Sleep Creases: Are You Sleeping on the Wrong Pillowcase?

Collagen and ElastinFrom time-to-time we all wake up to find those "can't help but notice," annoying creases or lines on our faces.   Fortunately, they are usually temporary and disappear in about an hour or so or at least by the time we have to go to work.  They usually occur as a result of having slept with our faces buried in our pillows for too long.

I don't get them that often and never really obsessed with how long they took to disappear.  However, lately, and I do mean lately (the last 2 weeks), I have been waking up with them at least every other night.  The other thing I've noticed is that instead of fading within an hour or so, they are taking up to a full day to go away; usually 8 hours or sometimes longer.

So, I couldn't help but wonder why I am getting them so frequently now.  Of course, the first thought was that they were just random occurrences and that I had just slept "funny" on too many nights. However, the reality is that once we reach a certain age our skin becomes thinner and more fragile.  Once you hit your 40's and 50's your skin produces significantly less collagen and elastin compared  to our 20's and even 30's.   Having an abundance of collagen and elastin can go a long way in helping to plump up those crease lines once they develop.   And, our circulation or blood flow can start to diminish as well.

So, I decided to do some investigation as to why this might be happening.  Of course sleeping on your back can help solve this problem, but that is difficult for some.  And, even if you start on your back, there is no saying where you will end up once you are asleep; some of us tend to toss and turn a lot and can wind up with our faces buried in our pillows for most of the night.

Another culprit may be sleeping on cotton pillowcases which probably most of us do.  I found numerous websites promoting and selling satin or charmeuse silk pillowcases.  I also found quite a few bloggers who stated that not only had their facial creases diminished after switching to silk or stain, but that their hair was in better condition; smoother and less dry or brittle. 

According to some, the disadvantage of cotton, particularly percale, is that it is a heavy fabric (thread count of 220 or more) which may cause creases on the face.  It is also believed that because cotton is more absorbent than other fabrics, it can zap moisture from both skin and hair.

Dr. Dennis Gross, a renowned dermatologist and founder of MD Skincare stated, "Persistently pressing our faces into a pillow causes trauma to the skin.  Over time, this is aggravated by the friction of a cotton pillowcase and can create permanent creases as our collagen breaks down."

Dr. Sobel, another well known dermatologist is a proponent of satin sheets.  He stated, "Long the secret of film divas, satin pillowcases prevents facial skin from creasing during the night.  Satin allows the skin to glide along the pillow so that the face rests comfortably without placing pressure on creased skin, effectively ironing out wrinkles."

So, what is the difference between satin and silk charmeuse?  Satin does not refer to the material itself, but the weave.  It is made from a mix of synthetic materials as opposed to silk which is made from 100% natural silk.  Satin pillowcases (usually comes as a single) are relatively inexpensive and usually go for $5.00 a case.  Charmeuse silk, on the other hand, can be found for $23.00-$25.00 a pillowcase.  

Aesthetically, they do indeed look different.   Charmeuse silk is very rich looking (there are even some good knock offs in the marketplace) and while it has a beautiful sheen, it is not as slippery or shiny as satin.  Usually satin pillowcases and or sheets are categorized under "bridal satin."
So, if you are like me and starting to experience those pesky morning facial creases more frequently, you might want to try switching to satin or silk. 

Dr. Teri Dourmashkin is the Founder and President of La Vie Celeste Skin Care, Inc.  She holds a Doctorate in Health Education from Columbia University.  If you would love to discover how you can have more radiant, glowing skin in only seconds a day, visit  

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