If each birthday is starting to bring you less joy and more anxiety about growing old, listen up! Age is nothing but a number. Growing older chronologically may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to look-or feel- your age. We may not have discovered the Fountain of Youth (yet), but we’ve got some of the best skincare tips for reversing the clock. Read on:

Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen!

We’ll say it one more time for the people in the back- sunscreen! If you aren’t using sunscreen on a daily basis yet, today is the day you should start. Not only can sunscreen protect you from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, but it can also prevent skin damage, such as fine lines and wrinkles, that can leave you looking old before your time. One tip from Oklahoma City skin care experts: Look for a moisturizer that includes a sunscreen of SPF 20 or higher for daily protection with a side of hydration. 

Kick the Habit

There are numerous reasons why you should stop smoking cigarettes, including the significantly increased risk of lung cancer, but here’s another reason to add: smoking greatly accelerates the skin’s aging process, adding years to your appearance and making your skin look dull, wrinkled, and sallow. Our tip: If you smoke, stop. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start.

Wash Your Face Before Bed

Leaving makeup on overnight can cause lines and wrinkles over time. Be sure to wash your face thoroughly each night with a gentle skin cleanser, followed up by moisturizer. Our tip: Too tired to wash your face? Reach for a makeup remover wipe for a hassle-free way to get your skin clean before bed. 

Taking good care of your skin is one way to help stop the aging clock and maintain a youthful, radiant experience. Following these tips, along with eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep, can help take years off your appearance and help you get to that next birthday with more self-confidence than ever before!