How to Prevent Sleep Lines
Q: I’m only 40 years old but I just noticed when I wake up in the morning I have these huge creases/lines in the sides of my cheeks. Sometimes it takes over an hour for them to go away. Why am I aging while I sleep? Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
Di Sez: I think we’ll all remember the first time we woke up looking a lot worse than when we went to sleep. The first time I saw sleep lines on my face – I thought, “Really?” I thought this was supposed to be called “Beauty Sleep.” Unfortunately, as we age our skin produces less oil which leads to moisture loss and the elasticity in our skin declines. Therefore, when you sleep with your face pressed to the pillow, you may wake up with sleep lines on your face (creases) and your face will look puffier. Allergies to dust mites and a dry room are other causes for a puffy face and puffy eyelids. First, you have to start sleeping on your back. If we can make our babies sleep on their backs…. we can also learn to sleep this way. It took me almost a year to get comfortable sleeping on my back. I slept on my side my entire life and thanks to “sleep lines” I had to train myself to sleep on my back. It can be a big commitment, but it will save you many “cheek lines” as you age. Since I started sleeping face up, I have yet to wake up with one sleep line. You may also want to cover your pillow with a 1-micron case that feels like a pillow case, but can decrease allergies to dust mites. And, as I’ve previously written, sleeping with a humidifier can increase the moisture in your bedroom. This will help your fabulous skin creams work that much better while you sleep. When you wake up, you should look even better than when you went to sleep! I wish someone would have told me this when I was 35. I’ll be 45 years old in 2 weeks…and no cheek lines! Yeah! But, whatever your age, start now; you will be on your way to having a real “Beauty Sleep!”