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“…Managing the expression of
emotions is one of the fundamental
principles underlying good health, and
the lines on the face show how much
emotion has been used.
Horizontal and diagonal wrinkles are
caused by the constant and repeated use
of expression. The face is like a
topographical map of previously
Therefore, the more emotional a person
is, the more lines will be on his or her
face. Contrary to popular belief, the sun
does not cause wrinkles; it causes the
wrinkles that were already going to form
to become deeper and stronger because
the skin hardens.
Of course, it is impossible to go through
life without gaining a few wrinkles and
some wrinkles are better than others. But
wrinkles also tell a story of a person’s
emotional life history and some of them
may be easier to minimize or lessen than
It is therefore helpful to learn what some
of the different lines mean. Some of the
best lines are the ones at the corner of
the eyes, known as “crow’s feet.” In face
reading, they are known as joy lines.
These are very special lines that are
involved in smiling and laughing and are
a sign of a good sense of humor. They
are also the significant markers for what
scientists have termed the “Duchenne’s
smile,” which is the smile that involves
the eyes. Studies have shown that this
particular kind of smile releases
endorphins, the body’s own natural pain
killers. From anecdotal evidence, it is
clear that laughing a lot – especially at
yourself makes life less painful and
The most common lines on the face are
the vertical ones between the eyebrows.
These are a sign of impatience, irritability
Since life can be very irritating, people
can be very annoying and traffic jams
are sure to cause impatience, it is no
wonder that so many people bear these
lines. However, they can also develop
because of excessive concentration.
These lines are not very easy to lessen as
they are such automatic reactions to
living. But, if you pay attention to how
often you make the expression that
consists of rumpling and lowering your
eyebrows, you can stop the further
progress of these lines.
These are considered very positive lines
because having them means you have a
life purpose. They are not expected to
be strong until you reach mid life. So, if
you have them before that, consider
yourself to be on track.
One set of lines that is worth working
with are the ones on the upper lip. These
lines are a sign of over nurturing others
and under nurturing oneself.
They are very common on people who
are caretakers and quite commonly
found on women. What is fascinating
about these lines is the fact that they
seem to lessen so easily when a woman
takes the time to pamper and nourish
Lines that cross over the cheekbones are
grief lines and also very common.
Although they too can lessen in severity
when the emotion of grief is worked
with, grief is a deep emotion that is hard
to release and it takes time to process.
However, these are lines that seem to be
impacted by the ability to experience
gratitude, which is one of the best
antidotes to grief.
As a face reader, my favorite lines are the
ones that occur on the forehead and are
called transformation lines. They usually
radiate upward from the eyebrows on a
slight diagonal toward the hairline.
Often they look a little more like
indentations than wrinkles. These
transformation lines are a sign that the
individual who possesses them has
gained some hard fought wisdom
acquired from having gone through
some tough times. They truly have come
out of some dark nights, days, months
or even years.
These lines are a powerful symbol of
having learned valuable lessons from life.
Like badges of courage, the bearer of
these lines has ultimately gained the prize
of expanded consciousness.
There are many other lines on the face
corresponding to the many facets of
emotion. Lines are never bad; they are
just signs of emotions used frequently
and possibly even overused. If you have
some lines that are very deep or wrinklesE
that are quite pronounced, use the map
of the changing face to discover what
Then, determine whether you are
overusing these emotions or if they are a
positive sign of life experiences.
It is possible to lessen wrinkles on the
face by managing your emotions,
expressing them less or releasing long
However, some lines you do not want
to lose as they prove you have lived and
show what you have learned.
Wrinkles can be seen as the manuscript
written on the skin that shows how any
one individual has been expressing their
life through the language of the face.
Lillian Bridges is a Professor of
Oriental Medicine, founder of Lotus
Institute and author of Face Reading
in Chinese Medicine.”