Look, we get it: Waking up to a new fine line isn’t how you wanted to start your morning. And an emerging age spot isn’t what you hoped you’d get for your birthday last year. You didn’t sign up for these changes, and with thousands of products that promise to banish wrinkles and take years off your skin, it’s easy to feel like time is the enemy. But that’s simply not always the case.

As it turns out, many dermatologists actually see their patient’s skin improve as they age. For example, as women grow older, they can develop less visible pores, and many become experts at identifying potential problems like suspicious looking moles - a skill that can only come from years in your skin.

See, not so bad, right? Read on for even more little things you can look forward to in your 40s and beyond.

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