Glowing skin is still very much in vogue. With many K-beauty trends saturating the cosmetics market, there’s been one that’s stood the test of time – and we’re still talking about it. No longer are we concerned with matte products, it’s all about achieving a glowing, dewy skin by hydrating daily and adopting a thorough skincare regime.

Glass Skin is the end goal for many. By following the regime for three to six weeks, consumers can achieve a crystal clear, transparent complexion with an ethereal sheen. Adhering to the routine means skin should reflect light as it would with a piece of glass. Even though glassy skin is a superb regime to follow, it’s also incredibly time-consuming and expensive, requiring more than a few products to achieve the designated look. So, is there an easier way?

H2O is best

The health benefits of water are well known. Up to 60% of an adult human body is water, with skin cells containing 64% alone. As earth’s most natural resource, water is what the human body needs to sustain itself and thrive, even in the harshest conditions.

In the winter months, skin is more likely to suffer from dehydration. If it doesn’t get enough of the good vitamins and minerals from natural resources (i.e. sunlight and water), it begins to appear duller, drier and can be more prone to breakouts. Drinking more water helps to flush out those toxins and clear skin of excess dirt and bacteria. It’s also a natural moisturiser helping to achieve a glowing complexion – as recognised by 56% of respondents in The Cycle of Glow study by Lyrored.

Taking care of our skin is of utmost importance, especially with the increasing rate of pollution in urban and rural areas. Just as drinking water is key, it’s an essential part of a skincare regime. Washing and using a cleanser in the morning and evening with lukewarm water (not hot – as many do) means skin can achieve its healthiest look.

Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise 

The glass skin effect takes cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising to the next level. Requiring a double cleanse, exfoliator, essence, face mask, moisturiser and face mist, both in the morning and evening, it takes dedication and a healthy budget to retain the look.

Skincare doesn’t have to be regimental. At Cornelius, we’re committed to developing solutions that are kind to skin, helping cosmetic retailers and, in-turn, consumers achieve healthier-looking results no matter the budget. Many formulations in our range include ingredients which are scientifically proven to enhance the natural glow by counteracting dull, tired-looking skin.  

Instant radiance

With a clear trend towards radiance, we recognise the importance of using sustainable and natural minerals in our glossy formulations, such as natural mica-based effect pigments and carmine-free ingredients. Working with BASF, a leading supplier of pigments, means our teams have access to mica that’s sourced from a wholly owned sustainable mine in Hartwell, Georgia. With complete traceability from source to supply, we use several mica-based ingredients (Mearlmica II, CF and Treated SVA, Pearl-Glo UVR and Chione M-SVA) to create silky-soft, glossy formulations that are ideal for facial cleansers and moisturisers. Promoting long wear and water-resistant properties alongside a velvety feel on the skin, it’s luxury without a high-end cost.Mirroring the glass effect, instant radiance can be easily achieved when applying effect pigments to skincare products. Given the worldwide market for effect pigments is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% over the next five years, the benefits are clear for the cosmetics industry. Some might say they are glowing.