These days, it seems that every magazine, blog and commercial has tips for how to get rid of wrinkles.

Would you believe that the wrinkles on your face have very positive messages about who you are and how you can live a happier life? As an expert in Chinese face reading, I sometimes feel like I’m on a campaign to help everyone feel better about their wrinkles!

Chinese face reading is an ancient branch of Chinese medicine which teaches that you were born with an inner nature that is yours and yours alone, and that this unique spirit is reflected in your outer design – the features of your face.

Your face has important messages about who you are inside and even what your true calling in life is. For example, your wrinkles show you how you’ve lived your life up till now and the kind of future you’re creating.

Wrinkles 101

There are three kinds of wrinkles:

1.  Wrinkles you’re supposed to grow

An example of this is what we call  “Crow’s Feet” – those lines next to your eyes. These are called “Joy Lines” in Chinese face reading and they’re a very positive sign!   They mean you’re a warm and affectionate person, and that your heart is continuing to open as you go through life. And in fact, scientific research has found that you only get Joy Lines by smiling. A genuine smile involves both the muscles around the mouth and the eyes, and you can’t voluntarily move those particular muscles around your eyes.

So if you fake smiles, you don’t get Joy Lines. These lines form only when you smile authentically and often!

We all read and react to faces without knowing it. Joy Lines give a very positive message to other people, making them unconsciously feel good about you because they know you are friendly and warm.

2. Horizontal wrinkles

Horizontal lines on the face are signs of lessons learned in life. When you go through a challenging time and develop some wisdom as a result, you grow a horizontal wrinkle.

You often see these in people’s foreheads. One of the things your forehead shows is the story of your life experience during your 20’s, often when you’re out on your own in the world for the first time. As a result, you may learn some powerful lessons during this decade. You may have your first big relationship (and break-up), or a challenging first job – any significant lesson you learned in your 20’s will show up as a horizontal line in your forehead.

Why You Don’t Want to Erase That Wrinkle!

If you have a procedure to remove one of these wrinkles, you lose the lesson!

For instance, I recently worked with a woman in her late 40’s who was curious why a horizontal line she’d had removed from her forehead 3 years ago had suddenly reappeared. She’d had a procedure to remove the line because she thought it was making her look old. Her forehead had remained smooth for two years, but now the crease was back again. In face reading, there is a place on your face that represents every year of your life, and this line was at the place marking her life experience at age 23. When I asked her what happened when she was 23, she said with surprise, “Well, that was a huge year for me – I got married and it was a disaster – my husband was physically abusive. I really gave my power away in that situation but I always felt I learned a big lesson to never let that happen again. “And for the next 20 years it never did happen again. But then two years ago, it’s hard to admit – I did it again – I dove into a marriage too quickly and he turned out to be abusive. I’m now putting my life back together after my second divorce.”

What face reading would say was that the wrinkle marked the powerful lesson she learned from her first marriage. But when she had it removed, it correlated to losing the wisdom she’d gained in that original experience. And so she found herself right back in the same kind of situation. The wrinkle had returned only as she’d completed her second divorce, a sign she’d relearned the lesson. My advice to her was to keep and honor that line in her forehead, because as long as she had it, she’d never make that mistake again!

3. Guidance lines

I consider these wrinkles to be gifts, because they give you an early warning about how you’re navigating off course in life, and guidance about how to correct the situation. An example of this is the vertical lines you may see above someone’s upper lip. Sometimes they’re called “Smoker’s Lines,” but they’re usually caused by something entirely different.These wrinkles are often a sign that you’ve been over-giving in life, taking care of everyone else but forgetting your own important self-care.

If you see these lines develop on your face, look at how you may have dropped off your own “to-do” list and start to put your own needs first.

I often hear from people within weeks after they attended one of my workshops that once they started nurturing themselves better and making sure they were getting more of what they need in life, these lines faded or even disappeared!

Why You Do Want This Wrinkle to Fade

This third kind of wrinkle, the Guidance Line, is the only one I’d want to help you get rid of because it shows that your system is out of balance in some way. But if you have a cosmetic procedure to remove theselines, you’ll waste your money because they’ll just come back! These wrinkles are a result of patterns of emotion that you feel over and over throughout the day.  As you experience the same feelings repeatedly, you make subtle expressions that slowly carve those lines into your face. Sure, you may have them removed, but you haven’t changed inside. You’ll continue to have those same emotions and create the wrinkles all over again. Instead, you can learn how to lose this third kind of wrinkle on your own.

Face reading helps you discover the meaning of the wrinkle, and what’s happening in your life to cause it. It even shows you how to make a small course correction to change the situation – and to change your future as well.

Want to know what your face reveals about you? Get your free class recording and learn more about my March workshop in Chicago!

About Jean Haner       Jean Haner

Jean Haner, Hay House author of The Wisdom of Your Face and The Wisdom of Your Child’s Face, teaches compassionate and affirming ways for people to understand their true nature and to look with love at everyone in their lives, including that reflection in the mirror. With her 30 year background in ancient Chinese principles of balance and health, Jean is well known for providing fun, fascinating and practical information that can be put to immediate use in your life.

Jean married into a Chinese family when she was in her 20’s, and first learned face reading from her very traditional mother-in-law. It wasn’t until years later that she discovered how tolerant her mother-in-law had been; since Jean had no “moneybags” on her face, she wasn’t considered to be a lucky match for her husband!

She went on to study the deeper foundations of face reading with many teachers over the years, and learned that it has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with learning to be true to your nature. Learn more at:



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