Last Updated on June 25, 2024 by Angela Vaz

Most people don’t know that skin of different colors has different properties.

This is one of the primary reasons we cannot all use the same skincare.

You don’t need fancy products to achieve glass skin.

That’s the truth.

Korean skincare works wonderfully for some people but can’t be universal.

Black/brown skin tends to have larger pores and more active sebaceous glands, producing more sebum.

This increased oiliness means we will have a shinier complexion (which helps delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), but it doesn’t last forever.

As we age, our skin gets drier.

Additionally, black skin often has a denser and more compact dermis, which can provide excellent structural support and resilience.

This density, combined with a higher melanin content, means better protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation, reducing the risk of sunburn and certain skin cancers.

However, this protective feature also means that we suffer from hyperpigmentation more easily.

So, our skincare needs to be different!

That’s why I’m writing a post on how to get glass skin if you have a brown/deep skin tone.

I will include all the products at the bottom of the post – to make things easier.

Let’s begin, shall we?

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1. First, double cleanse!

Even if you don’t wear makeup, you have to double cleanse – at least at night before going to bed.

Because a water-based cleanser does not wash off your sunscreen thoroughly.

I double-cleanse in the night just before going to bed with both:

  1. Oil-Based Cleanser First, you use an oil-based cleanser. The oil breaks down all that gunk that builds up on your face throughout the day—think makeup, sunscreen, and pollution grime. The oil grabs onto these impurities and lifts them off your skin. I have used many oil cleansers, but I love this one by Kiehl.
  2. Water-Based Cleanser Next, you wash it off with a water-based cleanser. It can be a gel, foam, or cream cleanser—whatever feels best for your skin type. Because I like to keep my skincare simple, I’m using Cetaphil’s gentle cleanser.

I’ve been using these cleansers for over 2 years, and they do not break me out.

2. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week

Gently exfoliate 2-3 times weekly using chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover.

This helps to maintain a smooth and even skin texture and enables you to achieve glass skin eventually.

So, every alternate day after cleaning at night, I use 2% salicylic acid (3 drops is enough).


I used to use the Ordinary version, but Minimalist is a more pocket-friendly version with no compromise in quality.

I’ve been testing this for over a year, and it’s actually helped decrease the blackheads on my nose and make my skin so smooth!

3. Do not skip toner!

I always believed that toner was a total waste of time and money.

I was skeptical.

But after seeing some Youtube videos and understanding what a toner actually does – I decided to give it a try.


I feel so foolish for not giving toner a chance.

Let me explain…

Our skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic (about 5.5), but it sometimes becomes alkaline when we cleanse it.

Using a toner restores your skin’s natural pH. It also removes impurities and provides EXTRA moisture so your skin absorbs whatever serums you use afterward.

It increases the effect of your serums and helps your skin retain more moisture.

THIS is what helps you get Glass Skin!

There are only 2 toners I recommend:

  1. Centella Toner (good for combination, oily and dry skin)


2. Paula’s Choice Skin-Balancing Toner (for Acne and oily/combination skin, this is gold)

I am well aware that none of these products are fancy, but you don’t need fancy products to achieve glass skin.

That’s the truth.

4. Use serums (to target your skin concern)

Don’t try to do it all.

  • If you have acne, Niacinamide 10% to remove pore congestion and reduce acne scars.
  • If you have hyperpigmentation, use Vitamin C to increase brightness and even out your coloration.
  • Use snail mucin to improve your skin texture if you have fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Moisturize (no matter what!)

My dermatologist told me that even people with oily skin (aka me) need to moisturize!

Never skip moisturization because our skin needs moisture! And producing extra sebum is not a substitute for moisture – no ma’am!

You don’t need to use a fancy moisturizer.

You can simply use this simple Cera-Ve moisturizer and it’s all you need, trust me!

6. Never skip sunscreen

Let’s say you’re feeling lazy.

And you’re too tired to do your skincare in the morning – that’s okay.

Wash your face and apply SPF.

Do not (at any cost) skip sunscreen!

You can use any sunscreen, but right now, I am in love with La Roche Posay.

7. Be consistent

This whole post is about daily habits.

Aim for consistency.

Try to incorporate these habits one by one as and when you can.

I know it takes time, but if you really want to improve your skin – you have to be consistent.

And even though they seem small, they will lead you to good, clear, and glowing skin in time.

Apart from your skincare- try to heal your body from the inside out. Read this post to see how I did that.

I wish you luck!

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Angela is a 31 year old Illustrator and Blogger living with her 2 adorable labradors in Bangalore, India. She has a degree in Psychology and Human Relationships from the University of Toronto. When she's not writing her heart out or drawing, you'll find her sipping chai and reading non-fiction books.

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