Products that claim to ‘turn back the clock’ and ‘defy time’ have been selling promises to women for the last hundred years. But we want to take a more realistic and mindful approach when discussing skincare for mature skin.
When we talk about anti-ageing skincare, it’s important to us that we don’t create a negative rhetoric around the concept of ‘ageing’.
The beauty and fashion industries can be huge drivers convincing us we must strive for eternal youth. That wrinkles, loss of elasticity and other signs of ageing should be avoided at all costs.
Rather than instilling a fear around the process of ageing, we want to discuss how and why our skin ages. We'll talk through the steps we can implement to best care for our skin at every stage along this journey.
It happens to everyone!
Once we turn about 25, we begin to lose around 1% of our skin’s collagen per year.
As we lose collagen, we start to also see some other signs of ageing. We experience a loss of elasticity (or the bounciness) and fine lines and wrinkles will start to appear.
Depending on the climate in which we live and the amount of melanin in our skin, we will start to see pigmentation and sunspots. All of this is natural, completely unavoidable and happens to every single human living on the planet.
Lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors also play a part when it comes to the ageing of your skin. Last but not least (and this is one of the things you can control!) how we care for our skin via our skincare regimes.
This one pretty much speaks for itself. There is little point going to war with your DNA. Like in most areas of your life, genetics heavily determine how and when your skin starts to loose collagen and show signs of ageing.
If you start seeing premature ageing on your face and can’t pinpoint why, book an appointment with your dermatologist. They are the best professionals to talk you through genetic factors and how they might be impacting your skin (and also if there are steps you can take should you want to intervene.)
This one is super important for Aussies.
We live in a harsh climate and are geographically located close to the hole in the ozone layer.
Culturally, we LOVE the sun and the outdoors and are shaped by our closeness to the beach, surf and sun. This is great, but not without side effects. UV rays are one of the quickest way to age and damage the skin.
We must take this seriously because sun exposure and skin damage go way beyond the superficial appearance of the skin. Australians have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world so it's critical to "Slip, Slop, Slap" every day. If you haven’t got an SPF in your everyday routine, then consider this your gentle slap on the wrist. Don’t hesitate. Get onto it now.
Lifestyle factors that can speed up our skins ageing process include cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, and drugs. This is probably not that surprising.
The toxins in all of these take a huge toll on the body and the skin is the biggest organ of the body.
Cut down or eliminate these factors and your skin will look healthier and younger for longer. By the same token, things that are great for the skin are clean eating, water and an active lifestyle.
Finally, our skincare routine can play a part in maintaining the health and integrity of our skin. While skincare won’t stop the process of ageing, what it will do is minimise and reduce visible signs of ageing while ensuring that our skin is clean, hydrated, and nourished.
Implementing a proper routine that cares for the skin as early as possible is a great way to ensure that your skin looks great at every age.
Choosing products that have the right pH balance, won’t damage the skin's barrier and won’t be too harsh on your skin are all vital steps in the K-Beauty philosophy.
Koreans focus on preventative, gentle skin care that adapts to our skins needs as it ages.
Below are our Top 5 K-Beauty products for anti-aging that will make a visible difference in your skincare routine:
If you’ve never used a steam cream before then this is the perfect place to start. Designed to be ultra-hydrating, this is perfect for those of us who have dull or dry skin.
Jelly Ko’s steam cream is a deliciously hydrating drink for your skin.
Packed with Niacinimide, Vitamin E and Beta Glucan, it works to hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. We love pairing this with a sleeping mask for added an added hydration boost, like Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask
Keeping the skin hydrated is key to keeping the skin looking youthful and plump.
With a perfectly balanced PH level of 5.5, this cream keeps the skin moisturised and soft while it works to target the signs of ageing.
Formulated with a blend of star ingredients like Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Macadamia seed oil and propolis, it was made for those looking for moisturiser that slows the visible signs of ageing. It is ideal for maintaining a youthful and firm looking skin.
One of the first signs of ageing is the appearance of fine lines around our eyes.
This eye cream is great for those who are starting to feel that their eye area needs a bit more lovin'.
APLB’s formula improves skin elasticity and boosts hydration with its powerhouse Peptide 4x Complex. Other stars include Niacinamide, Macadamia Seed Oil and Propolis Extract, which work together to intensely nourish and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.
This is a great one to pair with the APLB Retinol Vitamin A Moisture Cream.
If you are looking to introduce retinol into your skincare routine this moisturiser is an ideal starting point.
Retinol is one of the most famous and scientifically backed ingredients for anti-ageing. It boosts collagen and elastin and tackles all the key signs of ageing.
This beautiful and gentle cream is infused with retinol and peptides, so it works to manage your anti-ageing concerns but also provides a deep hydration that won't dry your skin out. Other benefits are that it will brighten dull skin and improve sun spots.
If you want to learn more about retinol in Korean skin care jump on this episode of the podcast:
Another APLB product!
But seriously these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to great anti-ageing products.
This dual functioning brightening and anti-ageing serum assists with hydration and revitalising the skin.
It isa dream for the skin and is cruelty free and paraben-free, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. With just a few drops this serum keeps the skin beautifully moisturised.
It is made from natural ingredients including Centella asiatica and Beta Glucan, which restores and revitalises the surface of the skin.
If you unsure how you should be caring for your skin, we have the perfect podcast for you. In this episode, STYLE STORY Founder and resident K-Beauty expert Lauren Lee discusses her top tips on caring for your skin at every age:
As always, if you have any questions for us about anti-ageing products or skincare routines please reach out to one of our STYLE STORY team members. We are always here to help you and support you on your skin care journey.
"Lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors also play a part when it comes to the ageing of your skin."- STYLE STORY K-Beauty
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