One day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and there they were. Vertical creases in between my cleavage. It was official, I had chest wrinkles!!!
I had worried about and took steps to prevent and diminish wrinkles on my face, neck and hands (I use sunscreen everyday). 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.
The next morning those vertical lines reared their ugly heads again. I hastily researched “cleavage wrinkles” and I found some useful information, including an old-school way to prevent and treat them.
What Causes Chest Wrinkles?
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.
It may sound funny, but you can get chest wrinkles from sleeping. Side-sleeping is the culprit here. 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 now trained myself to sleep on my back. I purchased a sleep pillow that encourages back sleeping and this has definitely helped. As an added bonus, I sleep much more soundly now.
Even though I am now a back-sleeper, those chest wrinkles still pop up to say hi from time to time. It’s because I move around at night and end up on my side at some point (this is totally normal, if you didn’t move around at night you would develop pressure ulcers, which is a bad thing).
So, what can you do to treat them once you have them? Better yet, can you prevent them?
I’m Not Old, I’m Only 25!
Believe it or not but chest wrinkles aren’t reserved just for the “mature” person. They can show up even at the tender age of 25.
If you already have chest wrinkles 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 and there is ample evidence that they 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.
How Silicone Pads Work:
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:
- Wash your face, neck, and décolletage
- Apply your favorite moisturizer (if you’re using the SiO pads, either don’t use moisturizer or wait until it’s absorbed before applying the pads)
- Apply the silicone pad
- Go to sleep
- Wake up and remove pad
- Admire your smooth, wrinkle-free skin
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).
Where Do I Find Silicone Pads:
If your interested in trying some silicone pads, there are several options available. There are pads that can be used for places other than your cleavage as well.
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. Even if you are only 25, it pays to start taking care of your skin.