'Jello skin' is the new K-Beauty glow trend that takes hardcore dedication

It's all about that bounce...

Editor / May 16 2022

Nothing makes us happier than a Korean skin care trend that's also fun to say, which is why we can't get enough of 'jello skin'. And with 14.1 million views on the TikTok hashtag and counting, it seems the rest of the world is just as captivated.

Following on from the reflective glow of glass skin and slimy texture of slugging, the goal of jello skin is to keep the face as elastic and bouncy as possible. 

As popular skinfluencer @glowwithava puts it, “every time you move it out of place, it should bounce back”. Collagen, you’re up.

Of course, achieving below-the-surface results like this requires below-the-surface care. “This isn’t just about the skin care products you use but a lifestyle,” she writes on Instagram. Diet and exercise, you’re also up.

So how do you get ‘jello skin’?

Hydration and nourishment are key, of course. But in order to get the plump and structured skin texture required of jello skin, a few extra steps are recommended.

#1 Facial massage and movements

Moving your facial muscles is the most important aspect of the trend,” according to Nick Drewe, Founder and Trend Expert at WeThrift. “It's key to incorporate facial massages into your daily routine to create and increase the elasticity of your skin.”

A tool like the SelfAmour Facial Reflexology and Sculpting Gua Sha ($79 at selfamour.com) may come in handy, or try teaching yourself some lymphatic drainage techniques using your own two hands.

#2 An anti-inflammatory diet

As well as drinking plenty of water, an anti-inflammatory diet can help the skin to look less puffy and more plump and juicy. “This includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins like beans and nuts,” recommends Drewe.

#3 Exfoliation

Help to encourage skin regeneration (for smoother texture and a bouncier feel) with a regular exfoliating routine. We love a powerful glycolic acid (try LANATÉ Cream, $26.49 at Chemist Warehouse) but lactic acid (like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, $183 at MECCA) is also great for sensitive skin.

#4 Protection

Last but not least, reaching and maintaining jello skin will also require protection. Keep up the daily SPF application and incorporate a vitamin C serum into your morning routine for an extra hit of antioxidants.

Main image credit: @glowwithava

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