Even if you start to exercise regularly after 40, it will still help get rid of wrinkles, as Canadian researchers have found. Physical exercise tightens the skin and makes it look more youthful.
If you want to look younger, take up some sport. Regular exercise strengthens bone health, accentuates the waist, and reduces the risk of many dangerous diseases. In addition to these well-known factors, sport has another ability – to eliminate wrinkles effectively, as the researchers from McMaster University in Ontario have established.
They gathered 29 volunteers aged 20-84 years, half of whom were engaged in fitness three times a week, and the second half – an hour a week. By the end of the experiment, everyone was asked to demonstrate their buttocks, as they are least likely to come under the influence of sunlight and do not grow old too quickly. The researchers took skin samples from the buttocks and did biopsy to check the stratum corneum – the upper protective skin layer, as well as the dermis underneath.
In most people, the thinning of the stratum corneum starts after 40. Skin becomes saggy, lethargic and develops age wrinkles. However, the experiment has shown that regular physical activity helps maintain the thickness of the stratum corneum and the dermis below it. Skin biopsy in men over 40 who exercised regularly showed results equal to those of 20 year-olds. Even those over 65 showed a positive effect.