Wrinkles are generally caused by reduced skin elasticity and lowered collagen production while creases can also develop from constant pressure on the face such as side-sleeping with your skin pressed against a pillow and leaning or “mushing” your face into your hands while working. Furthermore, side sleeping can also accelerate the appearance of fine wrinkles on the chest and decollate.
Over time, fine lines can worsen and become increasingly visible. Take a precautionary approach; read these suggestions to avoid the formation of sleep lines and wrinkles.
Use special pillows or pillowcases.
As an alternative to sleeping on your back, one can use pillows specially designed to prevent sleep lines and/or facial asymmetry while also alleviating symptoms of sleep apnea.
Switching to silk or satin pillowcases can also prevent sleep lines. The absence of traction (silk is super smooth) inherent in ordinary cotton sheets will protect your skin from creases.
Lymphatic drainage massage your face and chest.
Applying gentle tapping to the skin increases blood flow and helps drain lymph fluid. With improved circulation & drainage comes a “lifting & smoothing” affect to creases fine lines, wrinkles & puffiness.
Enhance your facial care regimen.
Stave off premature aging and sleep lines with treatments you can do at home:
- Retinol – Retinol helps with cellular turnover and promotes the production of collagen, effectively keeping a face wrinkle-free.
- Growth Factors – Incorporate growth factors into you skincare lineup…these help activate the skin’s ability to regenerate new cells. A naturally-occurring substance in humans, growth factors renew the appearance of the skin by encouraging cellular turnover, encouraging skin cells to function more efficiently, improving hydration all while smoothing lines and wrinkles.
- Facial Massage Cupping – Considered by aesthetic experts to be one of the best DIY treatments that mimic a professional facial, Lure Massage Cups stimulate micro-circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and support the production of new collagen
Sleep on your back.
When lying on one side or on your stomach, the face is placed against the pillow, exposing your skin to constant pressure. If you favour one side over the other, wrinkles and even sagging will develop on one side of the face, which can also alter facial symmetry. If you do not struggle with sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may be an alternative. It may take time to adjust to the new position, but it will be easier on your face & chest.
If pre-existing sleep lines concern you, seek professional treatment from skin care specialists. Non-surgical treatments like Intracel MicroNeedling or BOTOX® can effectively treat and reduce sleep lines and wrinkles.
Do not let concerns about wrinkle formation disturb your sleep. Seek expert advice from your medical aesthetics expert. For recommendations on the appropriate skin care products and services, consult with specialists at Clarity Medspa & Laser Centre in Toronto. Call (416) 960-2222 or [email protected]