Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kiss Wrinkles Away

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kiss Wrinkles Away

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Byline: By Amelia Crowdy

A passionate kiss can do more than just put a smile on your face. It can, claim experts, help get rid of wrinkles, help you slim ( and help you drive more safely. Amelia Crowdy reports.

Given the chance, what would you rather do to keep fit: get in some serious jogging or some serious snogging?

I know what I'd rather do, and I guess that would go for at least 90pc of the rest of you.

And we wouldn't be wrong, according to a growing number of experts, who say that a bout of passionate kissing has the same fit-making effect as a jog around the block.

"We should look upon kissing as facial gymnastics," says Martine Mourier, who headed a team of researchers on the subject in Basle, Switzerland. "Just like jogging, kissing makes the pulse beat faster and raises blood pressure, and this helps to keep the whole body elastic.

"The excitement really is good for us, because the faster heart rate pumps more oxygen into our blood cells which, in turn, boosts the antibodies which keeps germs at bay."

The Swiss team also discovered that a passionate plonker can do more than just put a smile on your face. "Every kiss burns up about three calories and the saliva produced actually reduces plaque," says Madam Mourier.

And women who want to kiss goodbye to their wrinkles should keep puckering up right through middle age.

"The longer the kiss, the more effective the beauty cure," claims Madam Mourier. "A tiny, shy kiss exercises only 12 facial muscles, but a long, emotional one needs a full-blooded effort by 29 facial muscles."

A recent analysis by a team at University College, London, agrees with all this. They discovered that a special set of muscles, one of 20 such groups around the mouth, are squashed into a kind of heart-shape when we kiss.

"All animals have these muscles, but we humans are unique in being able to form them into the characteristic heart-shape," says college researcher Elaine Sassoon.

"Only we have the ability to create this extraordinary pout, which uses every fibre of the heart-shape muscles. Chimpanzees make an approximation of it, but they don't have the equivalent mobility in their lips. …

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