Could the way we sleep be giving us wrinkles? A local plastic surgeon says it’s true.
This is the perfect time to talk about it, with National Sleep Awareness Week March 11-17, as well as World Sleep Day on March 16!
Plastic surgeon Dr. Pablo Prichard is sharing several simple ways your bedtime routine can promote anti-aging.
Here are some of his tips:
- Sleep Position: Do you wake up looking puffy? That’s because lying down for a long period of time with your cheeks squished in a pillow causes fluid to pool in the face. Sleeping with your head elevated on your back can prevent these problems.
- Silk Sheets: The benefits of sleeping on silk sheets and pillows are numerous. The smooth texture prevents your facial skin from creasing and eliminates sleep wrinkles. It can also help keep hair from frizzing and reduces loss of natural oils and moisture in the body.
- Humidifier: Dry skin exacerbates the look of wrinkles. Apply face lotion each night and use humidifiers to raise moisture levels in your bedroom.
- Mattress: It’s no secret that getting a full night’s sleep helps you look younger. Consider investing in a high-quality mattress that offers you high-quality sleep. These days there are a variety of fancy mattresses for sale that adjust positions, track your quality of sleep, connect to your smartphone and more.
- Bedtime Routine: Washing your face with icy cold water does not do you any favors, and using scalding hot water can damage and dehydrate skin. Lukewarm water is best for most skin types. Of course, always remove all your makeup before bed to give your skin time to breath and recover from the toxins you’re exposed to during the day.
Pablo Prichard, M.D. is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Honor John C. Lincoln Hospital and Medical Director for plastic surgery and is the senior partner at Advanced Aesthetics Associates. Dr. Prichard serves more than 2,000 patients every year and has specialized in both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. For more information, visit drprichard.com.
Written by: Lauren Vargas
A former newscaster and reporter, Lauren Vargas is a passionate storyteller who loves to promote the amazing things happening in the community. Before joining the PR world, Lauren served as a reporter at ABC15 in Phoenix, and before that as an anchor and reporter in Alabama and Missouri. Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with dual degrees in Journalism and Spanish. When not hard at work, Lauren enjoys swimming on the Phoenix Masters Swim Club, exploring new places, and spoiling her pets.