You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now, how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it has to be good.
In 1513, Juan Ponce de León discovered the fountain of youth — at least, that’s what he thought. Reportedly, the everlasting deposit of water was found somewhere in Florida (no, not in modern day Disney World), and while historians never actually proved whether or not León had actually discovered said place, it’s hard to deny that he set out to do what many people had hoped to for centuries before him: stop aging.
Alas, it’s 2018 and our version of the life-preserving liquid doesn’t come from a conquistador. Instead, we satisfy our obsession with aging with skin-care trends, like buzzy new cosmetic procedures or human growth hormones. But there’s one beauty trend that sets out to help you find your own fountain of youth, without needles or the foreskin of a baby’s circumcised penis. Better yet, it’s straight from South Korea. Enter: glass skin.
“Glass skin is this idea of transparent and translucent skin” Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily, explained to us back in 2017 at the height of the trend. “It’s a sign of youthfulness and it’s one of the most strived for qualities in Korea.” Yoon described it as “the pinnacle of youthful skin” and, a year ago, claimed that products alone won’t help you achieve the super-smooth complexion overnight — at least, until she went ahead and formulated one to help get you there.
Peach & Lily’s new eponymous skin-care line recently launched its Glass Skin Refining Serum, that predictably, sold out almost immediately (once on the brand’s site and once on Ulta Beauty). Now, the refining serum is sold out again and won’t be restocked for a few weeks. To satiate your craving for “glass skin,” we’ve found the best alternatives to try until this serum is back online.
Click ahead for the smoothing, firming, and hydrating serum’s best dupes.
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Exactly what makes this serum so revolutionary — and effective — is the unique cocktail of ingredients including peach extract, niacinamide, east Asian mountain yam, madecassoside, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. In other words, you’ve got the perfect combo of safe-for-you heroes that smooth wrinkles, hydrates skin, and leaves a glassy glow behind.
Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, $39, available at Peach and Lily
Sure, it’s sold out, but you can shop for some of its best ingredients in the hopes of cocktailing your own “glass skin” routine at home. First up: Deciem’s best-selling bottle of 10% niacinamide that balances sebum production and reduces the size of even your worst blemishes.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $5.9, available at The Ordinary
Peptides are another important component to the Peach & Lily hit. So, after you’re done signing up for the waitlist, you can click through the curated brand’s site to find this peptide-infused serum from Mizon to use in the meantime. Thanks to its lightweight formula, no matter how much you put on, every last drop absorbs into the skin almost immediately.
Mizon Peptide 500, $48, available at Peach and Lily
You can’t master the Korean beauty trend with clogged — seemingly enlarged — pores. To minimize their appearance, you need something like this unique combination of snow mushroom (promotes long-term moisture retention) and marine water that keeps your skin’s oil production levels to a minimum.
Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum, $62, available at Sephora
It’s the harmonious mixture of hyaluronic acid, peptides, and amino acids in this Greek go-to that makes sure wrinkles aren’t your biggest skin woe anymore.
Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum, $98, available at Sephora
The squalane and hyaluronic acid do double duty in this serum for maximum levels of moisture retention. That way, you never wake up with thirsty skin — or fine lines — ever again.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum, $82, available at Sephora
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