How to Prevent Sleep Lines
Sleep lines are those annoying lines caused by pressing your face against your pillow all night: you know – the ones that make you wake up looking even worse than when you went to bed? So much for “beauty sleep”, huh? When you’re young, your skin has enough elasticity to just snap back into place as soon as you get out of bed: as you age, though, those pesky sleep lines can become permanently etched onto your skin – here are 8 ways to stop that happening…
Sleep on your back
When you sleep on your back, your face doesn’t get “smooshed” by your pillow and you don’t wake up with sleep lines. Which is all well and good, but I’ve always slept on my side, and I find it absolutely impossible to train myself to sleep any other way, for any length of time. Even if I do manage to drift off on my back, at some point during the night, I’ll move onto my side with a blissful sigh of relief – and wake up the next morning with a jagged scar on my forehead. FAIL.
Frownies, for the uninitiated, are little cardboard-like patches which you stick on your face at night to smooth out the lines, and keep them smooth all night, so you wake up to smooth, unlined skin. These DID prevent my existing line from re-appearing every night – instead, though, I’d wake up with NEW lines: these ones formed by my skin creasing around the edge of the Frownies themselves, as I smooshed my face into the pillow. FAIL.
The Save My Face Pillow
The Save My Face Pillow. is a croissant-shaped pillow which prevents sleep lines by basically suspending your face between the two edges of the “croissant”. It DOES work – but only if you can managed to keep your face in exactly the right position, all night long. You can guess how that works out, can’t you? And, I mean, it’s actually easier than you’d think: I used this for a couple of years, and most of the time it worked. Other times, though, I’d wake up with the pillow under my chin and and a deep line on my forehead- and any time I forgot to use it, I’d have the best night’s sleep ever, so take from that what you will.
Peter Thomas Roth InstantFirmx
This is a genius little product which acts almost like a face mask: you apply a thin layer to your skin, and it tightens and lifts it, smoothing out lines and leaving you looking like either a younger version of yourself. No, seriously, I’m not joking about this: it’s THAT good, and it really smooths out the wrinkles – so much so that when I first bought it, I made every member of my family try it, and we all walked around for a few hours looking like scary clones or something. There’s one drawback, however, and it’s a big ‘un: although the product is awesome at tightening the skin (albeit temporarily – when you wash it off, your face will go back to normal, and you’ll get to see yourself age instantly: pretty freaky, really), it’s really hard to apply – or, at least, it is for me – and has a tendency to leave a white residue on the skin. That’s a bit of a deal-breaker, really, so although it’s designed to be worn during the day, I quickly switched to only using it at night, on my forehead. I find that because it keeps the skin fairly tight, I’m less likely to wake up with sleep lines, although it’s not foolproof. It’s also not cheap, unfortunately, so you might want to ask for a sample first, if you’re thinking of trying it.
A silk pillowcase
Silk pillowcases are supposedly good for skin, because the slippery fabric allows your skin to just “glide” off it, rather than getting all mushed up against it. On silk, unlike on cotton, your face won’t scrunch up, and it won’t crease – or so the theory goes, anyway. What’s more, silk also contains natural proteins which are apparently good for the skin and hair, making them softer, smoother, and, in the case of hair, less likely to tangle and break. I was sent one of Gingerlily’s Beauty Box pillowcases to try a couple of years ago, and I used it until it wore out. It did make a difference to my skin, and I was less likely to wake up with lines than I was using my previous pillowcases. There were still, however, the odd mornings where I’d once again wake up looking like the Boy Wizard, which brings me to my next weapon in the fight against sleep lines…
A feather pillow
For years I’d used memory foam or fibre filled pillows, without giving it much of a second thought. After spending Christmas at my parents’ place, however, Terry and I both noticed that the feather pillows on our bed there were much more comfortable than our own, and because my parents would give us the clothes off their backs if we asked for them (Which we try not to do TOO often…), they kindly sent us home with them. I found the softness of the pillow, combined with the smooth silk pillowcase allowed me to get a good night’s sleep for the first time in years, without having to carefully balance my head on a croissant, stick bits of cardboard to my face before bed, or wake up looking like someone drew a line on my forehead during the night. This only worked for a while, though, before I was finding sleep lines on my forehead again, so, in desperation, I tried…
The SYLA sleep mask
I wrote a detailed review of this product here, but it’s a bit like an eye mask, which you wear around your forehead, rather than over your eyes. The idea is that the mask holds the skin in place and prevents it creasing – and guess what? It really does! This is by far my favourite solution to the sleep lines problem so far: sure, I look a bit silly getting into bed with a mask around my head, but it really does prevent the dreaded lines from appearing, and it doesn’t matter what type of pillow or pillowcase I’m using either. The only problem I have with this is that it’s not exactly cheap at $50, and after a couple of years, the elastic on mine started to stretch out a bit, making it less effective. I do intend to buy another one of these – eventually – but, for now, I’m making do with…
A neck pillow
You know those odd-looking travel pillows that are designed to fit around your neck and allow you to fall asleep on the plane, or on other modes of transport? Well, it turns out they’re also pretty good at helping you avoid sleep lines, too, because they stop the skin on your face from coming into contact with the pillow – no contact means no sleep lines, and these tend to be cheaper than most of the other solutions listed here, too, which is another bonus. I use one on top of my regular pillow every night now: I don’t think my husband will ever stop making fun of me for it, but it stops me waking up with a huge line on my forehead, so I’ve chosen to live with the teasing, rather than the sleep lines.
Anyone else suffer from sleep lines? Got any magic solutions for me?