Emotions’ Impact on the Skin

Emotion is a short-lived, immediate reaction to a life event brought on by our subconscious mind as a result of our internal subjective experiences and are vital to human health. All emotions matter and all emotions have a purpose. Anger, contempt, disgust, enjoyment, fear, sadness, and surprise are universal emotions that transcend language, regional, cultural, and ethnic differences.

Feelings are a conscious experience of emotional reaction originating in the Neocortex of the brain. All emotion is processed and assigned a meaning based on your personal experience.

The face is the primary channel through which emotions and feelings are expressed. Because visual and spoken communication is expressed primarily through facial expression, humans have developed the most sophisticated facial muscles on the planet.

The facial muscles tend to accumulate tension after experiencing charged emotions because they have an increased sensitivity to acetylcholine, the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system that contracts smooth muscles.

Over time, furrowing of the brows can leave lines on our skin. Cortisol, a response to stress, slows down the body’s ability to deal with damage and inflammation. Lack of sleep can result from feeling too much sadness, and without sleep, skin damage becomes readily visible.

If your skin is holding on to all the stress, life’s emotional incidents, and daily exposure to the elements, it starts to show up as aging. While not completely reversible, there is hope for your skin.


It has been shown that when facial muscles are stimulated either physically by manipulation or passively the effects can be seen in mood improvements by relaxing certain muscles on the face that are directly related to emotions, thereby showing the deep connection between them. Our emotions are seen expressed on our face, so if we relax those muscles continually then that can have a positive effect on our emotions.

For example the emotion of sadness uses the frontalis, corrugator, depressor supercilious and depressor angel oris and can be seen on the face with the corners of the lips sagging down, wrinkles on the forehead or eleven lines. Emotionally if we do this a lot we will feel tired, sad, unproductive and in extremes isolate ourselves from others.

By working these muscles with Sculptural facelifting and Buccal massage, we will soften the muscles that are tense, work on elevating the depressor muscles and smoothing the frontalis and corrugator, this will alternately have a resulting effect on the emotions and if repeated consistently will uplift the client. One of the ways this works is by bringing blood and circulation to the areas and at the same time relaxing the muscles that are being overused. The key to having a real effect is continually getting the treatments done which also interrupts and retrains the muscles to a more positive movement.

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