How to Prevent and Remove Chest Wrinkles
When it comes to anti aging skincare, chest wrinkles are a topic that is not often mentioned. Maybe because the idea of cleavage wrinkles IS a bit on the humorous side. While we spend so much time focused on maintaining that youthful glow on our face, hands, neck and even limbs, the chest is often an area that is over looked. And why should it be? The skin on your chest is the thinnest skin on your body (except for your face) and needs just as much care and attention as the rest of your body. In this post we are covering the causes of chest wrinkles, how to get rid of them, and how to maintain a smooth decollete without adding too much time to your existing skincare routine.
What Causes Chest Wrinkles?
The primary cause of chest wrinkles is sleep position. Usually side sleeping. When you lie on your side and one breast rests on the other then the creases and wrinkles are created. As mentioned, the skin on your chest is, except for your face, the thinnest skin on your body and the average breast can weigh at least a pound. So…. all night that delicate chest skin is folded by the weight of your pretties. Much like your favorite t-shirt buried under a laundry pile, the longer is remains in that state the deeper and more permanent the wrinkles become. The elasticity being tested time after time leads to crepey skin.
Cleavage enhancing bras are also another common but not as severe culprit of wrinkles. Much like side sleeping the delicate decollete must succumb to boobie squish.
Just like face wrinkles other causes of chest wrinkles include sun exposure, diet, dehydration, and of course, simply aging.
Are There Treatment Options for Chest Wrinkles?
Absolutely. Lasers are often used in tackling surface wrinkles and do usually require up to 6 treatments depending on the severity of the wrinkles and the results you are hoping to achieve. Other white coat options include:
Chemical Peel – A very effective treatment for surface wrinkles since chemical peels actually remove the top layer of skin. Usually several sessions are needed and are not as beneficial if the wrinkles are considered deep.
Fillers – Fillers such as Botox and Juvederm are also used to combat chest wrinkles. These option should be considered long term, not a once and done choice.
At Home Treatments
If you’d like to go for methods that are gentler on the wallet, there are a few at home treatments to consider.
While there are a large handful of decollete pad creators out there, the original would be the SilcSkin Decollete Pad. Made of medical grade silicone they are designed to hydrate, increase blood flow to the skin, and assist in collagen structure. These pads are self adhesive, just stick and go. They also make pads for other parts of the body as well.
The ChestSaver line of products are designed to keep the breasts gently separated so you are free to sleep in the position that is most comfortable while preventing those pesky chest wrinkles from being formed. Included with each ChestSaver is a foam pad to use when applying moisturizer to your skin. The foam pad helps keep the chest skin smooth while also directing the moisturizer into your skin instead of into your clothes or sheets.
As with anything having to do with skincare and overall health, lifestyle choices should be the main priority.
We know you have heard this 1.2 million times, and that’s because it’s true. Drinking 64 ounces of water each day is essential. If pure water isn’t your thing then try adding citrus slices of other fruits.
This is the one you have only heard about 643,054 times. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. The suns rays can be incredibly damaging to your skin which can go beyond just wrinkles, so for your overall health please don’t skimp on the sun protection. Make sure to apply all over and even on gloomy days. The clouds can filter out sunlight but not damaging UV rays.
Get movin! Aerobic exercise increases blood flow and circulation which helps with new cell growth and natural oils in the skin. Keep up a regular exercise routine to help keep your skin plump and flexible.
Sticking with a regular bedtime can work wonders for your skin. Sleep gives your skin the much needed opportunity to recover and generate cell repair and growth. When you are lacking sleep it can show itself in every aspect of your life, beginning with your skin. Realize the importance of sleep and if you are not getting enough then make the necessary adjustments in your routine so that you can make it a priority.
Stress and Well Being
This one is so much easier said than done. Our lives can become incredibly stressful and the idea of trying to manage it can seem impossible. And then the stress of trying to resolve the stress can lead to more stress. One of the quickest wrinkle creators and aging factors is anxiety. We will have more of this topic coming up in a later post.
What to Eat
Without a doubt your skin is going to reflect what you eat. Stay low on the sugar and unhealthy fats and higher on foods that help instead of hurt.
Not only are these sweet little babies delicious but they are great for your health and appearance. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries have polyphenols and antioxidants which stimulate cell growth and help your body fight free radicals.
Eating enough foods with vitamin C helps your skin build collagen and even protect against the suns harmful UV rays. Stock up on foods such as tomatoes, chilis, mangos, pineapple, and broccoli.
Stay away from the processed snack foods and go nuts. Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are all good sources of vitamin E which helps your skin retain moisture as well as offering some protection against UV rays.
The darker the better. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients these green beauties are soldiers in battling wrinkles. Leafy greens also contain lutein which we know is good for your eyes but is also being found as a skin saver as well.
What to Wear
The moisturizer you use on your skin is a very personal choice. Everybody’s skin is different and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It can take much trial and error to find your perfect moisturizer and if you have, then hats off! Be cautious when trying new products as some contain alcohols and chemicals which can cause more harm than good.
Why not try to keep your skincare on the natural side with so many choices, such as:
It never hurts to smell like you’ve been on a tropical vacation, right? We will go into more depth on the topic of oils as moisturizers in a later post.
Like most things, prevention is ideal when it comes to chest wrinkles. However even if you have been noticing crepey skin on your chest for a while there is no reason to panic. Try implementing some of these tips into your life and of course always check with your physician and/or dermatologist before taking on any new lifestyle changes.