It’s a popular belief that being stressed and worried all the time causes wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, “worry lines” are supposed to be the wrinkles you get on your forehead when you furrow your brow. But despite all of the old wives tales, the claim that being unhappy causes more wrinkles wasn’t scientifically proven until recently.
Recent research has suggested that people who smile more often are less likely to get wrinkles. After all, it takes more facial muscles to frown than it does to grin!
So what are the best ways to combat those worry lines on your own?
By practicing different facial expressions and different ways of smiling, you’re stretching the muscles in your face and quite literally giving them a workout. Since your skin and facial muscles are made of collagen and elastin fibers, it can lose its perky and full elasticity if it’s not exercised correctly.
So sit in front of the mirror and practice different methods of smiling (and laughing). Focus on really smiling with your eyes and mouth to make sure you’re working out every facial muscle you can!
One good way to start doing this is by placing your thumb on the corner of your mouth and your forefinger on the corner of your eye. Lift your skin up, like you would if you were smiling, and hold for about six seconds. Do this a few times with a ten second interval between. If you have a collagen-boosting or elasticity cream that you love, apply it before you do these exercises to help increase the benefits.
Another exercise you can do at home is filling your cheeks with air and holding them for a few seconds. (If you do it correctly, you’ll look like a chipmunk with a full mouth!) Sticking your tongue out also helps work the muscles in your chin to prevent wrinkles in that area.
So next time you’re feeling over-worked and stressed out, remember to smile. It will help lower your stress levels and reduce your risk of wrinkles!