Let's face it folks. The older we get, the less we like what happens to our skin. What used to be shiny, resilient and blemish-free is now … not so much.

Here is some practical information about how to care for and maintain skin and hair health for the over 40 set.

Unfortunately, the smooth, blemish-free skin of youth starts to age as early as adolescence, in the form of acne. As time marches on, genetics and sun exposure also take their toll. Collagen and elastin, substances that keep skin supple and wrinkle-free, start to break down as early as your 20s, further forwarding the aging process.

As the decades progress, a host of factors stress the skin. Environmental toxins, nutrition, genetics, sun damage and laugh and frown lines all do their work to make you show your age. As one ages, wrinkles, dry skin and blemishes become increasingly prevalent, and visible to the naked eye. At every stage in life, it is HIGHLY recommended that you always wear sun block with an SPF of 15+ at all times when outside. This is the surest way to slow and prevent sun damage. Remember, the sunburn you get today will absolutely make you look older down the road. Many over the counter products like moisturizer and cosmetics now contain sunscreen for convenience.

Another essential skin-care discipline for just about everyone is to moisturize your skin at least once a day, more if needed. Keeping your skin properly hydrated means drinking water and using moisturizer religiously.

An alpha-hydroxy acid cream, which can be obtained either over-the-counter or from a dermatologist in stronger concentration, is used by many to restore skin's youthful glow.

If all else fails, consult with a dermatologist and/or cosmetic surgeon to see what other options may be available to you. Skin care technology is a field with rapid innovation, so options can sometimes change frequently.

Some stand-by methods include midcrodermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments and facelifts.

The bad news is that no part of the human body is immune to the aging process, including the skin. The good news is that there are lots of options available for those who want to stay looking young forever.