Waking up to new wrinkles every day doesn’t have to be something we just accept as we get older. In fact, age isn’t even the initial cause of developing the not so affectionately termed “Cougar Cleavage”. Lines between the breasts can start to show up as early as your 20s. You don’t have to be rocking a pair like Dolly Parton to be afflicted with these irksome lines. Although they are more of an issue for the larger lady. So how can you get rid of chest wrinkles? Or cleavage crinkles, as they’re now referred to (may sound cute but we still don’t like you).
What Causes Cougar Cleavage?
The position you sleep in is probably the main cause of cougar cleavage, and not just wrinkles on your chest but facial wrinkles too. If you’re a belly or a side sleeper then there’s a whole lot of pressure being put on the skin that is smushed against your pillow or mattress.
Spending hours each night laying on your side causes the top breast to fall down onto the lower breast, stretching the skin on the outside of the breast and squashing the skin of the cleavage. This causes folds that end up leaving lines. Hour after hour, night after night and those lines stop disappearing during the day and end up becoming a permanent feature.
The other big wrinkle maker is sun damage. The skin on your chest is thinner than anywhere else on your body, and the decolletage is angled in just such a way that it’s a perfect surface for catching the sun. It’s usually the first place you’ll burn if you’re not using a high factor sunscreen.
You might be surprised to learn that exercise could be contributing to those chest wrinkles too. Well, not so much the exercise itself but the ill-fitting sports bra you’re wearing while doing it. If those breasts aren’t held firmly in place while you’re running and jumping about then the skin is going to start stretching.
Gravity causes enough problems, we don’t want to give it a helping hand.
Of course there are other things to consider such as smoking, alcohol, bad diet. These are things that will affect your body as a whole and won’t do your skin any favours in the anti-aging department. Yo-yo dieting is another problem. Drastic weight gain or weight loss will stretch and contract the skin, eventually causing it to sag.
And then there’s genes. If your mother and grandmother are sporting a cougar cleavage then chances are you will too. But don’t fret, all is not lost. There are lots of tips and tricks to try that will help delay whatever nature has in store for you.
How To Prevent Chest Wrinkles Naturally
The first thing to do is try sleeping on your back. It’s the easiest way to avoid chest wrinkles and will help prevent the ones you may already have from getting any worse. It may not be your natural sleeping position but if you give yourself a chance to get used to it you’ll eventually find a comfortable way to lay on your back.
Many people find that even if they manage to fall asleep on their backs, they’ll usually wake up back on their sides. Try laying with a pillow on either side of you to stop you rolling over in the night. A pillow under your knees might help you feel more comfortable too.
If you just can’t get used to sleep on your back then there are a couple of things you can wear in bed that will stop your breasts from smushing together.
Cleavage bras, not the push up kind, but bras that are actually worn between the breasts are one option. They look like back to front sports bras and come in different fabrics like satin, to help smooth out wrinkles, and fleece, to help keep moisture in your skin.
Silicon patches can be stuck to the chest at night, gently compressing it to make sure it stays flat and smooth. Medical grade silicon intensifies hydration and supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Cindy Crawford swears by these and no one’s going to argue with her on how to stay looking good.
The Kush Support System is a firmer, cylindrical shaped plastic pillow that fits between the breasts to support the top one and stop it falling down onto the lower one. It has an anti slip covering to keep it in place but works better for bigger boobs as there’s more for it to grip on to.
Start caring for your neck and chest the same way you care for your face. Yep, your cleanse, tone, moisturize routine needs to be extended down to your breasts. Neck and chest skin is just as delicate and deserving as that of your face but a lot of us forget these areas in the day to day.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Dry skin forms wrinkles more easily than well hydrated skin. Spread those anti-aging creams over your chest and neck morning, noon and night.
If you prefer using more natural products then slather on the coconut oil, just let it sink in before hopping into bed and getting grease stains on your sheets.
