Okay, let’s get real: life expectancy is actually falling for U.S. men, thanks to a host of unwelcome trends that have been building for some time. You owe it to yourself to take care of your body and mind; good health starts at home.

You owe it to yourself to take care of your outward appearance, as well. Those wrinkles under your eyes don’t say anything about your life expectancy or cardiovascular health (for example) — but that’s not to say they don’t lead the people with whom you interact on a daily basis to certain, ah, conclusions.

So, with the caveat (which you already know) that there’s no way to actually turn back the clock on the inevitable process of aging, here’s what you can do to slow it down — or, at the very least, convince others that you’ve done the same.

  1. Commit to Hair Restoration Early (Or Embrace the Clean Shave)

Denial is not an option. Not when it comes to addressing male-pattern baldness, that’s for sure.

Rather than wait until that receding hairline is impossible to ignore, consult your doctor about a sustainable (and reasonably priced) course of hair restoration treatment. That might mean over-the-counter hair regrowth products, or more interventional procedures like hair transplants.

Or commit to doing nothing and letting your body do what it’s gonna do. In that case, your best course of action is keeping that pate nice and clean-shaven. Consider leaning into the “bearded and bald” look if you’ve got the facial volume to pull it off.

  1. Invest in Anti-Aging Cream

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Your skin can’t do everything on its own, so invest in an anti-aging cream for men to give it a leg up. Use as directed and look forward to smoother, brighter skin in a few weeks or months.

  1. Wear Moisturizing Sunblock Every Day (Or SPF Moisturizer)

Even the most powerful anti-aging cream can’t completely counteract the sun’s awesome power.

Your skin will thank you for getting in the habit of wearing high-SPF sunblock whenever you plan to spend significant time outside. Alternatively, use a daily facial moisturizer rated SPF 15 or above.

  1. Pay Attention to Those Hands and Arms, Too

Do you grapple with cracked, painful skin whenever the weather gets dry? Use a daily hand moisturizer to combat this unfortunate condition that, let’s face it, makes you look older and lamer. Just don’t mix your facial and body moisturizers, lest you turn back the clock too far and spark an old-fashioned acne breakout.

  1. Use a Discreet Hair Color Enhancer

Alarmed by those multiplying gray flecks? You have two choices: a discreet color enhancer that gradually restores your natural (well, original) hair color, or a salt-and-pepper dye that smooths out unevenly distributed gray and lets your natural color variation shine.

What’s Your Anti-Aging Secret?

Come on, give it up. We could all use a little help here.

When you look in the mirror, you have every right to feel good about the face staring back at you. Each of the products described above make that outcome more likely, even if you should harbor no illusions that your prime-of-youth mug will ever return. Here’s to a youthful future where age really is just a number.