June 17, 2015

Is Resting Bitch Face The Greatest Anti-Aging Secret Ever?

Is Resting Bitch Face The Greatest

Do you have a case of resting bitch face syndrome? Are people asking you if you’re ok constantly or if you’re having a bad day? Are they maybe telling you that you don’t smile enough? Perhaps they think you’re rude or even snobby?

Resting Bitch Face is when someone, anyone, boy or girl, has a relaxed sometimes slightly murderous look on their face that gives them the impression they are possibly pissed off.

But is Resting Bitch Face the Greatest Anti-Aging Secret Ever?

I didn’t think there would come a time in my life when I would say that I’ve smiled too often, laughed too hard, and giggled a plenty. It’s obviously taken a toll on my face as I realized I have faint expression lines at the sides of my nose and mouth. I believe the non technical term is marionette lines! Honestly, be proud of your lines and don’t let them get you down and if they do there’s always skincare.

Or Resting Bitch Face.

I suspect if you’ve activated resting bitch face mode you likely don’t have the lines I’m talking about. I should have activated my own resting bitch face mode a long time ago!

Do you think by some possible chance that resting bitch face might just be the solution to avoid fine lines, wrinkles, and marionette lines?

Disclaimer: No one who embraces resting bitch face was harmed in the making of this post. This is a just for fun post but I still think resting bitch face might just mean you’ll have a smoother face longer 😉 For serious!

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  • kimkats

    ROFLOL!!! That’s hysterical…. But I’d rather have the laugh lines and wrinkles that come with being a more pleasant person – it means I have and am continuing to enjoy life, and if some wrinkies are the price I pay – then so be it!

    “no one who embraces resting bitch face was harmed in the making of this post” – that just made my day, Muse! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      aw I don’t think “resting bitch face” means you’re a bad person. Some people just aren’t for smiling often and that’s ok 😀 plus hey, they don’t have wrinkles haha! 😀

  • Paola

    What happens when you finally loosen up? All that right skin just goes south…I smile all day everyday…life is too short

    • Isabella Muse

      Some people just aren’t the smile everyday type of person 🙂 I am too. I smile too often and laugh too loudly 🙂 that’s a good thing but hey, if you don’t that’s ok too! It just depends on your personality Paola 🙂

  • amy

    Long before “resting bitch face” was a term, I spent my HS & college years having to endure questions like, “Are you okay?”, “Why don’t you smile?”, etc… (I do smile, when there is a reason to, but I’ve never been one to smile for the sake of smiling. ) Now, at nearly 42 years old, I have no fine lines, wrinkles, expression lines, etc…-I still get “carded”!

    • Isabella Muse

      there you go! Proof that resting bitch face is the greatest anti-aging secret evers!

  • Bonnie S.

    Victoria Beckham has long known this secret. She says that she doesn’t smile in photos because she doesn’t like her smile. But I think the wrinkles explanation makes more sense.

  • Christina D.

    If that picture was of a man, he would be called serious, professional, focused, etc. Naturally, a woman cannot be any of those things without being called “bitch”. I’m so tired of hearing that word thrown around indiscriminately.

    • Isabella Muse

      it’s just a little bit of a joke Christina. Sorry chica, no insult meant. Resting bitch face can def reference male or female, I just happened to use a female pic. Sorry about that!

  • Christina D.

    My sista, no apology necessary. I think I know your humor well enough to know you were joking. But I think we can safely assume that if the picture was of a male, it would NOT be called bitch face.

    • Isabella Muse

      I actually searched “serious face” and that’s what popped up! So don’t worry the stock image wasn’t called “bitch face”! If it was we’d have a serious problem with the stock image company haha!

  • Denise

    Like Amy, I’ve spent my life being asked if something was wrong, or being told to smile. Along with giving up tanning and smoking, RBF is one of the main reasons no one believes I’m turning 53 next month!

    • Isabella Muse

      I totes believe that. Honestly, over smiling like me just gets you wrinkles haha 🙂

  • Jenncess

    I have had RBF all my life… I get tired of people asking if I am ok or what is wrong? But I absolutely agree with this!! I will be 43 next month and most people assume I am in my late 20’s or early 30’s…

    I smile when I have reason to but not constantly 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      see? I’m totally right! Resting Bitch Face is totally the best kept anti-aging secret!

  • Andi


    I have always been asked when I am idle if I was upset or angry. But now I am going to be 34 next month, and I don’t have the smile lines. I have other aging issues like a strong patch of white hair (thanks for the Mallen streak, dad!) and very hooded eyelids which has resulted in a deeeeeep forehead wrinkle because apparently I lift my brows unconsciously just to keep my eyelids or of my lashes?? But no smile lines…

    For the record, I do actually love my smile and I smile quite big for photos, but when I’m not smiling my face is completely bitchy. I absolutely admit that.


    This video is hilarious and relevant. ;D

    • Denise

      I clicked your link, and the commercial running before the video was for Olay (“do you want to look ten years younger in just four weeks?”)! I nearly peed myself.

    • Carol

      Watched the video. It was hilarious. I guess I must suffer from this too as my husband constantly asks me what is wrong which I never understood because I am usually just sitting there eating or watching TV and those two stupid words come out ” What’s wrong?” So yeah, I guess we need to stand up and say, I have BRF and I’m ok with that ! Now stop asking me What’s wrong?

  • Kimmwc03

    People ask me if I’m OK all the time. It’s not like I don’t smile it’s just genetics that gives me that kind of resting face. It can be annoying sometimes because it’s not like it’s normal to go around smiling all the time either.

    I don’t have wrinkles but that might be because I have oily skin too. So, I have a Greasy Resting Bitchy Face. Lucky me. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      greasy reasing bitchy face lol you’re silly kim! 🙂

  • Michelle

    LOL .. too funny! I’ve been told I’ve “resting bitch face”, yet I’m developing those damn marionette lines! Not fair – lol. I think I can blame genetics on this one … damn you DNA!