Aloe Vera is another great natural product that has been used for centuries to heal and soothe skin. There’s also some scientific evidence that suggest it has anti aging properties too.
Retinol is considered the top ingredient for fighting wrinkles. It works by increasing cell turn over and hampering the breakdown of collagen. It also thickens the deeper layer of skin where wrinkles start. It’s a strong ingredient though, and can cause irritation when you first start using it.
It’s recommended that you start off using Retinol just once or twice a week until your skin gets used to it. It’s a delicate formula, and readily breaks down with routine exposure to light and air so you should avoid Retinol products packaged in jars or clear containers.
A little warning here: Retinol is a potent ingredient and should only be used at night as it can make you extra sensitive to the sun. You shouldn’t use it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, this is very important. It can cause problems for your baby’s liver.
Sunscreen is essential for preventing skin aging and wrinkles. It’s especially important to apply sunscreen if you are using Retinol. You need to be using it on face and chest every day, even on cloudy days. The chest area is easily missed when applying sunscreen. It’s a good idea to keep a scarf in your bag to protect you just in case you leave the house without applying it.
The skin on the chest is very thin, and although exercise won’t get rid of wrinkles, building a layer of muscle in this area will fill the skin out and make it look smoother.
Exercise gets the blood circulating, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the skin. The blood then flushes away waste products and free radicals, making the skin healthier. It also nourishes the skin cells, making them plump and vital.
Treatments To Fix Cleavage Wrinkles
If you’re interested in more hard core treatments for tackling the dreaded Cougar Cleavage then you might want to start with a glycolic acid chemical peel. If your wrinkles aren’t too deep then this may be the way to level the skin out, effectively erasing the wrinkles.
There isn’t any down time after this sort of chemical peel, although your skin will look really red like you have a sunburn. The acid helps remove the outermost layers of skin, improving texture but it will only get rid of shallow wrinkles.
Prices vary depending on where you live and the strength of the peel. You can even get some weaker ones that you can do yourself at home.
The YAG Laser is a popular option to address cleavage wrinkles. It stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin, firming and smoothing the skin. There’s hardly any downtime with this treatment but you’ll probably need at least three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which can end up being quite expensive.
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in columns, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. It helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots, and generally improves the texture of the skin.
Down time is said to be 1 to 2 weeks but there are some cases where it’s taken much longer to heal. Recovery can include redness, crusting, peeling and flaking. Doesn’t sound too nice but you usually only need one treatment to get results.
There is quite a high risk of hyper pigmentation with this treatment and it’s not really suitable for darker skin. It’s only recommended for those with serious skin issues. A little bit of crepey skin doesn’t really justify it.
Botox and fillers are quick fix options for chest wrinkles, especially the deeper ones. They don’t require any downtime but the results aren’t permanent either. Depending on what you use, results will only last from about 6 months to 2 years.
Hyaluronic acid gel fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, and L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra are commonly used on the chest. The injections aren’t cheap and you’ll need to invest in a long term plan if you want to keep the results you’ve achieved.
Botox can be used to relax the muscles of the chest but it’s not as effective as it is when used on the face. It only reduces the appearance of wrinkles by about 30% and doesn’t last as long either.
Micro Fat Grafting
One of the most expensive treatments is micro fat grating, literally taking fat from another area of the body and grafting it into the chest. The treatment requires anesthesia and involves a much longer and more complicated recovery than other treatments available. It also doesn’t address sun damage which is one of the main causes of chest wrinkles.
There are lots of ways to treat crepey chest skin and cleavage wrinkles, from home-made lotions to laser treatments. There are also plenty of interesting and wacky devices you can use to help prevent them.
The most simple and effective ways to prevent crinkles in the first place seem to be sleeping on our backs, and being diligent about sun protection. Prevention is better than cure so try out some of the available solutions and see what works for you.
One thing to keep in mind, cougar cleavage can be seriously sexy. Just as long as it’s age appropriate. I don’t want it showing up one second before I’m ready for it.
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