Your Custom Skincare Regimen – Risk of Accelerated Aging or Visible Signs of Aging

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Pre-disposed (Early) Symptoms:

  • People ages 35+ or even as early as 30 begin seeing visible signs of aging as a result of the skin’s steadily declining collagen production
  • Frequent sun exposure without adequate sun protection is the #1 cause of visible aging, so it’s important to start wearing a sunscreen underneath your makeup – even if your makeup has sunscreen, it is oftentimes not enough
  • People at risk for accelerated aging often burn easily or struggle with dry skin
  • People of Caucasian descent are at higher risk of accelerated aging at an earlier age than other heritages because of less pigmentation, and their skin produces less sebum that is needed to naturally protect and hydrate the skin

Visible Symptoms:

  • Visible fine lines and wrinkles possibly found around the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and laugh lines around the mouth
  • Thinner skin
  • Skin does not immediately “snap back” into place when pulled or pushed
  • Freckled decollete
  • Noticeable wrinkles in the neck and cleavage areas
  • Frequent sun exposure without adequate sun protection
  • Skin becomes significantly oily mid-to-late afternoon (true oily skin types are significantly glossy before 12 noon or even morning)
  • Skin is oftentimes dry
  • People of Caucasian descent are at higher risk of accelerated aging at an earlier age than other heritages because of less pigmentation, and their skin produces less sebum that is needed to naturally protect and hydrate the skin

Whether you’re in the early stages of baby-fine lines and wrinkles or are showing pronounced signs of aging, there’s no avoiding it – you’ve got to start fighting the good fight against aging!

Sun exposure is the #1 cause for accelerating signs of aging and can be avoided by avoiding unnecessary sun exposure or using sunscreen when you’re soaking up the rays. As you age, your skin also slowly loses its ability to keep itself moisturized and protected from free radicals, because your sebum production is on the decline. This is why your skin becomes thin and loses its elasticity as time passes.

But, no need to fret! I have created a completely customized anti-aging skin care regimen just for you – and it won’t break the bank! Scroll down to read the routine curated by your favorite esthetician.

Click here to view skincare regimens for all other skin types.

*I am not a dermatologist nor do I have extensive medical training. I cannot prescribe you any medications or drugs to address your problems. I am, however, a licensed esthetician that can recommend products according to your skin type. If you are seeking medical advice or a professional medical evaluation, please speak with your doctor or dermatologist.


Step 1: Remove makeup

It’s very important to cleanse not once, but twice. The first cleanse removes all your makeup, and the second cleanse removes the rest of the leftover dirt and debris.
Contrary to popular belief, using an oil-based makeup remover gives better results, and here’s why: oil has more lubrication, so you’re not irritating or pulling at your skin when trying to remove long-lasting makeup. This is crucial for areas like the eyelids, where the skin is thinner and more fragile. Oil also helps remove sebum build-up inside the pores, so you’re actually getting a thorough cleanse.

The best oil cleanser for you: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. There’s a reason 1 of these is sold every 10 seconds. DHC’s cleansing oil contains vitamins and antioxidants that help hydrate and nourish parched skin in desperate need of help. It removes even the toughest of makeup.
How to use: Apply a dime-sized amount and remove all face make-up, using circular massaging motions. Be gentle when removing eye makeup. Afterward, use cotton rounds to wipe off the excess oil, paying careful attention to the eyes. To remove eye makeup, swipe the cotton rounds in a downward stroke, following the direction of the lashes. Never pull sideways – this can irritate the thin eyelid skin and cause accelerated wrinkling.

Step 2: Cleanse

Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleanser: $19.75

The best cleanser for you: Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleanser. This low-pH cleansing stick is wonderful for people with sensitive skin. It also contains rose flower extracts, which is perfect for parched skin.
How to use: A little bit goes a long way. Lather up a pea-sized amount and massage into the skin.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a very important step in Korean skincare. A popular practice of exfoliation is scrubbing off dead skin cells to encourage new cells to the surface. However, there are plenty more methods other than abrasive scrubbing. One of the most popular exfoliating methods include gentle chemical exfoliations with acids or peels, and these are highly encouraged in the Korean regimen.

Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel: $8.52

The best exfoliant for you: Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. This AHA-based peeling gel is perfect to gently exfoliate thin and loose skin without causing any aggressive abrasions.
How to use: On dry skin, apply a quarter-sized amount and massage onto face. As a general rule of thumb, if you find your skin growing more dry, sensitive, or even extremely oily, you may be exfoliating too frequently. Give your skin a few days to recuperate in between exfoliating treatments.

Step 5: Tone

After cleansing, your skin is stripped of its protective barrier. More than likely, your skin won’t be at its normal 5.5 pH level. 5.5 is slightly acidic because the skin actually has what is called an “acid mantle,” or a protective barrier comprised of fatty acids. If your skin tends to be dry and sensitive, this is a sign of weaker acid mantle, meaning your skin is too alkaline. A toner helps bring your skin’s pH levels back to normal and creates a balanced environment for the next step in your skincare regimen.

Skinfood Gold Caviar Toner: $16.96

The best toner for you: Skinfood Gold Caviar Toner. The Russian caviar extract helps nourish and moisturize the skin, making your skin soft and hydrated.
How to use: Using a cotton round, swipe all over face and wait until dry before proceeding onto next step.

Step 6: Ampoule

Ampoules are another leave-in treatment that addresses specific skin concerns. Because it is far more concentrated than both essences and serums, I recommend using an ampoule during your nighttime routine in place of an essence or serum.

