Melody Teh


Thu, 12 Feb, 2015

This woman hasn’t smiled for 40 years to prevent wrinkles

This woman hasn’t smiled for 40 years to prevent wrinkles

Tess Christian, 50, has avoided smiling for the past 40 years to fight off wrinkles.

During the four decades, Tess has refused to smile or laugh, even at the birth of her daughter, because she believes even the slightest hint of a smile will damage her youthful looks.

“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles,” she said.

“Everyone asks if I’ve had Botox, but I haven’t, and I know that it’s thanks to the fact 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.

“Yes, I am vain and want to remain youthful. My strategy is more natural than Botox and more effective than any expensive beauty cream or facial.”

Despite the outward appearance of a stony demeanour, Tess is very happy with her life and more than believes the sacrifice was worth it.

“It’s not as if I’m miserable. I love life. I just don’t feel the need to show it by walking around with a rictus grin on my face.”

So how did this radical anti-ageing method begin? Well, it didn’t begin as a conscious decision but back as a child at 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,” said Tess.

By the time Tess reached adulthood, she decided smiling was not for 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.”

We’re just wondering how long she can keep it up for? 

Related links: 

8 surprising benefits of smiling 

How to wake up looking fresh (even when you’re not!)

4 simple tips for looking beautiful without make-up