From fighting pimples decades past puberty to scoffing at the first signs of wrinkles, it’s hard to win the good-skin game. But before cursing your genes, ask yourself whether your skincare routine and lifestyle habits are up to par. And by that we don’t mean clocking hours in front of the mirror or stealing your girlfriend’s fancy facial loot. There’s no need for five-step peels or expensive serums, says Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. Layering on too many products can actually irritate skin. The key is washing and moisturizing every day and following a few other maintenance basics, he says. Ready to get schooled in skincare? Check out Sobel’s do’s and don’ts for a fresher looking face.