For years we’ve been told about the power of getting our ‘beauty sleep’, but did you know that there’s a good chance you’re actually adding more wrinkles to your face while you snooze?!
The culprit is your pillow, and sadly, it could be ageing your skin.
“Sleep lines are caused when people sleep on their tummy or on their side with their face squished into the pillow,” says Cosmetic Physician Dr Phoebe Jones. “Over years, this repetitive pressure and friction wrinkling up the skin results in ironing the wrinkles into the skin,” she explains.
“In young people who have good skin elasticity and volume in their faces, the effects aren’t as obvious and may resolve within an hour or two of waking. As we get older however, we experience volume loss and decreased skin elasticity so these wrinkles can become permanent,” she adds.
But, we’ve got to sleep, right? So what’s a girl to do? It’s simple: Upgrade your pillow. There’s such a thing as anti-wrinkle pillows and we’ve found the best anti-ageing pillow options in Australia for you to try.
#1 / The silk pillowcase
While Dr Jones’ top recommendation for preventing sleep-associated wrinkles is to learn to sleep on your back, her next best tip is to make the switch to a silk pillowcase. “You can still prevent those pillowcase-induced wrinkle lines by upgrading from a cotton pillowcase to silk. The slippery surface of silk pillowcases causes less friction between your face and the pillowcase, helping to stop the bunching of the fabric that causes the deep creases.”
Over the last couple of years, silk pillowcases have proven to be a popular beauty secret of celebs like Kim Kardashian, Sophie Turner and Gisele Bundchen. Heck, this is why Zoe Foster Blake added one to her elusive Go-To Skincare range.
Good to know: Silk pillowcases also reduce frizz and don’t absorb moisture from your skin like cotton pillowcases, so your skin will look more glowing and hydrated, and your hair will be smoother every morning.
Three to try: SLIP Queen Pillowcase ($95 at The Iconic); LILY SILK 19 Momme Envelope Silk Pillowcase With Gold Piping ($73 at LILY SILK); THE GOODNIGHT CO. King Size Silk Pillowcase ($110 at The Iconic)
#2 / The contoured anti-wrinkle pillow
Agreed, it looks like one of those crazy products you find on Amazon that is super intriguing but most-likely all gimmick, but there’s a method to this type of mad-looking beauty-sleep pillow. Basically, the unique shape of these contour pillows support your face and neck so there’s never any pressure on your skin while you sleep.
The YourFacePillow forces you to become a back-sleeper, but in a comfortable and well-supported way. It offers ergonomic neck support and has built-in cooling flow channels.
The JuveRest Sleep Anti Wrinkle Pillow is another option: it was designed by a board-certified plastic surgeon and it’s the best anti-wrinkle pillow for side sleepers because it minimises shear and compression forces on the face that come from sleeping on your side. Its design also accommodates back sleepers so if you chop and change sleeping positions throughout the night, this is the one for you.
Good to know: Because these types of pillows prevent your face from actually touching the surface of the pillow, you should experience less breakouts (normal pillows can transfer dirt and oils onto you skin every night). Two birds, one odd-but-genius pillow.
#3 / The celeb-approved anti-ageing pillow
Certainly more sleek than the two aforementioned contour pillows, the Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Defy Memory Foam Pillow ($116.91 at REVOLVE) was created by Hollywood’s go-to skin expert, Jamie Sherrill - aka Nurse Jamie. It’s the perfect combination of your two options - it’s a contour pillow with a silky, satin finish.
This pillow is also a lot smaller than the YouFacePillow and JuveRest so it’s perfect for travelling with. Ruby Rose has been snapped using it in an airport while travelling and Jessica Alba professed her love for this pillow on her Instagram a few years back, too.
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.