Face facts…if you choose to exercise your way to an amazing body, you may need some expert help to keep your face looking youthful…
When we reach a certain age, we know that we have to work harder at exercising to get the figure we want. By our mid 30s there comes a tipping point when excessive working out may be melting fat away from your thighs, but it will be also disappearing from where you don’t want to loose plumpness – your face. Here MediSpa Medical Director, Dr Preema Vig gives us her advice to help to conquer a ‘gym face’…
What causes a gym face?
‘Exercise is crucial for a healthy body and skin, but too much can leave you with a hollow saggy cheek area. This effect is known as the ‘gym-face’ look, and can be caused by excessive cardiovascular exercise, like running, cycling and endurance training which raise the heart rate and can cause dramatic weight loss.’
How does this happen?
‘When you start to exercise your face goes red as blood vessels widen to get oxygen flowing around the body. But after about 15 minutes, when muscles need more oxygen, blood starts to be diverted from the face, which causes fat pads in the cheeks to be deprived of oxygen and to slowly diminish. This causes facial-volume loss, particularly in the cheek area, which then makes your face look prematurely aged.’
Any exercises that don’t cause this?
‘The ‘gym-face’ phenomenon has led to many women varying their workouts and to have a more facial friendly fitness regime. This means not doing back-to-back cardiovascular exercise, but doing different types of exercise like weigh-training, Pilates and high-intensity training.’
Is there an aesthetic solution?
‘Women don’t have to choose between having an amazing body, or a plumped face they can have both. I advise patients who want a non-surgical solution to the ageing effects of excessive exercising to consider have dermal filler applied to the cheek area, to increase facial volume. In fact the new generation fillers can often increase your own production of hyaluronic acid, leading to less frequent treatments.’
What skincare solutions are there?
‘A regime of effective daily skincare such as iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, Youth Eye and Active Serum encourage skin cell turnover and increases the penetration of actives such as Sodium Hyaluronate to deliver skin plumping actives into skin, which helps to deliver a youthful appearance.’
Dr Preema Vig concentrates solely on injectables and is highly skilled at using dermal fillers and lower-face Botox. She has a private practice at 35 Devonshire Place and is the medical director of Beyond MediSpa at Harvey Nichols and she is renowned for putting her patients at ease with her philosophy being, less is always more.