10 January 2011

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So when last did you look at yourself properly?

So when last did you look at yourself properly? I mean really look at yourself – not at whether your bum looks big in that, or whether you've managed to bring your hair back from its pillow-state. I mean, when last did you look at your eyes, your smile, your face in repose, that sort of thing?

A fascinating the-chicken-or-the-egg story has emerged about the possible unexpected side-effects of Botox. Botox is a brilliant treatment for all sorts of things (strokes, excessive sweating, muscular spasms), and there have been millions who've been grateful, also, for its cosmetic application. Only those who're happy to live with deep frown lines are entitled to throw stones here. Now, however, it turns out that over-zealous use of Botox – the famous frozen-face look – can dampen your emotional life. A study showed that there is a kind of emotional feedback loop in which our expression influences our emotion, which in turn influences our expression, and so on. So – no expression, no emotion. How interesting!


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