15 WAYS TO GET RID OF CHEST WRINKLES
Crepes or Wrinkles?
Have you started to notice deep creases on your chest when you wake up? These are known as chest wrinkles and because they don’t disappear over the course of the day, they can be embarrassing and upsetting. Covering up your chest area can often seem like the only option but there are options that can help to get rid of chest wrinkles and stop new ones cropping up.
WHY DO YOU GET CHEST WRINKLES?
Before we talk about what you can do to get rid of chest wrinkles, here’s a quick look at why they develop in the first place.
Lack of collagen is one of the biggest factors behind chest wrinkles. As you get older, your body naturally produces less collagen. When skin gets thinner, less elastic and more prone to wrinkles, it’s usually due to a lack of collagen. The skin on your chest is naturally quite thin so it’s more susceptible to wrinkles.
A few other factors can also be involved in producing chest wrinkles and these can come into play for younger women too.
Your sleeping position can make a lot of difference as to whether you’ll get chest wrinkles. You’re a lot more likely to get them if you sleep on your side, not least because gravity means that your chest skin is pulled down by your breasts. Your breasts press together and the skin between them creases and wrinkles. The bigger your bra size, the more likely you are to suffer from the gravity effect.
Crossing your arms across your chest tightly and wearing push up or sports bras also has a similar effect as it pushes your breasts against each other. If you’re already developing chest wrinkles, both of these can make them more pronounced. Tend to fold
your arms a lot or you wear these kind of bras regularly? Veering away from it can help to stop more chest wrinkles developing in the future.
Sun damage and exposure to the sun in general is another culprit for chest wrinkles and can make collagen break down. Because the skin on your chest is thinner than a lot of other parts of the body, it’s particularly vulnerable to this.
Preventing sunburn is one of the best things you can do to prevent chest wrinkles. And because UV rays from the sun can increase the production of free radicals in your body, it can be a smart move to limit how much time you spend in the sun. Free radicals are heavily linked to premature aging.
15 Tips For Getting Rid of Chest Wrinkles
#1 – Sleep on Your Back
Always tend to sleep on your side or stomach? This is likely to have been one of the big factors in developing chest wrinkles and most advice on preventing chest wrinkles will tell you that it’s time to start sleeping on your back if you want to avoid getting more in the future. Here’s the thing though: you can still happily sleep on your back and prevent chest wrinkles, as long as you’re supporting your breasts while you sleep (more on this in tip #2!).
It can be challenging to get used to sleeping on your back, even if you put pillows under your arms to support your arms and shoulders. If you’re usually a side sleeper, you can easily find yourself rolling over again while you’re asleep too, and that means chest wrinkles! The discomfort that most people feel when they try to sleep on their back is one of the reasons why we created the Intimia Breast Pillow.
#2 – Support Your Breasts at Night
Supporting your breasts while you sleep stops the effects of gravity from setting the scene for chest wrinkles. It’s not comfortable to wear a bra in bed but you can get the same type of support from “pillows” that lay between your breasts. The Intimia Breast Pillow separates your breasts so that gravity can’t do its thing. Existing chest wrinkles are smoothed out while you’re asleep and you can stop worrying about how many new ones will have appeared overnight.
#3 – Always Use Sunscreen
The chest area often gets overlooked when it comes to sun protection and this can pave the way for chest wrinkles. If you’re going to be spending time in the sun, be sure to use a high level of sunscreen on your chest to avoid sun damage. UV rays can still penetrate on cloudy days and it’s often recommended that you use some degree of sunscreen every day of the year, even when it’s not noticeably sunny.
#4 – Moisturize Your Chest
If your moisturizing routine tends to stop at your neck, neglecting your chest area can often lead to wrinkles.
Moisturizing your chest isn’t a cure all but nourishing it from the inside and outside can help to reduce chest wrinkles. The reason is simple: dry skin is more likely to develop wrinkles. It’s not just a case of applying any moisturizer though. Basic moisturizers often contain harsh chemicals that can be irritating to your skin and don’t contain ingredients that will fight against chest wrinkles.
Ideally, you want an intensive moisturizer that helps your skin to repair itself and boosts collagen production. This can stop wrinkles in their tracks and encourages the skin on your chest to maintain its elasticity. Our Peptoxyl Wrinkle Relaxing Creme helps to prevent collagen and elastin breakdown and goes a step further by preventing muscle contractions that can lead to wrinkles.
Some of the skincare ingredients that are highly moisturizing include jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil or aloe vera. These are naturally hydrating and help to lock in moisture. You can take this a step further with products that contain anti-aging retinol, peptides and topical antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid and retinol are also popular choices for plumping the skin and smoothing it out.
#5 – Don’t Pull at Your Skin When You Apply Products
How you apply moisturizer and other skincare products can make a lot of difference too. You want to be smoothing the products over the chest area and gently massaging into your skin. It’s often recommended that you use downwards sweeping motions from your neck to the bottom of your chest. This avoids dragging the skin as you apply.
