By Dr Phoebe Jones, Cosmetic Physician

Australian’s have woken up to the importance of beauty sleep, with beauty aficionados ensuring they get 8 hours of shut-eye to allow cells to recuperate and regenerate for a youthful, healthy, radiant complexion. However, what many people don’t realise is that their quality of beauty sleep can be compromised by the way they are sleeping, and it may in fact exacerbate wrinkle formation, Cosmetic Physician Dr Phoebe Jones reveals.

“Sleep lines are caused when people sleep on their tummy or on their side with their face squished into the pillow. Over the years, this repetitive pressure and friction wrinkling up the skin results in ironing the wrinkles into the skin,” explains Dr Jones.

“In young people who have good skin elasticity and volume in their faces, the effects aren’t as obvious and may resolve within an hour or two of waking. As we get older, however, we experience volume loss and decreased skin elasticity so these wrinkles can become permanent, ”she added.

Dr Jones shares her tips on how to ensure you get your beauty sleep, wrinkle-free!

#1 Learn to sleep on your back. “For those side sleepers, learning to sleep on your back can be quite difficult but some people are able to learn to retrain themselves. There are a few back-sleeping pillows that you can buy that cradle the head and prevent you from turning to your side. For some people, placing a pillow under the knees as well can make back sleeping more comfortable as it puts the hip flexors in a more relaxed position and also prevents you from rolling to the side while asleep,” said  Dr Jones.

#2 Upgrade your pillowcase. Dr Jones says “If sleeping on your back is just not a possibility, you can still prevent those pillowcase-induced wrinkle lines by upgrading from a cotton pillowcase to silk. The slippery surface of silk pillowcases causes less friction between your face and the pillowcase, helping to stop the bunching of the fabric that causes the deep creases.”

#3 Lather on a night cream. Dr Jones stresses the importance of taking care of your skin with good quality skincare products. “I recommend a product that contains hyaluronic acid to help plump and firm the skin and/or retinol as the Vitamin A derivate stimulates collagen to prevent fine lines. Using appropriate cosmeceuticals to provide the skin with its moisture during sleep is essential to keep wrinkles at bay.”

#4 Use silicon sheets. “Silicon sheeting is genius for sleep lines. Despite them not been the most attractive thing to wear to bed they certainly work their magic! Personally, I quite like the ones for the décolletage, forehead and eye areas.  If you don’t want to use them all the time, you can just use them in the week leading up to an event and they will give a softening effect to fine lines,” said Dr Jones.

#5 Consider laser therapy & hyaluronic acid injectables. “If you are looking to improve the state of lines that have formed from years spent sleeping on your side then laser therapy or injectables are effective methods. Both Fraxel and other CO2 lasers can be good to help rid yourself of lines and improve the general skin quality by boosting collagen production while hyaluronic acid injectables also revolumise specific areas,” said Dr Jones.

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in the human body. The substance works as a magnet for moisture, helping your cells retains as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated, plump and healthy.

About Dr Phoebe Jones

Dr Phoebe Jones is a professional, highly trained and trusted cosmetic doctor that specialises in delivering more beautiful and youthful skin through the use of injectables and laser therapy.  Dr Jones has worked as both a clinician and a researcher, and currently practises at Concept Cosmetic Medicine.

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