So you had a great night’s sleep. You wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and you feel as if nothing can go wrong. That is, until you see your reflection in the mirror. You have pillow creases, red lines that run all over your cheeks, forehead and even your neck.
Having pillow creases on your face is a sign of how much you enjoyed your evening slumber, but for someone who’s about to go out and face the world, they come as a big problem. Unless you’re ready to face plenty of jokes and quips about your looks, you have to eliminate these telltale marks.
How Pillow Creases Form
The cells of the skin have fluid in them that works as a cushion to keep the skin plump and soft. When your face is pressed against a pillow for a number of hours, that fluid seeps out of the skin cells and becomes absorbed by the body. Creases then appear.
Pillow creases don’t just show on the face, they can also develop on arms, legs and even your back.They don’t cause any health risk, but according to research, when you always have them, they can permanently break down the skin’s elastin and collagen, allowing wrinkles to appear faster. This reason makes it more important to remove or even avoid getting creases. Here are some ways how to deal with this beauty dilemma.
The good thing about pillow creases is they’re not permanent, even though they do cause permanent wrinkles. You then shouldn’t panic if you find your face full of these creases. Relax; they’ll be gone in a while. Pillow creases disappear in an hour or two. If you don’t have to rush out and you’ve got plenty of time on your hands, wait for the creases to disappear on their own. In an hour or so, check the mirror, and you’ll see the marks are no more.
Of course, not everyone has time on their hands. If you really must go out immediately, then you’re better of trying another solution.
Watch How You Sleep
Your sleeping position greatly affects the number of pillow creases that appear on your skin. It makes sense that if you sleep with your face smushed against the creased pillow, you will develop imprints on your face. That’s why if you sleep on your stomach or on your sides, you are more prone to getting crease lines. The longer you stay in that position, the deeper the marks become.
The simplest solution then, is to avoid falling asleep with your face in contact with the pillow. Sleep on your back, with your head in an upward position. This might take some time getting used to, but it’ll certainly stop you from getting the unwanted creases. The only disadvantage of this tactics is that sleeping on your back might cause you to snore.
Opt For Satin Pillowcases
According to some people, sleeping on satin pillowcases improves your hair’s appearance. Since you don’t create as much friction as when you sleep on those made from other fabrics, you avoid getting damaged or frizzy hair. While some people argue that this isn’t true, one thing is for sure: satin pillowcases can help you stay away from pillow creases on your face.
Satin pillowcases are smooth-fitting and they don’t bunch up under you the way cotton covers do. This means no imprints will be left on your skin. Replace all your pillowcases with satin ones that complement your beddings, comforter and decor. You can buy some from department stores and home and beauty shops. Not only are satin pillowcases comfy, relaxing and pleasant-looking, but you’ll also wake up with great-looking skin in the morning.
The only downside of this is that real satin pillowcases are more costly than regular covers, and caring for them also requires special measures. If you don’t want to spend too much, you can get satin polyester pillowcases. They’re less costly, and even if they’re not real satin, they look and feel like the real thing.
The Power Of Water And A Good Moisturizer
Many people underestimate the importance of good grooming. Too busy with appointments, they don’t take time to make themselves look good in the morning, hurrying out the door as soon as they have their morning coffee. That’s why they receive plenty of jeers as they arrive at work, with all the red marks imprinted on their skin. To avoid this predicament, one simple grooming regimen you can try is to wash and moisturize. Here’s how:
- Splash water on the places where there are crease lines. The water should be the right temperature, not too hot or too cold. Doing this lets the epidermis, the skin’s top layer, become rehydrated, and helps enhance blood flow to affected areas. If you have drool marks on your face, which is very likely especially if your slumber has been very relaxing, this also helps you get rid of them.
- Get some thick moisturizer and massage it into your skin, with long and even strokes or with circular motions. You must plump up the skin, get the blood flowing, and fill in the creases. Soon, you’ll find all the lines gone. Plus, your face will feel good.
Do this every time you see creases on your face. You can also do this just for the beauty it gives you. Another tip: when choosing a moisturizer, find one that not only removes the marks, but also works well for your skin type. Make it a habit to also apply moisturizer at night, before you lay down. You’ll find yourself with line-free and glowing skin.
No matter how pillow creases show the fabulous nighttime rest you had, it’s still not a good idea to go out of the house with these all over your skin. Besides, nobody wants to be seen with a road map on their face. Whenever you find yourself with this dilemma, try the tactics above. Those pillow creases will cease to exist.