After a certain age, many of us start to notice that our breasts are not as firm as they used to be. Unfortunately, hormonal changes, collagen deficiency, weight loss, overexposure to the sun and gravity can play their part. But all is not lost.
Although breast tissue cannot return to its previous firmness (unless with surgery), by taking better overall care of our body, we can improve skin elasticity and strength of this area, too.
Here are some lifestyle changes late bloomers can adopt to help prevent or minimize the effects of sagging.
It’s true that training your chest muscles is the key to having firmer and fuller breasts. But technically speaking, you can’t lift the breasts themselves since they consist mostly of fatty tissue and mammary glands. However, you can sculpt the nearby muscles to make the breasts look more toned.
Push-ups, swimming and bench presses are some of the most popular exercise options amongst midlife women when in need to tone up their breasts, however, if you’re not a fan of intense training (or you simply feel bored about it), there are other workouts for you to enjoy.
If you feel like your breasts are not as perky as they used to be, make building up your pecs fun, not just another got-to-do exercise – says Fitness Consistency Coach, Kelly Howard. Purchase a set of hiking poles (price doesn’t matter) and find an outside trail, you can even do this on cement, but dirt is more fun. Practice swinging your arms and planting the poles as you move forward. You’ll be building up your breasts, your arms, and your core, all while having fun and working on balance. Double the benefits by inviting a buddy or two to join you. When fitness is fun, it’s sustainable!
Mind your weight
Keeping your weight stable can help you avoid further damage to your breast tissue caused by losing and gaining pounds. Try to eat a balanced, healthy diet. Avocados and nuts, fish, soybeans, and pumpkin seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids can feed and nourish your skin, whilst high-antioxidant foods — such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, watermelon, and whole grains help maintain healthy tissue.
Importantly, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day and stay hydrated. Water powers everything in your body, and drinking enough will keep your skin strong, improving its elasticity, too.
Maintain a good posture
From improving your back pain to your self-confidence, a better postural alignment impacts more than you think especially when your body inevitably grows older. By keeping your back straight and your shoulders back, good posture works to evenly distribute the weight in your body and help protect against sagging. Maintaining good posture not only keeps your body in alignment but can also emphasize your bust by giving the illusion of lift.
Get familiar with hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy can boost overall circulation and then promote your bust’s firmness, too. One simple way of inducing perkier breasts is through alternating hot and cold baths. Just take a warm bath, then follow it up with a relatively cold shower, and then complete the process with another warm bath (preferably slightly higher than the first one). This practice influences skin’s elasticity, which is important in giving the body its “glow.”
Seek a good support
Finding a well-fitting, comfortable bra is key to improving breast appearance. In fact, a quality one may reduce the strain and stress on your bust’s supporting tissues and muscles. This especially applies to workouts, such as jogging. A sports bra with ample support (moulded cups) can help reduce excessive breast movement. Overall, note that wearing the wrong bra size may have more negative effects than not wearing one at all.
Finally, add make-up
Did you know a pearly body cream can make your cleavage pop? It won’t make it firmer but for when you need a quick-fix, a shimmering highlighter can make your breasts look fuller and perkier. And don’t forget to look after your Décolletage too by applying a firming serum regularly followed by a massage in a circular motion from the centre of your chest outward toward the shoulders, then, from the base of your neck upward toward your chin. Serums are made from a smaller structured molecule, so they are very powerful and will not only penetrate deeper to correct damaged skin but will also boost the properties of your moisturizer.