How to keep your skin looking youthful, no matter your age.

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When it comes to skin, we all share an ideal: A clear, smooth, glowing, unblemished complexion that radiates good health and youth. Reality is not so kind: Sun damage in our childhood, acne in our youth, and fine to deep lines as we age can make us look old and tired.

“There are two basic types of skin aging,” says Dr. John Goldhar, a dermatologist with CosMedix MD, Centre for Dermatology, Cosmetics and Laser, in Toronto. “The intrinsic or natural aging process that our body experiences, and the external environmental-induced changes caused by factors such as sun exposure, smoking, diet and illness.”

These contribute to the development of wrinkles, dyspigmentation and a loss of that luminous glow indicative of healthy and young skin, says Dr. Shannon Humphrey, a clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of British Columbia who also practises cosmetic dermatology in Vancouver.

On the plus side, there are more options than ever to help us look our best. A whole host of procedures can help us recover some semblance of our younger selves. For the squeamish or those just beginning to dip their feet into cosmetic surgery territory, these non-invasive procedures can help slow the aging process of our skin and help us look younger without major surgery. Whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond, there’s a treatment that’s right for you.