This may come as a surprise, but did you know the second cause of wrinkles is sleeping? After sunlight/UV exposure, squishing your face into a pillow for approximately 2,500 hours per year while you sleep is like ironing wrinkles into the skin. So if you’re someone who wants to prevent premature wrinkles on your face, you might want to consider giving serious thought to how you lay on your pillow at night when you go to sleep. As demonstrated in the photo above, this is how I sleep. I’m a side sleeper for the most part, and I use a firm pillow and strategically position my head so the lower half of my face never touches it. What this helps to prevent is a squishing of the face, which would exacerbate the nasolabial fold wrinkles that come with age. These are the deep creases also known as the “parentheses” or “marionette” lines that run from the nostril to the corner of the mouth on both sides of the face and are enhanced every time you smile or laugh. Now of course, I may toss and turn throughout the night so who knows what happens to the position of my face on the pillow once I’m truly asleep, but when I turn the lights out, I truly believe it is a good habit to get into. And I will say, that for someone who is in their 40s, my lines in that area aren’t very deep at all. See my skin makeup-free at age 44.
As an esthetician with 25+ years of hands on experience working with clients and looking at faces every day, what I know for sure is preventing wrinkles with good lifestyle habits is far easier and less expensive than trying to erase them with dermal fillers or cosmetic surgery once they have appeared. It’s the same reason why you should be wearing a well-formulated sunscreen 365 days a year. A generous application of sun protection (ideally a minimum of SPF 30) will dramatically reduce the formation of lines, wrinkles and brown spots, as well a prevent skin cancer.
So what’s the best position to sleep at night to lessen wrinkles? Sleeping on your back will prevent any creases you will make in your face from the pillow, but it will enhance the horizontal lines across the neck, similar to those you get from looking down.
When I posted this picture on Instagram, I loved the comment that someone made saying “Now, can we talk about the chest wrinkles that are slowly occurring from the sleep cleavage? Gotta be a better solution than a sports bra with a rolled up sock stuck between the ladies. Agree?”
Ha! I had never heard about the sock trick but it’s true, side sleeping will enhance wrinkles between the breasts. You can’t win but at least you can try.
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