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How to Get Rid of Sleep Wrinkles

Updated October 31, 2018

It is cosmically unfair that you can spend a fortune in time and money on skin care products only to wake up looking like an origami master has been folding your face all night. You can prevent most sleep wrinkles by staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, sleeping on your back and getting enough sleep, but that won't help you remove sleep wrinkles this morning. Sleep creases generally go away on their own after about an hour, but if you need to smooth morning wrinkles fast, here are a few simple tricks.

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  1. Take a deep breath and plunge your face into a sink full of ice-cold water. Stay in it for as long as you comfortably can. This will bring the blood rushing to your face, which will plump up the small capillaries under your skin. Myth says that Paul Newman did this several times a day, and he looked fabulous.

  2. Rinse your face with warm water to relax your muscles, easing the deep frown lines that can make your sleep wrinkles look even worse.

  3. Massage a deep moisturiser into your skin. The combination of relaxing touch, plumping moisturiser and increased circulation should help the sleep wrinkles smooth out a little faster.

  4. Sleep on a satin pillowcase to help prevent future sleep wrinkles.

  5. Tip

    Place a pillow under your knees to ease the lower back strain of learning to sleep on your back.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ice-cold water
  • Warm water
  • Deep moisturiser
  • Optional:
  • Satin pillowcase

About the Author

Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.

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