We've been told for years that many of the common aging factors are obvious: sun exposure, smoking, squinting facial expression—the list goes on. But there are also sleep position that may contribute to fine lines and sleep wrinkles.
Is your sleeping position aging you?
Sleep wrinkles are not caused by facial muscle movement. Instead, they form as a result of pressing your face into the pillow while you sleep. These vertical “sleep lines” get repeatedly reinforced and etched into your skin over time, like folds in leather shoes.
Considering that you probably spend more of your time sleeping than you do frowning, sleep-induced wrinkles could be aging you more than you know.
Even worse, they're more difficult to treat.
Keep reading to find out if you're giving yourself sleep wrinkles.
Sleeping on your stomach with your face smashed into the pillow might be the worst sleeping position if you're concerned about sleep wrinkles.
For stomach sleepers, it's often forehead lines.
This position also reinforces vertical expression wrinkles, like frown lines and lines around your lips.
When you favor one side over the other, it will make the lines more prominent on that side.
If you've ever woken up and noticed vertical lines or sleep marks on your face, you've already seen a preview of the sleep wrinkles that are forming.
Another common mistake is sleeping with your hands pressed against your face. Much like flannel or thicker cotton sheets, our skin grips rougher surfaces and wrinkles with lateral pressure—even our hands along the facial skin.
It's best for facial skin to avoid contact other surfaces during sleep, keeping your face and head elevated with a pillow and using a silky cover that minimises the pulling and rubbing on the skin."
If you're someone who often sleeps with their hands tucked under their face, try keeping your hands under your pillow rather than directly on your skin. This can help reduce early sleep-related wrinkles while hopefully keeping you comfortable.
Sleeping on your back is also a good way to dodge breakout-causing bacteria on your pillow and to allow fluid to drain properly, thus preventing puffy eyes.
So, try to train yourself to sleep on your back, starting from today. It is one of the anti-wrinkle hacks that costs you nothing.