Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine - Mature Skin

Have you been keeping up with our Korean 10-step skincare routines for different skin types? After covering normal, sensitive, oily/acne prone and dry skin types, we're on our last part of this series! Today we'll be talking a bit about mature skin and how to main its youthful, plump glow following the infamous K-beauty regime.

As we grow older, our skin starts producing less and less collagen and cell turnover becomes slower, causing the skin to sag and lose elasticity. This leads to drooping in places we don't want, and wrinkles in nooks and crannies we didn't think were there. The key to maintaining a perky complexion is picking products that contain more potent, effective ingredients that are geared to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.

Step 1: Makeup Remover
It pays to give your skin a little bit of moisture in every step when it's been through the years. For gentle but effective makeup removal, try IOPE's Ideal Rich Cleansing Cream. This creamy cleanser contains hyaluronic acid that softens and hydrates the skin, creating a moisture protection barrier that keeps the skin supple to the touch.

Step 2: Cleanser
Removing dirt and impurities is essential, and finding a cleanser that's made with collagen helps to keep the skin from drying out. The Moistfull Collagen Cleansing Foam from Etude House is formulated with 5.4% of super collagen water baobab tree water that lathers up into a thick but fine foam. It gently cleanses while releasing fine collagen particles that gets absorbed into your face at the same time, ensuring that it does not strip your face off its natural moisture for soft, plump skin.

Step 3: Exfoliate
As the skin cell turnover isn't as frequent when you're older, it's important to pick a gentle exfoliator that not only removes dead skin cells but softens the layers of the skin too for better product penetration. Innisfree's Wine Peeling Jelly Softener is made with polyphenol, an antioxidant ingredient extracted from grapes harvested from Chateau Margaux that brightens, refines and smoothes your skin, resulting in skin that is soft, hydrated and moisturized.

Step 4: Toner
Skinfood's Black Pomegranate Toner is great for prepping the skin while plumping up to improve the appearance of fine lines. It contains a voluming effector made from pomegranates that's chuck full of antioxidants for anti-aging properties. We love patting this in directly with our hands to really get the full effect!

Step 5:  Essence
It's always a good idea to pick an essence that works to your advantage. The Time Freeze Essence from Laneige is formulated with Dynamic Collagen that aims to improve 5 aging factors (flakey skin, rough complexion, lost of elasticity, fine lines and change in the skin). Lightweight and quick absorbing, this product also helps to brighten the skin while hyaluronic keeps everything nice and hydrated.

Step 6: Ampoule
Give your skin a boost with Holika Holika's One Solution Super Energy Ampoule! This concentrate is made with 71% Super Vegetable Complex made from brocolli, cabbage, wheat sprout and raddish seed extracs that work to reduce fine lines. The result? Firmer, younger looking skin that'll make anyone proud!

Step 7: Mask
Creamy masks are great for keeping the skin super moisturized and plump for that youthful glow. Let Me Skin's Ultra Moisture Cream Masks are packed with shea butter, grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate: the perfect cocktail to nourish and deeply moisturize while creating a protective hydration barrier for the complexion. Curious to know more? We've previously tried these out for ourselves.

Step 8: Eye Product
Wrinkles can be a prominent problem in the delicate eye area. Try Benton's Fermentation Eye Cream that's made with EGF, ceramide, galactomyces and bifida to help improve the appearance of wrinkles as well as provide the skin with anti-aging properties. This formula is also really gentle, making sure not to irritate the eyes.

Step 9: Cream
As one of the last steps of your skincare, pick a cream that not only hydrates the skin but helps to firm up and improve the elasticity of your skin. Chica-Y-Chico's Skin Tightening Cream is pretty self-explanatory. With a bunch of anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, hydrogenated lecithin and cellulose gum, this cream gets itself under the layers of the skin to plump and tighten the skin, working its anti-gravity magic to turn saggy, sad skin into a taut, youthful complexion.

Step 10: SPF
Hydrating formulas are great for keeping the skin protected from both the sun and dryness. Beyond's Phyto Aqua Water Sun Base has an SPF of 50 and PA+++, while sap extracts from birch, bamboo and grape tree keep the skin soothed and moisturized throughout the day.

Phew! That was quite a bit of information, wasn’t it? We hope this guide helps those of you out there with drier compelxions, and it paves the way for plump, radiant skin that'll make even a lightbulb jealous! Would you follow this Korean beauty regime on a daily basis? If you do, what are some of your favorite products? Share with us in the comments below! Find any of the products we've mentioned above from Althea's site for more info. :)

Have a magical day!

Althea’s Mermaid

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