I’m such a baby when I sleep. Every night, I curl in a fetal position, knees gently pulled up towards my chest.
I do it cos it’s so warm and cozy. But, apparently, it also means that I’m a tough cookie with a soft heart, shy but warm and very conscientious.
It also means those pesky wrinkles are gonna get me sooner rather than later. Cos, it doesn’t matter how soft your pillow is, it puts pressure on your face every night and that’s no good for your skin.
Why? I’ll let derm Neal Schultz explain this one: “If you sleep on your side or front, rather than your back, it’s like you’re folding over your skin – except it’s sustained pressure. It’s breaking the collagen, which can give you wrinkles and make your skin look saggy.”
So, just sleep on your back. Easy peasy.
Except, I can’t. Oh, I’ve tried. But after a few minutes, I always curl back on my side. Always. Sleeping on my back is just too uncomfortable.
Maybe I’m doing it wrong. But, I’d very much like to keep sleeping on my side without doing any harm to my skin. Am I asking too much?
Maybe not. The tall satin pillow that goes by the name About Face The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow promises just that. Problem is, the sceptical in me thinks it’s BS. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is, right?
So, I’ve put my science cap on and started digging deeper. Here’s what I’ve found out:
What The Heck Is The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow?
A pillow that helps you prevent wrinkles while you sleep. At least, that’s what Patty Colman says. She’s the gal who invented it.
She’s also the President of About Face Products, the company that makes it. Just saying.
The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow is made of memory foam. It has C-shaped edges and a contoured center that’s supposed to make it oh-so-easy and comfortable for everyone to sleep on their backs, preventing all kinds of skincare woes, from wrinkles to puffy eyes.
Sleeping on your back should also help your skincare products work better. WTH?
No wonder dupes are popping up left, right and center! This one is the original, so I’ve decided to focus on it.
Can it prevent wrinkles?
If sleeping on your side puts pressure on your face and causes wrinkles, then anything that helps you sleep on your back should prevent all that damage in the first place.
But, how do you know that just because you fall asleep on your back, you’re gonna wake up like that? People move during sleep. Heck, I woke up upside down once!
Well, apparently, if you want to turn on your side or stomach, you need to place your head at the edge of the C curve of the pillow. That way, the top part of the pillow supports your head and the bottom part your chin.
Sounds good if you’re still half-awake. But in deep sleep? Can’t see that happen…
Can it make skincare products work better?
I know what you’re thinking. How can a pillow help your skincare products work better?!
This makes sense, I promise. Just hear me out.
If you go to bed before your lotions and options have completely sunk into your skin, they’ll rub off on your pillow. All those goodies go to waste on a piece of satin that has no use for them.
Sleeping on your back, on the other hand, makes sure your moisturizer stays where it’s supposed to. And you won’t even have to wash your pillowcase as often. Win win.
Plus, the pillow helps you eyelash extensions and derma fillers last longer. If you’re a fan of fillers, you’ve probably annoyed at how one side of the face always loses its fullness faster. Sleeping on your side’s the culprit. This prevents that, too.
Can it prevent eye puffiness?
That depends. There are a gazillion things that cause puffy eyes.
Are yours due to fluid retention? That happens when you keep your head flat during sleep. It’s a position that allows fluids to nicely poll together in the tissue around your eyes, making it swell.
The fix? Sleep with your head slightly raised. The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow is taller than a regular pillow so it does the trick just fine.
By the way, if your puffy eyes are caused by anything else – let’s say allergies or diet – this pillow will be useless.
Where can you get the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow?
You can get the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow on their website. It’ll set you back $65.00. Add another $28.50 for the satin pillowcase. You can get that in ivory, purple and pink.
Should you get The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow?
I haven’t made the investment yet. Yep, there is some evidence that sleeping on your back, with your head slightly raised, can prevent wrinkles and some types of puffy eyes while allowing your skincare products to work their best. But, I have yet to see one scientific study singing its praises.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. If you’ve always wanted to sleep on your back but struggled too, this’ll make it easier to get into the habit. And you may get fewer wrinkles as a reward.
Have you tried the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow (or a similar pillow)? Share your experience in the comments below.