How to treat and prevent sleep wrinkles


Beauty sleep. It’s an amazing concept, isn’t it? You go to bed, spend eight hours in the land of nod, and then wake up all refreshed, radiant and fairytale princess-like in the morning. Or so the theory goes, anyway.

While this may be true in your younger years (there’s no denying how much better you can look after a good night’s slumber), as you get older your beauty sleep also comes with a few less beautifying side effects: sleep wrinkles, pillow crinkles and cleavage creases.

Waking up to the tiny lines that arise from sleeping on your side or with your face pushed against a pillow makes you feel less refreshed and revitalised and more crumpled and worn-out. And although some sleep winkles do disappear after half an hour or so, other indentations can become more permanent as you age and your skin loses some of its elasticity.

So, how do you tackle these bothersome lines that strike in the night? There are a few things you can try to give yourself a smoother complexion each morning.

1) Switch your sleeping position
If you’re a side sleeper you’re more likely to get the lines that appear on the side of your face near your eyes. And if you tend to sleep on the same side each night you may notice they are more pronounced on this half of your face. If you can train yourself to sleep on your back you will be able to prevent these from forming on a particular side.

2) Change your pillowcase
If you find sleeping on your back too difficult, try swapping out your regular cotton pillowcases for satin ones. The satin is softer on your face and means your skin doesn’t crease when you put your head on the pillow.

3) Invest in a good eye cream
Dot a powerful smoothing and firming eye cream all around the eye area before you go to sleep to keep the delicate skin hydrated and plumped overnight (and reduce the likelihood of creases when you wake).

4) Give your skin a morning workout
Awaken and energise your complexion by using a gentle exfoliator to buff away dead skin cells and kick-start circulation. Try rinsing your face with cold water as this will tighten pores and revitalise your skin after a night’s rest. Now’s the time to apply a morning eye cream containing caffeine to stimulate and brighten the skin around your eyes.

Has sleeping given you wrinkles? Have you tried changing your sleeping position to alleviate the lines around your eyes?

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