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Best Positions to sleep to avoid lines and wrinkles

Sleeping on your side may affect other age-related skin changes, such as increased volume loss on the side you sleep on, in addition to wrinkles. “Almost every derm can tell which side a patient sleeps on when they come in for fillers,” says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

What’s the ideal sleeping posture for preventing wrinkles and lines?


The bad news for side and stomach sleepers came from all three dermatologists we talked with.

“Sleeping on your back with your head facing out and center will undoubtedly lower the likelihood of developing sleep-related skin disorders to the maximum extent,” Dr. Maiman explains.

Dr. Bhanusali agrees, albeit hesitantly. “Back is still the ideal method, though it’s certainly tough to accomplish, and most people don’t do it — including myself,” he adds.

Dr. Robinson also suggests laying on your back, however achieving the ideal balance between too flat and too pushed up might be difficult. “Too high an elevation might cause your chin to drop and your neck to curl up, while too low an elevation can induce puffy eyes from fluid and lymph collection in the upper body,” she explains.

Is it true that particular pillows and pillowcases can help?

Pillows are the worst adversary imaginable. We rely on them for comfort, yet they may betray us in more ways than one – and not only when it comes to our skin.

“Pillow science has to improve,” Dr. Maiman adds. “As we get older, our neck and body joints require greater support, but too many pillows might aggravate these issues.” She claims that humans evolved without pillows, so no pillows would be ideal — but given the puffiness that may be created by lying too flat and our desire for comfort and support, it’s not a very enticing alternative.

If you have trouble sleeping on your back but want to give it a shot, check into specialist pillows such as one of the various cradling designs that keep you face up while supporting your neck. The memory foam YourFacePillow, which comes with a uniquely molded satin pillowcase, is one of our favorites.

If you’re devoted to side sleeping, there’s no harm in investing in a satin pillowcase for your present pillow. “I’m not certain that [satin] pillowcases do work for wrinkle reduction,” Dr. Bhanusali adds, “but I do believe that having a soft pillowcase and sheets may be advantageous, including less abrasion as you sleep and, in some situations, less potential for germs and dust to build.”

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