When most people think of anti-aging, daily SPF usage, plenty of hydration, and procedures like Botox come to mind. What many don’t realize is that our habits affect our skin 24/7/365. Keeping your skin healthy, elastic, and youthful can seem like a challenge, but the right knowledge and practices make all the difference.
One unexpected source of lines on your forehead, cheeks or even your décolletage is your pillow. When you put your skin in contact with a cotton pillowcase for hours while you sleep, constant pressure against the collagen speeds up its breakdown, creating deep lines in the long run. How you spend your time sleeping can make a big difference over time. While we offer several highly effective and transformative injectable treatments like Botox and JUVÉDERM, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing to treat existing lines, there are some things you can do to prevent these wrinkles, too.
If you want to get ahead of the aging process, check out these tips to keep your skin happy.
Getting Your Beauty Rest
How you sleep and prep your skin for bedtime really can make a big difference in your skin’s appearance over time. Here are some of the crucial things to keep in mind before you tuck yourself in.
Stay on Your Back
As we mentioned above, sleeping on your stomach or side means your face (and precious collagen) is under pressure for hours at a time – eventually causing sleep lines. By sleeping on your back, you alleviate this pressure and help your skin stay young. Of course, it’s easy enough to tell someone to change their sleeping position, but it can be hard for people who’ve gotten used to sleeping a certain way for their entire lives. Practice makes perfect.
If you find yourself waking up on your side, don’t get disheartened. There are some things you can do to help yourself make the shift. You can purchase several specialty pillows to help out. For those who don’t even want to try changing how they sleep, the NIGHT pillow provides oxygen throughout the night alongside several other benefits. Contoured pillows can help you maintain a posture throughout the night. And, a travel neck pillow works well to help keep you from turning over in your sleep.
Perhaps the most powerful (and strongly endorsed by peer-reviewed science) product in your anti-aging arsenal is Retinol. Derived from vitamin A, Retinol stimulates collagen production, preventing fine lines and promoting a natural glow. Some of the more powerful concentrations require a prescription, but there are plenty of highly reviewed over-the-counter options you can find on Amazon or at your local beauty store. If you’re looking for top-of-the-line options, be sure to check out our Skin Medica offers.
Use Night Cream
Adding a night cream or even a neck cream to your beauty regimen can boost your skin’s moisture content. Most of these ultra-rich creams are probably too much to wear during the day in that you may look greasy, or even wet. Look for a cream with hyaluronic acid to help plump and firm your skin.
For a DIY night cream people have been using for thousands of years, head to your pantry, and pull out some coconut oil. Just a pea-sized amount of virgin organic coconut oil – packed with natural electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients – can replace some of the most expensive night creams on the market.
Get Your Full Eight Hours
This one can seem obvious, but sleeping for a full eight hours is vital to healthy skin. Without this restorative time, our body can’t naturally rejuvenate itself.
Though all these tips can help, nothing will stop the clock from ticking and your skin from aging naturally. While your home beauty routine is a critical first line of defense, there’s only so much you can do alone. If you’re worried or unhappy about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Armijo can help. Our medical spa offers a range of non-invasive treatments that provide immediate, significant results – turning back the clock. Botox, JUVÉDERM, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing all offer distinct benefits.
The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to schedule a no-obligation consultation at our Dallas, TX, office with Dr. Armijo. We’ll work with you to build a personalized treatment plan so you can achieve your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Armijo is a board-certified plastic surgeon and prides himself on offering his patients the highest standard of care. From the first call to your last follow-up visit, we’ll be here to help. To schedule a consultation today, give us a call at 214-540-1434 or contact us online.