#6 – Nourish From Within
What you put on the outside of your skin is only half of the story. Eating the right foods can help your skin to repair itself and tackle skin damage. Get this spot on and it can be a secret weapon in getting rid of chest wrinkles.
Antioxidants are really important as they negate the damaging effects of free radicals and keep lines and wrinkles at bay. A few of the foods that can form part of an anti-aging diet include watercress, kiwi, red bell peppers, papaya, blueberries, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach, avocado and nuts and seeds. These foods give you a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and many are anti inflammatory too.
Vitamins C and E and zinc are really important nutrients to include in your diet. They help your body to produce more collagen and vitamin E also protects cells against damage.
#7 – Drink Plenty of Water
What you drink can also be really important for keeping chest wrinkles at bay. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin plump and hydrated from the inside. If you’re slathering moisturizer onto your skin and still noticing that it’s dry, dehydration could be the problem. Aim for around 8 glasses of fluid every day but be aware that coffee, tea and fizzy drinks can be dehydrating.
#8 – Cut Back on Sugar
If you want to get rid of chest wrinkles and prevent future ones, you definitely need to make sure your diet contains as little sugar as possible. Sugar binds to proteins in your body and produces Advanced Glycemic End products (AGEs). This is bad news for proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are essential for healthy skin. The end result? Wrinkles, saggy skin and other signs of aging are almost inevitable. Cut back on your sugar intake to help your skin to stay younger looking for longer.
#9 – Use Aloe Vera
Worried about new chest wrinkles appearing? Using aloe vera on your chest is a simple and affordable way to protect against them. Aloe vera helps with collagen and elastin production. Both of these naturally decline with age but aloe vera can give them a boost. It also locks in moisture and keeps your skin well hydrated. Your best option is to use pure aloe vera gel that comes from the plant, rather than a product that only contains some aloe vera.
#10 – Reduce Stress
Do you have a lot of stress in your life? It could be a major factor in developing chest wrinkles (and wrinkles in general). Stress increases the amount of inflammation in your body, which makes it more vulnerable to damage. From a skin perspective, it can result in premature aging. Doing what you can do to reduce your stress levels can be an underrated way to fight back against chest wrinkles.
#11 – Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Some body cleansers contain harsh ingredients that irritate your skin and strip it of natural oils. This can dry out your skin and make chest wrinkles more of a probability. With the skin on your chest having relatively few sebaceous glands in the first place, anything that dries it out further won’t help you to get rid of chest wrinkles! You’re much better off using a gentle cleanser to wash your body.
Another top tip: pat your skin dry after showering or bathing rather than rubbing. This avoids pulling or dragging your skin.
#12 – Wear the Right Size Bra
It might sound strange but a lot of women don’t know their real bra size and buy the size that they think is right. If you’ve never been professionally measured for a bra, this could be true for you. Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit properly won’t support your breasts and can make them crease and pucker. With most women wearing their bra for a lot of the average day, this can easily set the scene for chest wrinkles.
A few signs that you’re not wearing the right size bra? If your breasts spill out of the cups, you get “quad boob” (where the top edge of your bra cups are digging into your breasts) or you’ve got some “side boob” or “underboob” going on, it’s definitely not the best fit. Noticed the cups wrinkling? It’s likely to be a little bit on the big side or you’re wearing a style of bra that doesn’t fit the shape of your breasts. If the underwire digs into your skin or you’ve got red marks on your skin when you take it off, it’s probably too tight. Keep an eye on the fabric and wires between the cups too. They should lie flat with a well fitting bra.
Sports bras and push up bras can also contribute to chest wrinkles through the act of pushing your breasts upwards. This can create skin folds that lead to wrinkles.
#13 – Exfoliate Your Neck and Chest Regularly
If you use exfoliating products on your skin, there’s a good chance that you don’t extend this to your neck and chest. Exfoliating regularly can help to slough away fine lines and wrinkles. It’s not an overnight miracle cure for chest wrinkles but over time, it can help to get rid of them.
#14 – Use Skincare Products Designed for Chest and Neck Wrinkles
The thinner skin on your chest can be easily irritated by the ingredients in some skincare products, especially ones that haven’t been designed with it in mind. Using products designed to tackle facial wrinkles can often be too harsh for the delicate chest area but it’s a common mistake made by a lot of women. Some neck creams are also suitable for using on your chest but not all.
#15 – Try Non Invasive Treatments
Some women choose to have non surgical treatments to get rid of chest wrinkles, although this can sometimes be too harsh for the delicate chest area, especially if you’ve already got some sun damage there.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are non invasive treatments that can smooth the texture of your skin. They exfoliate the top layers of your skin and help to make wrinkles less obvious. Glycolic peels are a popular choice for this.
Other options include hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and laser treatments that stimulate collagen production. This encourages skin to become smoother and plumper.
When it comes to getting rid of chest wrinkles, just start somewhere and form your routine. Soon enough, you’ll see results worth working for!