The best ampoule for you: Mizon’s Placenta 45 Ampoule is one of the star players in any anti-aging routine. This ampoule features hyaluronic acid to deliver moisture, and also… placenta. Placenta is great for developing fine lines or apparent wrinkles.
How to use: Drop a pea or dime-sized amount onto palm and pat into face until dry. Be sure to avoid physical contact with the dropper to avoid contamination.

Optional Step 7: Sheet Mask

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet: $7.99

The best sheet mask for you: Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Sheet Masks. These sheet masks contain collagen, which is what your skin produces less of as time passes. By adding collagen to your regimen, you are encouraging your skin to increase its cell turnover rate. And at $7.99 for a pack of 16, we’re looking at about $0.49 cents per sheet mask, which is pretty cost-effective!
How to use: Simply stick-on the mask and leave on for 30 minutes, then remove the sheet. Do not rinse the product off – massage into the skin until absorbed. If you feel there’s too much, pat down with a tissue and then proceed to massage into skin.

Step 8: Eye Cream

I strongly recommend eye creams for mature folks whose skin may be getting thinner and drier as the years pass. As we get older, our skin’s healing cycle slows down due to a decrease in collagen production, and this process starts around the age of 30.

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream: $21.90

The best eye cream for you: Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Featuring Jeju orchid and a variety of antioxidants, this eye cream helps to restore the resilience of the thin skin around the eyes and plump up wrinkles, promoting a youthful appearance.
How to use: Using a fresh cotton swab to prevent contamination, scoop a tiny amount of eye cream the size of the white moons of your fingernails. Distribute this amount onto both ring fingers and gently pat the cream onto your eyelids, paying special attention to the area directly underneath your lower lash line. Use quick, light tapping motions until the product is absorbed. Do not rub, pull, or stretch the eyelids.

Step 9: Moisturize

A thicker moisturizer helps to seal in all the product and prevent the skin from drying out as the hours pass.

Innisfree Orchid Intense Cream: $24.96

The best cream moisturizer for you: Innisfree Orchid Intense Cream. This luxurious cream pairs well with the aforementioned eye cream and helps to improve the texture and elasticity of aged skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use: Scoop a dime-sized amount with a clean cotton swab and pat into the face until product is absorbed.

Optional Step: Nighttime Mask

Sometimes your skin is in turmoil and you just know you need to do a little something extra to help it. When we sleep, our body works hard to regenerate and heal itself in every department, and your skin is no exception to that. Incorporating an extra step during your slumber can help boost your skin’s ability to repair itself.

Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack: $8.99

The best sleeping mask for you: Mizon’s Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack is a game-changer for those with visible fine lines. It is detoxifying, healing and repairing and is designed to use 4 different types of peptides to target wrinkles.
How to use: When your skin is suffering or if you’re prepping for a huge event, use this the day before. After your moisturizer is fully absorbed, massage in a pea-sized amount of this mask right over your moisturizer until your skin soaks it up. Since it functions as an extra layer that seals in everything underneath, you don’t want to lay it on too thick and suffocate your skin. Leave it on overnight and then rinse off in the morning, followed by a moisturizer.

Step 10: Sunscreen

Sun exposure is the #1 cause of physical aging in the skin and is something that is also avoidable. Aside from wearing hats or staying out of the sun completely, sunscreen not only helps you age slower but also helps slow down the process of hyper pigmentation. Did you ever notice that after a day in the sun, your dark spots look even darker? The sun acts like glue to pigment and makes it harder for the spots to fade.

A’Pieu Pure block Natural Sun Cream SPF45/PA+++: $7.99

The best sunscreen for you: A’Pieu’s Pure block Natural Sun Cream is a very creamy, non-tacky sunscreen containing aloe and raspberry extracts that moisturize parched skin without leaving a greasy residue. Not only is the texture perfect for thin skin, but it has a huge amount of SPF and PA. SPF only protects from UVB rays, whereas PA protects from UVA rays. And you see those +’s? That’s actually a PA ranking: the more +’s the better. Just like SPF’s number: the higher, the better.
How to use: Apply all over face, neck, and all other areas exposed to the sun. Reapply every 2 hours – no ingredient remains active all day!

Optional Step: BB Cream

If you’re an avid make-up lover and can’t seem to put the foundation down, a BB cream is a great alternative to taking care of your skin while getting the coverage you need. BB creams serve as a foundation with hydrating and brightening effects and can also double as a sunscreen. While BB and CC creams have made their debut in America, Korean-brand BB creams have still remained superior to their American counterparts.

Fun fact: Many BB creams have a limited selection of colors, but that’s because they actually change color to match your skin. They may appear gray at first, but give it some time and some window light and the product will oxidize.

Skin79’s Super+ VIP Gold BB Cream: $12.96

The best BB cream for you: Skin79’s Super+ VIP Gold BB Cream is perfect for those looking for coverage while receiving anti-aging benefits. This formulation contains gold and caviar extracts that provide a healthy dose of nutrition to the skin and also tons of collagen to retain moisture.
How to use: Pump a small amount onto the back of your hand, and using either your finger or foundation brush, apply it to the face as you would with a foundation. I personally like using my finger and blending it over dark spots for a more natural look. Give it time to oxidize, and then set with powder.


I hope you found this guide informative! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at contact @ theballeronabudget.com. I’ll be checking up on you to see how your skin is soon! In the meanwhile, please check out my other beauty posts.

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