Raise your hand if you’ve seen the buzz around glass skin, read up, and thought it all too “high maintenance” to do everyday. After all, achieving glass skin requires patience, consistency, and more spare time than busy girls have. So, when we read that SoKo Glam founder and esthetician Charlotte Cho has identified a new “trend” that’s much easier to pull off, we were delighted. Could cream skin actually be the fuss-free answer to glass skin we’ve all been waiting for?
Fast facts: if glass skin is a state that stems from a multi-step routine, think of cream skin as a look that’s born out of a unique hybrid product. Simply put, the cream skin aesthetic is the result of a single “milky” product that functions (and excels) as both a toner and a moisturizer. When you have something like that, it makes your routine a little less complicated without sacrificing skin radiance and suppleness.
These hybrids are well on their way to becoming the next big thing in K-beauty, so of course there are tons of brands already offering their take on cream skin in 2020. Emulsions, cream toners, milky lotions—they all have their interpretations, and we’ve got our top picks. Below, we round up the best of the best for every skin type and give you a routine that lets your creamy skin shine. Scroll!
THE CREAM SKIN PRODUCT TO GET FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
If you have normal skin…
TRY: COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream, P1,100
COSRX are known for being masters of balance, and this formulation is no exception. It contains various actives (including a mild dose of vitamin C for brightness) and hydrating mineral water to nourish skin. If you’re not dealing with any special skin issues and are just looking for something to enhance your already great complexion, you’ll love this.
Shop it here.
If you have combination skin…
TRY: Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Emulsion (130ml), P1,299
It may be slightly thicker than the previous product, but that’s for good reason: it’s a true hydration bomb. It maintains skin’s oil-moisture balance with a mix of squalene, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid (to name a few)—AKA, key ingredients for maximum plumpness. Still, it barely takes a minute to absorb, and without any residual stickiness, either.
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If you have oily, acne-prone skin…
TRY: Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Emulsion, now on sale at P850 (limited time only)
Now, if you’re battling blemishes, here’s your best bet. With 20% tomato extract and a touch of vitamin C, it evens out skin tone, brightens dark spots, and smoothes texture to help you achieve your healthiest skin yet. For best results, pair this with an exfoliator to really stop excess sebum in its tracks.
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If you have sensitive skin…
TRY: The Saem Jeju Fresh Aloe Emulsion, P540
Whether you’re dealing with stressed, irritated skin, or just skin that’s extremely picky, anything with aloe might do it some good. This emulsion contains 86% fresh aloe vera leaf extract and Giga White to instantly rehydrate and soothe. Of course, be sure to do a patch test first if your skin is historically hypersensitive, to get ahead of any adverse reactions. Better safe than sorry with this skin type!
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If you have mature skin…
TRY: Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (50ml), P550
Ah, yes, the product that started it all. We love Laneige because they’ve proven themselves to be a perfect match across skin types, age groups, and even budgets. (Their travel-sized products are beloved among the try-before-you-buy crowd!) To hear that they’ve created something so good, it launched a whole new skincare trend—well, we weren’t surprised.
Especially after we tried the Cream Skin Refiner for ourselves! A few drops can moisturize, reinforce your skin barrier, and bring vibrance back to ultra dull skin. It’s thinner in consistency than the others, but it’s no less potent. We’d say anybody could benefit from having this in their routine, but we’d especially recommend this for mature skin in need of rejuvenation. This is our ultimate!
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THE 5-MINUTE CREAM SKIN ROUTINE FOR INSTANT GLOW
STEP 1: NOURISH YOUR SKIN After cleansing with a non-abrasive, low pH cleanser, dry off your face and apply your “cream toner” of choice. Skip the cotton pads for this step, as emulsion-type products are best applied with clean hands. Once product is on your skin, gently press down with your fingers for better absorption. Finish with SPF and any other skincare musts.
WE USED: Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (50ml), P550
STEP 2: EVEN OUT YOUR BASE To cover up any redness or discoloration while still letting your natural skin come through, opt for a sheer liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream. Apply a thin layer of product with a damp sponge, your fingers, or a soft brush, adding more pigment on “problem areas” if needed. Ideally, you should be left with a seamless base that just looks like your skin but better.
WE USED: Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation, P1,990
STEP 3: PLAY UP YOUR FLUSH Give your skin a healthy glow with a bit of blush that flatters your skin tone. We recommend reaching for a mousse blush or a cheek tint to achieve a more natural, lit-from-within finish. Apply on the apples of your cheeks and blend out with your fingers or a damp sponge. Remember: your skin is the star of this look, so let it glow!
WE USED: Happy Skin Color Play Multi-Use Mousse in Peach Bum, P599
STEP 4: PLUMP UP YOUR LIPS Finish off with your favorite MLBB lippie—plus points if it comes with a bit of sheen for added shine and plumpness. If not, apply a layer of balm or gloss over your lips to achieve the same subtle but brightening effect.
WE USED: Happy Skin Lip Mallow Mousse in Truffle, P549, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, P550 So, what products are in your cream skin wish list?
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