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How to Get Rid of Laugh Lines (Without Losing Your Sense of Humor)

Christina Knueven
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"The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed," declared French playwright Nicolas Chamfort in the late 1700s. A simplified version of this quote ("A day without laughter is a day wasted") is often attributed to English comic Charlie Chaplin. Whichever one you prefer, the sentiment is the same, and we can't help but agree. Laughter is a beautiful part of life.

When we're laughing, we're living in the moment—not thinking about the laugh lines that might be forming. And, let's face it: when are the moments that you’re actually stressing over wrinkles? Pretty much only when you’re standing in front of the mirror. And even then, you sometimes might like your laugh lines—you can see them as physical memories of your joy. But other times, you just see them as wrinkles that you’d really rather not have on your face.

Laugh lines, or nasolabial folds, are the creases on either side of your nose, running to the corners of your lips. When you smile or laugh, they’re clearly defined as they push into the creases of your cheeks—so the more you laugh and smile, the more pronounced the lines will become. When we're younger, this is no big deal, as our healthy, youthful skin bounces back quickly. But as we grow older, our skin starts losing some of its elasticity due to a loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid—further adding to the prominence of laugh lines.

The good news? You don’t ever have to stop laughing to keep laugh lines from turning into deep wrinkles. While some people swear by hyaluronic acid injections (over two million people in 2016, in fact), we realize they aren’t for everyone. The non-invasive methods listed here are designed to both prevent and reduce the appearance of those fine lines.

Top 5 Ways to Banish Those Laugh Lines

    Christina Knueven
    Writer and expert
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    Christina Knueven is an LA-based copywriter and editor. In the past five years, in addition to writing and editing, she's been a chocolatier, a horse trainer, a caterer, an in-home caregiver, a barista, and a middle school math teacher. She's written about everything from neuroscience to home design, and hopes to someday be an actual polymath so she can raise her trivia team's win rate. When she's not writing ads and blogs, she's reading or writing fiction, playing board games, dancing, or starting arguments for the sake of arguing. You can read more at