- A lot of people work out to tone the muscles of the arms, legs and torso, but don’t do any routines targeting the face and neck muscles.
- One of the most dreaded aspects of aging is losing the skin’s elasticity and firmness, causing the facial muscles to sag.
- A sagging face can be the result of a variety of factors, aside from aging.
Running can cause the face to sag
There are two reasons why your aging skin sag — loss of collagen (which gives skin its elasticity) and loss of facial fat, (which causes the skin to droop).
The whole body bounces up and down while running but it’s not enough to damage collagen, according to Las Vegas-based plastic surgeon Michael Edwards, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A more likely culprit is overexposure to UV rays, which breaks collagen down over time. Apply plenty of sunscreen before doing exercises outside, even during colder weather.
Sleeping on your stomach causes sagging
No, it won’t actually cause sagging, but it can cause sleep wrinkles and fine lines. Your pillow tugging at delicate facial skin while you sleep can cause these lines. Dr. Edwards recommends sleeping on your back.
But if you can’t switch positions, then you can try a pillow that has a gentle fabric.
Facial exercises reduce skin sagging
Dr. Edwards says facial exercises can increase the size of facial muscles. While preventing sagging skin, they also cause expression lines. So while a few workout moves might help relieve basset hound-like eyes, they’ll probably also worsen crow’s feet, according to Health.
Weight loss causes skin sagging
The skin on your face stretches when you gain weight. But if you’ve lost the fat, it can cause under eye bags and a slack jaw. That’s what happens when your skin loses elasticity, it won’t bounce back the same way it did when you were younger, says Dr. Edwards.
There are products that may help delay sagging skin
Dr. Edwards says you can slow down sagging from the outside in. Topical products like over-the-counter retinol can help. Prescription retinoids boost collagen production while vitamin C serums help restore elasticity.
According to a 2012 German study, funded by the maker of the raw material used in the supplements, a daily supplement of pycnogenol — a French pine bark extract — increases moisture and elasticity and boosts the production of hyaluronic acid, a skin plumping ingredient, by 44%.