Just like the skin on our face, breast sagging is one of the many natural body changes every women experience. That’s because breasts are made of fat and ligaments, so over time, they lose a bit of their fatty composition. Plus, gravity is a formidable force we cannot escape. Also, as we get older, our skin loses its elasticity so the forces of gravity hastens the process of our breasts sagging.
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Other factors include how many times you get pregnant, if choose to breastfeed or not as well as weight fluctuations.
Here are some other reasons why your breasts could be sagging and what you can do to mitigate the issue.
If you’re a yo-yo dieter who’s constantly gaining and losing weight, your breast tissue will lose its elasticity and start to droop. To stay perky, lose or gain weight slowly and sensibly to give your skin time to adapt.
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Smoking breaks down elastin (which keeps your skin looking young), and weakens and ages the skin around your breasts, causing them to appear stretched and saggy. Just another reason to give up the habit!
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Sunscreen is always important to block your face from UV rays and prevent premature wrinkles, and the same goes for your boobs. Liberally applying sunblock can prevent your breasts from becoming dehydrated and damaged, which can cause them to sag.
Not having proper support causes your boobs to bounce around, which stresses your breast skin and collagen. Every year or two, have a professional fitting at a lingerie department, to ensure you’re wearing the right bra for your shape. Contrary to hearsay, underwire bras don’t constrict the lymphatic system and trap toxins in the breast tissue to cause or increase breast cancer. Experts say there is no scientific evidence to back this.
If you’re full-chested, it’s advisable to wear a comfortable T-shirt bra to sleep in, to maintain your shape.
If you’re running without wearing a well-fitted sports bra or worse, in your normal bra, it’s just a matter of time before your boobs start sagging. News flash: They bounce a great deal while you run or jump, so it’s worth investing in supportive sports bras that will reduce breast movement significantly.
Eating excessive amounts of the wrong type of food can affect your tush and tummy, but even your boobs will bear the brunt of those bags of chips or greasy bacon.
Moisturising your breasts keeps your breast skin hydrated, which is important when it comes to slowing down the sag.
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Skipping water can make your skin appear rough, and not just on your face. Drink enough fluids to keep your skin glowing and youthful-looking.
Sure, this may be the most comfortable position for you to get your beauty rest, but pressing your boobs against your mattress for hours on end isn’t exactly helping. Even sleeping on your side is a big no-no as it causes breast ligaments to strict over time. However, if you put a pillow under them for support, it could help alleviate the problem, even by a little.
A version of this story first appeared in Her World