It's Official: When It Comes To Beauty You Have To Choose Between Your Ass Or Your Face

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During a sit-down interview with Fashion Magazine in 2017, Jane Fonda uttered the now infamous words:

"When you get older, you have to choose between your ass and your face."

Fonda, the former '80s exercise queen was, of course, referring to the impact losing weight can have on one's appearance -- especially as they get older and wrinkles begin to appear.

She continued: "Last year I chose my ass, and this year I’m choosing my face. I’m about 10 pounds heavier than I was [then]."

But is there any truth to her theory? Well, according to plastic surgeon Stefan Lo of Concept Cosmetic Medicine, Barbarella is bang on the money.

Fat Fades

Doctor Lo explains that as we age the fat supplies naturally begin to decrease.

"Now, if we're exercising and trying to be leaner then we will also lose fat from our face as part of the process," he said. "When we lose that fat we also lose some of the structure as that fat helps to support the skin -- this is what can make us look older."

Naturopath Lisa Guy agrees.

"When you lose fat from your face you will have leaner and more defined features, however, this can also make wrinkles look more prominent," she said.

According to Harvard University, it's not just our fat supply that changes, but also the distribution of it around our face. They say that when we're younger "fat in the face in evenly distributed, with some pockets here and there that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth."

But that changes as we age, as the fat "loses volume, clumps up, and shifts downward, so features that were formerly round may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight gets loose and sags."

Should We Stop Working Out?

According to all the experts, hanging up your activewear is probably one of the worst things you can do. 

"There are so many benefits of exercise," Dr Lo said. "Not only that, but people exercise for a lot of different reasons -- it's not always about how they look".

He's right, too.

Earlier this year a study from the Cleveland Clinic found that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.

Doctor Wael Jaber, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and senior author of the study, told CNN “Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker."

But enough about our bodies, let's get back to our face.

Naturopath Lisa added that while the loss of fat can make wrinkles appear more prominent, regular exercise can help improve the overall condition of our skin.

"Exercise increases blood flow to the face which increases the delivery of oxygen and important nutrients and antioxidants to skin cells, which will help keep your skin healthy and well nourished."
Can We Fix It?

Yes, you totally can. The only caveat being you will need some cosmetic intervention. Sorry, we don't make the rules.

Doctor Lo explains that once you start to lose that volume in your face, the only way to plump it back up again is by adding in fillers.

"The most common way we combat this is to add in dermal fillers," he explained. "That will help fix that drawn-out appearance and add volume to the face. It's a very easy and common procedure".

If you're not super keen on needles and you're looking for a more Mother Earth-friendly way of combating the ravages of age, naturopath Lisa has this advice.

"A good daily dose of antioxidants is vital to protect skin cells from damaging free radicals, which are one of the major causes of premature skin ageing," she said.

So where can we get some of these free radicals? Well, it's easy, according to Lisa: "Some of the best skin-loving foods include turmeric, green and white tea, green leafy vegetables, rose hip tea, pomegranates, avocado, oily fish like salmon, and berries."

Deliciously simple.

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