Well, yes it can. As much as a good night’s sleep is essential to skincare, the devil in the darkness is sleeping on your side. Night wrinkles—better known as sleep lines—are different from regular aging fine lines and cannot be treated with just a good diet, exercise and skincare routine. These wrinkles need a little more TLC, so here’s what you need to do.

Change Your Sleeping Posture
Sleeping on your back is the ideal position. Until it comes naturally to you, try piling up pillows all around you to avoid turning on the side.

Indulge In A Massage
Within 30 minutes of getting out of bed, spend five minutes gently massaging the visible sleep lines and wrinkles on your face. Blood circulation slows down when your body is at rest, so you need to manually spike it into action when you wake up in order to keep those wrinkles at bay.

Sleep On Satin Pillows
When it comes to sleep lines, satin is the most forgiving fabric. There will be bare minimum friction between your face and the pillow, and with no fabric creases, it won’t leave impressions on your face.

Exercise In The Morning
Another way to regulate blood circulation after a long night’s rest is to get into exercise mode. A workout of any kind will amp up the blood circulation, in turn activating all the skin cells. This repairs skin damage and prevents wrinkles.

Use Green Tea Bags
Here’s a different kind of tea time. While we are all aware that drinking green tea has multiple health and weight-loss benefits, applying green tea bags to your wrinkles has its own advantages, too. Green tea contains antioxidants and vasoconstrictors, which plump up the skin and fight wrinkles.

It’s not just important to moisturize after you shower, but also before you hit the sack. Air conditioners and heaters dry out the skin and, particularly in the colder months, a moisturizer is essential to keep the skin hydrated to prevent premature aging.

Steer Clear Of The Booze
Puffiness makes fine lines more prominent and, as you may have noticed, drinking alcohol makes your face look bloated the morning after. Worse, if the activity is coupled with cigarette smoking, it can really speed-up the aging process of your skin and prevent repair of wear-and-tear through the night.

Sleep lines can make you look much older and they are most visible when you wake up. If you don’t want these lines to turn into permanent wrinkles, you now know how to take charge and not ignore them any longer.

With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.