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And why we’ve resolved to smile a little wider this holiday.

Sometimes the beauty industry can get us down. Sure, we love to peruse the department store counters of our favorite brands, or scroll through the new releases at Sephora, but coming across ads for anti-aging creams that feature 20-year-old models with nary a fine line in sight has the potential to induce a case of the blues. This unrealistic view of aging is one reason why we’re making a pact to love ourselves a little more in this new year, and embrace every line (even if they’re no longer considered “fine”), crease, and wrinkle.

Truth be told, we didn’t come across this conclusion on our own. What we thought was an article on an added benefit of crow’s feet, wound up being so much more. The team at Allure tackled the science behind these charming, oftentimes stubborn, lines around the eyes and we came away with not only a better understanding of how they develop, but what they really mean and why more women than ever are ditching the Botox and embracing the calling cards of wonderful years spent smiling—a strategy Southern ladies swear by.

We’re sharing just a few of our most enlightening takeaways from the article, which you can read in full here.

“Crow’s-feet are the expression lines associated with joy…”

Lines between brows are typically associated with frowning, Susan Taylor, associated professor of dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania told Allure. As for crow’s feet, they’re all about happiness.

Doctors are changing their view on Botox.

According to Los Angeles-based dermatologist Jessica Wu, both the approach to Botox injections and the requests have changed. Some doctors used to strive to eliminate most, if not all, crow’s feet. Now they’re opting for a less drastic approach that allows for smile lines. 

Crow’s feet might actually earn you more friends.

Everyone from schoolteachers to big screen stars are opting to keep their eye lines instead of injecting them away. They show empathy, emotion, and can be used as a bonding mechanism for teachers, parents, psychologists, and politicians, to name a few. Not to mention, they’re a marker for how genuine someone is perceived to be.

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Share with us—are you one for embracing every laugh crease, fine (or otherwise) line, and wrinkle, or are you more likely to do everything you can to erase them? We’re not skipping our night creams or morning skincare routine anytime soon, but we love this positive outlook on aging, and what it can mean on so many levels.