Alright, time for a quick game of Would You Rather.
Would you rather A.) Live a life full of smiles and laughter and have a few wrinkles on your face when you’re 50, or B.) Never laugh, never smile but also never see a single wrinkle on your face. I’m willing to bet the vast majority of you picked option A. Not everyone feels that way, though.
U.K. woman Tess Christian, for example, is firmly in the “No Smile” camp. Christian claims she’s rarely, if ever, smiled over the last 30 years in hopes of minimizing the number of wrinkles on her face.
“I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles,” Christian told MailOnline. “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."
According to dermatologist Dr. Nick Lowe, there’s some science behind Christian’s somber approach.
“It can be an effective anti-aging technique,” he said.
“Wrinkles happen because of the constant creasing of smile and forehead lines by the muscles in your face, which fold the connective tissue under the skin," Lowe explained. "If you can train yourself to minimize your facial expressions, you won’t get as many lines."
Christian didn’t even crack a smile after she gave birth to her daughter, Stevie.
“After Stevie’s birth I was overwhelmed with joy, but still didn’t feel the need to smile,” she said. “By that stage, keeping a straight face had become second nature."
Christian’s expressionless face has earned the nickname “Mona Lisa” amongst her friends.
“My friends have nicknamed me Mona Lisa, after the da Vinci painting,” she says. “Mona Lisa was said to have been quietly amused, as am I. I just won’t show it.
"Recently, an interior designer friend was telling me how a Spanish client kept referring to the department store John Lewis as ‘Juan Lewis.’ I found it hilarious, but kept a straight face. I never crack."