Prevent Overnight Aging
Sleep wrinkles usually form on the face and chest.
Since sleep wrinkles aren’t caused by muscle contractions (unlike forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet), you can’t get rid of them with Botox, explains Dee Anna Glaser, MD, interim chair of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. “You can use all the tretinoin, retinoids, anti-wrinkle creams, and even sunscreens but that mechanical force is still acting on the skin every night.”
The best way to prevent these wrinkles is by sleeping on your back. You can also reduce damage by using a silk pillowcase, which allows for more movement, or a memory foam pillow, which doesn’t compress the skin as much. Still, don’t let your sleep setup overshadow other, more pressing, culprits. “It’s definitely not as great a contributor to wrinkle formation as other environmental factors like UV sunlight,” Charles says.