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The Effect of Movement and Exercise on Collagen, Muscles, and Connective Tissue

The Importance of Movement When It Comes to Skin Toning

All connective tissues including collagen, muscles, bones, and nerves will change according to the stress applied to the tissues.

Immobility to all the tissues listed above will cause the connective tissues and collagen to decrease protein synthesis, thereby causing a decrease in size and tone of the collagen tissues resulting in atrophy. The same applies to facial muscles and skin. The less we move our facial structures, the less protein synthesis occurs in the collagen of the skin and facial muscles, so draping and sagginess occurs. The sagginess in the face occurs because immobilization leads to reabsorption of collagen tissues. And the less movement, the less nutrition and blood flow to the area. Some studies suggest it can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks to properly regenerate your tissues.

The reverse is true: physiological stresses such as loading tissues with exercise and causing movement in the tissues will make the collagen and connective tissues stronger and cause dramatic increases for tone and strength in the tissues. This is true because the

Nuclear DNA is switched on for collagen biosynthesis thereby forming stronger mucopolysaccharide bonds.

So exercising your facial skin and muscles will increase the protein synthesis, thereby increasing the tone in the collagen and muscles to prevent the effects of gravity on the jowls, cheeks, drooping eyelids etc. So when dermatologists say you cannot exercise your face to reduce sagginess of the skin and wrinkles, the research to remodel tissues demonstrates that they are incorrect. Consider what happens to your leg muscles when immobilized in a cast for 6 weeks: complete atrophy of the muscles and very saggy skin.

How Movement vs. Immobility Tightens and Firms Facial Skin

To further explain these concepts in detail, refer to what is called the remodeling phase of tissues. The remodeling phase in tissues like skin and facial muscles occur when any changes take place in their environment. By environment, we mean changes to the tissues by immobilization [lack of movement], physiological stresses, environmental [chemicals/smoking], movement, and weight bearing.

this chart shows the effects of immobilization on skin with inflammation

When immobilization occurs in tissues – for example facial skin and muscles;

  • Decreases in protein synthesis occurs
  • Decreases in collagen formation occurs
  • Decreases in muscle size
  • Resulting in atrophy of the ligaments and muscles
  • Laxity in the collagen of the ligaments and muscles

this chart shows the effects of immobilization on skin without inflammation

When the proper physiological stresses are applied to the collagen, connective tissues and muscles and for this purpose our facial components;

  • Nuclear DNA is turned on for collagen production and the newly formed collagen leaves the fibroblasts to form mucopolysaccharide bonds which in turn begins to tighten facial tissues
  • There is more functional alignment of the fibers and collagen
  • There is more muscle build up and tighter and toned collagen cells form if they are stressed in the correct movements to tone your face
  • Minimal movement in the tissues can have drastic results

the effects of physiological stresses on skin without inflammation

Exercise Your Face for Toned Facial Skin

As you can see, even facial skin has brain cells in the connective tissues that tell the cells and fibers to respond to the loads of tension applied by resistive exercises and the vibration of the envisage Renew unit.

According to Brand (1995), if tissues constantly receive the information of just enough force, meaning exercise and/or torque to stress the tissues just enough, that the collagen tissue regenerates: that is growth occurs whereby old collagen is reabsorbed and new collagen forms with healthier tighter bonds.

So movement of the face is paramount to maintaining good facial tone and glow, by telling your own facial skin, collagen and muscles to work and not be immobile.

Facial muscles and skin will respond the same way your abdominal muscles will in a work out.

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