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How your sleeping position is ageing your skin

Skin Care By Gloria Nyang'iye
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Believe it or not, your sleeping position could be adding more years to your age! You are probably putting your skin under unnecessary stress while you’re asleep. Let’s be honest, it is, to some extent, out of our control.

In “dreamland”, maintaining one sleeping position isn’t the easiest thing. That’s why you need to create a better relationship between your face and your pillow. Making this simple change will slow down the ageing process of your skin and save you money you would have spent on anti-ageing products.

Sleeping with your face pressed down onto your pillow creases your skin and forms wrinkles. Sleeping on your side in particular creases your cheek and chin area. Over time, these wrinkles deepen and become harder to treat or conceal.

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If your side is currently your favourite sleeping position, take a look at your face in front of the mirror and you can probably tell which side of your face is pressed down the most while you sleep.

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Sleeping on your stomach also creases the chin and cheek areas of your face. You should, by all means, avoid sleeping with the front of your face pressed onto your pillow. Not only can you suffocate, but forehead lines will form, or deepen if you already have them. The best position to sleep in is on your back. This way you completely avoid face-to-pillow contact. Make this sleeping position more comfortable more comfortable by tilting your lower body to the side and laying your upper body flat on your back.

How about from tonight, try and alternate sides as you sleep? Also, reduce your face-to-pillow contact. Well, this might be hard but practice makes perfect.Give it a shot!

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