Updated: Jan 27, 2020

skin care regimen for 20 year olds

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As you age, you will begin to address the different changes in your skin. Often times, the products you were using in your teens just aren’t cutting it anymore. Depending on your skin type and what you want to accomplish, it’s important to begin incorporating a retinol acid into your regime and taking proactive measures on anti-aging.

Read on to see the best skin care routine for your early 20s:

Switch Up Your Cleanser

If you’re still using the cleanser from when you were in college, it's time to rethink that. At this stage of your life, your skin becomes less oily and acne-prone, so it’s crucial to find a cleanser that suits your skin type and fulfills those specific needs. We recommend switching up your products every 5 to 6 months, especially since you may need to make adjustments to the products you are using as the seasons shift or your skin naturally changes.

Beginning at age 20, your skin produces about 1 percent less collagen and elastin each year, which gives the skin its flexibility. With the collagen production slowing down, it may cause the presence of fine lines. It's important to note that the way you care for your skin now will influence how soon you develop signs of aging.

Cleansers to try:

Cosmedix Benefit Clean: A gentle, antioxidant-rich face cleanser with calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients for all skin types.

ZO Hydrating Cleanser: Gentle cleanser for all skin types designed to remove impurities and leave the skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated

SkinCeuticals Simply Clean: A gentle face wash that removes impurities without stripping your skin.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

Using a correct exfoliant for your skin will smooth rough patches, reduce redness, fade acne scars and dark spots, and brighten your overall face. Your skin is constantly shedding dead cells, but as you age, the rate at which your body gets rid of them begins to slow down. By exfoliating, you are removing and dulling those cells and allowing your skin to appear smoother. Without this process, dead skin cells can become trapped on the skin’s surface leading to clogged pores, dark spots, rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles, dullness, dryness, and more. Chemical peels, microneedling, and facials can be used in conjunction; however, they should not be used in place of.

Exfoliators to try:

La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Face Scrub for Sensitive Skin

NUORI Supreme Polishing Treatment

ACURE Brightening Facial

Take Care of Toning + Add Some Vitamin C

After cleansing and before moisturizing, use a toner. A toner will help to remove excess dirt, traces of oil and makeup, correct and balance the PH of your skin, and control acne. If you have acne-prone skin, consider a sulphur based product followed by SPF to enhance your morning routine. Vitamin C is also beneficial for your skin as it has a potent ability to naturally improve skin, fight signs of aging, and improve collagen production.

Toners to Try:

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

ZO Skin Health 10% Vitamin C

Say Hello to Retinol

In your 20s is the perfect time to dive into products that contain retinol. Derived from vitamin A, retinol aids in boosting cell turnover, kickstarting collagen production, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Try incorporating retinol into your nightly routine after you cleanse and tone.

After applying, use a hydrating lotion on top. Use retinol sparingly around the mouth area as this type of product can cause redness, irritation, and dryness.


You can start to think about using neurotoxins / wrinkle relaxers such as Botox in your late 20's which is used at this age as a pre-rejuvenation treatment. The sooner you treat facial wrinkles the less they will be visible as you age!

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You can start to think about using neurotoxins / wrinkle relaxers such as Botox in your late 20's which is used at this age as a pre-rejuvenation treatment. The sooner you treat facial wrinkles the less they will be visible as you age!

A few moisturizers to try:

SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry

SkinMedica Rejuvenative Moisturizer

ZO Daily Power Defense

Naturals Facial Moisturizer

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