A New Secret to Younger Looking Skin?
If this study doesn’t get you off of the couch and on to a treadmill, we don’t know what will!
A new study from McMaster University in Ontario shows that exercise could be the key to keeping your skin looking young and beautiful!
First, a little background. We all know that as we age, our skin begins to lose its youthful tightness and shine. That’s because after 40, the outer layer of skin — called the stratum corneum — begins to thicken. This layer is made up of mostly dead skin cells and some collagen, and gets drier and flakier as we age.
At the same time, the layer beneath the stratum corneum, the dermis, starts to thin. Skin begins to look saggier and more translucent as this occurs, giving us the crow’s feet, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles we now associate with old age. All of this happens as a direct result of getting older, regardless of sun damage.
Sound depressing? Totally. But don’t give up the good fight just yet. According to McMaster University researchers, exercise may be the best way to turn back the clock on your skin.
Scientists gathered a group of volunteers who were at least 65-years-old and who did not exercise regularly. Then they collected a skin sample from each of those volunteers’ rear ends (since that part of the body doesn’t typically get much sun — assuming none of these senior citizens were nudists in a former life).
After the initial sample was tested, the volunteers were asked to begin an endurance training program by jogging or cycling twice a week at a fairly strenuous pace. After three months, their skin was tested again.
“I don’t want to over-hype the results, but, really, it was pretty remarkable to see,” said Dr. Tarnopolsky, professor of pediatrics and exercise science at McMaster said. The volunteers’ skin “looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was exercise.”
There still is no direct evidence that exercise can reverse the wrinkles we’ve already got, but if it can make our skin look great under a microscope, it sure can’t hurt. Plus, it’s great for our bodies overall. You can learn more about the study here.
When you’re done reading, we bet you’ll want to get up and go for a run! Your crow’s feet will thank you.
xx, The FabFitFun Team
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