Never mind expensive surgery, the first step to a more youthful appearance is a
happy face. A study carried out by leading anti-ageing skincare brand, NIVEA
Q10plus, revealed that the simple act of smiling takes an average of two years off a
The study asked 2,000 people to estimate the age of 12 females in photographs
showing three distinct emotion states - happy, neutral and sad. It found that emotion
had a significant effect on age estimations with happy faces perceived as younger
than neutral, and neutral faces younger than sad.
Louisa Jewell, President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association explains: “In general, we perceive smiling faces as more attractive and we therefore tend to judge them as younger than they actually are. Studies show that facial expressions can have a significant impact on the accuracy of age estimation. People with smiling faces also appear more sincere, sociable, likeable, and competent.”