“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
The 16th of May is the start of National Smile Month in the UK and at Works with Water we’ve been discussing the positive benefits of smiling for your skin as well as the benefits a smile can have on our social interactions and our moods.
Turn that frown upside down
Many studies have shown that smiling rather than frowning can have a positive impact on your mood. The very act of smiling activates neural messaging in your brain, releasing feel-good chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. All of these act together to make you feel happier, more relaxed and can even suppress pain.
What you may not realise is that smiling doesn’t just improve your mood and uplift the people around you, smiling is enormously beneficial for your skin. Smiling rather than frowning exercises certain facial muscles that can help you to maintain a youthful appearance.
Although you might think that smiling can cause wrinkles, the lines you get from smiling are often temporary as they disappear after you stop smiling. Other kinds of wrinkles are more permanent, and these are often the ones you get from squinting or frowning and appear around the eyes or on your forehead. The telltale sign of frowning is often a number “11” between people’s eyes. We’ve a challenge for you. Try smiling and frowning at the same time. Pretty difficult isn’t it? So make a positive decision to get rid of the number 11!
Smiling DOES make you more attractive
Regardless of what causes wrinkles and what doesn’t, I think we can all agree that it’s much better to have smile lines rather than frown lines.
Another thing many people don’t realise is the power of their smile. Those suffering from acne, or worried about their skin showing signs of ageing, are often focused on worrying about their perceived flaws rather than smiling and being confident about the other positive elements about themselves. In reality very few people will actually notice the physical imperfections you are worrying about if you greet them with a friendly smile.
Numerous studies, such as this one from the European Journal of Social Psychology, have proved this. Research reveals that we find other people who smile more attractive than those that don’t — regardless of their general physical attractiveness.
So the formula for coming across as attractive and confident when you meet people is to focus on your smile and try and stop worrying about the things you don’t like about yourself. It’s all about being more optimistic and realising there’s way more to you than acne, blemishes, spots or a few skin wrinkles.
How to smile when you have ageing wrinkles and acne breakouts
You might be thinking it’s all well and good that smiling can positively influence how others perceive you but it’s how you feel about yourself and your skin. We know from the number of emails we receive that if you suffer from acne breakouts on a regular basis, long term acne, psoriasis, eczema or are experiencing dismaying signs of ageing, then confidence can be in short supply. So it’s important to take positive, proactive steps to deal with your skin problems and consider natural skincare ingredients as part of your skincare routine.
help: beautify skin jelly supplement contains PravENAGE™, which is our proprietary formula containing CoEnzymeQ10, Hydrolysed Marine Collagen, Resveratrol, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C. These are all ingredients that help maintain a normal, healthy complexion and deliver anti-ageing skin benefits, helping to reduce wrinkles, particularly around the peri-orbital (that’s your eye) area, reducing pore size and improving skin tone.
If it’s acne that’s stopping you from confidently walking into a room with a smile, then do try our 100 per cent natural soluble acne supplements, help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN. They both contain PravENAC™, a proprietary soluble formula with a bioactive protein rich in Lactoferrin which is clinically proven to reduce acne by boosting your body’s natural defences, limiting the growth of acne bacteria, speeding up your skin’s innate healing process and leaving your complexion looking clearer and more radiant.
Definitely something to smile about!