Sleep wrinkles are totally unfair. In the sense that you eat good food, exercise regularly, avoid excess intake of alcohol and caffeine, and go to bed early. Yet somehow, you wake up the next morning to sheet wrinkles on your face and your neck, making your face look like a hastily packed suitcase. Some of these wrinkles come from sleeping on your side and the only way you can actually fight these wrinkles is by avoiding sleeping on your side. Sleeping in a way that your face comes in contact with cotton pillowcases like on your side or stomach can result in the creation and appearance of deep sleep lines on your cheeks and forehead. Though that might be a very difficult thing to do being that you are used to sleeping on your side and on your face, but you should not give up.
Sleeping on your back might not give you your desired beauty sleep at first, but it will be worth it when you master it.
Wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity, which reduces skin volume. But applying repeated pressure (such as sleeping with the side of your face on a pillow) or muscle motions (such as laughing and squinting) against the collagen will promote its breakdown, eventually leading to visible lines.
Here are the eight ways that you can prevent wrinkles while you rest.
Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your stomach or on any of your sides puts constant pressure on your face. When this is done overtime, unwanted sleep lines start to pop up on your face. But you can remedy this by sleeping on your back. That way you won’t be applying pressure to your face anymore. For many people though, this might be uncomfortable, and you can’t control your involuntary sleep movement leading you to a side or stomach position. But with time, you can practice and can get used to it.
Having difficulties sleeping on your back? Get a special pillow
If sleeping on your back is a herculean task, you should try getting a special night pillow. 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. Some of the pillows are designed to reduce facial contact with your pillow surface, hence reducing sleep lines.
There’s also a lower-tech option for those who want to become back sleepers. You know those pillows they sell in airports so you can sleep comfortably on long flights? You can use them in bed, too. They make it easier to sleep on your back without eventually rolling onto your side.
Upgrade your pillowcase
If you just can’t get comfortable sleeping on your back, you can still prevent those pillowcase-induced wrinkles by upgrading from cotton to silk or satin. With a silk pillowcase, your skin just slides on the pillow. In other words, there is less friction and your face won’t “crunch” against it like it does on a cotton pillow.
In that case, you will need a pillowcase that is a hundred percent guaranteed silk; one that is hypoallergenic and super soft. That is also machine washable so you don’t stress yourself with a high dry cleaning bill.
Try a retinol
Retinol may be the most powerful tool in your anti-aging arsenal. The vitamin A derivative 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 (which may require a prescription).
There are night creams with this vitamin A derivative that helps fight signs of aging without irritating skin. Magnolia bark extract soothes inflammation, making it great for even sensitive skin.
There are also anti – aging eye cream with retinol properties. The anti-aging eye cream is super moisturizing, and visibly reduces signs of crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness.
Wear night cream
Night creams are heavy, ultra-moisturizing lotions that you probably couldn’t get away with wearing during the day (glowing is one thing, greasy is another). Choose one that contains hyaluronic acid, which helps plump and firm the skin.
Slather on coconut oil
Studies have shown that slathering coconut oil can increase collagen component in the body Collagen itself is important in creating skin elasticity. In fact, this is what makes your skin firmer and wrinkle-free. Your skin loses collagen with age, causing fine lines and wrinkles. While the above study shows some potential collagen-building benefits of coconut oil, more research needs to be done to understand its role in wrinkle treatment.
Get a full night’s rest
Amongst all that have been mentioned, getting enough amount of sleep is very paramount. Getting at least 7 to 8 hours sleep every night can help rejuvenate your skin. Little wonder why it’s called beauty sleep.
Try wearing sleep mask
Wearing sleep masks helps reduce wrinkles, enhance your complexion and minimize puffy eyes. This sleep mask is made of premium silk fabric and is infused with copper, which is clinically proven to promote collagen and elastin production. Not only will you get a dark and quiet environment when wearing the mask, but you will wake up feeling refreshed and more youthful looking.