Run­ning

Sneaky skin is­sue: Sag­ging

Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY&STYLE -

“I can spot a se­ri­ous run­ner just by look­ing at her face,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist (and marathoner) Dr El­iz­a­beth Hale. Blame the lit­eral pound­ing of pave­ment, which re­sults in “run­ner’s face”: a loss of vol­ume in the tem­ple and cheek ar­eas that even­tu­ally leads to sag­ging. “The con­stant force causes mi­cro-tears in col­la­gen that add up over time,” says Hale. And if you run out­side, the UV ex­po­sure (a proven col­la­gen killer) doesn’t help. So what does a long-dis­tance-run­ning doc­tor sug­gest? Pre­scrip­tion retinol (“the ul­ti­mate skin-smoother,” she says), plus a firm­ing cream with col­la­gen-stim­u­lat­ing pep­tides (try Olay Re­gener­ist Mi­cro Sculpt­ing Cream, $48.99). Also, swipe on SPF30 be­fore you head out the door. Easy.

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