While most of us are busy obsessing over the elasticity on our hands, the fine lines around our eyes or the saggy skin around our necks, our breasts don’t seem to get a look at.
Research shows that breast tissue ages faster than any other body part. It’s sad, bad news for your boobs, but there is something you can do about it – in fact, there are lots.
Breast skin is very sensitive, thin and directly subject to hormonal fluctuations within the body. Throughout our lives, our breasts change in shape and content – the collagen decreases as we age when we give birth our mammary gland system activates the production of milk, etc.
Therefore it is no surprise that this tissue is quick to age. It is thin, exposed to the sun and undergoes a lot of chemical change.
We can all agree that’s totally unfair, so here are a few ways to keep your girls happy and healthy—longer!
① Rule Number One: Moisturize
No wonder the skin here tends to sag — your girls go through a lot! Breast tissue goes on a roller coaster every time you gain and loses weight. Not to mention how much they can fluctuate during pregnancy and before your period each month.
The only way to save the skin is by moisturizing. Stick to a one-ingredient approach by rubbing something like organic coconut oil over them.
② Rule Number Two: Call for Support
You know you need a good sports bra when you’re working out, but your girls should be properly supported all day long. Ask for help at a lingerie shop or department store to find a bra that fits.
Even running around in your everyday life, have the support you need to avoid some of the stretchings out what happens with gravity.
③ Rule Number Three: Feel Yourself Up
Seriously, schedule a date with your girls once a month. You want to make sure you get to know your breast tissue over time so if any change were to occur that persists, you’d be aware of it.
Every month after your period, do a breast self-exam going from top to bottom, side to side, and front to back. Take note of anything out of the ordinary, like bulges, dimpling, rashes, nipple discharge, and changes in size or sensation.
④ Rule Number Four: Get a Natural Lift
You really can keep your girls looking perky with the right workout. You can exercise your upper body, especially the pectoral muscles.
The breasts sit on top of these muscles, so if they’re in good shape the breasts will sit higher.
⑤ Rule Number Five: Sit Up Straight
Aside from surgery and a solid push-up bra, the best way to fight sag is with perfect posture. Sitting up straight will make your breasts look substantially bigger. Plus, it’s way cheaper than that name-brand pushup you’ve been eyeing.
⑥ Rule Number Six: Treat Breakouts Cautiously
Hey, acne on your chest happens. Whatever you do, don’t touch it. Anything on the front of the chest or cleavage can leave a significant scar. The skin on that area has seen a lot of sun over the years and doesn’t heal as well as other areas.
At the first sign of breakouts, use a gentle cleanser or topical acne medication, preferably for sensitive skin. If it persists, ask your dermatologist for something gentle but effective.
⑦ Rule Number Seven: Keep Them Out Of the Sun
Don’t assume you only need SPF on your girls when you’re in a bikini. Even a low-cut top can put you at risk for sun damage on your set.
Just make sure that any personal care product you use is healthy for you. Remember that what goes on you, goes in you.
⑧ Rule number Eight: Don’t Sweat Stretch Marks
After all your breasts go through, it’s not too surprising that they often end up with a few battle scars. And unfortunately, these annoying little marks are largely caused by genetics.
But here’s the good news: The pink color and puffiness that goes along with relatively new stretch marks will fade and calm down over time. If they’re really bumming you out, try these tips for avoiding and treating stretch marks.