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'Cloudless Skin' Is More Than Just A Korean Beauty Trend

It's a skincare routine that comes with the practice of a better lifestyle.
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The world is overrun with Korean beauty trends, it's difficult to discern which ones to follow. 

Just as we’re finally convinced and about ready to snag the last bottle of whatever beauty product the latest K-Beauty swears by, another trend comes along.

But if there’s any K-Beauty trend you should at least try, it’s to aim for "cloudless skin." More than a trend, it’s a commitment to a good skincare regimen and better lifestyle choices for the sake of clear, clean and “cloudless” skin. Here’s a primer.


What is cloudless skin?


Cloudless skin isn’t achieved through a single treatment or product. It’s similar to a compliment rewarded to someone with a “flawless, radiant, unblemished complexion” that comes from a healthy diet, a consistent skincare routine, and enough hours of sleep. It goes beyond the surface and is an attribute of a healthy physical and emotional state of being.

How can you tell when you've achieved cloudless skin status? It’s simple. Alicia Yoon of Peach & Lily tells Allure to compare the look to the untouched skin of a baby whose skin has yet to battle the elements.


How do I get it?


It may seem nearly impossible to reverse all the damage that you've accumulated over the years, such as hyperpigmentation, sun spots, acne, and wrinkles, but it’s never too late to aim for healthy skin.

The first step is to eat clean. Cut down on sugar and trade it for leafy greens and whole grains.

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The number of hours of sleep also helps clear out the skin and is a sure measure to avoid puffy eyes. Go to bed early, and get at least seven hours of sleep.

As for the skincare aspect, don’t be intimated by the number of steps often affiliated with Korean beauty. Stick to the basics such as deep cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing—steps that are probably already part of the regular skincare routine. Apply masks and face scrubs once in a while and use applicators such as the trendy jade roller to regularly massage the face.

Ultimately, cloudless skin owes its success to sun care. Top off all the layers of the routine with a reliable sunscreen with a level of at least SPF 50.

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And remember, consistency is key. Stop shuffling from product to product and stay loyal to the regimen.


What products do I need?


The road to cloudless skin involves general steps and various products, so it’s difficult to pinpoint specific products that help achieve the look instantly. It’s easier to look at the ingredients in a product that will solve the individual skin problems we each have that are hindering us from flawless skin.

For hyperpigmentation, for example, a product rich in vitamin C is said to help in targeting dark spots. To minimize pores, invest in a product with salicylic acid. In dealing with a dull complexion, the trick is to exfoliate with a glycolic acid peel for normal skin, lactic acid peel for dry, sensitive skin, and a cleanser with salicylic acid for oil and combination skin types. It is important to understand your true skin type to know which ingredients your skin needs

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Scroll through a selection of skincare bestsellers below:


Perricone M.D. Hydrating Cloud Cream


Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream SPF15


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Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum


Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask


Dermalogica Daily Soperfoliant

All products are available at Rustan's Department Stores.

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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