What the lines on your face are saying about you….and what to do about them.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~ Mark Twain

Everyone has lines and wrinkles on their face, some more predominantly than others depending upon age, lifestyle and nutrition. Your emotions are also held in the face revealing themselves in more prominent lines over the years. Unfortunately, they're simply a part of life and tells our story.

The lines and wrinkles that decorate our faces can be categorised as either dynamic or static.

Dynamic wrinkles are those which develop through repetitive facial movements such as smiling and frowning - crows feet through smiling or squinting, frown lines from focusing on the computer for too long. The repetitive movement causes the skin to stretch. As we age, the skin loses the elastin and collagen and it's unable to spring back as it once did when we were younger.

Static wrinkles are the result of the loss of elasticity and gravity such as jowls that gradually begin to appear with age. Dynamic wrinkles can become static ones.

What your wrinkles reveal about you

Our individual lines and wrinkles are our story. Our life emotions are locked in our faces and we reveal them everyday to the world. Once the wrinkles have become more prominent, they will provide cues to our emotions. Even a relaxed, neutral face will reveal our hidden emotions and depending upon whether they're perceived as a positive emotion such as crows feet (through repetitive smiling) or a negative emotion such as frown lines (through repetitive frowning), the wrinkles can affect how people perceive us. Your fine lines may disclose how you're feeling even if you're one to hide your emotions well.

For a little, fun, find out what type emotion your neutral face is showing the world. Are you displaying contempt or anger or are you seen as an open and friendly person? Find out what your face is saying here.

Here's a little more about what the facial lines tell us:

Irritation, annoyance and impatience

Frown lines depict someone who shows irritation, annoyance or impatience on a regular occurrence. It is often perceived as being negative due to the angry or stubborn expression it portrays. It's not always the case though, as excess concentration on a computer can also create these lines. So be aware the next time you find yourself using this expression whilst focusing on a computer screen. Take a break and relax those muscles! If you're aware that you do become, irritated or annoyed often, or become impatient quickly, be mindful of this and find out what's annoying you. Can you change it or do your reactions need to alter?

Scepticism

Do you find yourself raising one eyebrow when someone says something you find hard to believe? If you feel doubt and question things regularly then this could be the result showing in the face. Is it self-doubt? Then ask yourself if it's true. What is the evidence to suggest it's true?




Mania or hyperactivity

People have these lines when they are overly enthusiastic or suffer with hyperactivity or mania. It could be due a medical problem or someone who is keen to please.





Lost loves

This line can occur when there's been a string of failed relationships or marriages or there's pain of loss, endured over the years.





Pain

Imagine yourself in pain. Where do you hold it in your face? Now imagine holding that expression for several days, weeks, months or even years. This is what some people develop when they suffer with chronic pain. What's causing the pain? Speak to the GP first to find out the source of the pain. What will relieve it? An operation? A visit to the chiropractor? Pain-killers should only be a temporary fix. Try to resolve the problem by speaking to a professional. No-one should have to suffer with pain these days. Some pain can manifest from emotional pain, so seeking a counsellor might help to release the tension.

Sadness, sorrow and grief

Depending on the strength of the emotion depends upon the length of the line. These lines develop over many months and years with repetitive negative emotions.

It could be caused by a spell of depression or loss of a loved one. If the emotion is unresolved then please seek a professional's help, such as a counsellor or psychotherapist, to over come the sadness, sorrow or grief.


Joy

These wrinkles are perceived as positive, showing signs of an open and friendly person as they would appear to smile a lot. This might not always be the case though. Squinting creates the same lines so if your eye sight is poor or you drive a car without sunglasses, lines may appear here with repetitive expressions.




Worry

Wrinkles that appear on the forehead are an indication of worry. They can also reflect tension in the back as they cross over the spine reflex.

Try to adopt a more positive and committed attitude to resolve problems as they arise without getting stressed. Simply deal with issues as they appear rather than worrying about them. Somethings can't be changed so maybe learning accept or letting them go might be the answer.


Over nurturing

These wrinkles can occur with over nurturing through pursing of the lips. Parents can become too involved in their children's activities or lives, not allowing them to make their own mistakes. It can also be a case of lack of self nurturing.

The small intestine reflex runs along the lines of the lips, so could indicate poor absorption of nutrients from the intestine into the blood stream.

Wrinkles around the lips can also develop through smoking or drinking through a straw regularly.

Bitterness

The causes of these wrinkles can also be due to smoking or drinking through a straw but the held emotion is often bitterness. Often, people who experience bitterness feel unfairly treated or resentment towards others, often blaming others when things go wrong.




Disappointment

These wrinkles appear with ongoing disappointment. When the mouth is turned down regularly due to the dominant emotion.

If this line appears on your face, what are you disappointed with? Can you change it? Being aware is the start of changing the brain pathways. Maybe seek professional advice such as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Life's too short to feel disappointment. Change it around. What are you grateful for?



Humour

This wrinkle is sometimes hard to spot but it's a sign of humour and good wit! Do you have a line here?





Fear

Fear can be a life saver when we encounter something dangerous but often fear can be a daily emotion for some people. The fear of failure, criticism, old age, poverty, offending others or looking foolish. Many people experience ongoing anxiety which puts fear into everyday life such as driving a car or going out in public.

These lines also run over the bladder reflex so there may be issues in this area.


Facial Reflexology, Facial Cupping and Zone Face Lift treatments (which include Facial Reflexology) all encourage the release of tension from the face and subsequently, from the body too, leaving you feeling lighter and freer. The treatments aim to smooth fine lines and plump the skin, promoting a more youthful appearance. Working over the facial reflexes not only has an anti-ageing effect, it provides great benefits to the body at the same time.

How to avoid those wrinkles?

The lines and wrinkles we develop over time will depend on our genetic makeup, lifestyle and how we feel inside about our life. We're unable to change the effects of gravity or our genes, but we can try to protect our skin from free radicals and sun damage.

  • Protect your skin by using a daily SPF sunscreen of at least 20 SPF or wear hats when outside.
  • Choose healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Quite smoking and cut down on alcohol and sugar. Drink at lease 2 litres of filtered water daily and eat plenty of whole nutritious foods, avoiding processed foods where possible.
  • Reduce stress as much as possible.
  • Try to reduce the facial expressions which are causing the deepest lines (unless they're laughter lines!). Are you furrowing the brows when using the computer? Be aware of your expressions and try to stop the repetitive movements.