Is weightlifting causing wrinkles on my face?

  • MadeinMich

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    Jan 05, 2014 8:45 PM GMT
    I close my eyes real tight and tighten my furrow/brow line when I lift heavy weights, such as deadlifting, or the few last reps of my bench etc..
    I was wondering if this is causing the new small furrow expresion lines I am seeing on my face. If so, how can I get rid of them. I have researched some remedies that might work. Please help, I am 33, black, not ready for wrinkles. All of my life I've been told, "black don't crack". Well mine is cracking prematurely. Please help.

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    Jan 05, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
    People say about stuff like this, usually it is hairloss they are talking about though.

    Weightlifting doesn't make it worse, but you see yourself in mirrors more at the gym, and sometimes even in unflattering lighting. icon_cry.gif

    Having said that, people with very low bodyfat can get a gaunt appearance, that is no secret.
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    Jan 05, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidThe sun is the culprit.


    True, I spent my youth playing Streetfighter 2 and Pokemon, and I have no wrinkles at all at 33.
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    Jan 05, 2014 9:32 PM GMT
    You need some quality face moisturizer. I recommend for you one called Intensive Moisture Balance by Dermalogica.
    If you're in a cold part of the US, be sure and put another layer on before bed since the heater in the winter is a bitch on your skin! It will iron out those lines.
    Also, go buy a Clairsonic and scrub your skin at least once a week.
    Just like the rest of the muscles in your body, your skin needs a good work out as well.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jan 05, 2014 9:45 PM GMT
    Ohno said
    woodsmen saidThe sun is the culprit.


    True, I spent my youth indoors playing Streetfighter 2 and Pokemon, and I have no wrinkles at all at 33.

    This is too funny.

    I figured weightlifting might be a factor because the lines are appearing in the creases where my muscles meet between my eyebrows. And I create this stress betwen my eyebrows ever set.


    Thanks T.G.N.D. for your recommendation.
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    Jan 05, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
    If you lift often -- yes it will. If you keep folding a piece of plastic the same way, it will eventually form a crease. The same happens with your skin it just takes a lot longer.

    Try not to put your energy in your face when you lift, but channel it in the body part you're working. It's hard because I do the same thing at times -- I'm used to emoting through my face. Some people wear their emotions on their sleeves so to speak.
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    Jan 05, 2014 9:56 PM GMT
    If it's there, it's there. Botox.
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    Jan 05, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidYou need some quality face moisturizer. I recommend for you one called Intensive Moisture Balance by Dermalogica.
    If you're in a cold part of the US, be sure and put another layer on before bed since the heater in the winter is a bitch on your skin! It will iron out those lines.
    Also, go buy a Clairsonic and scrub your skin at least once a week.
    Just like the rest of the muscles in your body, your skin needs a good work out as well.


    I'll have to keep this in mind.
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    Jan 05, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    vla8 said
    TheGuyNextDoor saidYou need some quality face moisturizer. I recommend for you one called Intensive Moisture Balance by Dermalogica.
    If you're in a cold part of the US, be sure and put another layer on before bed since the heater in the winter is a bitch on your skin! It will iron out those lines.
    Also, go buy a Clairsonic and scrub your skin at least once a week.
    Just like the rest of the muscles in your body, your skin needs a good work out as well.


    I'll have to keep this in mind.


    A moisturizer made for your skin type is smart and I agree dry heat is a b!tch to your skin -- unless you're sweating in a sauna (even then it's somewhat inflammatory to the skin). BUT if you have sensitive skin you don't want to be too aggressive. Skin and muscles are slightly different in that respect.
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    Jan 06, 2014 12:28 AM GMT
    HikerSkier saidIf it's there, it's there. Botox.


    Ditto. The Botox will prevent you from being able to furrow your brows so much.

    But really, I think the increased circulation and health benefits from working out offset any minor amount of wrinkling it may contribute to. Just my opinion. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 06, 2014 12:30 AM GMT
    Ohno said
    Having said that, people with very low bodyfat can get a gaunt appearance, that is no secret.


    Especially as you age. It's very strategic fat in your face that gives you a youthful appearance. Once that goes it hikes up the appearance of your age dramatically.
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    Jan 06, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    Ohno said
    woodsmen saidThe sun is the culprit.


    True, I spent my youth playing Streetfighter 2 and Pokemon, and I have no wrinkles at all at 33.

    So now I have an excuse when my bf ask me why I'm playing pokemon so much.
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    Jan 06, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    Only if you're this guy.
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    Jan 06, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    Ohno said
    woodsmen saidThe sun is the culprit.


    True, I spent my youth playing Streetfighter 2 and Pokemon, and I have no wrinkles at all at 33.


    TIGER UPPERCUT! LOVE THIS GAME! (These guys playing are kinda lame, but you get the point)

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    Jan 06, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    I totally got distracted by the mentioning of SF2 and didn't to respond to the OP. I don't know...
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    Jan 06, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    I guess that means orgasms will cause wrinkles too..

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  • metta

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    Jan 06, 2014 3:44 AM GMT
    You probably should not be getting wrinkles at 33, especially being black (melanin). Is your skin dry? Drink more water, try not spending too much time in the sun (a little is good, too much is not), wear a good non-toxic sunscreen.
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    Jan 06, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    madeinmich saidI close my eyes real tight and tighten my furrow/brow line when I lift heavy weights


    Well stop doing that.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jan 06, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    Lustolove said
    madeinmich saidI close my eyes real tight and tighten my furrow/brow line when I lift heavy weights


    Well stop doing that.


    I don't think I can help it when lifting heavy. When I'm on my last reps it's hard for me to think about anything other than pushing that weight.
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    Jan 06, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    People's facial expressions probably do cause wrinkles. You can see it happening when watching them talk and express themselves. It is doubtful you spend enough time during heavy lifts for that to be the defining factor. You probably have a series of facial expressions that you use all the time, and all of these could be contributing to creases in the skin. Is it really worth the worry? The standard advice I've most seen is to use a moisturizer every day. I've been experimenting for face and neck with using grape seed oil (which is normally used in cooking when you need a flavourless high-temperature oil), based on advice I read in the NYT, and it seems to be working well. I also use a base of colour-less, alcohol-less, unscented aloe vera gel.
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    Jan 06, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    I've always read that facial expressions reduce wrinkles and that men get less wrinkles than women because of all the faces they make when they shave.