After a long, busy day on the go is there anything better than falling into your soft, comfortable bed? Many of us look forward to a good night’s sleep but the way we spend those nighttime hours can have a real impact on the appearance of our skin.
Three very common bedroom activities can contribute directly to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. How many of these habits do you have?
Nighttime No-No #1: You Love Your Pillow Too Much
Everyone has to sleep, but snoozing with your face pressed directly into your pillow squishes your face into strange contours, which can accelerate the formation of folds and creases in the facial skin. Areas that are particularly vulnerable are around your nose and mouth. If you want to avoid “parenthesis lines” or “marionette lines” forming, make sure you sleep with your head strategically positioned with the lower half of your face away from the pillow.
Nighttime No-No #2: The Sugary Midnight Snack
So here you are, woken up in the middle of the night by your growling stomach. What do you eat? If you want to avoid looking older, you’ll skip the sugary snacks. Researchers have found that eating foods with high glycemic index can actually make you look older. Sugar molecules can attach to the proteins in your skin, weighing them down and causing your skin to sag, forming fine lines and wrinkles. Reach for healthy, low-sugar snacks instead. As an added bonus, saying no to midnight candy is good for your dental health too!
Nighttime No-No #3: Too Much Facebook
We love our smartphones. On those nights when sleep is elusive, spending an hour or two – or three – scrolling through images on Pinterest and Instagram is harmless fun, right? Well, there is one drawback: holding your head at the right angle to read your device for a prolonged period of time causes a repeated squishing of the neck, creating premature folds and wrinkles. Known as “tech neck” even people in their 20s are showing signs of premature wrinkles due to the way they hold their necks to look at phones. Sleep experts recommend at least an hour of screen-free time prior to bedtime for the best possible sleep. In addition, try taking periodic breaks from your phone, make sure to moisturize your neck daily and use sunscreen to protect this tender (and sometimes neglected) skin!
If you haven’t been avoiding these nighttime no-nos and it’s resulted in wrinkles, don’t worry! Westchester’s top wrinkle treatments, including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin as well as today’s most effective fillers like Voluma, Juvederm and Restylane are available at SkinCenter. Contact our highly skilled team to find out the best treatment plan for your problem areas.