You asked for it, so over the next few weeks, we’re going to be breaking down how to build the perfect 10-step routine to address the most common skin concerns you may be facing, depending on your age. Here, we’re focusing on the fifty-plus set.
If you’re going through, or have already gone through, menopause, it can directly impact the look and health of your skin. A decrease in estrogen levels results in a degradation of collagen and elasticity, dehydration, and a compromised moisture barrier. Other common skin concern among this age group are sun spots and slowed cell turnover. But! There is a silver lining: A decrease in sebum production.
You’ll want to focus on products that plump, hydrate, firm, brighten, and protect the skin’s moisture barrier. With that in mind, keep reading below for our tips and K-beauty product recommendations that cater to your unique skin needs.
Oil cleanser: Missha Super Off Cleansing Oil (Dryness Off)
The main goal of oil cleansing is to remove oil-based impurities (i.e. makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum), but if you choose a formula with the right ingredients, it can also be super nourishing as well. This one contains argan oil and sweet almond oil – both sources of vitamin E and fatty acids, as well as moisturizing shea butter. Plus, it’s free of potential irritants like mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, and parabens.
Water cleanser: D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser
This gel cleanser uses white truffle to increase cell turnover and gently exfoliate skin for a brighter, more youthful complexion, as well as BHA and calamine powder to promote smooth, balanced skin.
Rice ferment filtrate has long been a prized ingredient in K-beauty for its ability to help boost cell regeneration, brighten the complexion, and keep skin soft and supple. This toner features it, along with fruit extracts to provide light exfoliation. Because it’s free of alcohol, it won’t strip your skin of moisture.
Essence + Exfoliator: Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence
When cell turnover slows down, exfoliating is key to keeping skin looking bright and youthful. We love this multitasking essence because it contains both glycolic and lactic acids. Glycolic acid effectively sweeps away dead skin cells, while the lactic acid helps improve the skin’s natural moisture factor.
If you’re looking for a natural way to plump up deep wrinkles and prevent new lines from forming, look to mushroom extract, which has been shown to increase collagen levels. This serum contains 76.52% mushroom extract, along with a cocktail of anti-aging and antioxidant superstars such as adenosine, licorice root, and beta-glucans.
Take your mask step to the next level with a sheet mask that does more than just hydrate. This one is souped up with elasticity-boosting, nourishing, and soothing ingredients like caviar, squalane, and seaweed.
When you lose collagen in your eye area, you may not only experience wrinkles, but dark circles. This eye cream tackles both. The formula features hydrolyzed collagen to firm and two different types of peptides to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance dark circles and puffiness.
Moisturizer: Beauty of Joseon Revitalize Sleeping Mask
If your go-to moisturizer isn’t quite cutting it anymore, we recommend swapping it out for a nourishing overnight mask a few times per week. This formula energizes, moisturizes, and brightens while you sleep with hanbang ingredients (traditional Korean herbal medicine) like ginseng, orchid, and black soybean so you’ll wake up with a rejuvenated, supple complexion.
Sunscreen: Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen
Protecting your skin with sunscreen is important at any age, but now you have yet another good reason to slather on the SPF: to prevent dark spots.
We like this SPF 50 formula because it’s hydrating without being greasy.