Do You Have Healthy Facial Posture?

Thanks to grade school, we all know that having good posture is important. And it’s not just about appearing proper. If you slouch your way through life, you’re more likely to experience chronic hip and back pain, so sitting up straight comes with perks.

What’s more, people with poor posture tend to appear less confident and attractive to others. So when it comes to health and beauty, hunching over your laptop (are you doing that right now?) is no good. But did you know that it’s not just your spinal posture that matters?

Why Healthy Facial Posture Matters

Believe it or not, you can have poor facial posture, too. That’s right, the way you hold your face matters—way more than you think.

Our faces are quite complex—around 16 muscles, a dozen bones and an assortment of nourishing arteries and blood vessels. And while facial tension won’t cause chronic pain, per se, it can significantly affect your outlook, attractiveness and energy.

Annoyed frustrated woman having problem with not working mobile phone

Our faces tend to hold a lot of tension—often unconsciously. Maybe it’s a chronically tight jaw, a perpetually furrowed eyebrow, or tightly pursed lips while you’re thinking. Usually, these less appealing holding patterns are the result of stress and anxiety—whomp whomp.

Stress and anxiety aren’t your only issues. Over time, chronic postural tendencies on your face can lead to wrinkles and the tightening of fascia (connective tissue). Tight fascia can restrict blood flow and lead to less healthy skin over time. This means accelerated aging, dull lackluster skin, weaker connective tissue and the development of more wrinkles—not to mention side effects like reduced confidence.

How to Improve Your Facial Posture

No one wants any of that, so the first step is to start becoming aware of where exactly you hold your tension. A good technique for this is body scanning, a form of deep relaxation.

Simply take a slow mental scan of your head, neck and shoulders, and take note of the various layers of tension you’re holding in your face. Imagine each layer melting like a pool of warm butter. Continue the face scan for about 10 or 15 minutes until your entire head and neck area is utterly relaxed. This is your neutral. Try to remember what it feels like, and try to stay connected with that feeling to some degree throughout your day.

Once you become conscious of all the tension you’re holding on to, another thing to try is facial yoga. There are various exercises that range from palm massaging to scrunching, working to reactivate and recalibrate all those tiny little muscles in your face. Facial yoga can release connective tissue tightness and promote enhanced blood flow, so give it a try. (It feels great, too.)

Becoming conscious of your facial posture is a big shift, so don’t be too hard on yourself. But next time you take a peek at your phone or computer screen, take note of what happens to your face. What parts scrunch? What parts become tense? Bringing a little awareness to the phenomenon can help it become less habitual—and help you feel and look better to boot.

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Dennis H
Dennis H1 days ago

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Frances G
Past Member 5 days ago

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Thomas M
Thomas M5 days ago

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Christine Stewart

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

Very interesting! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Lizzy O
Lizzy Q7 days ago

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Lizzy O
Lizzy Q7 days ago

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson8 days ago

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Edgar Z
Edgar Zuim8 days ago

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Elinor Dorrian
Elinor Dorrian8 days ago

I have resting bitch face. Is that the same?

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