What Age Should You Begin an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine?

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When it comes to the art of skincare, it's a widely accepted truth that prevention is key. For those in their 20s, the topic of anti-aging might not seem very relevant, but what if I told you that the age of 27 is a critical turning point?

Believe it or not, our skin starts showing signs of aging much earlier than we anticipate, and it's a process subtly initiated by our own bodies.

The Magic Number: 27

So, why is 27 such a magic number in skincare? It's around this age that several biological processes key to maintaining your skin's youthfulness start to subtly shift. The most significant change is a gradual slowdown in the production of collagen, a vital protein that keeps your skin looking firm, plump, and youthful.

Collagen is essentially the 'scaffolding' of your skin. It creates a supportive base layer that keeps your skin resilient and prevents it from sagging. In your early to mid-twenties, your body is in a state of collagen abundance, continually producing this protein to keep your skin in top shape. But as with many aspects of our biology, this doesn't last forever.

Around 27, the rate at which your body produces collagen begins to taper off. It's a subtle change—you won't wake up on your 27th birthday to suddenly find your skin looking less firm.

But as your natural collagen production decreases and environmental factors continue to damage the collagen already present in your skin, you may start noticing signs of aging.

This slowing collagen production means the skin's ability to bounce back (think of how quickly a pimple might have disappeared in your teens versus your late twenties) begins to decrease. This decreased 'bounce-back' ability shows up as fine lines, wrinkles, and reduced skin elasticity.

Furthermore, research has shown that estrogen, which declines as women head towards menopause, is a significant player in collagen production. This hormone helps maintain the skin's barrier, hydration, and wound healing.

Hence, the steeper drop in collagen production during menopause is closely related to the decrease in estrogen levels. Therefore, this connection between declining estrogen levels and collagen production primarily applies to women during the menopausal phase. 

So, while 27 is not a doomsday clock by any means, it's a helpful benchmark for when to start thinking more seriously about your skincare regime. You want to find something like the Trifecta, that has all the active ingredients you need to increase collagen, to maintain firmness, elasticity, and help to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.

And remember, every individual's skin ages at a different rate, influenced by various factors including genetics, sun exposure (so, don't forget your sunscreen), and lifestyle habits.

Starting an anti-aging skincare routine at 27 isn't about trying to look eternally youthful, but rather about providing your skin with the support it needs to age gracefully.

The Power of Proactivity: Nurturing Your Skin

The power of proactivity lies in understanding what our skin needs and when it needs it, and for anti-aging skincare, the best time to start is before the visible signs of aging begin to appear.

Aging is a natural and beautiful process, and taking steps towards slowing down the aging process in our skin is not about fear, but rather about maintaining health and vitality. As our skin begins its natural aging process at around 27, the benefits of introducing an anti-aging skincare routine at this age can be monumental.

By starting a consistent skincare routine early, you're essentially working to delay the onset of visible aging signs.

It's about reinforcing your skin's natural defenses and strengthening its ability to repair and renew itself. Taking care of your skin in your late twenties means you're investing in your future skin.

Beyond Skincare Products

Proactivity also extends beyond just your skincare routine. Our lifestyle choices significantly impact the health of our skin.

Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats provides our skin with the nutrients it needs to maintain its health.

Staying physically active helps improve circulation, contributing to a healthier, more radiant complexion. Regular exercise also aids in reducing stress levels, which can be beneficial for conditions like acne and eczema.

Getting enough quality sleep is vital for skin health too. Our skin goes into repair mode while we sleep, so ensuring you get adequate rest helps your skin regenerate and recover from the day's stresses.

And of course, avoiding harmful habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can significantly improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.

Trifecta: A Proactive Approach

Starting your anti-aging routine is about embracing the journey of aging gracefully.

Whether you are 27 or 67, consistency is key, so I intentionally formulated the Trifecta to make it comprehensive, simple and easy, because no matter your age, beautiful, youthful skin can be within reach.

It's about taking the reins and making conscious decisions that contribute to your overall skin health. So, as you progress through your late twenties and beyond, remember the power of proactivity.

Your future 67-year-old self will thank you.

Amir Karam MD

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

Dr. Amir Karam is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon and an authority in his field. With over two decades of experience helping patients achieve a younger, refreshed appearance. In addition to surgical procedures that sculpt a youthfully-defined facial shape, Dr. Karam takes the quality of the skin into account.



I just started using Trifecta and notice a change in my skin after just 3 weeks of part time use, I am still using up my old stuff which is good but this is better. I am almost 74 (March). A surgical facelift is not in my future but these lovely creams certainly are. Thanks for all the information.

Customer Support Team

Hi Michelle,

Trifecta is all you need. There won’t be any need for another product but you can continue using a retinol if you’d like to. You would simply apply your retinol after Rinse.


Hi! I would like to purchase your Trifecta skin care routine, but I’m not sure how I would incorporate my Tretinoin. In what order would I use the products, or would you recommend no longer using Tretinoin with the Trifecta? Thank you.

KaramMD Customer Support Team

Hi Esna,

The Trifecta was formulated to work on all skin types, including sensitive skin and skin of color. When we conducted our clinical trials, several of the participants were people of color and they saw significant improvement in their skin!


Hi! I really want to buy your product but I’m not sure if it’s for people of color. Can you educate me more on this topic please. Thank you. Also my main purpose is dark circles under eyes.

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