bump appears, our first instinct is to spot treat it. But this method doesn’t always work out in our favour. Before you know it, there’s another pimple on your face. So what do we do? Refine our skincare routine and go for a holistic regimen that will address the cause of acne and not just patch up the problem.
This is where the Mentholatum Acnes Special Care Range comes in. This acne-fighting range is beloved by skincare enthusiasts in South Korea and even received a Golden Girl award at the Hwahae app, where real customers rank skincare products.
Curious to know more? Two Clozette Beauty Club members, Evon and Xuanyi, were just as interested and tried the products. Ahead, find out what they think about the range and how they used it to achieve Korean glass skin.
Switch to a low pH foam cleanser
To achieve that elusive Korean glass skin, you need to be mindful of what cleanser you’re using. But take note that not all cleansers are created equal. Pro tip: switch to a low pH foam cleanser. A good low pH foam cleanser will ensure a balanced pH in your skin (around 4.5-6 on the pH scale).
One such product is the Acnes Derma Relief Moisture Foam Cleanser. This gentle facial wash made in South Korea is able to remove impurities from skin without disturbing its balance. What makes this product stand out from other low pH foam cleansers is its coconut-derived formula that provides moisturising properties. It is also infused with Panthenol and Madecassoside (from Centella Asiatica) to help soothe redness and irritation.
XuanYi who has a combination skin type shared: “The cleanser was easy to lather and soft on my skin. It does not leave my skin feeling too dry or tight after washing off.” Meanwhile, Evon shared that she enjoyed lathering the cleanser on her skin not only because of its texture but also its pleasant organic fragrance.
Elevate your exfoliation
Exfoliation is a must-do to achieve glass skin — even if you have troubled skin. Doing so regularly will help unclog pores and remove excess sebum and dirt. But did you know that you can also soothe and repair the skin while exfoliating? It’s possible with the Acnes Pore Tightening Pad.
This multi-care pre-soaked cotton pad has two sides: one is for exfoliation and the other has the swiping effect for moisturising and soothing the skin. It’s soaked in a formula that contains exfoliating Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), a gentler sibling of BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), that’s also great for sebum control. It's also packed with Pink Calamine Powder which has amazing soothing effects for sensitive and irritated skin. Plus, it has moisturising and brightening Niacinamide and pore-tightening Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. On top of that, it contains soothing Centella Asiatica, Peptide and Hyaluronic Acid.
“The packaging is conveniently designed for easy usage,” Evon shared, noting that it helps her breeze through her nighttime routine. As far as the effects go, XuanYi, who has uneven skin texture, noticed that her complexion is cleaner and smoother after each use of the product. “I’ve been looking to smoothen the texture of my skin, so I’m glad to have tried this. It’s also great for those looking for a simple and fuss-free skincare routine as the pre-soaked pads are truly convenient and relaxing,” she shared.
Add a pore-tightening serum to your routine
Enlarged pores getting in the way of your glass skin dreams? While you can’t get rid of large pores, there’s a way to minimise their appearance. The Acnes Pore Tightening Serum from the Mentholatum Acnes Special Care Range is great for this.
It’s packed with 5% niacinamide, peptides and enantia chlorantha bark extract that tighten the pores for a smooth, supple complexion. It also contains hyaluronic acid that moisturises the skin.
After using the product, XuanYi shared: “My pores look smaller and there was a reduction in oiliness and my skin tone became more even.” It didn’t take long for Evon to experience the same results. “When I used this, I saw an almost immediate effect on my pores — something that one can only see in other products after a long time of use,” she said.
On top of tightening the pores it also helps keep oiliness at bay and brightens the skin. Visibly tight pores, matte where you need it, and bright where you want to glow? Sounds like Korean glass skin to us.
Going from troubled to Korean glass skin may involve switching to a new routine, but finding a range that helps you achieve it slowly but surely is something worth taking the first step for, don’t you think?
This story was created in partnership with Mentholatum Acnes.
Start your Korean glass skin journey with the Mentholatum Acnes Special Care Range.
Comments, questions or feedback? Email us at [email protected].