Welcome to K-Beauty: Korean Skincare for Your 50’s and Up
Here at Beautytap, our K-beauty philosophy is that skin should be treated gently, with love and care. That philosophy has never been more important than when addressing skin in our fifties and beyond. If you’re looking for ways to nurture and improve a complexion that is seeing the effects of five decades of life and laughter and sun damage and pollution, you’ve come to the right place. We can get you glowing no matter what!
No matter what your age, sunscreen remains the most critical tool in your skincare kit. Daily sun protection allows skin to repair past damage and regain lost firmness and even tone, so don’t skimp on your sunscreen. Our favorite sunscreens are lightweight, dry clear on all skin tones, and offer excellent UVA and UVB protection.
+ Normal skin: Try A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream, a light, smooth cream that dries totally clear with a soft satin finish.
+ Oily skin: Try A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel, the even more lightweight and watery sister to the Natural Sun Cream.
+ Dry or sensitive skin: Try COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, which provides intensive moisture and extra calming properties. Or, if you’d like a little more luxury, go for Blanc & Eclare Serein Essential Sun Cream, a richly nourishing sunscreen that leaves a veil of moisture over skin.
With age comes thinner skin and a steep reduction in natural moisture, meaning that as we get older, the gentleness of our cleansing routines becomes ever more important. In our fifties and beyond, our skin can’t afford to lose any of its own precious lipids or natural moisturizing factors, so stay far away from rough, scrubby makeup remover wipes or harsh foaming cleansers. Instead, use cleansing oils to remove makeup and sunscreen, and very mild foaming cleansers to wash.
+ Cleansing oil: Try SanDaWha Natural Mild Cleansing Oil. This thick, rich cleansing oil uses a base of green tea seed and olive oil to soften and nourish skin while removing makeup.
+ Foaming cleanser: Try Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX, a gentle, hydrating foaming cleanser packed with the anti-aging goodness of traditional Korean herbal extracts.
Past our fifties, chemical exfoliants can be counterproductive due to the way that they thin the upper layers of the skin. Instead, collagen-boosting vitamin C and intensively nourishing botanical formulations and facial oils will firm skin from within and allow it to glow without compromising delicate complexions.
+ Vitamin C serum: Once a day, use Tia’m My Signature C Source, a vitamin C serum expertly formulated for maximum brightening, firming, and line-reducing results.
+ Firming serum: Try Eclado Wild Ginseng Ampoule, a richly moisturizing and ultra-potent anti-aging serum formulated with 98% wild ginseng extract.
+ Facial oil: Try Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil to bring suppleness, vitality, and radiance back to dry, aging skin.
(Want a more targeted treatment? Shop our full selection of essences and serums here and our facial oil selection here!)
The dullness and loss of resilience caused by age-related moisture loss isn’t the end of the world. The best Korean moisturizers instantly revitalize skin by replenishing needed hydration, while their active ingredients and botanical extracts work deep within the skin to improve tone and texture over time.
+ Normal skin: Try Eclado Cell Memory Cream. This unusually textured facial moisturizer with cell-protective plant extracts rapidly firms the surface of skin for increased elasticity and youthful bounce.
+ Oily skin: Try Su:m37 Flawless Regenerating Lotion to repair skin and leave it supple and soft. Su:m37’s signature fermented herbs nourish while the soft texture glides onto skin and sinks in quickly.
+ Dry skin: Try Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX for deep, long-lasting moisturization and instant smoothness and glow.
In our fifties and beyond, our eyes are prone to crepiness, sagging, and wrinkling. Lifting, tightening, and moisturizing the eye area require extra effort—but they can be done! An intensively nourishing and reparative two-step eye care routine will get your eyes sparkling again in no time.
+ Eye serum: Try Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Eye Serum. Infused with red pine extract and highly concentrated ginseng saponins, best applied with the included 24K gold-plated massager, this moisturizing eye serum visibly lifts and smooths the eye area for a far more youthful appearance.
+ Eye cream: Try Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream. This luxurious eye cream noticeably strengthens and smooths the skin around eyes for dramatically improved elasticity and resilience.
Still with us? If you’ve gotten to this point, you’re well on your way to timelessly beautiful skin at any age. The best is yet to come, though. Continue discovering the best of K-beauty and learning which products and ingredients work for you over at our editorial section, where our team of editors write about skincare and makeup for all ages. Or start with our recommended reading below.
Here’s to a new age of beautiful skin!