What Is a Good Skin-Care Routine for Women in Their Early 20s?

Masks work well to exfoliate the skin.

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Coming up with a skin-care routine when you’re in your early 20s makes perfect sense. Not only is your skin changing from that of a teenager, but it’s time to start thinking about the future and preventing some common causes of skin aging, such as too much exposure to the sun. While it’s a good idea to pay heed to your skin type -- oily, dry or combination – when choosing products, it’s just as important to choose products that don’t clog pores and are not irritating. The best times to perform your skin-care routine are in the morning and in the evening, before going to bed.

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Cleanse your skin with an alcohol-free product. Read the ingredient panel on the packages. Alcohol not only dries the skin, it is irritating to some. Consider gentle face washes or transparent glycerin soaps that won’t strip all the oil from the skin. Use an anti-acne cleanser if you are still prone to breakouts. Dry your skin by patting it, not rubbing.


Tone your skin with an alcohol-free toner or astringent. While the skin is still wet with toner, apply moisturizer, rubbing it lightly into the face, avoiding the area around your eyes. Ensure that the moisturizer contains sunscreen to protect your face during the day. Those moisturizers listed as noncomedogenic won’t clog your pores. Moisturizers containing glycerin increase hydration in your skin, according to the Net Wellness website.


Exfoliate your skin once a month. Use warm water and the tips of your fingers or a skin-care brush to gently massage the scrub in a circular motion. Keep the product away from the eye area, and rinse well with clear, lukewarm water when finished.

Tips & Warnings

If you have acne, consult with your physician about topical retinoids to reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks.

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ReferencesCBS News: Skin Care for Any AgeWomen’s Health: The 25 Best Things You Can Do for Your SkinWeb MD: Women’s Skin Care for Your FaceNet Wellness: Skin Care: A Practical Guide to Skin Care Products and IngredientsResourcesWeb MD: Topical Retinoid Medicines for AcnePhoto Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty ImagesRead Next:

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