At What Age Should You Start a Skincare Routine?


Taking care of your skin is important, especially as you get older. Fortunately, it’s never too late to implement a healthy skincare routine. The following article will cover the importance of a skincare routine, the benefits of a skincare routine, what goes into a skincare routine, and the products you should use. 

When Should I Start A Skincare Routine?

There is no reason to overthink the best time to start a skincare routine. To keep the answer short, the best time to start is now! There’s no reason to wait any longer. It doesn’t matter how old you are; your skin can always benefit from a good routine. Some experts believe the earlier, the better. 

You begin to show signs of aging in your 30s and 40s as your skin starts to lose elasticity and fullness. Creating a basic skincare routine in your late teens and early 20s is an excellent way to prevent the unwanted cosmetic side-effects of aging when that time comes. As you age, you can adjust your regime to better fit your age and specific needs.

What Are The Benefits Of A Good Skincare System?

You’re never too old not to reap the benefits of a solid skincare routine. With consistency and high-quality products, your skin stands to benefit greatly. Here are some of the benefits:

  • It keeps your skin in good condition - We all know that snakes shed skin. Did you know that we do too? We shed skin cells throughout the day, so taking care of your skin can keep your skin glowing and in good condition.
  • Youthful appearance - The older you get, the longer it takes for your skin cells to turn over. A skincare routine can help expedite that process, removing dead skin cells so your body can replace them with new ones.
  • Prevention is always easier - When it comes to skincare, prevention is always easier than correction.
  • Feel better about yourself - It’s no secret; the better you look, the better you feel about yourself. Therefore, the healthier your skin, the better you will feel about yourself.

It’s important to remember that even great skincare is no good if you aren’t consistent.

Do You Need A Morning and Evening Skincare System?

This is where people start to abandon the idea of a skincare routine. Yes, most experts recommend having a morning skincare system as well as an evening skincare system. However, it’s not as complex as it sounds. For basic skincare routines, most will wash their face once a day. In the morning, rinse the face with warm water before applying moisturizer to ensure the skin is moisturized heading into the day. At night, experts recommend more dedicated care. That’s because the face is exposed to sunlight and other damage throughout the day. 

What Age Do Most People Start Skincare?

Knowing when to start a skincare routine can be difficult. You don’t want to flood a child’s face with products while their skin is still developing. The most common age you will see recommended by experts is 12 years old. However, it’s important to note that experts recommend using the basics like a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen at this age. 

Throughout puberty, you may have to switch the cleanser to an oil control one to combat acne and pimples. Once you hit your 20s, you should already have a skincare routine ingrained into your daily routine. At this time, you can start implementing anti-aging products. In your 30s, you should begin adding retinol and retinoid products into your anti-aging skincare routine. 

What Is A Good Skincare Routine To Follow?

When preparing your skincare routine, it’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different. A product that works for one person will have different effects on someone else. For example, a moisturizer designed for someone with oily skin will cause more harm than good for someone with dry skin. With that being said, here are some universal skin care methods to add to your regimen:

  • Cleanse - Experts recommend gentle face washes
  • Tone - This is optional, but it is a good way to balance your skin’s pH 
  • Vitamin C Serum - Vitamin C serum can help reverse the damage caused by sun exposure and pollution.
  • Eye cream - We are all prone to eye bags.
  • Moisturizer - This keeps your skin hydrated and helps strengthen your skin barrier.
  • Sunscreen - It’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Going outside and getting some sun is important for our well-being, but it can be harmful to our skin.

Supplements Can Help

Another way you can take care of your skin is by implementing a process known as autophagy. This is the body’s way of replacing old and damaged cells with newer, healthier ones. You can induce autophagy by consuming spermidine. At spermidineLIFE®, we offer spermidine supplements, so you don’t have to worry about getting your recommended daily dose through your diet.


  • Don Moxley - Director of Applied Science

    Don Moxley is the Director of Applied Science at Longevity Labs. Moxley draws upon his career as an athlete, a sports scientist, and an instructor to lead and educate on the science of autophagy and longevity.