8th May 2023

Is it True Smiling Can Cause Wrinkles?

Last Modified: May 8, 2023

What Muscles are Used When Smiling?

The human face has about two dozen muscles on each side of the face. In total, there are about 43 muscles in the face which work together to help you smile with glee, frown in despair and gnaw like a dog on that ribeye steak.

The eyes also have a few muscles around them known as the Orbicularis Occuli. These are the ones that give you crow's feet beside the eyes when you smile. They also assist in pumping the tears from the eye into the nasolacrimal duct system and winking.

man winking

Evidence for Smiling Causing Wrinkles?

No, smiling does not cause wrinkles at all! I have no idea where that theory even came from. You can trust our opinion we’ve done hundreds of anti-ageing treatments with patients

This is a myth that needs to get squashed. Some mothers even tell their daughters not to smile until marriage or wrinkles would form and decrease their chances of marriage.

Woman with even skin tone smiling

Why Do People Say Smiling Causes Wrinkles Then?

But there is evidence that folds that appear when you smile deepen.. Yeah, apparently those cute little folds that show up when you grin get deeper as you get older, especially if you don't take care of yourself. So while smiling is not the main reason for wrinkle formation, it can be the reason they appear early IF the other reasons – such as smoking, poor diet, and too much sun exposure – are also present.

So I Can Keep Smiling?

Yes in fact you may want to smile even more. Not only does smiling help improve our mood and relationships but there is new evidence to suggest that smiling can even cause a halo effect.

Smiling was proved to have a beneficial effect on life and cause a “halo effect”. Psychologist Edward Thorndike first suggested this in a 1920 paper titled "The Constant Error in Psychological Ratings." The general idea is that people with great smiles have better marriages, better job opportunities, and better work relationships and are happier and healthier - even babies are born with the ability to smile.

Fun fact#1

Did you know smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their own muscles started forming smiles on their own.

Fun fact #2

Smiles are even more attractive than makeup. A research study conducted by Orbit Complete found that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

This article was read and reviewed by the face of DR Aesthetica himself - DR Baldeep Farmah.

But What Can I Do to Prevent Wrinkles in the Future?

Exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays is one of the primary causes of wrinkles. To help protect your skin, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during peak sun hours.

Additionally smoking is another major contributor to premature ageing and wrinkles. Quitting smoking can help improve the appearance of your skin and prevent further damage.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Keeping your skin hydrated can help improve its elasticity and prevent wrinkles.

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is also crucial and can help improve the health of your skin and prevent premature ageing.

Also lack of sleep can contribute to the development of wrinkles. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help your skin regenerate and repair.

And finally use skincare products with anti-aging properties - you can see the 3 best skincare cream for women in their 30s here:

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Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 8th May 2023
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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