- Sleeping can lead to the creation of deep sleep lines on your forehead and cheeks.
- Wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity, which reduces skin volume.
- Applying repeated pressure or muscle motions like laughing and squinting against the collagen will promote its breakdown, leading to wrinkles.
You need your beauty sleep, but what if sleeping cause wrinkles?
Here are the eight ways that you can prevent lines from developing while you sleep.
Sleep on your back
There is constant pressure on your face when you sleep on your stomach or on your sides. This action will eventually produce unwanted sleep lines. You can remedy this by sleeping on your back, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules.
This way you will not apply any pressure to your face. This might be uncomfortable for some people, and you can’t control your involuntary sleep movement leading you to a side or stomach position. But, you can practice and can get used to it eventually.
Or get a special pillow
Dr. Jaliman recommends a special pillow like the NIGHT Pillow for sleep.
“It has many benefits including minimizing wrinkles, supporting clean skin, and assisting with hydrating your skin cells, which helps prevent the formation of fine lines,” she says.
There’s also a lower-tech option for those who want to become back sleepers. You can also use those pillows they sell in airports. They make it easier to sleep on your back without eventually rolling onto your side.
Upgrade your pillowcase
If you just can’t practice sleeping on your back, pillowcase-induced wrinkles can be prevented by upgrading from cotton to silk or satin.
“With a silk pillowcase, your skin slides on the pillow,” says Dr. Jaliman.
Also, there is less traction and your face won’t “crunch” against it as it does on a cotton pillow.
Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is a powerful anti-aging arsenal. It teaches your skin to act young again by stimulating the collagen that prevents fine lines. Dermatologists consistently recommend using the strongest cream your skin can tolerate (you may need a prescription), but there are plenty of over-the-counter options.
Wear night cream
Night creams are heavy, ultra-moisturizing lotions that you probably couldn’t get away with wearing during the day (they’re greasy). Choose one that contains hyaluronic acid because it helps plump and firm the skin.
Slather on coconut oil
Also recommended is coconut oil — an all-natural wrinkle remedy. Even Kate Hudson swears by it on Instagram. Dermatologists say it’s a safe alternative to traditional lotion.
Smooth a pea-sized amount into your skin each night after you wash your face; your best bet is a virgin coconut oil.
Get a good night sleep
It might sound obvious, but getting the right amount of sleep is necessary. “It is important to sleep 7 to 8 hours a night to rejuvenate the skin,” says Dr. Jaliman. “That’s why it’s called beauty sleep!”