Sleeping Positions That Cause Wrinkles and What to Do About It

We have been told of the obvious factors about how we can get wrinkles such as frowning, sun exposure, unhealthy lifestyle and the list goes on. When it comes to beauty, it is no secret that getting the right amount of sleep can do the trick, but what if the “very act” of sleeping may cause wrinkles when the sleeping position is not right? This may come as a surprise but bad sleeping forms might be leading someone to age overnight.

Generally, wrinkles happen when there is loss of collagen but putting in repeated pressure on collagen can lead to its breakdown, eventually resulting to noticeable lines. In the same respect, facial fault lines are caused by continuous folding of the skin in the same place and the way someone sleeps (not the main culprit) can contribute to that, creating so called “sleep lines.” According to a NY Dermatologist, Dr. Jaliman, you can get them by crunching your face against a pillow.

Experts say that other wrinkle-causing sleeping positions are lying on your side, curling up and sleeping face down—which means that fluid accumulate in that area resulting to puffy eyes. Most importantly, waking up from these creates noticeable sleep marks and lines on the face, which are actually a sneak peek of sleep lines forming. Considering the amount of time someone spends in sleeping than that of frowning, chronic sleeping positions could be more of an aging factor.

Good thing, not all sleeping forms are bad for one’s baby face. There are ways that can prevent wrinkles while on a beauty sleep:

Be a Back Sleeper
Unwanted facial pressure brought about by sleeping on your side or face smashed against the pillow can be minimized by sleeping on your back. This way, sleep wrinkles are avoided as there is no facial contact with pillow. Position should be comfortable in a way that there is body alignment, according to senior physiotherapist Ngo Xueting from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, “This is when the right and left sides of the body mirror each other and the spine maintains its subtle S-curve”

Sleeping on your back can also prevent break-out causing germs that are stuck on the pillow and helps fluid to move properly. As involuntary movement during sleep is possible, this can easily be adapted through practice.

Try a Different Pillowcase
If trying out a new sleeping position is difficult to master, consider using a wrinkle-free pillowcase. This means you use a different pillow texture which is satin or silk. According to Dr. Jaliman, these type of pillowcases allow the skin to slide on the pillow. In short, there is minimal facial pressure against the pillow and it will not crunch compared to a cotton one.

Apply Anti-Aging Night Cream
What better way to prevent wrinkles than using products that directly help you delay them? Anti-aging night creams with Hyaluronic acid properties that promote firmness of the skin is a must-try. The greasy and glowing part is absolutely something you can get away with during the night.

Hydrate Yourself
As aging is unstoppable, it is more critical to drink lots of water to manage a well-hydrated skin. As recommended by experts, drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day. This is also a good way to flush out toxins from your body and keep a moisturized skin.

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