Can Emotions and Facial Expressions Contribute to Aging?

When somebody tells you, you look good, most of the time it is related to how you are feeling. Did you know that most happy people look and feel younger compared to people who are most of the time stressed, angry, or sad? Yes, this is true. And although, it is impossible that we remain in a single emotional space, we tend to have a default or go-to emotion and this is often revealed in our go-to facial expression. The thing is some facial expressions make you look older than your actual age. Getting an understanding of which facial expressions can contribute to aging your look can have an impact not only on your appearance but also on how you feel.

A number of studies revealed that emotions and facial expressions have an intimate relation. Some people may just say that they are just being expressive when they do facial expressions but most are not aware that these facial expressions cab actually be aging them more than they know. However, the good thing is there are plenty of things you can do to combat these aging facial expressions and you can instantly achieve rejuvenating effects.

Many of your facial muscles are connected to your skin. This design allows you to eat, talk, open and shut your eyes, and of course, express emotions. Often times, our emotions dictate our facial expression. However, doing a simple facial expression can sometimes trigger an emotion as real as if you felt the emotion before making that facial expression. This simply means that you may be able to change your emotion or affect it just by doing a facial expression. Here’s something that you can try right now. Smile. Notice how you’re feeling a little bit happier. Now go ahead and frown, don’t you feel a little down or a little angry?

How Emotions and Facial Expressions Can Age You

Some facial expressions can contribute to your aging look. However, not expressing your emotions and bottling them all up can also have the same effect. We have all at some point bottled up how we were feeling and what we usually do is grind our teeth and clench our jaw to stop ourselves from expressing how we feel. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause your jaw muscles to grow making your face more square and bottom heavy which makes you look older. And once we start losing volume in the midface area, which naturally happens – add this to the heavier lower face and you get a much older look.

Frowning or furrowing your brows whenever you’re thinking or talking to someone can result to a permanent crease between your eyes. And if you have the habit of frowning or furrowing your brows, even in your 20’s this permanent crease can appear.

Do you know of other facial expressions that contribute to an “aging look”?

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