Skin Science & Anatomy

Top 20 Fascinating Face Facts

The beauty of the human face, with its potential to reveal and conceal.
It discloses the essential features of the human race. Its ability to inspire love
and motivate acts of utter deception marks it as a subject of unending
interest and complexity.

Beauty – may be in the eye of the beholder, but your face is what makes you ‘You’.

It’s an incredible landscape of skin, muscles and expressions – a unique combination of features and colours that is unlike any other person.

It reveals much about who you are, your thoughts and feelings, and your intentions.

Whilst we don’t often give our face much thought, it is one of the most complex structures of the human anatomy.

Your face contains 14 bones, 40 muscles, and 32 teeth, without which you could not eat, speak, communicate, express feelings, or kiss.

So join us for a few fun facts about the face.

So you can learn to put your best face forward.


  1. It takes 11 muscles to frown
  2. It takes 12 facial muscles for a genuine smile.
  3. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face.
  4. Sincere expressions are more symmetrical than insincere ones.
  5. We are capable of making 10,000 unique facial expressions.
  6. Your skin on your face has three distinct layers – the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous.
  7. True happiness is revealed in our eyes; true sadness is revealed in the muscles of our chin.
  8. 21 mimetic facial muscles are attached to your skin to create your expressions.
  9. We can consciously manipulate our mouth muscles to smile, pretending we are happy.
  10. Our face comprises 14 bones – the only bone section that can move is the mandible, the jaw bone.
  11. Ageing causes us to lose bone mass, including the bones in our face, meaning our face does shrink as we age.
  12. We regularly flash micro-expressions that last less than 1/25th of a second. This is why our facial emotions flash by so quickly.
  13. It is almost impossible to fake the muscle movements of the top half area around our eyes, proving a genuine smile does light up our eyes.
  14. The masseter, the muscle we use to chew, is the strongest muscle in the human body. It is capable of pulling up to 80 times its weight.
  15. Just like the rest of your body, if you exercise your facial muscles, it will tone and firm them. Giving them a lift; adding volume to reduce sagging.
  16. Lips are red due to the number of tiny capillaries just below our skin’s surface; blood in the capillaries contains oxygen, creating red.
  17. Our ears and nose are made from a bendy flexible tissue called cartilage. Our nose lengthens and drops downwards as we age, and our ears never stop growing.
  18. There are six universal facial expressions; Happy, sad, angry, disgusted, surprised, and afraid – there is even an expression referred to as resting bitch face.
  19. Those cheeky dimples are inherited as a family trait caused by a shortened muscle. When a person smiles, the muscles pull across the skin, revealing a dimple.
  20. We have 19 types of smiles that fall into two categories: polite “social” smiles, which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles, which use more muscles on both sides of the face.

And finally, did you know that your face uses 50% more muscles to frown than to smile?

Which, in our opinion, is a great reason to save energy and smile more.

Love these fun facts about your face and keen to learn more? This article does a great job of listing some facts that your face says about you.


3 replies on “Top 20 Fascinating Face Facts”

Regarding #12: Noooo! Exercising facial muscles is the cause of wrinkles! Repetitively contractng the facial muscles makes ‘em wrinkly (see crow’s feet, the wrinkle between your eyebrows, the lines caused by pursing your lips when you smoke, deep nasolabial folds from smiling). Unfortunately, the best way to avoid wrinkles (aside from sunscreen) is not to move your face at all. ? (Watch the Kardashian’s family: they’ve mastered this. All are largely expressionless.) All the whacky facial exercise programs are terribly misguided, as any dermatologist will tell you.

Orofacial myologists give facial and oral exercises which tone the muscles and give a younger appearance – can further define jawline and cheekbones – highly recommend. Can also affect other health issues for the better such as helping to keep teeth straight and tidy

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