A 50-year-old British woman claims she has found the ultimate answer to fighting the aging process, specifically face wrinkles, and hasn’t smiled so much as once in 40 years in order to avoid lines and wrinkles.
Forget plastic surgery and face masks. One has to admit that Tess Christian, from the U.K., featured in the picture above, does look amazing for 50, and what’s more, even if you look closely, she doesn’t appear to have even a trace of an aging line in her face.
But how does someone go for 40 years without smiling? Imagine how cold and possibly creepy that would have appeared to strangers, let alone family and friends.
Nevertheless, according to Tess not smiling, ever, is better than botox, something she swears she never had, as she told reporters.
“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles. Everyone asks if I’ve had Botox, but I haven’t, and I know that it’s thanks to the fact that I haven’t laughed or smiled since I was a teenager. My dedication has paid off, I don’t have a single line on my face.”
Obviously, Tess has come under a fair amount of criticism for being so vain, although she doesn’t care much for other people’s opinions as her strategy is apparently “more natural than Botox and more effective than any expensive beauty cream or facial.”
Don’t think for one second that Tess Christian is alone, as many celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, are well known for seldom smiling, assuming the same strategy as Tess.
The Metro reported that dermatologist Dr. Nick Lowe said as follows.
“It can be an effective anti-ageing technique. Wrinkles happen because of the constant creasing of smile and forehead lines by the muscles in your face, which fold the connective tissue under the skin. If you can train yourself to minimise your facial expressions, you won’t get as many lines. We know this because it is exactly how Botox works — by reducing muscle activity.”
Fortunately for Tess, she went to a strict Catholic school where, she claims, the “joyless nuns didn’t like children to smile,” so she learned early on how to smirk instead of smile.
As she grew older, Tess felt that her serious expression suited her.
“If I did smile I developed big hamster cheeks that made me look deranged. I looked up to old-school Hollywood icons such as Marlene Dietrich for inspiration; she never smiled and I loved the way she smouldered glamorously.”