Do you avoid wearing dresses that show a little cleavage because of the fine wrinkling and brown spots on your upper chest?
If so, read on — you can do wonders for your skin, even if the signs of aging have already made themselves apparent.
What causes chest wrinkles?
As you age, your skin loses volume, elasticity, and its ability to retain moisture. Your body gradually produces fewer of the proteins that hold the skin together and allow it to maintain its shape and durability.
Environmental factors also affect your skin as you age. As such, you must keep in mind that certain harsh chemicals and the sun’s ultraviolet rays will cause significant harm over time and need to be avoided.
What causes age spots?
Age spots are dark patches that appear on the surface of your skin. They most often occur on the face, hands, chest, and other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun.
Your body is naturally more resistant to age spots when you are young, but as you age you need be more vigilant. Also note that tanning beds increase the risk of age spots because they overexpose your skin to ultraviolet rays.
Preventing premature signs of aging
Here are four tips to help you avoid premature skin damage in the decolletage area.
- Avoid sun damage.
The sun is one of the greatest causes of wrinkles and age spots. Use sunblock every time you go outside. Look for products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher because they will prevent at least 97% of the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating your skin.
Using sunblock is an excellent way to keep wrinkles and age spots at bay for as long as possible. Keep your sunblock in an obvious spot such as by your keys, so you will better remember to apply it before stepping outside.
- Stay hydrated.
For your skin to look and remain healthy it needs to get plenty of water. Drinking soda and other sugary drinks won’t provide your body with the hydration it needs, and not drinking enough water can cause your skin to become dry and cracked.
So make an effort to keep a bottle or glass of fresh water within reach at all times — you’ll be doing your skin a favor!
- Don’t smoke.
Smoking on a regular basis accelerates the aging process and makes your wrinkles more pronounced. Breaking the habit will not only help you look younger but also increase your life expectancy.
No matter your age, it’s never too late to break bad habits and start making smart choices.
- Use a good moisturizer.
If you’ve never used one you’ll be surprised to see how much a good moisturizer will improve the look of the skin on your chest. Hydrated skin is important because it’s resilient and will help you regain some of the elasticity you enjoyed when you were younger.
Take the time to find moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that attracts and retains water.
We recommend SkinMedica’s TNS body lotion, which contains an array of natural human growth factors and other compounds that help diminish the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven texture.
For best results, apply when you get up in the morning and again at night before you go to bed.
Treating chest wrinkles and brown spots
At-home solutions can do wonders to reduce and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and age spots on your chest. But getting high-quality results requires the expert touch and care of a trained medical professional.
- Laser resurfacing
You can opt for laser treatments to remove age spots and eliminate wrinkles. These treatments are especially popular in the management of facial wrinkles, but can be used to treat sun damage in the cleavage area as well.
At The Breslow Center, we use Sciton’s erbium laser resurfacing technology as an excellent solution for fine decolletage wrinkles and sun spots. This procedure stimulates the body’s collagen production and increases the skin’s natural elasticity.
Note that while laser treatments alone won’t get rid of sagging or excess skin, they are effective at addressing surface wrinkles and irregular pigmentation.
- Chemical peels
Finally, you may choose to opt for a glycolic peel, which is particularly recommended for smoothing fine lines and eliminating pigmentation concerns in the cleavage area. Glycolic acid has a small molecule and penetrates into the skin easily. This encourages cell turnover and helps generate fresher, younger-looking skin.
The process is gradual and requires no downtime. Several treatments spaced one or two weeks apart generally produce the best results.
Aging will inevitably take a toll on the skin on your chest, but if you take good care of yourself by using proper sunblock and applying quality moisturizer daily you could see surprisingly pleasant results fairly quickly.
To learn more about your treatment options for chest wrinkles and age spots, schedule an appointment for a consultation at our New Jersey medical spa today! Our skin care specialists have the extensive training and experience required to address your cosmetic concerns with the utmost safety and professionalism.