How Your Sleeping Position is Ruining Your Skin

During the night your skin restores itself, rebuilds elasticity and fights off free radicals that may have accumulated on the skin surface during the day.

Sleep — there are few things that are better for your body than getting a good night of shut-eye.

During the night your skin restores itself, rebuilds elasticity and fights off free radicals that may have accumulated on the skin surface during the day.

Still, there are mornings when you look in the mirror after a night of tossing and turning only to see a puffy and droopy-eyed gal with frizzy-hair staring back in your reflection.

Of course, this swelling is temporary and vanishes within an hour or so. But lines from sheets or pillows etched across the face aren’t flattering, and the older we get, the longer they take to disappear.

We like to think that a nutritious diet, lots of water, and a nice layer of SPF are all we need to keep our skin looking healthy and fresh. But did you know that some of your daily habits and routines could actually ruin your skin?

What you might not know is how many other beauty consequences your snooze habits might be costing you. Let us shed some light on the most common night-to-morning beauty mistakes you might be making in your sleep.

Sleeping on your stomach

Do you love to bury your entire head into your pillow while sleeping on your stomach? Of all the various angles and positions we wrangle our body into for maximum comfort, drifting off on your stomach or side can have the worst consequences on your physical appearance.

Unfortunately, this is the least beneficial way to get shuteye for your face for a variety of reasons.

One is that fluid can accumulate under your eyes which can make them look puffy.

Another reason is that your skin is under constant pressure from the pillow which tugs at your skin and removes moisture.

Lastly, if you have oily skin, your face will transfer some of the oils to your pillow which can exacerbate clog pores and ultimately can cause blemishes.

Sleeping on your stomach not only causes back pain but leads to wrinkles as well, doctors note. This is because you’re placing your face directly on the pillow, which causes friction on the skin.

In fact, stomach sleepers often see more pronounced forehead lines—marks that even heavy retinol can’t cure. Sleeping facedown on the pillow can also leaving you with breakouts the following day.
Avoid sleeping like this if you can, but if you just can’t help it, start your day with an eye treatment to help hide those dark circles.

Sleeping on your side

Sleeping on your side can be super comforting and it’s natural to turn on your side from time to time. Unfortunately, consistently pushing your face into the pillow can cause lines to form due to the pressure of the pillow on your face.

Side sleepers often see deeper wrinkles or creases on the side of their face that they naturally turn to each night, as well as vertical creases down their cheeks and chin, experts note.

Additionally, if you are sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, you may be making your skin dry on that side, as cotton can draw out moisture from your skin.

Try to avoid sleeping on your side, but if you must, practice alternating sides.

Also, purchase a silk or satin pillowcase which will draw out less moisture and provide a much more forgiving surface for the skin.

Sleeping on your back

Experts agree that your best bet is to conk out face-up—a.k.a on your back.

Sleeping on your back is the ideal sleep position — you aren’t applying pressure throughout the night which will result in fewer visible fine lines. Unlike sleeping on your side or stomach, fluid won’t accumulate around your eyes.

This position keeps everything off your face, including dirt and oil from the pillow and grease from your hair, and prevents any friction to the skin that can stretch collagen fibers and lead to wrinkles.

Lastly, your face won’t touch the pillowcase, thus avoiding the back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime.

To up the ante of this sleep power position, apply a sleeping cream or overnight mask every now and then to really wake up looking flawless. Time to rethink how you sleep in order to maintain the best skin on your face!

If you’re lucky enough to sleep naturally on your back, be sure to keep your head elevated. Sleeping in a flat position allows fluid to gather around the eyes, giving them a puffy appearance the next day. More incentive to steal all the pillows!

If you’re one of those people who finds it difficult to stay sleeping on your back, try placing a U-shaped pillow around your neck and prop yourself with other pillows on your sides and under your knees so you don't turn over in your sleep.

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