Décolleté wrinkles—those pesky lines that form just below your collarbone and extend down between your breasts—result from a combination of factors including diet, age, sun exposure, side sleeping, and collagen breakdown. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to heal these lines and even prevent them from forming altogether. Diet can be addressed by eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water each day, and including superfoods like almonds, avocado, and tomatoes. Sun exposure can be handled by covering your décolleté or by applying sunscreen and moisturizer on a regular basis. Collagen breakdown can also be handled by the topical application of hydrators and moisturizers. But what can you do about side sleeping? That one can be a bit more difficult to remedy.
For many of us, side sleeping is the position where we feel most comfortable and get the best night’s sleep. It’s where our body naturally wants to be. And we’ll often move into the position without knowing it. That’s what makes the issue of side sleeping and décolleté wrinkles so frustrating: we have very little control over what our body does while we are unconscious and asleep. That raises a very real and important question, “How can we prevent wrinkles from forming on our décolleté while we sleep?” Enter the breast pillow.
Breast pillows come in many forms. But regardless of the shape or size, they all function in the same way and serve the same purpose: to keep your breasts separate and to support your top breast no matter which side you sleep on.
To put it simply, wearing a breast pillow will decrease the pulling, tugging, folding, and wrinkling of the delicate skin on your décolleté, also called the chest area. This article will show you how to use a breast pillow in addition to outlining the benefits, drawbacks, and alternatives of these wrinkle fighting devices.
3 Benefits of Breast Pillows
The benefits of the breast pillow are multifaceted and include support, friction reduction, and comfort. While most women start using a breast pillow for added support and wrinkle prevention, they also find that it’s more comfortable than going without one. Let’s look at each of these benefits in a bit more detail.
The breast pillow’s primary benefit is that it provides support to the breasts themselves while sleeping on your side. When you sleep on your side, your top breast is more susceptible to the tug of gravity and can be pushed and pulled into some uncomfortable positions. A breast pillow can help protect the top breast from unwanted movement, much like a sports bra does when you exercise. The extra support you receive from the breast pillow can make for a much more comfortable and pleasant night’s sleep.
But the breast pillow does more than just lend support to the breasts themselves. A breast pillow also supports the thin skin of the décolleté. While healthy skin should be able to move slightly in all directions, too much of that movement can cause stretching and micro-tearing. This damage can lead to lines, wrinkles, and discoloration on the surface of your skin. And thin skin—like that on your décolleté—is even more susceptible to these issues because it has less tissue supporting it. The multiple points of support provided by a breast pillow can help protect against each one of these issues.
2. Reduced Friction
Because the breast pillow supports the breasts and the décolleté during side sleeping, it also serves to reduce friction. Friction is caused by the skin-on-skin rubbing that occurs during regular (“pillowless”) side sleeping. Without a breast pillow, the skin of the breasts is rubbed together by the placement of your arm and the ever-present pull of gravity. Then, when you move even slightly during the night, the skin between your breasts is forced to move back and forth against itself. This rubbing results in microscopic damage that can build up over time and lead to unsightly wrinkled skin on your décolleté. A breast pillow keeps the breasts separated and prevents the friction and rubbing that is so common in side sleeping.
Some find the breast pillow to be a comfortable addition to their side-sleeping routine. The support that a breast pillow provides means that you’ll be more comfortable throughout the night. That comfort can result in a deeper, more restful sleep. That in itself is enough of a reason for most women to use a breast pillow every night.
It’s very much like using a pregnancy pillow to support your lower torso during side sleeping. The pillow keeps the pressure off that area of your body. In addition, it supports the weight of your body giving the skin and muscles a well-deserved rest. Best of all, women of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the support that a breast pillow can provide.
2 Types of Breast Pillows
There are two basic categories into which all breast pillows fall:
- Those with straps
- Those without straps
Let’s look at each one in a bit more detail.
1. Breast pillow with straps
A breast pillow with straps functions like the opposite of a bra: the cleavage is covered while the breasts are left exposed. The strapped breast pillow is placed between the breasts and usually covers the sternum (the bone at the center of your chest) from top to bottom. The straps are adjusted to keep the pillow in place. Many women worry that the tossing and turning they do at night will dislodge the breast pillow. If that is one of your main concerns, a strapped breast pillow may be your best bet. This type of breast pillow will stay in place regardless of how much you move in your sleep.
2. Breast pillow without straps
Some breast pillows are nothing more than a small pillow that rests between your breasts while you sleep. These strapless versions typically require some form of external support such as a loose-fitting bra or a form-fitting tank top. The pillow itself can range from an air- or liquid-filled “balloon” to a soft-yet-supportive cotton or foam pad. Regardless of which version you choose, they both serve the same function: to reduce the stress and strain on your décolleté during side sleeping and to prevent the wrinkles that can result.
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of the breast pillow and the two major types, let’s turn our attention to the drawbacks you may encounter when using them.
