We get a lot of gym-goers here at the Antiwrinkle Clinic and we find that they are all seeking the same sort of treatments. It is not only their body that these clients want to look after it is also there appearance and we wanted to share more on just how repeated exercise can impact your looks.
We know that exercise is good for you for about a million reasons—it can boost brainpower, make us look and feel good, and alleviate stress, just to name a few. But it has some major negative effects too. Dealing with stink, sweat, and aches and pains can be tough. While there’s likely no way to stop the unfortunate side effects of working out (besides not going), we’re here to offer some solutions.
Powerlifters, for instance, are really suffering to achieve their power bodies. One survey showed that 53 per cent had acne, 47 per cent had increased body hair; 27 per cent had a higher incidence of oily skin and hair, and 20 per cent had a loss of scalp hair. But these types of ailments are not the only problems for anyone who regularly works out. At the Antiwrinkle Clinic we are seeing increasing amounts of men with loss of volume in the face and most are in fact regular gym-goers.
Sagging skin can be caused by running, ‘Runners Face’ is a well-used term, and have a negative impact on skin elasticity. But contrary to popular belief, the effect of gravity from the constant treadmill pounding isn’t to blame, but rather that “cardio intense exercise and running can cause more oxygen or free-radical damage, which can breakdown or damage the skin’s supportive fibres (collagen and elastin). So if you are doing any form of intense spin class or cycling your body is going to cause natural fat loss.
Volume loss – here at the Antiwrinkle Clinic we are seeing an increasing amount of men in their 30’s along with those in their 40’s & 50’s who are opting for dermal fillers to plump up their hollowing cheeks. Dermal fillers are made from the same stuff that your body is losing due to exercise which is Hyaluronic acid, often called HA.
Hyaluronic Acid plays a role with skin cells, hydrating them, while also acting as a kind of glue that helps hold them together, keeping skin looking smoother and younger. Another plus is its ability to hold water, which means more moisture in each skin cell. Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Teosyal are made of HA and when expertly injected can restore plumper more youthful appearance.
Sweat can be bad news – letting sweat sit on your skin for any prolonged length of time can be problematic. Sweat carries with it the grime of what’s built up in your pores and what’s on your face, and if it settles back into your skin. Breakouts, milia, rashes and irritated skin.
Acne on the back, neck or face is caused by bacteria attracted to overactive glands in the skin, called sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum to naturally lubricate the skin. This is exacerbated when we have regular sweaty strenuous workouts and you should always use a great professional skin cleanser like Obagi after each workout.
So gym goers you don’t have to stop going to the gym, running or spinning, you just need to work harder on your skincare and anti-ageing routines. We here to help with your anti-ageing and skincare worries and to keep you youthful.
Working out means that you need fuel in the form of nutrients and food and we spoke to a certified elite personal trainer Tomasz Zielinski from Ecstatic Training about supplements.
There are numerous studies showing the positive effects of certain vitamins and minerals on the skin but we do need a good diet. Supplements are an excellent means of boosting the nutrient delivery to your cells and a way of ensuring that your body gets what it needs on a daily basis. The aim of supplementation is optimum nutrition delivery and optimum cellular function. Supplements are not meant to replace food or give you 100% of your RDA.
Firstly, too many vitamins or minerals can be bad. We shouldn’t overload on vitamins and minerals because doing so can have hazardous consequences. Water-soluble vitamins (C & B vitamins) are generally excreted in the urine if taken in excess. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K) are stored in the liver and can cause poisoning if taken in excess. Supplementation should be about filling in the gaps that your diet leaves, or boosting your levels up to the daily recommended intake, not taking more than is required.
Vitamin C – Smokers, low citrus fruit intake, restricted diet collagen, anti oxidant, wound healing, skin health, wellbeing
Vitamin D – Everyone in UK advised to take 10 mcg in winter months(adult dose). Children take less. Bone density, prevents rickets & osteomalacia/porosis, muscle health, strong teeth
Vitamin B – Vegans, vegetarians, low calorie/restricted diet & low dairy Multi-functioning, helps in virtually every cellular function, skin health, energy
Iron – Women with heavy menses Production of haemoglobin, prevents anaemia
Calcium – Low dairy, restricted diet Vital for healthy bones
Omega 3 -Take if you don’t eat oily fish at least 2 x per week Vital for healthy brain, heart, joints & skin
Magnesium – High alcohol, high caffeine/fizzy drinks, stress/anxiety, PMS, peri-menopause, over 55 Co-factor in over 300 cellular processes
Zinc – Restricted diets, over 55 Co-factor in over 300 cellular processes, skin health
Folic acid – Pregnancy, restricted diets Cell division & growth, prevents anaemia, brain & energy
Glutathione – Restricted diets A master Antioxidant, health, anti-ageing, detoxifies, protective
Doctors advise that If you think you might be deficient in any way then the best place to start is a trip to see your Gp.