    • Isabella Muse

      omg you too! I looked in the mirror today and I was like jesus what’s with the lines down the side of my nose/mouth. Not cool! We need more face cream, let’s shop! 😀

  • The Silver Nail

    LOL, good one! At age 50+ I’d much rather have my laugh lines and look pleasant than be a scowler. Laugh and others laugh with you; scowl and you scowl alone. 😉 (jk)

    • Denise

      No, you can’t scowl, either- Juvederm is hella expensive! When my bitchy face is resting, it has no expression at all.

      • Isabella Muse

        lol Denise. resting bitch is just that resting no scowling 😀

  • Shayne A

    Musey!! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted ~ I’ve missed you, Doll.

    I have to put my two cents in here. RBF is not scowling or just being a sourpuss who doesn’t smile or laugh. It has nothing to do with emotions & everything to do with how the natural structure of your face is when you’re relaxed or “resting”. I have RBF and people think I am so mean when they first meet me. I laugh frequently & loudly (The Loud Laughers Sisterhood!!).
    Now, scowling doesn’t mean that someone isn’t pleasant. I have a disease that causes me pain everywhere in my body all the time. And the people who know me know that when I’m scowling it’s usually because I’m in a lot of pain. For those who immediately judge someone as unpleasant because they’re scowling, get to know that person. You just might learn that there’s something deeper going on. Or offer to hug them, if you’re an affectionate person. I know that always makes me feel better, and I try to offer one if I see someone else scowling.

    Musey, sorry for the novel. Your post was hilarious!! I just felt compelled to share after reading some of the comments. Please forgive me if I’ve hijacked your post.

    • Isabella Muse

      No not at all Shayne thanks for adding your comment in chica 😀 xoxo! Missed you too! and after all these years of your commenting there is no way I’d think you were a sourpuss or mean even with an RBF face 🙂 You’re too lovely resting bitch face or not! xoxo!

  • Ari

    Oh god, this is the story of my life. I have a naturally downward-pointing mouth and hooded, sleepy-looking eyes (think Clara Bow) so I’ve been asked my entire life if I was sad or upset. Being shy didn’t help things either! On top of that, I used to hate how I looked when I smiled, so I just didn’t, and I used to drive people away without realizing it!

    The worst/funniest example of this happened in college. Around my junior year, I was chatting with an upperclassman. She said to me “You know, I used to be really intimidated by you, but now that I know you, you’re cool.” Confused, I asked her why she was intimidated by me. “Well when you were a freshman, you were super quiet, you never hung out with anyone, and you never smiled. We thought maybe you were just super serious with your studies or something.” I decided not to tell her that freshman year, I was struggling with classes and too paralyzed by shyness to talk to anyone! Oh woe is me.

    • Kimmyyy

      Same here! This was me all throughout college, unless I was around people who’d decided that, RBF or not, they were gunna talk to me. Oh, the struggle!!

  • Zovesta

    Haah. People who know me know my constantly dead-serious, stony face. I laugh a lot, and smile a lot, but I can’t hep that my natural face is completely serious. Because I don’t like to look sour, whenever I’m in public, I always force a small smile onto my face. Wrinkles be damned, I want to look pleasant and approachable.

  • Kimmyyy

    I’m definitely one of those people who doesn’t sit around with a smile on their face all of the time and have been told on countless occasions that I have this. I was okay with it before and am more so now, haha.

    I’d just like to point out, to all of those that seem to be insinuating that you have to be smiling and/or laughing 24/7 to be happy and considered pleasant/nice, that’s definitely not the case. I’m shy and usually deep in thought, thus this facial expression, but I laugh and smile all the time; I just don’t sit there grinning all the time. If anyone I knew saw me doing that, they would freak out and assume I was plotting something devious (which is about the only time I sit around grinning to myself). 😉

    • Isabella Muse

      i think you’re lovely kimmyyy and enjoy talking to daily whether you’re laughing, smiling, or not 🙂

  • Rosie N.

    Hello, Muse and fellow readers! Lady with chronic RBF here.

    Since I was a little girl, I’ve been asked if I’m feeling sad, angry, tired… Or if I have a personal problem with whoever is asking. Simply, I don’t smile if I don’t feel like it. One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone (usually a family member) tries to make me laugh before taking pictures! Fun story: a few years ago, one of my best friends confessed that she was afraid to approach me because she “was sure I’d kick her if she talked to me”. We’ve been friends for over ten years.
    Don’t get me wrong, I actually love seeing people happy, but I’d be disturbed if everyone had a permanent smile 24/7 (as seen on The Fairly OddParents’ episode “Father time”, haha!).
    However… I have fine lines. I blame it on the fact that I have a very silly sense of humor and the ability to laugh about the most random things. Oh well, at least they come from happiness. Here’s hoping that RBF saves me from other wrinkles, haha!

  • Nataile Brown

    Although at the age of 52 my “resting bitch face” has seriously helped with marionette lines, the “11’s” between my brows are the fine lines that are showing up. lol I also have slight “smile lines” at the corners of my eyes. I’m seriously not complaining though because, truth be told, I have very little “linage” for my age. 🙂

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    Me, I have a resting bitch face too! Hahaha! I’m gifted with naturally high-arched eyebrows and pointed Cupid’s bow and downturned lips. People ask me to smile wider but it’s hard, physically. Moreover, people often ask me if I’m mad, partly because I sound angry to them and my face seems like it’s angry. But I’m really not angry at all, I just have a loud mouth.

    Anyways, to answer the question if it is anti-aging or not, I am not sure. The explanation may be because there is no stretching of muscles.