There was a time during the 80s when looking tanned was a must. Having a sun-kissed complexion was associated with being healthy and sexy and there really wasn’t any public awareness of the increase of wrinkles, discolouration and skin cancer that sun exposure would later be associated with.
That’s probably why many Gen-Xers are now dealing with chest wrinkles, saggy texture and dark spots in the so-called décolletage. An area often neglected and that over the years may result in crinkly skin.
But excessive exposure to the sun is not the only ageing factor to blame.
According to board-certified Dermatologist, Dr Rachel Nazarian: “Over time, collagen is degraded by sunlight and free radical damage, which causes the already thin-skinned area of the body to become even more so. Additionally, as we move, skin folds upon itself, creating creases. Those creases will grow deeper with time, much like facial expression lines on your face. And the thinner the skin is, the deeper the lines can form.”
Changes in your weight, wearing the wrong push-up bra, and even the way you sleep can also lead to more wrinkles in the chest area.
But don’t despair: you can’t stop the signs of ageing but you can slow them down. Whether by applying the right sunscreen, proper exfoliation and moisturization, anti-ageing creams, chest wrinkle pads, or proper care, there are several ways for you to improve your décolletage.
Always wear sunscreen
Skin that is regularly exposed to damaging UV rays can cause long-term chest wrinkling and sagging. Wearing a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen daily and reapplying it properly to your chest after 50 is not negotiable. This is especially true in summer if you want to avoid the development of more chest wrinkles. Also, why not invest in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing if you need extra protection? That would provide you with additional coverage, especially during the good season.
Change your sleep position
Yes, the wrong position can make wrinkles worse. Although this might seem crazy, those who tend to sleep on a side may be at a higher risk of developing wrinkles on their chest. After eight hours of this each and every night, the once-temporary wrinkles you wake up with between your breasts eventually become permanent, thanks to gravity. The best solution would be for you to sleep on your back with the help of a pillow or rolled blankets propped close to either side of your body preventing you to change position at night.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
The more hydrated the skin is, the better it will appear. Look for powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants, and collagen to improve the appearance of chest wrinkles over time. Also, depending on tolerability, opt for Retinoid creams. They can regulate skin cell turnover and promote collagen production, improving the texture of your skin.
Sleep with silicone patches
The cosmetics market has a lot of these chest wrinkle pads offered by various brands: they are designed to be applied and stuck between breasts to support the upper breast and prevent it from falling past your body’s midline. They are usually skin-friendly and safe for the most sensitive skin types too. A reusable, good-quality chest wrinkle pad lasts for quite a while and can be cleaned with soap and warm water.
Head to a Dermatologist for treatment
You can reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your chest by visiting a dermatologist you trust. In this way, you may benefit from different treatments such as laser therapy, chemical peels, filler injections, and medical-grade skin care products. The most popular solutions? Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing and micro peels to help even out your skin texture and tone.
Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and enjoy a diet that is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E as nothing can beat a healthy routine for successful ageing.