Smiling seems natural for most people, but this woman took the effort not to smile for forty years to maintain her youthful looks.
Tess Christian is the 50-year-old woman who claimed she hasn’t smiled since she was 10. According to her, the decision not to smile started when she was still studying in a strict Catholic school.
“The joyless nuns there didn’t like children to smile. I was always told to wipe the smile off my face so I learnt to smirk instead,” she explained.
Her conscious effort to control her facial muscles and avoid smiling and laughing for a couple of decades paid off. At 50, she doesn’t have a single line on her face.
Even during joyous and momentous points in her life, Tess chose not to smile including her wedding day and the birth of her daughter.
Although this woman’s beauty regimen may sound a bit strange, some experts like Dr Nick Lowe believes it’s an effective anti-ageing technique. In fact, many actresses such as Reality TV star Kim Kardashian admitted she tried not to smile or laugh since it causes wrinkles.
“We know this because it is exactly how Botox works — by reducing muscle activity. Not smiling is a DIY option, although I would have thought it difficult to keep up, not to mention boring for your partner and confusing for your children,” Dr. Lowe explained.
The Magic of Botox: How it Works?
A popular drug used for cosmetically removing wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles as well as treating some muscular conditions, Botox is made from botulinum toxin.
Since it is one of the most poisonous substance to humans, it is injected in very small concentrations. By preventing signals from the nerve reaching muscles, it is an effective drug to paralyse muscles.
Aside from being a popular vanity product, it has approved therapeutic uses for conditions like chronic migraine, excessive sweating, severe neck and shoulder spasms, eye squints, and even leaky bladders.