No one should have to choose between a toned body and a youthful face. Long distance running and endurance training put us at risk for accelerated facial aging, sagging, hollowing of the cheeks and temples, and overall volume loss. That is why the Runner’s Lift was created.
There are several reasons why some runners and other athletes may begin to appear older than they are:
#1: Low body mass index (BMI)
Some athletes have a low BMI. When the BMI drops, there is loss of facial fat and overall volume loss, leading to an aged appearance. Facial fat is necessary for a youthful appearance. If you work out a lot, chances are that you either have, or will have, sunken temples and hollow cheeks.
#2: Drop in sex hormones
Running and other types of endurance training decrease estrogen, testosterone, and adiposity markers, and increase sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). High SHBG levels mean less free, active hormone available. Estrogen helps keep the skin looking vibrant and young. Excessive exercise can lead to lower estrogen, which makes the skin appear older.
A common proof of the detrimental effect of low estrogen on the skin occurs in menopause. During menopause, the natural drop in estrogen results in accelerated aging of the skin. The more time that you are estrogen deficient, the thinner your skin becomes and the more wrinkles you will have. Large studies of women who were given Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause found that taking estrogen was associated with fewer wrinkles.
#3: Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other environmental pollutants
Sun exposure causes skin wrinkling that makes one look older.
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