We’ve all been told that laughter is the best medicine. Indeed, nothing beats having a good belly laugh to help release all the stress that we have pent up. In fact, people value laughing so much that Laughter Clubs have been set up around the world. And have you heard about Laughter Yoga? Yes, that’s a thing.
The only drawback from all that laughing are those pesky fine lines and wrinkles that develop around the edges of your mouth and eyes. They are aptly named laugh lines since we mostly get them because we’re having such a great time laughing!
Now some folks are perfectly happy having these lines on their faces, saying that it adds gravitas and that people take them more seriously. Others wear laugh lines with pride, because they believe that it shows the world that they have well and truly lived. Those are wonderful attitudes and I would say more power to them! Meanwhile, there are those who appreciate a good laugh as much as the next guy, but would really prefer if the not-so-attractive signs of laughter are a little less apparent on the face.
Fortunately for us, there are many different options on offer, which claim to prevent, or at least reduce, these annoying (albeit joyfully attained!) fine lines and wrinkles.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
When it comes to achieving flawless, glowing skin, rule number one is always to make sure you are well hydrated. The adult human is comprised of about 60 percent water and we each need to consume approximately 2 litres of water a day (or about 8 glasses) on average. So it makes perfect sense that the same rule of hydration applies to laugh-line prevention. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider cutting out dehydrating fluids such as coffee and carbonated drinks that are loaded with sugar. (But where’s the fun in that?)
2. Apply Natural Oils
Oils can help keep your skin moisturised, which in turn can also reduce the appearance of fine lines. Some of the oils you can consider using include coconut, olive, and grapeseed. Apply a little on the lines around your eyes and the corners of your mouth; it’s recommended that you apply them just before bedtime so that the oils have the chance work their magic while you get your beauty sleep! (If you have problem skin, do be careful which oil you decide to use because some oils are comedogenic and can potentially cause breakouts.)
3. Use Products Containing Omega-3s and Antioxidants
There is an abundance of anti-ageing moisturisers and creams available on the market that target fine lines and wrinkles. Look out for those that contain Omega-3 fatty acids and that claim to have antioxidant properties.
4. Consume Foods Rich in Omega-3s and Antioxidants
Smoothen out those fine line from the inside out.
Besides moisturisers and creams, you can also enjoy a healthy diet that’s replete with Omega-3 and antioxidants. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids include fish (sardines, tuna, salmon), walnuts, flaxseeds and soybeans. Consuming food with high antioxidant properties will help your skin combat those free radicals, so feel free to snack on berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries), green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach), beans and dark chocolate.
You could also lightly apply a small amount of pineapple or lemon juice directly to the lines around your eyes (careful not to get any into your eyes!) as the acids can help tighten the skin around the eyes, thereby reducing fine lines. Otherwise, enjoy guilt-free a glass of carrot and pineapple juice in the morning—you’ll be doing both your complexion and general well-being a favour.
5. Exercise Your Facial Muscles
While most of us are aware that regular exercise and cardio workouts are excellent ways to keep your skin looking youthful, many of us may not know that there are also exercises you can do that specifically target the muscles on your face, which when done regularly, can hopefully keep your visage well-toned and wrinkle free!
For the muscles around the eyes, begin by placing your left thumb at the outer edge of your left eye and do the same with the right thumb and right eye. Shut your eyes tight and drag your thumbs away from each eye in a slight, upward motion. Hold for 5 seconds (you can go up to 10 seconds). You can initially aim to do at least 10 reps, and work up to 25.
To tone the muscles around your mouth, try this smiling exercise: with lips relaxed, pull the ends of your mouth back as far as possible, while making sure the your lips are straight (not upturned or downturned). Keep in position for around 10 seconds. Aim for 10 reps (and work up to 25).
With all these tools at your disposal, there’s no longer any reason not to smile.