03 October 2008

If there's one piece of small talk that gets on my nerves, it's when people ask me to give them a smile. I mean, I like to think of myself as a pretty up-beat person and I think that's reflected in my general appearance. But you can't smile all the time can you? In fact, sometimes I find myself frowning a little more than I'd like to - as do many of my friends - and a furrowed brow is not the look I'm going for.

In the press, it's usually women that are seen as the biggest fans of facial rejuvenation treatments, like skin peels or microdermabrasion, but frown lines were plaguing one of my male friends and putting him in an almost permanent bad mood. But when he finally got up the courage to quiz me about it I was happy to tell him that there are plenty of line and wrinkle solutions that are loved by men too.

I guess my friend sometimes has more reason to frown than most - he's got a pretty stressful job - but I've certainly caught him pulling some funny faces when he's watching the football too. He's all smiles at the moment though and I got an extra big grin for suggesting treatments for him to choose from - he went for wrinkle relaxing injections in the end.

Loads of things can affect the way your brow looks, from squinting in the sun (not much chance of that in the UK this year) to looking crossly at the person who barged in front of you in the post office queue, but frown lines don't have to be the first things that people notice about you - even if you can't quite muster up a smile.