Embracing aging doesn’t mean we don’t want to look our best. When we feel young on the inside, we want our exterior to look good as well. Not everyone is into injections or facelifts and there are no magic pills or creams that eliminate aging. Still, there are steps you can take to freshen your appearance and help maintain a more youthful look.

Drench Your Skin

Our faces are what shows our age the most. So taking good care of skin (even if you have years of damage) starts today!

Exfoliate your face with gentle scrubs and polishes. Twice a week is best for most women. As we age, skin turnover is slower. Sloughing off dry patches not only helps that turnover, it gives your skin a fresh dewy look and allows creams and cosmetics to go on smoother.

Drench your skin with moisture. Aging dries out skin on most women, and parched, cracked, skin makes you look old. You may need to switch moisturizers as you age (even seasonally). Adding oils and serums is a must for dehydrated skin to keep more of a plump youthful look. Retinoids help with collagen production (avoid these in the daytime if you will be in the sun). They can help get rid of acne, wrinkles, and age spots effectively.

If you wore sunscreen your whole life, your skin probably looks better than those who tanned often (or burned). If you didn’t wear it, start now since UVA/UVB rays do accelerate aging and those dreaded sunspots. Make sure you choose a natural mineral based sunscreen without chemicals.

Whiten Your Teeth

A beautiful smile is always a great way to look more youthful, but coffee, tea, and wine all stain your teeth. You can visit a dentist for a professional whitening, but there are many home treatment options that can lighten teeth a few shades.

Get Your Zzz’s

Many women have a harder time sleeping as they get older. Lack of sleep shows up on our faces much more than when we were 21. Bags under the eyes, dark shadows, and general tiredness can add years to your face. A good night’s rest is essential. Hit the pillow earlier, keep the room dark and cool, and wear a sleep mask or earplugs if that helps you tune out noise and light.

Avoid Sugar

Living on cake, sugar, white flour, and other junk takes its toll. Without a nutrition lesson here, the best bet to look youthful is to eat clean. You’ll find a ton of info online or in books to start eating better. Add more fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil for healthy, radiant skin.

Try a New Hair Style

No matter what your color, a few lighter strands around the face is youthful and brightening. Also, consider your haircut. Is it flattering? Ask a close friend or relative for an honest opinion. Often cutting off a few inches of dry split ends, or adding soft layers around the face, will soften your appearance. Bangs aren’t for everyone, but long. soft, side-swept bangs can help cover forehead wrinkles. Book an appointment with your favorite stylist and ask for a cut and color with the goal of looking more youthful. A good stylist will have experience working with all ages, face shapes, and hair textures, and will help you look your best.

When we look good, we feel good—and vice versa. Small changes can go a long way toward helping you look younger naturally.