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The Best Way to Reduce Sleep Wrinkles

Updated November 21, 2016

As you get older, the naturally occurring elastin and collagen in your skin starts to diminish, and your skin does not spring back into shape as easily as it once did. When you sleep, you can develop sleep wrinkles or sleep lines that don't fade as quickly as you would like them to. There are some things you can do to help prevent sleep wrinkles.

Sleep Wrinkles

When you sleep on your side or stomach you press your face into your pillow continually. The constant pressure in the same place on the skin causes a crease or a wrinkle. As you get older you will notice that the wrinkle stays longer and does not disappear after you have been awake even for several hours.

Change Positions

The best way to reduce sleep lines is to sleep lying on your back. You can train yourself to sleep on your back by tucking pillows around your shoulders so you can't roll over. Use a pillow or two under your knees to take pressure off your lower back. Use a special pillow that cradles the back of your head and prevents you from rolling to your side.

Sleep Pillows

Special pillows are available that help you sleep on your side while taking the pressure off the front of your face, thereby reducing sleep wrinkles. These U-shaped pillows keep you from pressing your face into the surface.

Satin Pillowcases

Use a satin pillowcase to decrease sleep wrinkles. If you happen to roll over to your side in the middle of the night, a satin pillowcase may keep your skin flat instead of allowing it to crease as it might against a different fabric.

Cosmetic Procedures to Remove Wrinkles

Permanent sleep lines take years to develop, but once they are etched into your skin the only way you can eliminate them is by undergoing cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and fillers. A facelift is used to tighten up the skin surgically, removing the wrinkles. Fillers smooth out wrinkles by injecting a substance, such as collagen, under the skin to fill in the crease and make the wrinkle less noticeable. A facelift is permanent and fillers last for approximately six months.

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