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Will I get wrinkles if I smile all the time?

Will I get wrinkles if I smile all the time?

According to US health specialist Dr. Joseph Mercola, any time you make facial expressions, whether that be a smile, a frown, or a scowl, it causes movement in underlying facial muscles, which will form a groove perpendicular to the movement.

In the case of smiles, two grooves known as the “nasolabial” folds form. These are the two skin folds that run down from your nose to the corners of your mouth. When you’re young, your skin’s elasticity helps it bounce back so that the folds disappear when you stop smiling.

But as you get older, your skin loses elasticity, therefore the folds will no longer fade away. So, does that mean you should stop smiling?

We definitely don’t recommend that! As the doctor stated, you’d have to suppress not only smiles but virtually every possible facial expression… think about that for a second. That could have a huge impact on your life! It might even affect your ability to feel emotions.

If you’re interested in preventing wrinkles, changing your diet can be a big help. One of the most effective ways to get your skin glowing is by eating vegetables and fruits that are high in carotenoids.

Carotenoids give red, orange, and yellow fruits their colour. Carotenoids can appear in green vegetables as well. Studies have shown that eating foods with these colours can make your face look healthier than a trip to the tanning salon.

You also need to make sure that your body is cleansed of toxins. Of course, it is impossible to totally cleanse your body of all toxins, but by keeping on top of it, your skin can retain its healthy glow.

Here are some ideal foods to consume:
Animal-based omega-3 fats: Omega-3 fats have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to calm irritated skin. Sardines and anchovies are excellent sources of animal-based omega-3s. However, if you are skittish about those, you can take fish oil pills for your daily dose of omega-3.

Vegetables: Ideally, fresh and organic is key. However, those can be pricey. Fresh vegetable juice can be a good alternative and is also wonderful for your skin.

Smiling is a natural thing to do, and it makes you happy. There are many ways to reduce wrinkles rather than not smiling. Looking after your health is always the priority, but if you’d like to learn more about cosmetic alternatives speak to the team at Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046.