вЂњYour outfit's sick.вЂќ вЂњYou look smoking hot.вЂќ вЂњYour face beat has me shook.вЂќ It's hard to imagine a non-American millennial taking any of these statements as compliments-and yet, here we are. As lovers of language, we fully embrace colorful, creative uses of the written and spoken word, especially when it comes to showing appreciation. Thus, our ears perked up when our friends Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, co-founders of Korean beauty website Glow Recipe, clued us in on the вЂњultimate skin complimentвЂќ in Korea. вЂњIt's when you hear 'pibu mal ga boh yuh!' which directly translates to 'your skin is so cloudless!'вЂќ Lee explains. We're familiar with glass skin and honey skin, but "cloudless skin"? We were intrigued (and also very appreciative of the Korean affinity for appealing skin metaphors).ВGlow Recipe
Above is an image of Lee and Chang's intern, who is the prime example of someone who has вЂњcloudlessвЂќ skin. Consider us extremely jealous. вЂњCloudless speaks to the overall health of the skin, where it's as clear, bright, and discoloration-free as a sunny sky,вЂќ Lee says. But how exactly does that differ from glass skin, which is all about that translucent look, and honey skin, which is all about moisture and high sheen? Simply put, the main difference is that cloudless skin is more about the health of your skin, rather than its appearance.
вЂњCloudless skin doesn't happen overnight,вЂќ Chang says. вЂњIt's more about taking care of your skin through a consistent routine with the right products over time.вЂќ She says that in order to achieve true вЂњcloudless skin,вЂќ you need to develop a skincare routine that addresses and protects against the four main skin concerns: dullness, clogged pores, irritation and environmental. Only after addressing these four areas will you achieve clear, healthy, bouncy вЂњcloudless skin.вЂќ We asked Lee and Chang for their recommendations for these four issues below.
The Issue: Irritation
The Solution: вЂњKeeping the skin and pH level balanced will help keep skin even and inflammation-free. Use non-stripping, low pH toners like ID.AZ Dermastic Essential Toner ($34) and follow up with hydrators that have soothing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides. Our recommendations: Make P:rem Cicapro Cream ($37) and LJH Grow Hyal B5 Ampoule ($33).вЂќGlow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $45Shop
The Issue: Dullness
The Solution: вЂњOpt for gentle daily exfoliation instead of using harsh, gritty scrubs two to three times a week. Our recommendations are the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45) with gentle AHAs nightly and using a splash mask like Blithe's Patting Splash Mask ($45) a few times a week to boost glow. Both are designed to exfoliate but also deliver a heavy dose of hydration.вЂќ
Click here for more chemical exfoliators Team Byrdie loves.Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Oil $36Shop
The Issue: Clogged Pores
The Solution: вЂњDouble cleansing is a must to ensure impurities are thoroughly removed from skin at the end of the day. We recommend Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Oil ($36) and Glow Recipe Blueberry Cleanser ($34). Applying a deep cleansing rubber mask once a week will help de-clog pores as well. Look for active ingredients like charcoal (Lindsay Modeling Rubber Mask, $6) or tea tree oil (MD's Pick Clarifying Water Rubber Mask, $9).вЂќBlithe Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence $38
The Issue: Environmental Damage
The Solution: вЂњTo protect your skin against the elements, incorporate products with antioxidants. Our favorite is the Blithe Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence ($38), which creates an amphiphilic film that acts as a barrier between skin and everything else (dirt, pollution, etc). We also recommend the free radical-fighting Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Moisturizer ($25) and sunscreen like Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ ($32).вЂќ
So there you have it. Cloudless skin is more about the result you get from addressing those four skin issues than a certain вЂњlookвЂќ to achieve from piling on products. We're shook, as they say.