05 Oct Sleeping Beauty: Waking Up Wrinkle Free
We all know the importance of ‘beauty sleep’, but what if I told you that you were doing it wrong. That the way you were sleeping was causing new wrinkles instead of fighting them…
If you’re a side sleeper, or sleep in any position that’s not on your back, it’s likely you are causing yourself more problems. You might wake up with a slight crease on your forehead or chest, but overtime that crease will set into a deep embedded wrinkle.
According to Dr. Terri Labberton from the Victorian Cosmetic Institute, the way you sleep at night is often an overlooked cause of wrinkles.
“Facial movements of course crease the skin, like frowning, but when we’re asleep we’re often lying in a position for 8 hours and if the skin is creasing in that position then that can leave a significant wrinkle as we get older because the quality of the skin is not as good.”
Obviously, sleeping on your back is the holy grail of sleep positions. If simply becoming a back sleeper was the answer, everybody would do it.
I’ve tried, it’s a nightmare. There are only so many hours you can stare at the ceiling counting the wrinkles your avoiding before you throw in the towel, roll to your side and call it a night.
To quote the great Tupac Shakur, “the only time I have problems is when I sleep.”
So if changing your position is not an option, keeping your skin as healthy as possible will help it to recover from creasing more effectively.
“A lot of that is prevention and sun protection. As the sun damages our skin, overtime it thins the collagen and loses elasticity in the skin, so that when you crease it’s more likely to become a permanent crease,” says Dr. Labberton.
Wrinkles Schminkles, a genius brand of 100% medical grade silicone pads, was created especially to prevent and correct wrinkles caused by side sleeping. Founder Gabrielle Requena says that the pads are effective because they stop the skin from creasing all together.
“The 100% medical grade silicone pads work by keeping the skin taut while you sleep so it cannot crease and therefore wrinkle.”
The healing properties of the silicone will also hydrate, treat and correct the skin underneath the pad whilst you wear it. Try the Decolletage Smoothing Kit ($39.95).
Another option for preventing creasing is to invest in a silk pillowcase. Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk won’t cause friction, which can create sleep lines over time. Slipsilk create pure silk pillowcases that boast being anti-ageing, anti sleep-crease and anti bed-head.
After prevention, repairing the skin with good quality skincare whilst we sleep is crucial for improving the look of skin that has already been compromised. Extending your skincare routine down to your décolletage will help improve the look of stubborn chest wrinkles and delay further creasing.
Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Overnight ($80) age-resetting anti-wrinkle moisturizer works to optimize the skins repairing process during sleep, allowing you to wake up with healthier and more youthful looking skin.
So if you can’t sleep on your back like Sleeping Beauty (we can’t all be Disney princesses), you can still fight off wrinkles formed during sleep. Prevention through sun protection should be your first line of action. After that it all comes down to how well you take care of yourself through skincare, and even some help from 100% medical grade silicone pads.
Written by Sophie Howe