Koreans are obsessed with having a clear, flawless skin and the latest K-Beauty trend is a testimony to that. After glass skin, K-Beauty is obsessing over a cloudless skin. So, what is a cloudless skin, and how is it different from the glass skin? Let’s find out!
According to Korean skincare experts, a cloudless skin is not merely a trend. It is a skin condition that is the epitome of perfection. It is not a new term in Korea, and people there have been familiar with it since decades. Basically, a cloudless skin is the one that is completely flawless and clear. It is not just about the external condition of your skin, but your inner health and mental state that shows through your skin. For instance, generally, when people are happy they look fresh.
So, it refers to a skin that glows from within. The best example would be the skin of a young child whose skin has not been damaged, is brimming with life, and often seems transparent. As we grow older, our skin is exposed to environmental damage. The constant internal stress (poor diet and stress) and external stress (sun and pollutants) harm our skin and make it dull and lifeless. The cloudless skin is the ultimate skin goal in Korea. Imagine a cloudless sky just after the rain which looks clear and bright. That’s what the cloudless skin is all about! A completely flawless skin with no hint of imperfections or discoloration.
Since a cloudless skin is about your overall well being, to attain it you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you get your leafy greens every day as they are brimming with vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts collagen production, making our skin look firmer. Avoid processed foods and sugar. Focus more on foods with a low glycemic index (GI) such as oatmeal and sweet potatoes. Avoid high GI foods like white bread which increase blood sugar and damage collagen over time. Sugar can also affect your hormones and lead to inflammation. This often results in acne.
Try to maintain your stress levels and get adequate sleep. DNA repair and cell turn over is at its peak at night so you must go to bed before midnight. The blood flow to your skin is also really high at night, as well as skin’s permeability. When you sleep, your body gets a chance to repair your skin. Inadequate sleep may also increase your stress. We all remember how we looked at school after pulling an all-nighter for exams.
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You need to keep inflammation at bay. The first step is to avoid inflammatory foods and eat more of anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation can lead to breakouts. You can try the Atoclassic line which especially focuses on keeping inflammation away. They use different herbs such as di-yu roots and coptis root which have been used in Korea since centuries to fight inflammation.
The second thing to focus on is hyperpigmentation. Make sure you never step out in the sun without a good sunscreen to prevent sunspots. You should look for products that have ingredients such as kojic acid, vitamin C, arbutin, licorice root, and hydroquinone. Using a vitamin C serum every night is also a good idea.
It goes without saying that a good cleansing routine is a must. Cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing regularly is crucial. You can also try hydrating essences such as the LJH Tea Tree Essence. It contains tea tree oil, which is great for acne-prone skin. It has a watery consistency and sinks into skin almost instantly.
Above all, you need to be consistent. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a good beauty routine. Apart from cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, do weekly treatments such as using face masks. The idea here is to take care of the existing imperfections and prevent new problems. You need to be proactive. With consistency, you can surely achieve a cloudless skin!