How does sleeping on your face cause wrinkles?
You might have encountered countless patients who are unhappy with various facial creases marring their appearance. Though these lines and wrinkles are cumulative results of biological ageing and external oxidizing agents (e.g. excessive sunlight exposure, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, unbalanced diet, etc.), an unsuitable sleep position can also be a covert culprit in causing facial wrinkles. Sleeping on your face is not only bad for the back, it also causes the facial skin to rub against the pillow. Subjecting your skin to continuous friction will cause more injuries to impaired dermal cells (e.g. collagen cells) resulting in the formation of wrinkles. Even sleeping on the sides can be harmful and induce pronounced wrinkles on the side of the face usually slept on.
How to prevent sleep wrinkles?
The best way to prevent sleep wrinkles would be to alter the sleeping positions. Sleeping on the back is not only safe for babies, but for grown-ups too! This position maintains good structure of the spine while protecting the face from rubbing against the pillow. Always ensure that the pillow is slightly elevated to prevent fluid from pooling and causing puffy eyes. Besides that, upgrading pillowcases from the usual cotton material to a silk or satin material allows the skin to gently glide across the pillow instead of tugging harshly. While adequate sleep regenerate cells and repair injured ones, patients should make full use of nighttime nap sessions and apply necessary skincare products. Night creams that are laden with hyaluronic acid and retinol (e.g. Restylane Night Cream, Zo Ommerse Overnight Recovery Crème etc.) deliver continuous hydration and promote cell turnover. If everything else fails, patients can always opt for soft tissue filler injections. These aesthetic implants (e.g. Juvederm, Princess, Filorga etc.) can correct facial creases of varying severity by restoring any lost tissue volume.