A lot of the time we understand wrinkles primarily as a monolithic condition. In truth, wrinkles come in a myriad of forms beyond simply “fine lines” and “wrinkles”. Each kind of wrinkle typically come from a separate source. Yes, all of them do necessarily result in lasting damage from the skin folding, but it’s how the skin was folded that makes the difference. Compression wrinkles, for instance, are one of the banes of anyone who prefers to sleep on their stomach or side. They come, as you’d expect, from placing the skin under pressure leading to compression of the skin. Even small movements can result in folded skin when your skin is subjected to such compression. That’s why compression wrinkles are so common. You can actually minimize their occurrence and fight back if you take the appropriate steps though. The steps aren’t even that hard as many of them are shared with other common measures for fighting wrinkles.
Sleeping Position Is Key
As you might have noticed, there was an important omission when it came to listing the sleep positions that can cause compression wrinkles: sleeping on your back. This is because it is pretty much the only position where you won’t be putting stress on your skin while you sleep. Think about it. Sleeping on your side or your stomach means the entire weight of your head, on average 10 or 11 lbs, is placed directly on the part of your face pressing into the pillow. You can start with it smooth all you want, but most of us move in our sleep. The end result is compressing the skin and folding it deeply over the course of the night. You can help to avoid the issue by sleeping on your back. A contoured pillow is a fairly good option for helping to break old sleep habits in this matter. It will cradle and support your head properly to help prevent too much movement in your sleep. Keeping the pressure off your skin will go a long way towards avoiding compression wrinkles or letting your skin heal from them.
Cotton pillowcases are often credited as being part of the problem when it comes to compression wrinkles. The claims go that the cotton is rough enough it catch the skin and bunches up more as we sleep. Bunched fabric beneath that 10 or 11 lbs worth of human head means that you’re more likely to get further compression wrinkles as they’ll encourage skin folds. There is somewhat unclear research suggesting that swapping out your pillowcases for a smoother material that resist wrinkles, such as silk, can in turn reduce the chance of compression wrinkles in your skin. The research here is a bit of a gray area though. You can find studies both for and against this step. Silk pillowcases certainly feel good on your skin at the very least. While this can’t be recommended as a surefire option to help reduce and eliminate compression wrinkles, it is certainly something you can try. You’ll at least enjoy a smoother feeling on your skin when enjoying your pillow regardless of other outcomes.
Nourish Your Skin
Remember that all wrinkles are places where the collagen, an important structural protein, has been worn down. The continual folding of skin in these areas leads to the protein breaking down from wear and tear. Your skin can replace some of it each night when you sleep, but eventually, the wear and tear is greater than what your skin repair on its own. A good skin care routine works against these limits though. Look for products that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E in particular if you want your routine to do as much wrinkle fighting as it can. Each of these vitamins actually helps to promote the production of collagen and elastin, the protein responsible for your skin snapping back into place, within the skin. A larger amount of materials available to repair the skin with means that more will get done each night to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Anti-aging products are typically quite full of the aforementioned vitamins and similarly useful compounds.
Getting rid of compression wrinkles is partly about managing the common cause and partly about ensuring that you’re doing what you need to to help your skin repair wrinkled skin. It isn’t actually hard at all. The hardest problem for most of us will be changing our sleeping position if we’ve been used to a particular one for our entire life. Sleeping on your back will go a long way towards helping reduce the overall appearance of any compression wrinkles you have though and reduce the rate at which they appear. So try to remember to take care of your skin properly even when you sleep by sleeping in a good position for your skin and maybe consider swapping out your pillowcases if you just can’t give up sleeping on your side or stomach.