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The Best Skincare Routine in Your 20s

Twenty-something skin is amazing! It’s got bounce and fullness that scream I’m young and the world is my oyster. And there’s more good news: Using the right skincare ingredients in your 20s can help keep your skin smooth and healthy for many years to come. The best skincare routine for your 20s should be aimed at nourishing and protecting skin while using gentle, clinically proven ingredients to address skin concerns.

This easy-to-follow routine will give you healthy, glowing skin in your 20s and beyond.

Step One: Deep Clean Without Overstripping

Late nights out can make it tempting to rely on cleansing wipes as an easy first step in your routine. Unfortunately, the convenience of cleansing wipes comes at a heavy cost to your skin. Wipes can tug on your skin and damage the natural moisture barrier that protects it from bacteria and pollution. They may also contain irritating alcohol and fragrance. 

The best skincare routine for your 20s begins with a gentle cleanser that cleans out pores without irritating or overstripping, such as our Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser. Formulated for all skin types, this satisfying foaming cleanser uses a  powerful amino acid complex to break down makeup and impurities, while aloe calms and soothes and moringa extract removes remnants of pore-clogging environmental debris. Your skin is left clean, hydrated, and refreshed.

Step Two: Clarify and Prep with an Exfoliating Toner

While teenage acne can often begin to subside in your 20s, it’s common to battle breakouts and enlarged pores throughout your first decade of adulthood. Target both as you prep your skin to receive moisture with our Squalane + BHA Pore Minimizing Toner.

Our alcohol-free toner uses white willow bark extract to gently but powerfully exfoliate and decongest pores. Meanwhile, caviar lime extract works its alpha hydroxy magic to gently exfoliate dead cells from the surface of your skin. All this happens without any drying or overstripping thanks to our sugarcane-derived squalane, which balances the skin and leaves it smooth and hydrated. 

Step Three: Give Tired Eyes a Little TLC

The skin beneath our eyes is naturally more delicate than on the rest of our face. So it’s no surprise that workplace stress and late nights out with friends can show up in your under-eye area as dark circles and fine lines.

Target both with our Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel. This lightweight under-eye hydrator visibly reduces the look of dark circles and puffiness using niacinamide, and peptides to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles while sugarcane-derived squalane boosts hydration and helps active ingredients work 40 times harder. 

Step Four: Add an Ounce of Prevention

Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to skincare in your 20s. Using protective, nourishing ingredients in your 20s will help keep your skin healthy and radiant as you get older. 

Vitamin C is a key ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine in your 20s. Not only does it instantly brighten while improving the look of dark spots over time, it can also help prevent signs of photoaging by fighting free radicals. This is especially important in your 20s as you may find yourself increasingly exposed to damaging blue light from computers and other devices.

Our Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum is perfect for 20-something skin. While many vitamin C serums can cause skin to feel tight and irritated, ours is carefully calibrated to minimize irritation while our hero ingredient squalane gently drives potent actives deep into the skin while boosting hydration.

Our shelf-stable formula contains 10% vitamin C to visibly brighten while fighting free radicals. Our proven-effective serum also has a secret weapon: white shitake mushroom. This mushroom blend starts fading dark spots immediately and continues correcting discoloration with continued use.

Step Five: Balance and Hydrate

While your teenage years may have been spent fighting oil production tooth and nail, your 20s call for a more grown-up approach that leans on nourishment instead of harsh ingredients. Our lightweight Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer can help balance your skin while keeping oiliness and breakouts at bay. 

Our proprietary probiotic brings good bacteria to your skin, helping to balance your microbiome and improve clarity while minimizing the look of redness and irritation. Meanwhile, our superhero squalane mimics the body’s natural moisture, delivering actives deep into the skin alongside weightless hydration without clogging pores.

Step Six: Lock In Active Ingredients

Seal in your skincare and create an on-trend, dewy finish with our multi-award-winning Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. Our uniquely stable, oil-soluble vitamin C instantly brightens as it deeply nourishes and provides antioxidant support to visibly improve skin elasticity and boost radiance while chios crystal oil adds bounce. Meanwhile, our superhero squalane provides crucial moisture while driving actives deeper into the skin, making them work harder.

Step Seven (AM): Protect With SPF

You’ve probably heard this ad nauseam at this point, but we’ll say it again. Wear SPF. Every. Darn. Day. It’s the key to effective skincare in your 20s, since it helps delay dark spots, fine lines, and other premature signs of aging. And, no, moisturizer with SPF doesn’t cut it. Sunscreen is more than just an ingredient. To truly protect you, it needs to form a protective film on top of your skin. Moisturizer with SPF also tends to be less water-resistant, making it less than ideal for outdoor workouts or beach days.

Reef-safe, 100% mineral sunscreen— like our Squalane + Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen —works like a suit of armor, bouncing UVA and UVB rays off the surface of your skin so that they can’t penetrate and cause damage. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF 30, PA+++ sunscreen like ours every day. Not only will it help protect you against the sun, it may also help shield you from damage due to the blue light emitted by your TV or computer.

Our sunscreen also contains our hero ingredient, sugarcane-based squalane. This cruelty-free hydrator is bioidentical to the moisture in human skin. Biossance Clean Skincare

Want to learn more about skincare by age? Check out our ultimate guide to the best skincare routine for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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