Some people will go to extremes to avoid wrinkles: They subject their faces to knives, needles and painful laser treatment sessions.
Some even refuse to smile. For those individuals, wrinkles are no laughing matter. Meet Tess Christian, who made news in the UK’s Daily Mail recently after claiming that she hasn’t smiled or laughed for the past 40 years as a method of avoiding laugh lines and crow’s feet.
“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles,” the 50-year-old reported.
Christian isn’t the only one to share this sentiment. Celebrity Kim Kardashian got in the mix on Instagram when she posted, “See, I do smile…even laugh on occasion. Not too often though because it causes wrinkles.”
But what fun would life be without smiling and a good bellyaching laugh every once in a while? We say, keep your smile and try these daily skincare tips instead to help encourage younger-looking skin:
First, always wear sunscreen. While it is true that the repetitive motion of smiling and other facial expressions leads to facial lines, sun exposure remains the No. 1 skin ager. Wear a sunscreen with photostable broad spectrum protection of SPF 20 or greater to protect skin from aging UV rays. (For more great suncare tips, don’t miss upcoming articles in this month’s Derm RF.)
Second, apply retinol for smoother-looking skin. Retinol is known as the “Gold Standard” in anti-aging skincare for its ability to help skin look visibly firmer and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.
Try an at-home alternative to wrinkle fillers. As we age, our skin loses hyaluronic acid, a natural water-loving moisture magnet that gives our skin its plump, smooth appearance. Injectable wrinkle fillers are one way to restore this precious moisture, but for those wishing to avoid injecting their skin with sharp, pointy objects, REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines with peptides and hyaluronic acid offers an at-home, non-invasive alternative to smoothing expression lines, like crow’s feet and laugh lines, with optimum results realized at 4 weeks.
With a little skincare love, you can live your life in full expression while minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Now that’s something to smile about.