As we age, the metabolism of our cells becomes slower and tell-tale signs of ageing emerge. Skin becomes drier and finer in texture, and starts to lack in tone and firmness. Age spots and pigmentation can also appear, which contribute to a more uneven looking complexion. While no beauty products can turn back the hands of time, there is no reason you can’t look and feel your best at every age and keep your skin in tip-top shape. That’s why today, I’m sharing the best Korean Beauty products for mature skin.
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More and more Koreans are looking for "low irritation skincare items" to soothe angry pores and skin trouble caused by the wearing of Covid-19 masks and the overlapping change of seasons. The high temperature, humid environment caused by face masks activates sebum secretion, which causes sebum, sweat, and waste to become entangled and block pores. Skin also becomes sensitized due to continuous friction, resulting in "mask trouble."
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Caring for mature skin involves a little more TLC than skin in its 20s or 30s.
As we age, the amount and activity of the fibroblasts in the skin is reduced, as is the synthesis of collagen. Skin becomes noticeably drier thanks to a decrease in natural oils. On the bright side, this means that mature skin is prone to fewer breakouts. On the other hand, it means that skin begins to lack firmness and can develop a more pallid colour.
Remember the old saying, “Prevention is better than a cure”? The ideal time to start an anti-ageing routine is while the skin is still in its prime. This doesn’t mean that it’s too late to take care of your skin if you’ve left it a little longer though.
The Korean Beauty routine aims to provide hydration to dry, tight skin, working to protect and strengthen it. The ingredients in anti-ageing K-Beauty products also target dullness, age spots and pigmentation, and work to smooth existing wrinkles.
The goal of these products is to stimulate the process of cell renewal and recover some of the skin’s lost firmness.
Our favourite ingredients to look out for in Korean Beauty products for mature skin include:
Galactomyces – a type of yeast extract made through a process of fermentation. It is perfect for ageing skin as it offers nourishment, hydration, renewal and toning effects.
Niacinamide – a Vitamin B3 component. It improves skin’s elasticity, enhances the barrier function and revives skin tone and texture.
Adenosine – a yeast-derived ingredient that functions as a soothing and skin-restoring agent.
rh-Oligopeptide– a small polypeptide of 53 amino acids that stimulate epidermal cell growth. This ingredient has been shown to speed the healing of wounds and reduce scarring.
Ceramides – lipid molecules found within cell membranes that hold skin cells together. They form a protective layer that plumps the skin and helps it to retain moisture. In skincare products, ceramides are used to replace the skin’s natural lipids.
Sodium Hyaluronate – an ingredient found naturally in the human body that is important for sustaining skin as it ages. Sodium hyaluronate (and it’s cousin, hyaluronic acid) hold up to 1,000 times their own weight in water, making them excellent moisturisers.
Many Korean Beauty products specifically target ageing skin and anti-ageing concerns. Some of our favourite include:
d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Toner– an anti-aging toner that combines luxurious white truffle with pearl, niacinamide and more. It has a lightweight consistency that keeps sebum and moisture levels in check while also working to tackle the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation.
An essence is a quintessentially Korean skincare step that focuses on restoring the skin’s natural rhythm and promoting turnover. Some of the best Korean essences for mature skin right now are:
APLB Glutathione Hyaluronic Acid Essence – Experience the effects of famed pigmentation-eradicating ingredientglutathione for yourself. This essence is infused with Glutathione (100ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid (100ppm) and more to provide elasticity and nutrition for youthful looking skin.
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence.This essence rivals SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence and targets lack of firmness, dullness, lack of hydration, poor skin tone, sagging skin, wrinkles and more
Eye masks likeHeimish Bulgarian Rose Hydrogel Eye Masks work well with ageing skin, as they are designed to target eye bags and dullness under the eye.
Made of hydrogel, they are infused with Bulgarian rose, leaving the skin around the eyes refreshed and radiant.
One of Korea’s best-known products –Missha Probio Ampoule – is a highly concentrated, scientifically developed serum that can be used daily to revitalise and improve the skin’s texture. Serum is a great skincare step for mature skin, as it radically boosts moisture levels and contains a higher concentration of active ingredients than regular moisturisers – actives are the ones that actually work to change the skin on a cellular level. Watch our YouTube reviewhere.
APLB Glutathione Ampoule Serum – If your skin is marred with dark spots, pigmentation and has become less elastic than usual, this is the serum you want in your routine. Glutathione is an outstanding ingredient for dark spots, making your complexion brighter and more even.
Another favourite beloved by Korea’s air hostesses isd’Alba Piedmont’s First Spray Serum.This Korean product went viral after it was revealed to be the secret behind Korean airline hostesses’ beautifully hydrated complexions in flight.
Strong enough to combat dry cabin air, it is made on a base of white truffles and lotus with avocado oil. It helps to reduce wrinkles, brighten skin and supply moisture.
You can find our d’Alba First Spray Serum Vlog reviewhere.
APLB Propolis Collagen Eye Creamis ideal for mature skin, also caring for wrinkles on the neck and around the mouth too.
Jelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream– this deliciously hydrating moisturiser is a drink for mature skin. It combines niacinamide with Vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate and more.
APLB Glutathione Brightening Cream– This cream is perfect for day-time use if you’re looking to even out your skin tone to target pigmentation, melasma, dark spots etc. Not only does it deliver a more even tone, it also cares for large, visible pores, improves wrinkles and fine lines and improves hydration levels.
d’Alba Peptide No Sebum Repair Cream is also ideal, acting as multi-purpose facial cream. It is packed with peptides and amino acids to tackle all the key signs of aging, as well as calm skin, leaving it fresh and matte.
APLB Collagen Peptide Moisture Cream – At a versatile pH 5.5, this collagen peptide cream is great for all skin types and is particularly suited for those looking to refine skin tone and reduce wrinkles. If your skin is lacking in elasticity, is marred by dark spots and unevenness or has visible signs of aging, then this is the moisturiser for you.
APLB Retinol Vitamin A Cream – If you know K-Beauty, you’ll know how rare it is to find a formula featuringretinol in it! Which is why we couldn’t be more stoked that APLB not only created an anti-aging cream featuring this star ingredient, but that it combined them with all our other anti-aging favourites! This luxurious formula includes peptides, collagen, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, as well as pigmentation-busting licorice and sea buckthorn. It’s a K-Beauty Dream.
"The ideal time to start an anti-ageing routine is while the skin is still in its prime. This doesn’t mean that it’s too late to take care of your skin if you’ve left it a little longer though."- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast
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