One day you will look in the mirror and realize that you aren’t the youngster that you used to be. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you might want to put the handbrake on some of the effects of notching up the years as you get older.
You’ve probably said it before, and we’ve all done it; "I need my beauty sleep". You could well be saying it out of habit, or because you actually think it, but either way, there’s some substance to that statement and sleep does offer ways to slow down the signs of ageing.
Why do we get wrinkles?
In simple terms, wrinkles come about due to the loss of elasticity and collagen, which in turn, lessens your skin volume.
Can sleeping lead to wrinkles?
Before we go on to promote the plus sides of sleep and how it helps to prevent wrinkles, in case you didn’t know, you the act of sleeping can actually cause wrinkles. When you sleep on your side, or if you’re a belly-sleeper, your face will come into contact with the pillow; this can create deep sleep lines on both your cheeks and your forehead.
By repeatedly applying pressure to your face, such as placing it on a pillow each evening, it promotes collagen breakdown, with the end result being those visible lines that make you feel old!
Before you start referring to yourself as an OAP, here are some useful tips that show why sleep helps to prevent wrinkles.
How to sleep
First things first, to sleep properly, you want a mattress that’s there to help you achieve your goal. The best mattress for you is out there if you’re not sure if the one you already have will last you in the long-run.
As we mentioned, sleeping on your stomach or side leads to constant pillow pressure on the face. So, the other alternative is to sleep on your back. Have you tried it?
By sleeping purely on your back, you will be cutting out that pressure on your face. If you aren’t used to this, it might take a bit of practice, but sampling alternative ways to sleep isn’t the world thing in the world to do, is it?!
Apply night cream
Creams were once something that only the lady of the house would apply of a night-time, but now using moisturising creams to help ward off the effects of ageing and have you looking your best is something that everyone and anyone can do.
Unlike the day creams you might use, night creams are heavy, super-moisturising versions that can make your appearance rather greasy-looking, but this shouldn’t be too much to worry about if you’re tucked up in bed.
Aim for a night cream that contains hyaluronic acid, because this aids the firming and plumping of the skin.
Think about more sleep
We’re touching on the importance of sleep once again, and this time it’s to highlight the significance of a solid night’s sleep. It might sound evident but accomplishing the right amount of sleep is totally necessary.
You should be targeting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to fully reinvigorate your skin. This will help your skin glow, and it’ll look even better when you’re smiling from sleeping soundly too.
Switch coffee for cocoa
The Journal of Nutrition published research that revealed cocoa that contains high levels of epicatechin and catechin, which are dietary flavanols. These two friendly flavanols effectively protect your skin from sun damage, as well as improve the circulation to your skin cells, making the skin look and feel smoother as they go about their work!
So, the next time you reach for a cup of decaf java, maybe change things up and have a warm cup of cocoa at bedtime.
Think about changing your bed accessories
You can change your existing pillows for ones that minimize wrinkles, support clean skin, and aid the hydration of your skin cells. All of these benefits from a pillow will help to prevent lines forming on your face.
You can also opt for a contoured pillow design that will minimise facial contact with your pillows surface, which will also reduce sleep lines.
And what about pillowcases? If you don’t fancy buying more pillows that are anti-wrinkle specific and instead want to go for something that will help make the bedroom look more aesthetically pleasing, then you can slip some new pillowcases on.
Pick out some satin pillowcases instead of nylon or cotton, this way you will be treated to a slippery surface, which helps to cut down the friction between skin and pillow. Furthermore, if you can stop the fabric from bunching, you could manage to decrease the lines that get ingrained in your face during sleep.