We hate to deliver depressing news, but the fact is, some breast sag is inevitable. Having a baby, breastfeeding, and racking up more birthdays all contribute to a loss of elasticity of collagen, the connective tissue under the skin – leaving your set more deflated than firm.
Sag can also be a matter of genetics. If your mother had a droopy pair, you might be predisposed to one, too (thanks, Mum!).
Here’s the thing: Some boob behaviors that seem like they have nothing to do with sag can actually contribute to it – so if you avoid them, your breasts will be better off. And considering that a recent UCLA study found that breast tissue ages two to three years faster than the rest of your body, you might want to quit habits like these.
1. Wearing an Unsupportive Bra
Whether it’s the boulder holder you wear during the day or the sports bra you change into at the gym, not sporting proper support is a big reason for droop. “The more your boobs bounce around, the more stressed breast skin and collagen become,” says Edwards. Stop in a lingerie shop and ask for a fitting just to make sure you’re wearing the right bra for your shape.
Wearing a bra that doesn’t provide enough support may cause your boobs to sag.
2. You don’t drink enough water:
Water does a lot of wonders in our body. When it is taken in very little amounts, it can cause the skin to shrink and appear dry and rough. This also applies to your breasts. Drink lots of water if you want to keep them up.
3. Skipping Sunscreen
Exposing your face to UV rays without a protective coating of sunscreen can lead to premature wrinkles, and it has the same effect on breast sag by stretching out collagen and damaging skin, says Edwards.
Try your best to apply sunscreen always on parts of your skin and breast that will be exposed to the rays of the sun.
Even your breasts can’t escape the damage cigarettes do. “Any amount of smoking weakens and ages skin by decreasing the blood supply to the skin surface,” says Edwards.
Smoking is bad for the health and for the breasts. It breaks down then elastin in skin that is responsible for youthful appearance.
5. Crash Dieting
Cycling back and forth between the same five to 10 kilos probably won’t make a dent in your set. But yo-yo dieting 30 or so kilos over and over? Definitely. Each time you gain and lose weight, breast tissue becomes more slack, kind of like old tights, says Dr Michael Edwards, a breast surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Fluctuations in your weight can cause your skin to lose elasticity. Therefore, leading to drooping boobs over time.
6. High-Impact Workouts
The research is scant right now, but some experts say that the back-and-forth repetitive motions that happen when you run or do a similar workout can lead to a breakdown of breast collagen. But before you swear off the track or treadmill, read up on the details (and keep in mind that exercise helps you keep up a youthful appearance in other ways).
Article by ESTHER CRAIN
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