How to Take Care of Your Skin in Your 20s: Derm-Recommendations

September 27, 2021
How to Take Care of Your Skin in Your 20s: Derm-Recommendations

As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Zenovia recommends four research-proven active ingredients for an effective skincare routine in your 20s: Sunscreen, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, and Retinol. Let’s deep dive into the science behind incorporating these powerful topical ingredients! 

Derm-Approved Skin Care for Your 20s  

Many skincare brands and influencers today promote extensive 25-step skincare routines. However, by applying layers of skincare topicals, the previous products applied to the skin get diluted. The key to skincare (for all ages) is quality over the number of products applied. Topicals focused on prevention and antioxidation are Dr. Zenovia’s pillars for an effective morning skincare regimen while evening skincare should assist with cellular renewal and collagen preservation. Your 20s are a time to nurture the skin's health so you won't experience premature hormonal aging


The most important product to apply daily as the last step in your morning regimen is sunscreen. SPF helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and skin aging caused by the sun. It’s not sexy, but it works! 

Note from Dr. Zenovia: Applying sunscreen will not inhibit your total body Vitamin D!   


During the day, our skin accumulates a lot of dirt and toxins. Stress, sunlight, smoking, ultraviolet, and even fluorescent light all impact the skin! Dr. Zenovia, therefore, recommends incorporating an antioxidant in the morning, underneath your sunscreen. Antioxidants can be tricky because they oxidize when produced in an oxygenated atmosphere, so it’s important to invest in a quality product. Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C is produced in an argon gas chamber so that it won’t oxidize in its packaging. Mindful chemistry was of the utmost importance when formulating the Dr. Zenovia Skincare line. 

Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Toner contains Vitamins C and E to help brighten the skin’s appearance and calm redness while micronutrient sea salt helps neutralize pore-clogging impurities to restore the look of radiant, healthy skin.  

Glycolic Acid  

A PM skincare regimen should help with cellular renewal and collagen perseveration. Skin renewal is achieved by sloughing off that top dead layer. Using an alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic acid is a must! It’s like trimming the dead ends from your hair,” says Dr. Zenovia. “You are removing the dead layer from the skin.”  

Dr. Zenovia’s 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads contain a powerful combination of glycolic and salicylic acids to promote the skin’s cellular renewal process, unclog the pores, and accelerate the removal of dead skin cells. The pads are also enhanced with Dr. Zenovia’s proprietary REG-ulate360 Complex™ to balance hormonal acne and regulate sebum production for healthy, clear skin. 

Active Retinol 

Retinols are tried and true collagen preservers and anti-agers. Dr. Zenovia believes that it's key to use a low dose, non-irritating retinol regularly. As a powerful sloughing agent, it’s recommended to build up the skin’s tolerance to retinol over time. Start by mixing a pea-sized amount with your moisturizer a few times a week. Build up to using retinol every other night (some of Dr. Zenovia’s patients even use retinol nightly).  

Dr. Zenovia’s Advanced Retinol Night Repair Treatment works overnight to support the skin’s natural cellular renewal process and helps reduce the appearance of acne and acne scarring. Featuring highly concentrated All-Trans-Retinol Technology, Dr. Zenovia’s breakthrough retinol treatment deeply penetrates the epidermis through a unique micro-polymer delivery system to support cellular turnover. “This gives the retinol greater absorption so that it goes past the skin barrier, into the tissue, and is absorbed in a stable form,” Dr. Zenovia explains. The micro polymer system also allows for a slow, timed release of the retinoic acid into the tissue. 

Note from Dr. Zenovia: Additional topicals are the cherry on top. Vitamin C, sunscreen, alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid), and retinol are the necessities!