EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF SKINCARE How much have our skincare routines changed over time? Discover the origins of skincare and find out how it developed around the world. SKINCARE THROUGH THE AGES In the 16th and 17th century, natural products were used for skincare and cosmetics. For example, herbs, alcohol and plants were used to make toners, salves and ointments to treat skin complaints. At that time, castile soap was reserved for the upper classes.