It’s October and that means it’s time for scary stories and myths.
The Jersey Devil
Human brains are wired for stories and we love them. Stories help us make sense of our world and give us an explanation for things that are hard to explain.
There are stories about everything. Like your health, the aging process, or your skin.
Lots of reasons, I think. Some innocent, some not so much.
One is that everyone’s different. What works for me might not work for you. And that’s ok.
Another is that we really don’t know all there is know about ourselves, our bodies, and how they operate. We’re still a bit of a mystery to ourselves.
I sort of like this because it means as we discover more, there are more opportunities to live healthier better lives.
Health and beauty information is constantly changing. What was a known “fact” ten years ago, might be completely debunked today and a new “fact” emerges in its place.
Take the low fat craze of the late 80’s and early 90’s as an example. Back then, you might have been told by your doctor to consume as little fat as possible. The food industry responded by producing lots of highly processed, low fat foods that were loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
We now know that healthy fats are really good for you (and your skin), and a diet high in sugar and processed foods is not.
That’s a simple explanation of a much more complicated situation, but you get the point.
There are a few myths out there about sagging skin that it's time to talk about. Some are true, some are false, and some will have to wait until we know more.
Myth # 1-Running will make your skin sag
False-You may have heard the term “runner’s face”. It refers to the gaunt look or sagging skin that many long time runners have.
According to the myth, the bouncing and impact of running cause the skin on your cheeks to sag.
Unless you’re pulling on your face while you’re running, running itself won’t make your face sag. It’s true that long hours of UV exposure can cause sun damage and collagen breakdown which lead to sagging. It’s also true that the low body weight of some runners can accelerate fat loss from the face and cause sagging.
- There’s no need to avoid the amazing benefits of running and exercise. You just need to take some precautions-
- Wear sunscreen when you’re running or exercising outdoors. Best practice is to put it on every morning as part of your routine. Even better, add a hat or sun visor to protect you while you’re putting in your miles.
- Use an anti-oxidant moisturizer as part of your morning routine. Be sure to rinse your face and reapply after your workout
- Drink plenty of water. Even mild dehydration shows up on your skin.
Myth # 2-Your sleep position can make your skin sag
False, or mostly false- sleeping on your stomach or your side won’t cause your skin to sag. Remember that collagen and elastin breakdown, loss of facial fat pads and bone is what causes sagging.
So, if you’re a dedicated side or tummy sleeper, you can scratch skin sagging off your worry list.
But… sleeping with your face scrunched against a pillow for hours at a time can lead to sleep wrinkles. When you’re younger, the lines will bounce back into shape when you get up. But as you lose collagen and elastin with age, those lines will tend to stick around and voila! You might see some sleep wrinkles.
If this is happening to you and it bothers you, you can try a silk pillowcase or learn to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your back can be harder than it sounds. Sleep experts say that we change positions an average of 11 times each night
Please don’t lose sleep over this! Sleep is still the ultimate health and beauty treatment.
Myth #3- Weight loss can make your skin sag
True, but…When you gain weight, your skin stretches to accommodate the extra fat on your face. When you lose it, especially quickly, your skin may be looser.
The jury is out on whether regaining weight will fill your face out again. Preliminary information says no. And yo-yo dieting makes it even worse.
Here’s the thing. If you need to lose pounds to improve your health-do it! Nothing is more important than keeping yourself healthy.
If you’re losing weight and want to minimize the effect on your face, here are some things to do:
- Lose weight slowly. Stick with a healthy diet that will help you feel great and give you lasting results. Eat foods that are rich in phyto-nutrients (fruits and veggies) and drink plenty of water. Green tea is also good.
- Avoid yo-yo dieting. Not good for your body, your health, or your face.
- Get facial acupuncture, micro-needling, or do dermal rolling at home. These will help encourage collagen and elastin and keep your skin firmer.
- Use skincare with peptides. They signal your skin to produce more collagen.
Myth #4 -Facial exercises can help with sagging
True-Neck and Facial muscles are attached directly to your skin (the only place in your body this is true). Doing facial exercises keeps your muscles toned. Toned muscles are a little larger and can support your skin.
The downside of some facial exercises is that they can cause expression lines or make the ones that are there deeper. So do your facial exercises gently. The muscles in your face are small. They don’t need to be over-worked to be toned.
Myth # 5- Short of surgery, there’s nothing you can do about sagging
False- There are tools like gua sha and dermal rollers that can help to firm your skin, rev up circulation, and encourage collagen and elastin. You need to use them regularly to keep the results up.
Facial acupuncture is also effective for a healthy, subtle lift that ups your collagen and elastin.
Dermal fillers and other injections are getting better and better. They don’t actually fix sagging skin but can restore lost volume to your face.
Surgery and invasive procedures are going to give the most dramatic results, but they’re not without side effects.
Myth # 6- There are products that can help with sagging
Sagging is the result of collagen and elastin loss, bone loss, and loss of facial fat pads.
No skin care product can stop bone loss or fat pad movement/loss, but a good serum and firming cream can encourage collagen and elastin.
Products like retinol and peptides can encourage collagen and elastin which will help keep your skin firmer. These two ingredients have been studied extensively and have documented results.
We’ve talked a lot about retinol (because its so effective) but there’s another key player in the firming game and that’s peptides.
Peptides are protein fragments that are small enough to penetrate into your skin. They work by signaling your skin to make more collagen and elastin. This helps make your skin more firm and bouncy.
Next week, SunWindSnow will release our new medical grade, targeted firming serum called Eclipse 7. (Remember medical grade serum has a higher concentration of active ingredients.)
Eclipse is what it will do for your looser skin. 7 is the number of peptides in this serum. Each one has a special job in helping your skin be healthier and more firm.
It won’t give you the results of a face lift, but I’m guessing you don’t want one of those anyway.
What it will give you is noticeably firmer, moister skin and a wonderful glow.
Coming next week!