#1: The American Academy of Dermatology says that sleeping on your stomach or side for prolonged periods of time will cause sleep lines (those reddish marks you sometimes find after lying in an awkward position for too long). Over time, these lines can turn into wrinkles — as if we don’t have enough to worry about!
It’s possible to avoid these lines by sleeping on your back, but if you’re a devoted stomach or side sleeper, making the change might seem impossible. Instead, combat this night-time nuisance with your choice of pillowcase. The Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase, $50, whose 270-thread-count satin fabric contains copper to promote the growth of collagen and elastin, aims to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and uneven skin tone. According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the pillowcase reduces wrinkles by an average of 10 percent within four weeks.
#2: If you’re hoping for a more traditional wrinkle reduction strategy, look to the products you apply before hitting the sack. Remove all of your makeup with gentle cleansers or face wipes and apply corrective creams for your eyes and face, as skin is best able to repair while you’re asleep. Choose an eye cream with retinol and a face moisturizer with peptides and retinoids to stimulate collagen production and decrease wrinkles.
#3: Avon has identified a molecule that not only stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, but also boosts the levels of PLOD-2, an enzyme that helps to reinforce and tighten the new collagen fibres as they’re produced. They’ve included this ingredient in their Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment, $40, and by layering the formula over your existing anti-agers (your eye cream and night cream), you may be able to improve collagen production in your skin better than using the treatment or night cream alone.