Can exercise prevent wrinkles?

As we get older folds or creases in the skin appear, known as wrinkles, these result from a loss of elasticity and skin turgor. While it can’t be avoided you can reduce the rate at which it develops.

The causes of wrinkles

Winkles develop due to a combination of different natural processes. One of these is the way our skin loses its firmness because the body produces less collagen and elastin. Along with that, our bodies produce less oils and secretions, meaning our skin is more dry. Post-menopause women have an increased chance of developing wrinkles due to decreased estrogen production. Other things that contribute to wrinkles are genetics, sun exposure and smoking.

Prevention and solution

As said you can’t stop the appearance of wrinkles, but you can slow their progress. Start by taking better care of your skin through wearing protective hats and clothes and by applying sunscreen whenever sun exposure may occur, even in winter. If you smoke then quitting not only improves your overall health but will be better for you skin tone and texture.

Exercise

A good exercise routine should be part of any person’s lifestyle. Along with improving your overall life quality, it will make your skin far healthier both in look and touch. Exercise stimulates the flow of blood through the body, carrying helpful nutrients through and pushing harmful toxins out. This keeps the skin supple and leads to increased cell growth and natural oil production.

To summarize, take better care of your skin and overall health if you want better skin. Exercise should play an integral part of this and If you’re having trouble keeping to an exercise routine then consider hiring a personal trainer.

New research from McMaster University in Ontario even concluded that exercise not only keeps the skin younger but even partially reverse skin ageing in people who start exercising later in life. They conducted a test using 29 male and female volunteers aged from 20 to 84. Half of the volunteers exercising regularly, participating in about three exercise sessions a week. The other half did less than an hour’s exercise a week. The researchers asked each volunteer to uncover a buttock so they could examine skin rarely exposed to the sun. They found that those who exercised regularly had visibly younger, tighter and better looking skin

The researchers admitted that this difference could be related to different diets and genes. To take things further, they set a group of sedentary volunteers over the age of 65 to do two sessions of cardio exercise each week. They continued this for three months. At the end of this time the researchers again examined the volunteers skin and compared it with the original results. They showed a marked improvement with skin comparable to those of 20 to 40 years of age. Follow up research still needs to be conducted to examine these results further but so far, the argument that exercise is good for winkle prevention looks pretty solid.

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