The Beauty of Smile Lines

Growing older is nothing to be ashamed of and wrinkles or smile lines around the mouth and eyes are the result of a life filled with smiles and laughter. They tell a story of the happy times and exciting experiences you've enjoyed - so there's no better time to embrace them so you can age gracefully!

For some women, the onset of aging and fine lines worries them and they look for immediate ways to counteract the aging process. However, by looking at aging from a different perspective, you can start to see the positive elements, such as the beauty of your smile lines. Don't forget that to reach a good age, you have been lucky enough to enjoy a long life so far and had many wonderful experiences. The wrinkles on your face paint a picture of he emotions you've felt and the good times you've had. Each individual laugh line depicts a joyful memory. By adopting a more positive outlook on aging, you can boost your confidence and learn to love your appearance in its natural form.


Although smile and laughter lines are a sign of experience and happiness, there's no harm in minimising and getting rid of them by following these tips:

Expanding the mouth area

Firstly, pull both lips inwards and hold them together tightly. Then expand your mouth area by blowing air into your mouth. Hold it there and count to five before releasing and repeat this exercise a couple of times. This should help to minimise visibility of smile lines.

Fish Face

For this next exercise, you need to suck in your cheeks and purse your lips to make a fish face. Hold this and count to five before releasing. Repeat a couple of times. Keep trying this to strengthen the face to reduce laughter lines.

Cheek Squeezing

Do a wide smile with your teeth on show before squeezing the sides of your cheeks to flex the corners of your mouth. This will work the specific area where smile lines tend to affect the skin. Repeat this exercise five times.

Lifting the Cheekbones

With your lips pressed together in a relaxed way, smile widely and your cheekbones should lift up. Hold for a few seconds and relax. This exercise should tone up the muscles in your cheeks, as well as reducing the appearance of laugh lines.

Making an O Shape

This exercise is great for activating the muscles in your cheeks. Try making a small O shape with your lips slightly parted. As you do this, try and smile from the corners of your mouth – you should be able to feel the stretch in your cheeks. Hold for a few seconds before releasing.


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  • Make sure you're drinking enough water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Eat a diet rich in Vitamin E, as it's an important antioxidant for keeping skin looking fresh and young.
  • Stop smoking - this causes the skin to lose its elasticity.
  • Always ensure you wear sunscreen to protect your face from the ageing effects of UVA rays.