3 Drawbacks Of Using A Breast Pillow
The benefits of using a breast pillow to reduce wrinkles during side sleeping can be significant. However, the cons of using a breast pillow can be equally significant. Here are three of the top complaints.
1. May be too expensive
Breast pillows range in cost. The strap version can be particularly expensive and may turn some women off from giving them a try. Even budget priced breast pillows can cost well over $50 and don’t always provide the best results.
2. May not fit properly
Strap versions might not adjust properly to accommodate some women. This can make the breast pillow uncomfortable to wear at night. Comfort is important for a good night’s sleep and can be one of the major reasons for using a breast pillow. If the breast pillow isn’t comfortable to wear, it defeats the purpose.
3. Movement can cause the breast pillow to move
If the strap version of the breast pillow isn’t adjusted correctly, it can move during the course of a night. Again, this defeats the purpose of wearing the pillow in the first place. In addition, it can add to the discomfort of side sleeping and may disrupt your natural sleeping patterns.
Strapless versions are particularly susceptible to dislodging. Because they are only held in place by the clothing you choose to wear, they may migrate during a particularly restless night. If you have a tendency to change sides frequently during the night, the strapless version may be more frustrating than useful.
The Best Alternative to Breast Pillows
Thankfully, there is a very effective alternative to the breast pillow for reducing wrinkles on the décolleté: SiO Beauty’s 24-Hour System. The SiO Beauty 24-Hour System focuses on what’s important: wrinkle reduction through a unique combination of cleansers, support, and all-day moisturizers. In addition, the SiO system offers something that no other breast pillow can—the creation of a microclimate that heals and prevents wrinkles while you sleep. But before we get to that, let’s look at each component in detail.
The SiO Beauty 24-Hour System works in three simple steps. First, use the SiO Décolleté Cleansing Discs to lightly exfoliate, clean pores, and prepare the skin on your décolleté for the healing and prevention to come. These unique cleansing discs use a gentle yet highly-effective combination of glycolic and lactic acid to remove leftover dirt, sweat, and other potentially damaging toxins that might be left behind after washing. What’s more, the zero-alcohol formula is extra gentle on your skin so you don’t have to worry about doing more harm than good like you do with ordinary exfoliants. The SiO Décolleté Cleansing Discs are even safe for sun-damaged skin.
After you’ve thoroughly cleansed your décolleté with the SiO Cleansing Discs, let the skin dry completely. Then apply the patent-pending SiO SkinPad to wear overnight while you sleep. This is where the bulk of the healing and wrinkle prevention occurs. First, the SkinPad provides support to the skin between your breasts and keeps it from being pulled and folded over on itself. But unlike the breast pillows mentioned above, the SkinPad does all this without potentially uncomfortable straps and without the very real possibility that it will move during the night.
The SkinPad’s unique patent-pending tapered design ensures that, no matter how much you toss and turn, the pad will stay in place yet be very comfortable. This is because the SkinPad uses an ultra-thin coating of medical grade adhesive to keep the pad in place. On top of that, the SkinPad and its adhesive have been rigorously tested to deliver the highest level of safety, performance, and comfort. So you can rest easy, secure in the knowledge that the SiO SkinPad will provide the support your décolleté needs from the moment your head hits the pillow to the moment you get up in the morning.
But support isn’t all the SkinPad has to offer. Yes, it is an important component for preventing wrinkles on your décolleté, but the real power lies in what happens between your skin and the pad while you sleep. The SiO SkinPad uses the same science recommended by doctors and surgeons for the purpose of healing scars and burns. “What is that science?” you might ask. We’ll give you a hint: it’s all in our name. The capital “S” and lowercase “i” is the chemical abbreviation for silicone. The capital “O” is the chemical abbreviation for oxygen. Our patented SkinPad is made out of pure medical-grade silicone (SiO). When worn on the décolleté overnight, the silicone pad creates a breathable microclimate that supplies healing oxygen (O) to the skin and draws moisture to the surface. This combination of moisture and oxygen can have a profound hydrating effect on even the toughest wrinkles returning your skin to a youthful smoothed and firmed appearance. But the SkinPad does much more than just smooth down wrinkles. It can:
- Increase hydration.
- Soften the look and feel of crepey skin.
- Prevent new wrinkles from forming.
That’s a whole lot of healthy benefits from something that’s not much bigger than your average cell phone.
All of these pieces work together to significantly provide skin-plumping hydration, brighten skin tone, and protect against new environmental damage. It’s a powerful punch that can show real results in just one night.
Use the Best Solution for The Best Results
While breast pillows can be a great way to prevent décolleté wrinkles, for the best results, it’s important to use the best product available. To repair existing wrinkles and to prevent new wrinkles from forming—without all the drawbacks of the breast pillow, the best product is the overnight chest pad coupled with a cleansing solution and a hydrating serum. Don’t settle for uncomfortable pillows and straps. Sleep like you want to sleep and prevent wrinkles with the SiO Beauty 24-Hour System.