Smiling is a good thing. Typically it means you’re happy or experiencing at least a moment of joy.
And smiles often lead to laughter, which is even better. Research shows laughter relieves stress, soothes tension and it’s a form of exercise. Laughing for 15 minutes can burn 10-40 calories. Plus, it’s just plain fun!
Smile lines, frown lines and other wrinkles
But like most good things, there are a few drawbacks. Whether from laughing, squinting, smiling or furrowing your brow, we all know one day we’re going to look in the mirror and see expression lines looking back – forehead wrinkles, brow lines, crow’s feet, smile lines and lip lines.
Short of living an emotionless life – and no one wants that – what’s the best way to stop those tell-tale wrinkles from forming in the first place?
“Expression lines are caused by a variety of factors,” explains Artistry™ Senior Research Scientist Jason Rothouse. “Repetitive facial movements, like laughing, smiling or squinting, play a primary role in their formation, but that’s only part of the story.
“Your skin’s plumpness, or hydration levels, and its ability to bounce back, in addition to environmental stressors like sun exposure and pollution, also play a big role,” he continued. “We created Artistry™ Intensive Skincare Advanced Vitamin C + HA Treatment keeping all those factors in mind.”
What causes wrinkles?
Here’s a closer look at the factors causing wrinkles, crow’s feet and other expression lines:
Movement – Over time, repetitive facial expressions overwhelm the skin, keeping it from fully bouncing back, and permanent lines form. Renewing and maintaining skin’s support structure and elasticity is key.
Plumpness – This refers to skin’s smooth appearance when it’s fully hydrated. It’s important to add daily hydration with moisturizer. But over time, skin’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid (HA) decreases. Since HA attracts and retains water for skin fullness and volume, using a treatment with this ingredient helps skin stay better hydrated over time.
Environmental Stressors – Our skin works every day to fight off the aging effects of many environmental stressors like sun damage and pollution, as well as wrinkle-inducing free radicals. An antioxidant, like vitamin C, can help neutralize these damaging effects.
“Vitamin C is one of the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants,” Jason said. “Not only does it neutralize free radicals before they cause damage, but it helps strengthen the skin and ensure you’ll maintain a more youthful appearance over time.”
So go ahead and smile, laugh, cajole or giggle – just make sure to help your skin bounce back!
Learn more about skin care
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