Did you know that you really can get wrinkles from the way you sleep? Dr. Goesel Anson, who is a plastic surgeon, says that sleep wrinkles are lines that form when your face is pushed up against a pillow every night and they occur in locations that are predictable based on specific anchor points where the skin is connected to bone. Because of the fact that wrinkles from sleeping come from a mechanical type of force, injections to immobilize the muscles, such as Botox, are not effective on this type of wrinkle. The only therapies that might work are putting tape on your face before going to bed to keep the skin from getting deformed and using minute amounts of filler to soften the wrinkles. On younger skin, this isn’t an issue because they disappear almost immediately, but as the elasticity of the skin diminishes with age, they can eventually become permanent.
Here is a quick peek at a few tips to avoid getting these wrinkles from sleeping.
- Try to sleep on your back. You might consider putting an additional pillow underneath your knees and this can work to keep you from turning over in the night. While this might not last all night long, any time you are not on your face will be helpful.
- Use a body pillow. Lay it next to you and rest much of your weight on it. Use it as a prop for your shoulder and for a portion of your chest. You can even throw your hip and leg over it. This will work to keep your head turned a bit away from your pillow and keep much of the weight off of your face.
- Think about using satin pillowcases. They have a slick surface that will serve to reduce the friction between the pillowcase and your face. This will help to prevent the bunching in the fabric that causes these wrinkles.
- Use a pillow that has been made to prevent these wrinkles from sleeping. These pillows are made with a central panel that will be where your head rests when you sleep on your back. On either side of that are panels that have been designed to cradle your face and head if you are a side sleeper. This is the ideal option for someone who doesn’t want to spend money on cosmetic therapies to reduce the effects of these wrinkles. Also, since most people can’t sleep on their backs the whole night through, it works.
Some other things that you can do include using moisturizer each night before going to bed. This will soothe the skin while maintaining the hydration. Also, be sure to take your vitamins like Vitamins A, B complexes, C, and E to ensure that your skin stays young and healthy looking for as long as possible.