Before you put on your Lululemons and head to the gym, you might want to read this to make sure your workout isn’t aging your face! You may be wondering how tightening and toning your body could possibly cause aging, so go grab a mirror or turn your phone on selfie-mode and find out!
Are you over-strengthening and straining your neck when you workout? The Platysmal bands are two strips of muscles that start at the base of your neck and run up the front left and right sides of your neck, all the way up to the jaw, in the area where “frown lines” are prominent. When you lift weights or do excersises that put strain on those muscles, they pull down on your face, causing the skin to pull down with them. You can see in the mirror when you “flex” your neck muscles or lift a weight, that those muscles in your neck may tighten and stick out. When you see this happening, take note of what you are doing to cause it, and how it feels so that you can correct it. If you already have protruding platysmal bands or frown wrinkles as a result of strain, don’t worry, there are ways to correct those as well!
Adjust Yourself in The Mirror
The best way to avoid straining your platysmal bands is to be aware of them. Do your workouts in front of the mirror and whenever you see your neck being stretched, stop. Relax the muscles. Then continue working out without allowing your neck to strain. Yoga is a fantastic way to really get in touch with all of the muscles of your body, and can help you become aware of whenever your platysmal bands are pulling down on your face.
Think of your muscles as a pully system – when you pull down on one end, the other goes up. So when you lift with your arms and shoulders, the muscles in your neck pull up to support the weight, which means the muscles attached to them in your face pull down. Now try pulling down the corners of your mouth using your muscles – you should be able to see and feel the muscles in your neck pulling upwards in return. This is what happens when you work out, so as long as you are aware of it, and consciously correct it, you’ll be able to avoid it.
Botox – Not Just For Wrinkles
The easy solution to smoothing out wrinkles, especially the ones caused by platysmal band strain, is to get a little Botox magic. But did you know that Botox also helps to reduce the muscles from pulling down on that bottom area of your face? Getting Botox in the platysmal band area under your neck relaxes those muscles, so when the lower area tightens, the upper area will remain relaxed, and so will your face! Most people have no idea that they are even working those muscles out until they come into the medspa wondering why the skin under their neck is stretched and there’s wrinkles around their chin!
Tightening the Turkey Neck
Some people purposely work out their platysmal bands in an effort to tighten the skin under their neck without realizing the effects that it has on their face. If you are already seeing sagging skin under your neck, you may want to consider getting it tightened with a medspa treatment before you go and do neck two-a-days. Getting a simple, non-invasive laser treatment like Thermage instantly tightens loose or sagging skin, and the results are a great motivation for maintaining that muscle awareness! Tightening and anti-aging moisturizers are also a MUST for the entire face and neck, and can truly work anti-aging wonders!
**Disclaimer: The above information is my personal advice – everyone’s skin and workouts are different so results may vary.