One day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and there they were.  Vertical creases in between my cleavage.  It was official, I had clinkles!!!  I had worried about and took steps to prevent and diminish wrinkles on my face, neck and hands but I didn’t really think about my cleavage.  Were they permanent?  I slathered those babies with moisturizer and peaked in on them throughout the day.  Luckily, they disappeared by the mid-morning.  Phew.

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The next morning those clinkles reared their ugly heads again.  I hastily researched cleavage wrinkles (I tried clinkles but apparently that is not a very scientific name) and I found some useful information, including an old-school way to prevent and treat them.

Let’s talk about what causes cleavage wrinkles.  The first culprits are the thieves of collagen:  age and the sun.  You can’t stop ageing but you can protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen every day.  In addition to sunscreen, you can also wear clothing that reflects or absorbs the sun’s rays.

Sleeping on your side will also hasten the appearance of our clinkle friends.  The skin between our breasts is smooshed and creased over and over each night we sleep on our sides.  Over time, lines or wrinkles will form.  I have always been a side-sleeper but I have trained myself to sleep on my back.  I purchased a sleep pillow that encourages back sleeping and this has helped.  Even though I am now a back-sleeper, those clinkles still pop up to say hi.  It’s because I move around at night and end up on my side at some point (this is totally normal because if you didn’t move around at night you would develop pressure wounds, which is bad).  So, is there something else I can do to keep those creases from forming?

If you already have clinkles, like me, and you want to diminish their appearance and prevent any future surprise visits, then you may want to check out silicone pads.  Silicone pads have been used in the medical field to treat scars for years.   There is ample evidence that silicone pads reduce the appearance of scars significantly.  And since scars and wrinkles are happy cousins, in that they are both related to collagen, then silicone pads, in theory, should work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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The silicon pads are not really magic, they work in a very simple way.  They provide an occlusive barrier that prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL).   TEWL is the term used to describe water evaporation from our skin.  Our skin needs hydration to keep it from drying out and turning into a crepey crypt keeper.  Wrinkles will become less pronounced when the skin is hydrated.  Think of what happens when you put water on a dry sponge.  The hard, dry sponge becomes soft and pliable.  If you don’t keep adding water to the sponge it will dry out again.  Our skin is pretty good at keeping a moisture balance but as we age it needs extra help.  The silicone pads prevent water from evaporating from the skin to preserve the water balance needed for plump, youthful skin.

How to use silicone pads:

  1.  Wash your face, neck, and décolletage
  2.   Apply your favorite moisturizer
  3.   Apply the silicone pad
  4.   Go to sleep
  5.   Wake up and remove pad

It is best to have the pads in place for several hours which is why it is recommended to use them at night (they also don’t look all that glamorous to wear during the day & probably wouldn’t go well with your bikini).

If your interested in trying some silicone pads, there are several available.  There are pads that can be used for places other than your cleavage as well.  I purchased a Sio Decollete Skin Pad, Nurse Jamie Neck & Décolleté Wrap, and the Nurse Jamie Face Wrap.  I have been using the Sio pad and I noticed a difference after the first night.

 

 

Lastly, I read something the other day that I think I will remember from now on:  Your face starts at the bottom of your boobs.

References:

Reduction of postoperative scar formation with silicone sheeting

Scar management:  using silicone-based products in primary health care

Physical and mechanical evaluation of silicone-based double-layer adhesive patch intended for keloids and scar treatment therapy

 

 

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