We all get wrinkles and a saggy parts as we get older but does running age your face?
In my quest to find out, I discovered that there is in fact a term known as "Runner's Face". That discovery was a bit of a blow but I also thankfully learned that it is not all bad news.
Read on to get the real facts which may put the smile back on your face.
We all know that as we run, things bounce about. That is why we wear running bras to stop our breasts over stretching. But it is not just our breasts that bounce about. Our skin on our whole body and notably our face, gets a work out too, but perhaps in a not such a good way.
High impact exercise, like running, causes our skin to stretch and this in turn can break down the collagen. Collagen is an important protein that helps to maintain the structure and tightness of our skin so once that starts to go, then our skin starts to sag. Unfortunately age is not kind on our collagen and if you run too, well then that is a double whammy.
As runners, in general we tend to have less fat in our faces. Fat helps to plump out our face so having less fat can make some people look gaunt, wrinkled and with saggy skin lines. Most of us have seen "that race photo" where our skin seems to have taken a life of its own as it merrily slaps us around the face.
Come Rain or Shine
The weather is one of our faces biggest enemies. The wind dries it out, the sun pounds its UV rays on it damaging skin cells and the cold with its lower humidity, causes our lips and skin to dry and crack.
It all sounds a bit depressing!
All that is enough to make you want to give up running. But don't stop running just yet as there are things we can do to help keep our faces beautiful.
Face lifts and Botox are one answer but that seems a bit drastic.
Fear not, as there are plenty of other more natural things that you can do that will make a huge difference.
So in my quest to find out "Does running age your face?", the answer is "Yes" it certainly can but you can also certainly do things to minimise it.
Take some extra steps to protect your skin and keep on running. Next time "that race photo" situation arises, just smile and even if you look a bit weathered, remember that you are helping keep yourself physically fit which is probably a better deal compared to those who don't do any exercise at all.
Don't forget too that there are also great benefits from being outside. Don't you love having a rosy glow and that feel good factor after a run? Being outside has also topped up your vitamin D levels and vitamin D is vital for skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism.
So don't give up running just because of a few extra wrinkles. Enjoy them and think of them as lines of achievement.
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