As we all know, sun protection is one of the best ways of preventing the formation of wrinkles and blotchy pigmentation. Thanks to the popularity of BOTOX®, many people are also now aware of their need to be conscious about extreme facial expressions that might cause the development of dynamic wrinkles. Another factor to add to the list? We also need to be getting at least seven hours of high-quality beauty sleep each night to ward off skin damage. Of course, maintaining a consistent skin care routine and removing makeup each day are great for your complexion, but sleep position may also be causing lines and creases to etch into your skin, even if you seem to be doing everything else right. Delaying the effects of facial aging could be as simple as changing the way we sleep at night. Here are some essential tips for getting the most out of your sleep from our dermatology team at Los Angeles’ Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills.
Avoid Sleeping on Your Side (or Invest in a New Pillowcase)
For many of us, sleeping on our left or right side is how we feel most comfortable. Unfortunately, the movement of our skin against our pillow when we’re tossing and turning at night is a major contributor to wrinkles on the face and chest—especially when multiplied over many years or decades. If you’re a side sleeper, try a silk or satin pillowcase, as these materials provide a smooth surface and won’t strip moisture from the skin.
Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach
Sleeping face down unfortunately means your head is constantly squeezed into your pillow. Your skin is distorted and could eventually develop lasting folds and creases.
Sleep On Your Back if Possible
Sleeping on your back has numerous advantages, including reducing the lines and wrinkles you get from squishing your head against a pillow, relieving pressure from the neck and back, reducing the puffiness and swelling around the eyes when you wake up (this works best if you keep your head elevated with an extra pillow), and preventing skin care products applied before bed from rubbing off.
For more advice on maintaining youthful and smooth skin, reach out to our dermatology-focused team at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. We can help you find the most suitable treatments for your aesthetic goals. Submit a contact form or call us at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.