Currently trending on the internet is a beauty fad known as ‘glass skin‘. What it actually means is to have a super smooth skin that is glossy with an almost reflective finish. How the name came about is due to the appearance of the skin that is so translucent that it looks like a sheet of glass.
Sounds impossible to achieve glass skin? We talk to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics about how you can be the envy of all your friends by owning poreless, crystal clear skin.
What Is Glass Skin?
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah: Glass skin – simply put – looks exactly as it sounds. The end state of having glass skin is to make sure your skin is so flawlessly shiny that it looks like a pane of glass. Some people have pointed out that having glass skin can be mistakenly viewed as oily skin, and that is not a desirable trait to have.
The trick to having glass skin without looking oily is to make sure that the complexion is clear and the skin surface is smooth, with no traces of blackheads or whiteheads. To successfully achieve the ultimate glass skin, facial wrinkles, pigmentation, enlarged pores, and scars must be eliminated from the skin surface. These skin conditions prevent the skin from looking reflective and clear.
How To Achieve Glass Skin?
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah: Let’s start with the foundation of the skin. Having a glossy look with enlarged pores will definitely create an impression of oily skin. Enlarged pores are best dealt with using Carbon Laser Peel treatment. The doctor applies a thin layer of medical grade carbon on the skin. When the laser interacts with the carbon, it instantly vaporizes the carbon. At the same time, the toxin and debris lodged deep in the pores will also be removed by the laser. When done regularly, you will see a visible reduction of enlarged pores.
Glass skin cannot be achieved if your skin is dull and covered with pigments. Lasers such as PicoSure Laser, Dual Yellow Laser and LASEMD are among some of my favourite lasers to restore the radiance and improve the skin tone.
Regular exfoliation is also necessary to remove the accumulation of dead skin cells and any last traces of make up on your skin. Opt for a gentle facial exfoliator at home once a week. Alternatively, you can undergo a deep exfoliating facial treatment to remove clogged pores and eliminate dead skin cells.
In-clinic treatments such as Restylane SkinBoosters and micro-botox can help you achieve the dewy, plump skin for the ‘glass skin’ look. Restylane SkinBoosters is a type of dermal filler treatment that introduces hyaluronic acid under the skin through a series of micro-injections to plump up dehydrated skin.
This may surprise some of you – Botulinum toxin injections, or commonly known by the brand name, ‘Botox’, does not only help to smooth out dynamic wrinkles. When injected superficially using very thin, fine-gauge needles in tiny amounts, it helps to reduce pore size and sebum production.
Once you have improved your skin’s foundation, be mindful to take good care of the new canvas by applying a good lightweight moisturiser such as a HA serum. Don’t forget to apply a good broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.
With these beauty secrets, you are ready to go out to snap a selfie with your bestie and show off your impeccable complexion to the world!