Thursday, September 19, 2013

Do You Worry About Runners Face?

 I did not know about the condition called "runner's face" before.  Thank you, internet.

This was an actual interweb article:

QUESTION: Is there really such a thing as ''runner's face''?
ANSWER: If you're over 40 and a woman, you probably know the urban myth of ''runner's face'' - the gaunt, skeletal look you end up with if you run for fun or fitness. Only, alas, it's not a myth. And it affects men, too.
It's not just joggers who can suffer from a prematurely aged face but people taking part in any sport or training in which the aim is to lose fat.
''Unfortunately, fat reduction is seldom selective, and not only do we lose fat from the areas we want, such as bellies, thighs and backsides, we lose it from parts of the body we don't want to, such as the breaisementsts and face,'' says cosmetic physician Sean Arendse.

The face has a number of fat pads that sit beneath the skin and act as scaffolding, giving structure and volume. As we age, we lose these naturally.
''And when they're lost at a young age, for example in joggers, we tend to look older than our years,'' Dr Arendse says.
According to plastic surgeon Gerald Imber, another contributor to the premature ageing of a runner's face is the continual high impact of pounding up and down, which pulls the skin of the face away from its underlying muscles. ''This constant bouncing causes a gradual destruction of the elastic tissue that keeps faces firm,'' Dr Imber says. ''It accelerates the loosening and stretching of facial skin.''
But Dr Arendse says he would never encourage someone to stop running, as the health and lifestyle benefits far outweigh the toll on appearance.
And a temporary solution for the problem is available. ''The atrophied fat pads in a jogger's face can now be safely replaced with hyaluronic acid fillers, such as those in the Juvederm or Restylane range, restoring youthful curves and volume in the face.''

Q: Is there any specific skincare that runners should use?
A: Many runners spend hours exposed to the elements without proper protection for their skin. As well as a lithe body, the result can be wrinkles. In Australia, ''photo ageing'', or sun damage, is one of the most prevalent but preventable external ageing factors. So put simply, use sunscreen. Before your run, apply an SPF50 sunscreen that's water (and therefore sweat) resistant. Use generously on all exposed areas - including the often-forgotten back and sides of the neck and decolletage (a big tell-tale sign of ageing in Australian women).
Dermal therapist Sally Risby, of Toorak's Flawless Rejuvenation, says runners should use a Vitamin C serum beneath a moisturiser and sunscreen for added photo protection. The antioxidant reduces free-radical damage and is vital for the production of the collagen that gives skin its strength and texture.
At night, use a retinoid (Vitamin A). ''Retinoids have a large body of scientific evidence behind their use in anti-ageing,'' Risby says. ''They assist with hyperpigmentation [age/sun spots] and have an inhibitory influence on the process that breaks down collagen.''
Traditional moisturisers are a must, she says. Running outside can exacerbate skin dehydration causing it to appear crepey and making fine lines more noticeable. "

So do I have the "gaunt skeletal look" here?
Worried about my face in 20 degree weather, high winds, and Short Mountain Reverse Ring 2012

Do I look that bad? Top of Jawbone, MMT 100 2012, Mile 95  Pretty worried here. It must be the aid station food making my cheeks plump
Still worried about the wrinkles

Okay, protecting the face here from wrinkles..or frostbite

But really, I should be worried how I look after a run now?  The only physical thing I do during a run is try and finger comb out my nappy curls, after they have gotten all sweated down on my head.   And that is just to make me feel better, because I don't like the feeling of my matted hair on my head.  I will also occoassionally wipe my face off or pour water on my face to get rid of salt that I have excreted.  But that is also for comfort, to make me feel better, not to make me look better.

More relieved at being done than what I look like The Ring Finish 2013

What I do Use

Okay, in all serious, I do not use a Vitamin C serum.  But I do use a daily moisturizer, I've been using Oil of Olay since I was about eighteeen years old.  I have dry skin.  Most Oil of Olay products have a sunscreen.

Most days when I go run I also apply sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or 30.

In the winter, I try and remember to apply this before runs:

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Cream.  Yes, it is Vaseline, but in a cream format, not the ointment.  So it goes on smoothly, like any other cream, and sinks into the skin, unlike if you tried smearing the petroleum  jelly ointment on your face, which will just sit there.  I find it gives my skin a nice barrier from wind burn.

So there is the Ultra Trail Goddess skin beauty tips: put some sunscreen on, go run, and don't worry about what you will look like afterwards.  Think about how you will feel afterwards!


  1. :) good , fun post. love the pics

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  3. Hi! when you use the vaseline cream, do you apply SPF before or after? I've been afraid of using vaseline for fear of frying my face and making the dryness worse.

  4. I apply sunscreen, then the vaseline as the top layer. The vaseline is the protective layer.


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