Some of you may have read a recent article I wrote on sleep creases and the different types of pillow cases that might help to diminish them.
As I pointed out, traditional cotton pillowcases (e.g. percale) have been the worst offenders since they tend to be heavier fabrics causing friction and moisture loss.
In my research, I found that many bloggers and some dermatologists had recommended silk or satin as a solution to the problem. The theory is that satin or silk allows the skin to glide along the pillowcase so that the faces rest comfortably without placing too much pressure on the skin.
So, I began to experiment and purchased a satin pillowcase. Much to my surprise, I continued to get sleep creases almost daily. And on top of that, they took almost a full day to disappear, just as they had with my cotton pillowcase. As mentioned in my previous article, it can take longer for collagen and elastin to plump up lines and wrinkles as we age. As a result, when we do get sleep creases, they can take that much longer to disappear.
My next purchase was a beautiful silk pillowcase that was actually marketed in part to reduce sleep creases. Much to my dismay, the silk pillowcase did not diminish my sleep creases either. Considering that so many appeared to have great results with both satin and silk, I could only determine that I was one of the unlucky few who did not have success with these fabrics.
After doing more research, I came upon something completely different. In fact, this particular pillowcase was neither silk nor satin. It was developed by Dr. Peter T. Pugliese, an internationally recognized skin physiologist. The proprietary fabrication is known as “Juve Tex,” whereby, “each yarn is a specific weight and type to provide the exact amount of waterproof surface to reduce water loss and repair dry, damaged facial skin.” In fact, the thread count is approximately 22,000 (microfilament fabric) as compared to 500 in other luxury brands. In addition to diminishing sleep creases, clinical studies conducted by the company indicated that the “Dream Skin,” pillowcase reduced fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles by as much as 50%.
What really surprised me is the company’s assertion that even silk and satin can dehydrate the skin and cause sleep creases. Why hadn’t I read that in my research before? I have to say I was still skeptical and did not order it immediately. I tried to find independent testimonials other than what is on the company’s website, but really couldn’t find any. From what I saw, it appears that at one point this product may have been a “Seen on TV” product, meaning that they likely did an infomercial for it.
I eventually took the plunge and ordered it. I have been using it for over a month. I would say that my sleep creases have diminished by more than 50%. Before trying the “Dream Skin” pillowcase, I was getting sleep creases approximately 5 nights a week. Now, I can go an entire week or more without any, and when I do get them, they are much smaller and disappear relatively quickly.
I have no vested interest in this company. I am just a satisfied customer and wanted to pass this find along to you. I cannot speak to the anti-aging properties as of this time but can say that, at least in my experience, it is very effective at reducing sleep creases.
It is, however, not inexpensive; each pillowcase costs $39.99. If you have not gotten results from silk or satin, and it is within your budget, I would highly recommend this product. I did have some comments/questions for the company and they were super responsive and very helpful. You can learn more at www.dreamskinpillowcase.com. They also sell the “Dream Skin,” pillowcase on e-bay as well.
Dr. Teri Dourmashkin is the Founder and President of La Vie Celeste Skin Care, Inc. Blending the perfect balance of nature and science, La Vie Celeste offers luxurious anti-aging skincare which is great for all skin types and ages. To learn more, visit www.laviecelesteskincare.com.