The problem is that the skin on the upper chest is sensitive, thin and delicate, thus making this area especially susceptible to signs of aging. However, while the appearance of chest wrinkles may be natural, that doesn’t mean it is any less disheartening. And it doesn’t mean we can’t take action to lessen their appearance.
I’ve already addressed ways to prevent chest wrinkles - like drinking plenty of water, taking vitamins and moisturizing - but what if you already have cleavage wrinkles? Luckily, in today's modern age we’re fortunate enough to have many options to help solve this problem. Below are seven of my favorite solutions along with the pros and cons of each.
1. Aloe Vera on Your Skin
You may already know that wrinkles occur as skin loses collagen and elastin over time, which results in a lack of hydration. So how does aloe vera help? In two ways. First, aloe contains powerful antioxidants that combat free radicals, which are largely responsible for the appearance of aging. Second, it increases the production of collagen and elastin, which, in turn slows the appearance of aging.
Aloe Vera is a great, inexpensive option to fight light wrinkles (or to prevent them, if you’re just starting the fight.) You can use aloe directly from the plant or by the bottle. Rub the gel into the skin as you would with any moisturizer.
2. Creams with Retinoic Acid
Don’t be alarmed by the medical-sounding name. This is a great wrinkle treatment. Retinoids prompt surface skin cells to regenerate more rapidly than their normal rate of about 27 days. This promotes the growth of newer, softer skin. They also hamper the process by which collagen is broken down, which keeps the deeper layers of skin thick.
Start with an over the counter cream. You can slowly build up in strength before asking a dermatologist to write a prescription. It’s a proven method for treating wrinkles, but it also takes up to two months before you’ll notice a difference.
3. Décolleté Wrinkle Silicone Pads
I may be a little biased here but this is my favorite anti-wrinkle option. It’s made of medical grade silicone - just silicon and oxygen - and all it takes is sleeping. The SiO SkinPad is a simple adhesive pad that is worn between the collarbone and the cleavage area. While you’re sleeping, it creates an environment that allows skin to hydrate and heal, smoothing wrinkles and helping to rebuild collagen over time. Upon waking, you’ll be more than ready to wear your favorite low cut blouses and dresses!
The SiO SkinPad is designed to feel like there’s nothing there, so you can still get a great night’s rest while making your skin smoother and softer. It can also be used to prevent wrinkles from forming the first place. You’ll notice a difference the very next morning, which is more than can be said for a lot of other treatments.*
4. Chemical Peel
During a chemical peel, a solution is applied to the skin which makes it blister and eventually peel off. Like with retinoid creams, the newer skin is smoother, softer and fuller. But it also leaves your skin more sensitive to the touch and sun immediately following treatment. While you should always try to wear sunscreen of at least 15 spf, it’s imperative that you use 30 spf or higher following a chemical peel.
While chemical peels can be at the low end of the cost spectrum for a light treatment, they often cost upwards of $1,000. This option works well for deeper wrinkles, but you have less control over results when compared with something like a laser treatment.
There are several different kinds of lasers. One of the most popular is fractionated ablative. While some laser treatments sear the skin’s surface, fractionated ablatives simply fire microscopic beams of energy at the epidermis to singe the skin tissue. Because it’s been singed, the healing process is quicker. You will still find yourself red and swollen, but you’ll be able to return to normal life in a few days. This option is less invasive and slightly less expensive, but doesn’t last as long as the previous laser treatment. It also may require multiple treatments.
Injections provide a more immediate, though not as long-lasting, fix to treat deep wrinkles. But instead of attacking the skin to generate and promote new cell growth, like in the case of lasers or chemical peels, a fluid is injected into folds and creases, acting as a filler. It acts like spackle in a wall crack, but from the inside out.
There are multiple types of injections including collagen and Botox™ injections, but the most popular is a hyaluronic acid filler. It’s a substance that occurs naturally in connective tissue and the fluid surrounding your eyes. After injections, you may have swelling and bruising at the site that will fade. But the good news is that repeated injections stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen that further helps reduce the showing of lines. Evidence also suggests that less filler is needed over time. You may start with up to four injections per year, but gradually only need two injections per year.
7. Plastic Surgery
Lasers and injections are mild medical procedures, but if you’re looking for something more intense, there’s plastic surgery. One of the most popular is fat grafting, where a surgeon will remove fat from another place on your body like your abdomen and inject it into problem areas. Your surgeon may also suggest multiple treatments that include various injections. Generally, you wouldn’t resort to plastic surgery unless wrinkles are extremely deep, your career depends on appearance or if other treatments haven’t worked.
Ease into treatment with something like SiO Beauty’s décolleté total beauty system, which includes Décolleté Cleansing Discs, a Décolleté Serum and the SiO SkinPads. Soon enough your chest will be so smooth, you’ll forget there was a time you ever had chest wrinkles.
*Results may vary. Based on Dermatologist approved Clinical Study verified with a 3rd party lab.