Dear Asking for a Friend,
I am a committed stomach sleeper — have been one since I was a baby. But as I near 50 and look to get control of the aging process, I am worried that doing face plants every night is not doing my face or neck any favours. In fact, I read that Jennifer Lopez only sleeps on her back to avoid fine lines. Could my most comfy sleep position be aging my skin?
Signed, Fine Lines
Dear Fine Lines,
It’s true — sleep positions either help or hinder your skin anti-aging efforts.
Scientists found that when the face is pressed against a surface or a pillow, it can reinforce expression lines and cause wrinkles over time. Specialty pillows, dermal fillers and non-invasive treatments that stimulate collagen production may help temporarily reduce the appearance of sleep wrinkles, according to the study.
“Sleeping on your face, and even on your side can accentuate facial lines, as well as those on the chest or décolletage,” says Dr. Sonya Abdulla, dermatologist at Dermatology on Bloor in Toronto.