Forget The $500 Wrinkle Cream. Happiness Is Good For My Skin.


As I grow older, I’ll feel moody and pessimistic easily. I know I need to be cheerful more often. So whenever I encounter mood swings, I will remind myself not to get too emotional on things and be more positive. Life is too short, you won’t know what will happen tomorrow.

I have gone through many obstacles lately and many times, I will ask myself ‘WHY ME?’. But I guess that’s life, I will have to except what it comes.

One thing I realize is, whenever I’m happy, my skin is happy too. My skin will feel hydrate, supple and radiance. Wrinkles, lines and dark eye circles are also less visible.

But when I’m stress or depressed, my skin will look dull, haggard and dark eye circles will look so bad even though I have sufficient sleep the day before. Wrinkles and lines will appear more obviously and new ones seem to form rapidly. I will look ‘aged’ as though I’ve added 10 years to my skin! 

It is because when a person feels depressed or stress, the body will create more cortisol – a stress hormone. Cortisol is very damaging to the cells that make up the facial skin and other important organs in the body. Prolonged, excessively high cortisol levels worsen intrinsic facial aging changes by damaging collagen.

So even that $500 wrinkle cream will not able to diminish that aging look!

So I have learned the quick and more effective way to maintain my youthful skin – is to be happy.

More laughters, more jokes!

Although many people will think that laughter will create more lines but I do not agree with that. 

That is why woman will look at her ‘best’ when she has JUST fallen in love or married! She’s at her most happiest moment. 

Studies have shown that happiness is not only good for the skin but also for the body. People who are easily depressed or stress will get more illness than a happy person. 

Are you a happy or depressed person? How do you make yourself happy, can share?


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8 Comments on "Forget The $500 Wrinkle Cream. Happiness Is Good For My Skin."

  1. Jo says:


    I agree totally. Me also facing with such problem. The older I am, the pemmistic i am. It does not help with the increasing stress in singapoore. So, i always find it a irony, one side i am trying to improve my skin by eating healthly but the other hand, i am killig whatever i have done by remain dark and unhappy all the times. I think i will get canerous cells very fast cause i am really one typical virgo

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jo,

    Hahaha!!! I’m also a typical virgo too, just celebrated my 41 birthday last week! Being a perfectionist is one thing I hate about myself. And also not able to be contented with what I have. I begin to fear about having cancerous cells too.

    Last nite, I was so stressed with some financial matters and woke up a few times in between sleep. Avoid facing mirror this morning. Hee hee…

  3. Jo says:

    Hi Shirleen

    My computer crashed and i lose all my favourite links. Lucky I manage to find urs back when i did a google search!

    Haha, U also Virgo. same same, i also just celebrated on 13th! happy birthday to u too. I think is a very bad thing to be perfectionist cause we can be too hard on ourselves, yet when we relax and when things go wrong or not to our expectation, we get stressed again!!

    Thanks for ur articles. Keep it coming. I really learnt a lot from it.

  4. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jo,

    Happy belated birthday to you too! I’m glad you enjoy my article. Thanks for the compliment, it really brightens up my days. :-)

    And thanks for coming back…..hehe {grins}

  5. Sylvia says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    So true and well said. You do look amazingly young and vibrant in these pictures. Hard to believe you are over 40! As for me I love playing tennis. Bad for the skin due to the hot sun here in Singapore but I try to protect it as much as possible with good sunscreen. But as you said it makes me happy and de-stresses me which is ultimately better for looking good.

  6. Shirleen says:

    Hi Sylvia,

    Thanks for your compliment, it is not easy to maintain my youthful-looking skin though. :-)

    Yes, sun is bad for skin, you may want to avoid playing tennis during 10am to 3pm. That may help to minimize the damage from the sun.

    Hope you always be happy! :)

  7. Yvonne says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    It’s been some time since I left a msg! I’m still hunting around for a good moisturizer with SPF properties as I’m indoors most of the time (and too lazy to use them separately). Anyway, love your reviews!

    Just to share, I find pets a very good way to de-stress. I have cats and a dog and they brighten up my life so much. I totally agree that happiness is the best medicine for the body and mind :)

  8. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    Check out these 3 good moisturizers with SPF which I have tested before.

    1. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 PA++
    2. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening UV Moisture SPF 50+ PA+++
    3. Physiogel AI Sun Cream Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum UV Protection SPF 25+++.

    I like EA Prevage Day the most! Love the texture. :-)

    I do not have pets but I believe it will be fun having them around. Yes agree with u. Happiness is the best medicine and it is something money cannot buy. :-)

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