I went to art school with a girl who insisted on wearing sunglasses all the time when stepping outdoors. She was only 16 at the time. When we asked her why, her response was that she wanted to prevent getting crow’s feet. While this approach to delaying the signs of ageing seemed drastic at the time, now at age 31, I reckon I should probably have done the same. Because, as they say, prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to wrinkles.
Another strange tactic that many wealthy TV housewives adopt to keep their faces young is to keep smiling and laughing to a minimum. The mouth area is prone to wrinkling because of repetitive facial movements over decades.
This old wives’ tale is one that many people still believe in 2018 but, fortunately, this myth is one that has finally been debunked. Kind of.
Paul Jarrod Frank, a dermatologist based in NYC, says that smiling and facial muscle movement alone is not responsible for wrinkles. It’s actually a combination of factors, which include the thickness of the skin, fat distribution, elasticity and your collagen content. Like all wrinkles, these can be delayed by using an antioxidant-rich serum and slathering on sunscreen daily. Preventative Botox can also be used to soften any existing lines around the mouth.
Smiling, however, can make you appear more youthful, and it definitely helps to establish connections. Luckily, smiling is experiencing a resurgence – if social media is anything to go by. Perhaps this means that a decade from now, laugh lines will be à la mode as well.
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I don’t know about you, but this revelation has certainly put a smile on my dial. I might even trade in my Resting Bitch Face for a cheerful smile. Watch this space.
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