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Sleep Lines: Your Pillow Could be the Cause of Your Wrinkles
When "Beauty Sleep" Becomes Not So Beautiful
If you sleep on your side or stomach, there is a good chance your pillow is causing wrinkles on your face. These wrinkles, called sleep lines, are common, yet avoidable. In this article, I will explain how sleep position can increase wrinkle formation on the face and various ways to reduce or eliminate these aging effects.
Sleep Position Poll
What position do you sleep in?
Why Sleep Position Can Age You
If you frequently lie on your side or stomach, or lie in the fetal position while sleeping, it's very likely that your face is smashed into your pillow on a regular basis. This "face smushing," as I like to call it, causes your skin to scrunch-up or wrinkle, especially around your eyes and cheeks. After years of sleeping like this, forcing your skin into this position night after night, you will form wrinkles on the face or deepen wrinkles that had formed already. If you favor one side over the other while sleeping, you'll begin to notice that the wrinkles on that side are more pronounced.
How to Prevent or Reduce Sleep Lines
Ack! Sleep Lines? I have to worry about sleep lines now??
The good news is, sleep lines are entirely preventable. Even if you do have wrinkles on your face right now, you can change certain habits to at least stop sleep related wrinkles from getting worse:
- The No Fail Method: The best option for preventing or reducing sleep lines is, and always will be, sleeping on your back. If you can train yourself to sleep on your back, you can slow down the formation of certain wrinkles on your face and chest.
- Wrinkle Prevention Pillows: If you don't want to sleep on your back, there are actually pillows you can use to reduce wrinkles regardless of your sleep position. They are contoured to cradle the neck and side of the head, without putting pressure on your face.
- Wrinkle Patches: With these, you can keep your usual pillow and sleep position, but keep your skin smooth and taut under the eyes, on the cheeks, between the eyebrows, and on the chest.
- Silk Pillowcases: Silk is easier on the skin than cotton or flannel. Your pillowcase may not completely prevent sleep wrinkles, but silk should at least reduce the severity.
- Moisturize: When all else fails, keep that skin well moisturized! Lotions and creams can help your skin look better and healthier while improving the appearance of sleep lines.
Anti Wrinkle Sleep Patches
If you love your pillow and sleep position and aren't looking for a change, but are still concerned about sleep wrinkles, anti-aging patches might worth looking into. They work by holding the skin flat and preventing excessive "face smush," even if you do sleep on your side or stomach. I recommend one of two popular brands "DermaGen" or "Frownies."
There is also a brand called "SilcSkin" that makes a "Decollette Pad" that is made to be worn on the chest to help prevent wrinkles there. Alternately, you could roll a cloth and place it under a tight fitting tank top or soft bra to keep your chest in a less smushed up position while sleeping.
I remember seeing these in my mom's medicine cabinet! Frownies keep your skin in place while you sleep, mitigating the effects of aging.
Anti-Wrinkle Pillows for Side Sleepers
Once Upon a Time, I thought of the ingenious idea of creating a pillow for side sleepers that supports the head and neck without putting pressure on the face. Unfortunately, my idea was so ingenious that someone had already thought of it. Darn it.
My search to see if anyone had thought of my idea is actually what inspired me to write this article. I found a handful of pillow styles online, but the pillow below is the top anti-wrinkle pillows for side-sleepers available on Amazon.
This Anti Wrinkle Pillow is designed in such a way that it cradles the neck and keeps the face away from the pillow. It is for all sleepers (back, side, and stomach), but it's also a good option if you're attempting to train yourself to sleep on your back.
Sleeping On Your Back
An Old Fashioned Beauty Treatment
Sleeping on your back is still the most effective way at preventing sleep lines and sleep wrinkles. If you find that sleeping on your back is difficult to do at first, give it time and your body should get used to it. If time just aint workin', know that there are pillows that are made explicitly for back sleepers. These pillows provide additional support to your head and neck, and help insure a restful night's sleep.
If you're a back sleeper (or would like to become one) this memory foam pillow is high quality and has received many positive reviews.
Train Yourself to Sleep on Your Back
Other Options for Anti-Wrinkle Sleep
So, maybe you don't want to change your pillow. Would you consider changing your pillowcase? Silk is proven to be gentler on the skin while sleeping. In addition to anti-wrinkle benefits, silk pillowcases may also help with acne.
You can also use a travel pillow to support your neck and prop yourself up a bit with a few other pillows around your upper body, neck, and head. This solution might sound ridiculous, but it might also be a very comfortable sleeping position for you!