The phrase “you snooze, you lose” takes on a whole new dimension when considering how sleeping affects facial wrinkle formation. Since we spend one third of our lives asleep, it is definitely something to think about!
Sleep lines are real
Sleep lines are caused by the repeated pressing down of the face on the pillow during sleep. This can disrupt the skin’s delicate attachments to underlying muscle and facia.
Parts of our face move when we press down on a pillow, but when an area of the skin that is well attached to underlying structures resists the pressure of the pillow against it, that is where a line can form. If the skin is stretched too far, it can so result in skin laxity and sagging.
How to know if you have sleep lines
If you sleep on one side more than the other, you will notice the wrinkles developing there more quickly compared to the other side.
Vertical or lines will appear on the forehead, under the eyes, on the sides of the nose, and on the lower cheeks and chin.
How to Treat and Prevent Sleep Lines
A study in 2012 tested a hollow pillow and found that it lessened the appearance of sleep lines in the morning, which can translate into less sleep lines over time. This is because the skin was pressed into a surface far less throughout the night.
Another option? Use amino acids. Topically-applied amino acids have been found to do all of the following and more:
- Fight fine lines and wrinkles (European Journal of Dermatology, 2013);
- Hydrate (Journal of Peptide Science, 2012);
- Promote wound healing (JPEN,2014);
- Prevent infections (PLoS Pathogens, 2008);
- Boost protein synthesis within the skin (Minerva Pediatrica, 2014).
It takes the skin about 3-6 weeks to turnover completely, with longer times when you are older. Most persons benefit from using a new topical ingredient for at least 3-6 weeks to ensure that their skin cells renew and regenerate, so they can experience the full effect of using new ingredients.