Short answer: who knows? But come along anyway as I delve into the engrossing and somewhat terrifying world of specialty sleep pillows.
I recently gave you The Ultimate Guide to Your Perfect Pillow and while doing research for that post, I came across some very interesting and unusual looking pillows the likes of which I'd never seen before. What was their purpose? Wrinkle prevention! That's right. The beauty industry has finally gotten its hands on your pillow. For some of you this may not be news. Even I had heard advice about sleeping on a satin pillowcase to preserve a smooth blowout or frequently changing the case to prevent acne, but I didn't realize that the speciality pillow industry was quite so...err...intense.
CNN says that the best sleeping position is on your back not only for wrinkle prevention but also because of the fact that it helps keep your spine aligned and prevents acid reflux. They also scarily note that side sleepers are especially prone to breast sagginess (more on that a little later).
There are lots of reasons why people get wrinkles: genetic predisposition, sun exposure, skin type and, so the pillow industry claims, scrunching your face into a pillow all night. To that end, manufacturers have begun designing pillows that reduce your face-to-pillow contact. As far as I can tell this is done two ways: either by forcing you to sleep on your back or with a complicated system of cut-outs to support your head but keep your face from resting on the pillow's surface.
This may all seem a little much, I certainly thought so. But here's the thing: people love these. I mean, write-rave-reviews-about-them love. I mean make-glowing-YouTube-videos-about-them love. They say they wake up with smooth skin, no more puffy eyes and reduced neck pain. And while they're certainly marketed to the ladies with those satin and colorful covers, there's no reason why men couldn't or shouldn't get proactive about wrinkle prevention as well.
And now, what you've been waiting for. Feast your eyes on these unusual beauties:
I'm certainly no expert as I've never tried this type of pillow, but I do sleep on my side and I'm a woman who cares about her skin, so maybe I'm a candidate for a little speciality pillow action. I mean, it's literally a change so easy you can do it in your sleep.
Tell me, do you use a pillow like this? Should I make the switch?