Sleep is incredibly essential to your beauty regimen, which is precisely why people call it beauty sleep. 40% of Americans report getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, which means that you need to make the most of the hours you can get. Waking every morning and seeing a puffy-eyed version of yourself with creases from your pillowcase formed into your skin can have long-term effects on your appearance.
Prevent wrinkles as much as possible while you sleep by following these five simple tips.
Making The Most of Your Beauty Rest
Prevention is critical in doing your part to ensure fine lines don’t become permanent, and it all starts with how you sleep. Changing the position in which you sleep or purchasing specific products to prevent wrinkles are all excellent tactics for keeping your skin looking young and radiant. Sleep wrinkles are creases that form on the face due to skin positioning and pressure. They typically form as you move during sleep. For example, if you sleep with your face down or pressed up against your pillow, the fabric has a higher friction force against your skin, leaving behind wrinkles and creases that can become permanent over time.
Sleep On Your Back
Of all the various angles and positions you can contort your body into while you sleep, sleeping on your side or stomach can have the worst consequences. Sleeping face down or on your side pushes your skin into the sheets, which causes the skin to fold and crease. Over time, these creases become permanent. While it can be challenging to change your sleeping position, sleeping on your back is always the best solution for preventing wrinkles while you sleep.
Upgrade Your Pillow
One of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to their sleep habits is using the wrong pillow type. Side sleepers should always sleep with an extra-firm pillow. Strategically position your head, so the lower half of your face is off the pillow. Doing so will ensure that your skin isn’t contorted into wrinkled positions while you sleep.
Invest In Your Pillowcase
Traditional pillowcases are created from fabrics that grip the skin rather than letting the skin slide across it without force. While flannel and jersey sheets may be cozy (especially during the cold winter months!), they tend to hold onto the skin more than other fabrics. Investing in a silk or satin pillowcase will help to cut down on facial creases, lines, and imprints as you sleep. The less your skin grips onto your pillowcase, the less likely it is to wind up with permanent fine lines from your sleeping position.
Don’t Forget To Apply Night Cream or Overnight Serum
Nourish your skin while you sleep by incorporating an overnight serum formulated with the ingredients your skin needs to repair itself while you snooze. Ingredients like high concentrations of micro-algae, super-foods, vitamins, and peptides will restore visible firmness. As a bonus, these ingredients will also help repair the damage caused by daily pollution and environmental factors that cause clogged pores, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Can’t Break Your Bad Sleeping Habits? We Can Help!
Using dermal fillers like Dysport and Botox enables us to correct fine lines, wrinkles, and deep creases caused by sleep positions. These injectables can help to improve expression wrinkles, such as scowl lines, with continued use. While cosmetic treatments, such as fillers or collagen-producing treatments, can help to smooth out the skin, sleeping on your back is the best way to prevent these creases from forming.
For more tips on reducing wrinkles while you sleep, or for help with treating already-present sleep lines, contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule an appointment.