When developing your personalized anti-aging skin care regimen, it’s likely that at least one of your goals will include preventing or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While there are a variety of best practices for ensuring that you have the smoothest, most-youthful skin possible, your anti-wrinkle regimen will be the most effective if you also understand what causes the development of wrinkled skin. In some cases, it’s just as important to make lifestyle changes as it is to find the right topical skin care products. One of the most often-overlooked causes of wrinkles that, if altered, can help to prevent their future wrinkle development is the position in which you sleep.
The idea of “sleep wrinkles” is often considered to be a “beauty myth”, but in actuality sleep wrinkles are recognized as a dermatologic entity. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology supports the idea that sleeping in certain positions will increase and cause wrinkles.
Which Sleeping Positions Cause or Prevent Wrinkles and Why
Sleeping on your side or with your face down on your pillow can cause wrinkles to form, while sleeping on your back can prevent the formation of wrinkles. The reason for this has to do with two other causes of wrinkles: repetitive motion and gravity. As you will see below when we discuss the role of collagen and elastin with sleep wrinkles, repetitive motions can ultimately lead to wrinkles over time. Examples of this include laugh lines around your mouth and crow’s feet around your eyes. When you sleep on your side or with your face down into the pillow, you “push” your skin into positions in a way that is similar to repetitive facial motions.