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Dept of wrinkle creation

Reviewed by Marta May 15, 2010 11 Comments
I had a extraordinary epiphany recently. It caused me to shake my head in wonder at its stunning simplicity. And, more than anything, at why it had taken me more than 30 years to have this notion. The thought being: I was, day in and day out, creating my own wrinkles as surely as if my face was made of clay and my hands those of a sculptor. Allow me to explain.

I am constantly propping up my head with my hands, cupping my fingers around my chin, leaning a cheek pensively against my palm. And when I say constantly, I mean like every two minutes. I could be waiting for a website page to load, or scrolling through my email, writing a note, reading a book - anything that doesn't require two hands - and my unoccupied left hand will find its way to my face. The result of these postures is that I am unknowingly pushing my skin into folds, creases and wrinkles.

I got my first wrinkle when I was around 27. I don't mean a faint whisper of a fine line to come. I mean a crevice. It was - and still is - above my left eye. I have always regarded it as a bit of a curiosity, wondering vaguely how it had come to be formed. Is my left eyebrow perpetually shooting up in some kind of quizzical expression? I am pretty sure I never do that. No, the culprit is my left fist. You can see exactly what I mean by the picture above, which was captured by our photographer Amy E Fletcher while I was hanging around waiting for a shoot to get set up. Its a pretty typical position for me, has been for most of my life starting with slumping across school desks and over the years it has resulted in a pleated forehead.

Now that I am aware of this, I am, of course, trying to stop myself. Short of sitting on my hands this is easier said than done.
  • May 20, 2010

    by Jana

    While I have many wrinkles all across my face, I could never figure out why I have so many more and much deeper wrinkles on the left side. A couple of years ago I had an "aha!" moment and realized part of the reason is that I'm a left-side, fetal-position sleeper with my left hand tucked under my face - squishies! I've tried sleeping on my back, etc., but it doesn't work - I always return to my left side. The last couple of years I've tried to push my hand up (toward my ear), hoping I'm stretching the skin in the proper direction, rather than squishing it into wrinkles. I think that's just a fool's errand, however. Sigh.

  • May 19, 2010

    by Amy

    I have definitely given myself additional baggage under my eyes from years of contact lens wearing and constant rubbing of my eyes. And as you said Marta it is so hard to actually stop those habits; even after having lasik surgery, I still rub my eyes excessively when they are the least bit irritated or tired.

    I am also a side sleeper and the left side of my face has fared better than my right side from always sleeping on my right side or even worse my stomach. I do use the frownies to try to diminish the grand canyon between my eyebrows, but I find sometimes it just relocates the crease to the edge of the frownie and then I have 4 lines in my forehead rather than the 2 usual ones!

  • May 19, 2010

    by Diana Welsch

    I try and never touch my face; it's hard. When we touch our face we are also rubbing off all that expensive stuff we put on it!! By the way, Marta, what is your experience with Biologique Recherche products? I've just ordered the whole line. They sound amazing.

  • May 17, 2010

    by Laura

    I'm also a side sleeper and I have switched to satin pillow cases to prevent the deep morning crevices. They have slightly improved but not a big way. Still wake up with one side more lined.
    The first ones I tried were inexpensive (were actually polyester, not silk) and I did sweat horribly. I then tried Silkz pillowcases and they do not cause me to sweat. They are inexpensive but only the topside of the pillow case is silk, the other side is cotton so you can't flip it. Haven't compared to more expensive but these are okay ($19.99 for a pair).

  • May 17, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    Now that would be a problem for moi! Too expensive was already on my list =) ~jk

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