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While there’s no way to completely stave off lines, the following game plans—targeted to your age—will protect and repair your complexion, setting you up for healthy skin year after year. Wrinkles really don’t start to show in your 20’s, unless your skin has been exposed to too much sun, or tanning beds.

So to keep your skin smooth from the jump, here are a few tips and tricks

For your 20’s….Wear SPF 30 or higher “every day, rain or shine, from January to December,” says Dr. Downie. Blocking UV rays prevents collagen—the network of tissue deep within the skin that keeps the surface plump and line-free—from breaking down and creating deeper lines.

For your 30’s Add a retinoid. “This ingredient works by creating cellular turnover to exfoliate the skin and repair DNA, which reverses sun damage and reduces the appearance of wrinkles,” says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills.

For your 40’s ….

Think antioxidants. “Add a serum containing vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and phloretin to your morning routine,” says Dr. Zeichner. Applying it before SPF enhances its effectiveness and prevents free-radical damage. “This is especially important,” he says, “as your skin’s natural antioxidant defenses start to decline in your 40s.”

Lather on moisturizer. Look for a cream with ingredients that plump the skin, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

For your 50’s….

Find a derm you trust. She can make sure you’re using the right products and tweak your nightly retinoid dose, if needed, so you get the best results.

Switch to a rich moisturizer. It’s crucial to move to a thick emollient moisturizer loaded with hydrating ingredients, says Dr. Shamban.

Hit the gym. Weight tends to creep up during menopause; yo-yo dieting weakens skin, causing it to sag. Dr. Downie’s advice? Work out at least four days a week. Bonus: Exercise brings blood to the skin’s surface, giving you an instant glow.

Courtesy of Health.com

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