The Korean skincare craze shows no signs of slowing down, and for good reason. First, we had “Glass Skin”, then “Dolphin Skin”, and now “Jello Skin”. Taking its name from the popular American dessert, Jell-O, the latest skincare trend is characterised by plump, dewy firmness, and was made popular by the TikTok user @glowwithava. Think jiggly, luminescent skin that bounces back from the touch.
“Korean beauty has shown time and time again that the best way to achieve your skin goals is by nourishing and moisturising the skin. The latest trend, ‘Jello Skin’ is all about creating a plump and structured skin texture that bounces and feels elastic, similar to the feel of jello and rice cakes,” explains trend expert, Nick Drewe.
It’s certainly a covetable look, but it’s one that can’t solely be achieved by skincare products alone. As with much of Korean skincare, the key to achieving “Jello Skin” also has to do with collagen production, exfoliation and diet. HUNGER spoke to skin expert, Claire Williams, to get the lowdown.
How can you achieve “Jello Skin”?
“It’s all about one thing: collagen,” says Williams. “In other words, if you want to have ‘Jello Skin’, you need to boost your production of collagen, a protein that slows down the effects of skin ageing, but gradually diminishes after the age of 30.”
“Our skin is a clever, awesome organism that reflects the conditions we place it in. Lack of sleep, stress and environmental factors can all be seen in the skin. Before investing £££ and time in products, focus on a skincare routine you’re able to be consistent with, practice good sleep hygiene, drink plenty of water and wear SPF regularly,” she continues. For those looking for quicker results, the expert says that facials, such as her WOW Facial, are a good alternative.
How can we increase the amount of collagen in our skin?
Protect collagen with topical Vitamin C: Slather on a vitamin C serum in the morning. The vitamin is an antioxidant that protects the collagen in your skin against UV damage.
Slather on sunscreen every morning: Sunscreen is vital for skin cancer prevention — but also for keeping skin young and springy. UV exposure can lead to the breakdown of collagen, which can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so you’re never too young to start wearing sunscreen regularly.
Don’t forget below your chin: In your collagen-preserving sunscreen routine, don’t forget your neck, chest, and the back of your hands. These areas can see the effects of cumulative sun damage, as the skin in these areas is thinner and therefore more likely to show the effects of ageing.
Can a specific diet help achieve Jello Skin?
Williams recommends eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fish, lean meats and eggs. “Protein foods like these supply the amino acids (building blocks) you need to make collagen, which keeps your skin strong,” she explains. “Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout contain beneficial fats, which promote skin hydration, resulting in plumper looking skin.