As if you needed another compelling reason to lace up your running shoes, a new study from Ontario’s McMaster University suggests that exercise does more than burn calories and increase energy levels–it could also help keep your skin looking young. Sound too good to be true? Here’s the rundown on the study–it might just make you want to get moving!
Preliminary studies on mice at McMaster indicated that exercise could have powerful anti-aging effects. In the mice who had access to exercise wheels, nearly every aspect of aging was slowed. Mice who did not use the wheels aged rapidly.
Because of these results, researchers moved to study the effects of exercise on humans. A small study was conducted on 29 men and women, ranging in age from 20-84. Around half of the participants were regularly active (3+ hours of exercise per week), while the others did not exercise. By examining the skin on the buttocks (an area typically unaffected by sun damage), researchers noticed that within the group that exercised, older participants’ skin was more similar in quality to the younger participants’ than their peers. To gain more insight, the study then turned to the sedentary group, having them exercise in order to compare samples after a few months.
The sedentary group performed a regular exercise program for three months, after which their skin was tested again. The results were surprising: the moderate exercise had produced significant results, and the formerly sedentary participants had greatly improved their skin quality in just a few months. The researchers are cautiously optimistic about the findings–they would like to see a larger study performed to learn more about how exercise can help fight skin aging. But for the moment, results seem to indicate that exercise is a great tool in fighting aging. Exercise can’t reduce wrinkling or sun damage, but it may be able to help improve overall skin tone and elasticity. The researchers suspect that myokines, caused by working the muscles, play a key role in helping to reverse skin aging.
Getting Started & Protecting Your Skin
By now, you’ve got more than enough reasons to begin a long-term fitness plan. But how do you get started? It’s tempting to start off with a strenuous routine, but doing too much too soon could result in injury and burnout. Start off slow and build your endurance gradually, increasing intensity as you gain strength. Be sure to protect your skin if you exercise outdoors–apply a sweatproof sunscreen and wear protective clothing when possible. It’s best to avoid exercising in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest, so try to plan your workouts for the morning or evening.
Supplement Your Efforts
Exercise could be a great tool in your skincare arsenal, but alone it’s not enough to keep your skin glowing and radiant as you age. Team up with a skilled cosmetic dermatologist to get the advice and treatments you need to maintain beautiful skin in every phase of life. No matter what signs of aging you may be fighting, there is a treatment that is appropriate for you. Here are some popular procedures to help rejuvenate skin:
- Botox® (treats dynamic wrinkles)
- Fillers (treat lines, wrinkles & volume loss)
- Laser Resurfacing (treats overall dullness, wrinkling & discoloration)
- Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion (treats poor skin tone & minor signs of aging)
- Ultherapy® (treats sagging skin)
- eMatrix™ (treats poor skin tone, scarring & color)
- Sublime™ (treats sagging skin & overall tone/texture)
A Knowledgeable Ally
Whether you’re considering skin treatments now or in the future, it’s always a good idea to start seeing a knowledgeable dermatologist to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful. A renowned cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Diane Walder of Miami can help you design a skin care plan as well as administer a wide range of treatments. For expert advice and the best in skin care, call Dr. Walder’s office at 305-866-2177 and schedule your appointment today.