What are Sleep Wrinkles?

Fine lines and wrinkles may age you, but not all wrinkles form the same way. In your quest to find the ultimate anti-aging solution, it’s important to understand two key factors: what are sleep wrinkles and how can you prevent them?

There are Two Types of Wrinkles...

Non-Botox-able

Wrinkles caused by pressing our sweet faces against our pillow every night are generally “vertical” or “diagonal” in nature and cannot be reproduced with expression. Our suggestion: Sleep with the enVy™ Pillow

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Botox-able

Wrinkles caused by our natural expression and muscle movement are more “horizontal” in nature and can be treated with muscle relaxing treatments such as Botox™

``If I were to use a standard pillow I would get these sleep wrinkles... and I see these in my patients ALL THE TIME!``

~ Melissa Berg RN, @TheBeautyNurse

How to Spot the difference!
Expression (or Dynamic) Wrinkles vs Sleep Wrinkles

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1. Expression Wrinkles … this is a job for BOTOX

Expression or dynamic wrinkles occur as a result of muscle contraction with facial expressions such as frown lines between your eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet, which are caused by squinting. Photos below…

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2. Sleep Wrinkles … this is a job for enVy, the Anti-Aging Pillow

Sleep lines or sleep wrinkles have nothing to do with muscle contraction or expression and are caused by the repeated pressing of our face into a solid surface (often our pillow) while we sleep. These lines are usually more vertical than expression lines and can be found on forehead, cheeks, chins, etc.

What Causes Sleep Lines?
Dermatologist, Dr. Samuel Stegman, was one of the first to observe that most people tend to exhibit these creases and imbalances on the side they prefer to sleep on and made a habit of telling them which side they slept on. Sleeping on their sides (and therefore their faces) was causing “sleep wrinkles”. As our skin ages these sleep lines become permanently etched into our faces.

THE SOLUTION: Dr. Stegman said the only way to get rid of permanent sleep lines was to SLEEP ON YOUR BACK and minimize facial contact with your pillow. We have a better idea!

“If sleeping with your face in a pillow is a nightly routine, then you can develop permanent sleep lines. And you don’t have to plunge headfirst to get these lines; even years spent sleeping on your side can cause wrinkles.“

– American Academy of Dermatology
Photos above show the tell tale vertical sleep lines through the eye brow and criss-crossing the crows feet.
sleep wrinkles around the eyes
Photos below show the deep vertical creases around chin area and lip lines caused by pressing face into a pillow at night.
sleep wrinkles around the mouth

Not sure those wrinkles on your face are from sleeping? Try this:

The “Hand Test” is easy to do and imitates the pressure your pillow places on your face every night.

How to identify sleep wrinkles

The Sleep Wrinkle Solution

Dr. James Fulton published a follow-up article in 1999. He confirmed Dr. Stegman’s findings and warned patients against filling these lines with facial fillers (juvederm, restylane etc) which do not offer long term relief or Botox which only works on dynamic or expression lines. Facial creases will reappear within hours of treatment because the underlying behavior that created the lines continues to be unchanged…. sleeping on our faces!

Now that you know what sleep wrinkles are, you can adjust the way you sleep to prevent them. The enVy, beauty sleep boosting sleep wrinkle pillow was developed to ALLOW for ergonomically supportive side sleeping but MINIMIZE face-to-pillow contact… brilliant.

Sleep wrinkles caused by your pillow