Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Why Do I Wake Up With More Wrinkles? Plus More...

Sep 28, 2023
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Why Do I Wake Up With More Wrinkles? Plus More...


Hello and welcome to another Mailbag Friday! For my newcomers, every Friday I answer two questions from customers who’ve written in to ask my advice on their skincare routines. Today, our first question comes from Coraline in Phoenix, AZ.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan! Every morning I wake up I notice my wrinkles are deeper. What can I do to stop this from happening?

Woman looking at skin in mirror 

A: Hi Coraline! It can certainly be a bit worrying to look in the mirror and notice deeper wrinkles and crevices! It's quite common for wrinkles to appear deeper in the morning, but there are ways to help minimize this issue. Let’s discuss some of your options…

Firstly, how you sleep matters.

If you're sleeping with your face smushed into a pillow or in a way that puts pressure on your skin, it can create temporary sleep lines that might make wrinkles seem more pronounced when you wake up.

Consider sleeping on your back instead of your stomach or sides. This might help make a small difference!

Other than that, it might be a good idea for you to try and incorporate an overnight sleep mask into your routine - something like my new Peptide PM Shield!

This latest addition to my store helps to lock in moisture and kicks your body’s natural healing abilities into overdrive while you sleep.

Using something like this to protect your skin from getting dehydrated will help you notice fewer wrinkles and fine lines in the morning!

But using this once or twice won't cut it…

Consistency is key!

Stick to your regular skincare routine, including cleansing, moisturizing, and using products with anti-aging ingredients that suit your skin type.

By following these tips, I do not doubt that you’ll start to see a huge difference in how your skin looks and feels each morning when you wake up.

My next question comes from Lauren in Los Angeles, CA

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I used to get fillers for my forehead lines and recently have decided to stop because it’s so expensive. What other options do I have that aren’t as expensive?

 injecting fillers into forehead

A: Hi Lauren! Fillers are so popular because of how instant and dramatic the results are, but you’re right in saying that they’re too expensive! While your fillers will wear away and your skin will go back to how it was before, there are some options available to you that will help you save some money in the long run…

I’ve personally never been a huge fan of needles, so I’ve never tried fillers myself, but I sure have spoken to a lot of people who have!

While fillers are super popular and do have a dramatic effect on your wrinkles, they’re not the best for those on a budget or anyone who hates needles like I do!

That’s why knowing your skincare ingredients can be so helpful in a situation like this!

There are a bunch of ingredients out there that work like fillers do and can help you get the same effect.

Ingredients like Soluble collagen and sodium hyaluronate both work to hydrate and plump the skin, filling in those wrinkles and crevices over time.

They also help to stimulate collagen production, which is going to help fill in any wrinkles that have gotten a bit too deep.

Both of these ingredients are in my Collagen Filler Serum, so I think giving it a spot in your routine could set you on the path to getting the same effect as fillers but without all the fuss!

Another type of ingredient that should be in your routine is Peptides. These ingredients are great for restructuring the skin and giving it more strength to stand up to wrinkles and fine lines.

Almost every product in my store has peptides, but for you, I’d recommend either the Repair and Release Cream or the Peptide PM Shield.

The Repair and Release Cream would fit beautifully into your routine if you’re looking for a moisturizer, and the Peptide PM Shield would be a great fit if you’d prefer an overnight treatment.

Now, bear in mind that using these products might not give you as instant of an effect as injectable fillers would, but the results would certainly be comparable!

I hope this gives you enough options for your path forward, Lauren.

Good luck to you!