Dr. Hadley King on How Your Workout May Cause Wrinkles

Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King Reveals

How Your Workout May Cause Wrinkles 

There are many things that cause wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. Some of these causes, such as gravity and genetics are beyond our control. Fortunately, we can do something about the biggest causes of wrinkles, which are environmental. Sun exposure, life style, and our daily living habits all have an impact on the creation of wrinkles. Most people know that basking in the sun is a sure fire way to bring on premature signs of aging, but did you know that they way you workout may be speeding up the aging process as well?

The health benefits of a steady exercise routine on undeniable. But men and women workout to add years onto their life, not years onto their appearance. SELF magazine recently interviewed SKINNEY Medspa’s own NYC Dermatologist, Dr. Hadley King, for expert advice on how a person’s workout routine may be causing the formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Hadley King

Published January 22, 2015
By Shannon Farrell

“Dr. Hadley King, MD, a dermatologist at NYC’s Skinney Medspa advises patients first refrain from squinting. “When you do strenuous workouts, you tend to grunt and strain, causing you to squint or raise your brow. Over time, you will see an increase of those fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and also the forehead.”

SELF magazine also highlighted how high impact workouts can add years to your appearance. “Another habit to break: running on hard surfaces. “Runners tend to look older than they should because of the impact the face takes when you are bouncing from leg to leg on hard pavement,” says Dr. Hadley King. “Try to run on a soften pavement or on a treadmill to avoid high impact as you eventually break down the elastin in your skin.”


7 More Ways From Dr. Hadley King To Reduce the Creation of Wrinkles


EYE GLASSES- Make sure you get your eyes checked regularly to ensure you are not squinting to read small print or to see more clearly.

STAY SHADED-  I also recommend wearing sunglasses during the day to also aid in not causing you to have to squint.

SMILE- Did you know by smiling, you can increase your serotonin levels? The act of smiling actives neuropeptides in your brain that will fight off stress.  It also helps you not to FROWN. When you frown you will inevitably create frown lines, which nobody wants.

SLEEP ERECT- By sleeping on your back with an extra pillow at night, you will reduce the likelihood of developing facial creases, which eventually cause permanent marks. I also recommend sleeping with a satin eye mask, and if you are a person who sleeps on your side, a satin pillowcase as well. Satin reduces facial creases, and as a bonus, a satin pillowcase will also help keep you hair looking more healthy and shiner as it reduces friction causing less dryness and breakage.

NO SMOKING-  Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your lungs, but it is also very harmful on the body’s largest organ, the skin. Smoking eradicates your cells by pollutants causing free radicals to breakdown healthy collagen and elastin, causing your skin to sag and look tired and dull. Also, the repetitive facial patterns of puckering and pursing your lips each time you take a drag creates fine lines above your upper lip, commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines.”

DRINK MORE WATER – and less coffee and alcohol. Keeping your body healthy and hydrated can ward off wrinkles. Also, being dehydrated emphasizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE- Did you know that sugar breaks down cells? Fact. It is a process called glycation, during which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to the proteins. The sugar then affects your entire body, breaking down collagen and elastin as the hijacked proteins circulate throughout your bloodstream.]


Hadley KingDr. Hadley King, MD is a prestigious NYC Dermatologist who heads the team of skincare professionals at SKINNEY Medspa. Hadley King graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and currently teaches at Cornell University as a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at the Weill Medical. Dr. King enjoys helping her clients at SKINNEY Medspa to become more comfortable in the skin they’re in, by using the latest advancements in dermatology and anti-aging skin care.

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