Have you ever wondered if the position you sleep in or your bedding can result in wrinkles developing in your skin? Read on to find out the answer.
Did you know that we spend around a third of our lives – an average of 26 years – asleep?
Most of us do this in our beds, which we kit out with linen and bedding for optimal comfort. People sleep in various positions, with the majority, around 54%, being side sleepers, according to a 2017 study. The same data revealed that 7% sleep on their stomachs. This means that 61% of people are likely to develop wrinkles or sleep lines.
Sleep and your skin
We need sleep in order to have a healthy body and glowing complexion. This is best achieved in a cozy bed. While it might be unexpected, the way you sleep (and what you sleep on) can result in wrinkles.
Also known as sleep lines, they develop due to your face being pushed into a pillow for hours at a time every night. This can not only cause swelling and puffiness but can reinforce fine lines around the eyes, lips, and even the chest.
So what should you do to prevent this? The best way to sleep is on your back. The problem is that we aren’t in control of our movements when we are asleep, which can make this a challenge!
There are, fortunately, many products on the market that can make training yourself to do this easier as well as lessen the toll your sleep takes on your skin each night. These include popular silk pillowcases, which don’t tug on your skin or hair during the night, and pillows that keep your head in the correct position. Investing in these innovative items can reduce the appearance of and prevent the formation of sleep lines for a smoother, more youthful complexion.
Another reason that having your face against your pillow all night can be problematic is because pillows harbor germs and bacteria. When they come into contact with your skin, they can lead to concerns ranging from breakouts to rashes. It is important to keep your pillow dry to prevent the growth of bacteria, even if it is tempting to go to bed with wet hair after a shower! It is also recommended to wash your pillow case at least once each week.