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Smile Lines

Of all the cruel jokes our bodies play on us, smile lines may be at the top of the list. The act of smiling makes you feel good. It can reduce stress, calm nervous energy, and lift a bad mood. That’s a lot for a facial expression. And it doesn’t just stop with you. A simple smile goes a long way toward making others feel good as well.

But all that smiling you’re doing, it’s a repetitive movement. And like all repetitive movements, it can lead to creases and small wrinkles known as smile lines. It really is unfortunate that something so good (a smile) can lead to something so bad (wrinkles).

What causes Smile Lines?

Smile lines result from a number of causes:

  • Age
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure
  • Smoking
  • Repeated facial expressions.
  • Too little sleep.
  • The wrong sleep position.
  • Stress.

All of these factors contribute to the production of small creases around the mouth, but one is more responsible than the others: repeated facial expressions. Let’s look at the others first before we deal directly with the real culprit.