Remember that time Kim Kardashian said she doesn’t like to smile because it causes wrinkles? Personally, I don’t think that’s any way to live. I’ve always felt there’s something so beautiful about a woman’s wrinkles, because it means she’s had a lifetime of happiness and smiles. NIVEA Q10plus set out to prove why it’s beneficial to smile (not only for your own happiness, but also for the way you’re perceived) and asked me to share some of my happiest moments too.
In my 27 years on earth, I’ve had a lot of happy moments. When I look back, most of them have to do with family and friends, while I’m traveling or hitting some pretty major career accomplishments (like when Beautezine moved into its first studio office).
Every Friday, my two best friends and I gather to host dinner at one of our homes (the other two bring the wine) and it is a tradition we’ve had running for over a year and a half now—many smiles and laughs are had each time. Just thinking about my family makes me smile, so when I get to see them and spend time with them, I cherish every moment (especially when my mom and I get into giggling fits). There isn’t a day goes by that my boyfriend doesn’t make me smile either, like finding a hidden note (typically with some sort of chocolate with it) or receiving funny animal pictures throughout the day.
Next week, I’m heading to Paris again and just thinking about it makes me smile. When I first saw the Eiffel Tower, I was so happy I cried (okay, maybe that’s not what we’re talking about—but trust me there were lots of smiles that trip too)! Traveling gives me such joy, perspective and curiosity—there are so many other places I want to go.
Every day when I come to work, I smile. To think that just five years ago I was sitting in my bedroom at my parent’s house, taking pictures of beauty products on a piece of white paper with my little point-and-shoot camera and now, I have a beautiful loft office in downtown Toronto, with a complete photo studio and dream beauty closet. I feel proud and filled with happiness every time I walk into my office.
I smile and I smile often. I wouldn’t have it any other way, wrinkles or not. Luckily, it turns out, smiling might just be the key to looking more youthful anyways.
A study by NIVEA Q10plus revealed that the simple act of smiling takes an average of two years off of a person’s age. When comparing photographs of women showing three distinct emotional states (happy, neutral and sad), they found that happy faces were perceived younger than neutral faces and neutral faces younger than sad ones. Not only that, but sad faces actually added a year to someone’s face on average.
These findings aren’t surprising to me, but what is a little more interesting is the actual physiological benefits of smiling. Smiling reduces stress, releases endorphins, relaxes the body and helps to increase blood circulation to your face. Now that is something to smile about.
Although smiling can help you look younger, it can’t prevent wrinkles (in fact, that’s why laugh lines are called just that). But when it comes to the pros and cons, I say living life full of smiles and happiness is worth the wrinkles. The scientists at NIVEA say you can have your cake and eat it too, preserving younger-looking skin with their Q10plus range.
Energy coenzyme Q10 is a natural anti-aging molecule found in our own skin. Unfortunately, the levels of Q10 decrease as well age, leaving our skin cells with less energy and more prone to sagging skin and wrinkles. NIVEA’s lineup of Q10plus products help to fight the signs of aging by delivering the powerful anti-aging complex back into your skin (or your money back)!
The products include Anti-Wrinkle Q10plus Day Care, Night Care, Serum Pearls, Eye Care (all pictured above) plus a Cleansing Lotion and Tinted Moisturizer. Each product is infused with NIVEA’s Q10plus complex to help fight the signs of aging around the clock.
So enjoy life, laugh away the years doing what you love and smile. There are ways to fight wrinkles, but nothing to re-write memories.
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