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Published December 08, 2013, 04:12 PM

Skincare tips to slow aging

FARGO – Although cosmetic procedures like Botox can help slow down the signs of aging, healthy skin requires long-term care.

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

FARGO – Although cosmetic procedures like Botox can help slow down the signs of aging, healthy skin requires long-term care.

“If you’re looking at the face as a canvas, you don’t want to fix one area. You want to address skin health in general,” says Melissa Rogne, the director of Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic in Fargo.

Rogne and Dr. Sue Mathison of Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo share their best tips for a pretty complexion.

• Start a skincare regimen.

“We always say it’s the GRAS that makes the difference,” Rogne says, referring to the acronym Rejuv uses to create a skincare program, for “growth,” “retinol,” “antioxidant” and “sunscreen.

An effective routine should have a growth factor, or protein that maintains the skin’s structure; retinol, a form of Vitamin A; an antioxidant, like vitamin E; and sunscreen (even if you primarily stay indoors). Rogne adds that many products are multi-functional.

• Sleep and wake up peacefully.

Mathison recommends at least seven or eight hours a night. Once you wake, she says taking time for a few calming, deep breaths and setting an intention for a good day can help people feel less frazzled.

“I think that lowers your stress level and shows on your face,” she says.

• Eat a plant-rich diet.

Fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, can help improve skin health, Mathison says.

People who drink green juices (usually made from ingredients like kale, cucumbers, celery and parsley) tend to see dramatic improvements in their skin, she says.

• Don’t smoke.

“That just sucks oxygen out of your skin,” Mathison says.

• Move.

Getting your heart rate up a little every day improves overall health. Mathison says it can be as simple as a walk outside.

• Try peptides.

Peptides “have a microscopic ability to smooth lines on a temporary basis” Mathison says. They work especially well in eye creams.

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