Real Talk: Should I Be Using a Special Moisturizer on My Boobs?
We have face creams, body creams, and even creams made for our butts. But what about our boobs? Dermatologists, estheticians, and skin aficionados all say to “bring your skin care down,” meaning to apply it to your neck and below. However, our décolleté is a sensitive area all on its own, so wouldn’t it deserve to have its own focus? Furthermore, do we need specific creams for breasts?
In order to figure that out, we should first address how the skin in our chest area and breasts differs from the face. “Even though the skin on our face has the most daily exposures to sun and environmental factors, pollutants and other pathogens, our facial skin is packed with a series of more complex adnexal structures, oil and sweat glands, and hair follicles, allowing it to regenerate from environmental insults readily,” explains Dr. Ava Shamban, a board-certified dermatologist based in Beverly Hills. Shamban goes on to say that the skin on our neck and breasts are all different structurally in terms of dermal thickness, while the chest has thinner skin with fewer structures and oil or sweat glands.
Ingredients to look for in skin-care creams for breasts
When it comes to keeping your chest area and boobs moisturized, Shamban says it is very important, as the skin in the area is drier and produces less sebum. However, she says it’s not really necessary to use a different moisturizer than the one we use for our regular skincare routine.
“The good stuff is the good stuff,” she says, but adds, “concentration may vary for a face cream or serum from face to body to breast.” Keep in mind that “lipids, ceramides, and emollients that are super nourishing and will soften and smooth the area as well as those which protect transepidermal water loss.” Other skin-care ingredients that are good for the breast area include polyglutamic acid, coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), as well as B vitamins like niacinamide, and even retinoids, though, Shamban says the latter should be used not on breast tissue but on the upper décolleté, chest, and neck.
Shamban stresses the importance of sun protection, especially when it comes to the chest. “It’s key to use adequate amounts of sunscreen, and even clothing, to block damaging rays of the sun which cause damage, breakdown of collagen and elastin, pigmentation and dehydration so skin loses bounce, causes wrinkles and lines as well as creepiness,” she explains. Sun damage can result in dull and lackluster skin, so it’s crucial to balance the protection and avoidance with high quality emollients such as cleansers, hydrators, and/or humectants, she adds.
The best firming creams for breasts
If you’re concerned about chest wrinkles, one way to help prevent them is to be aware of your sleep positions. “This can be difficult—but train to sleep on your back,” advises Shamban. She also says that wearing a non-underwire style sleep bra, or athletic style top overnight, can be beneficial.
Another tip? “Use silicone sheeting nightly that will help keep the skin stay taut while your breasts are compressed against it,” she says. Wrinkles also bring the topic of breast firming creams to mind. While Shamban says they are fine to use, don’t expect your breasts to suddenly look perky or 20 years younger. “As far as the true promise to firm the area, I beg to differ,” she says. “That is something that is not really possible topically; it's more of a freshly hydrated plumping and a very, very temporary type of toning 'caffeine' effect.” (Still, not a bad thing to have on hand if you’re wearing a low cut dress for a night out.)
Keep scrolling for 10 of the best creams for breasts, including Shamban’s picks.
10 Best Creams for Breasts
A recommendation from Shamban, this body cream combats crepey skin through its powerhouse formula containing vitamin-rich jojoba seed extract, a blend of highly moisturizing butters like shea, murumuru, and cupuacu, and turmeric root extract, which boosts the luminosity of the skin while evening its tone.
Another one of Shamban’s picks, this body-firming treatment is meant to be applied twice a day in order to gain the benefits of the included tri-peptides and yeast. Both tri-peptides and yeast contain properties that brighten and firm skin, leaving it plumper and more elastic. The formula also contains hydrolyzed rice protein, another powerful firming ingredient.
While this isn’t one of Shamban’s official picks, she says that “something with high antioxidants and low strength retinol would be an ideal product,” and this serum has .2 percent retinol, which increases cell turnover and tackles acne, while also containing antioxidants like acai berries and dragon fruit.
As per the brand’s ethos and name, this cream is chock-full of botanicals, including highly moisturizing oils like rosehip, jojoba, and coconut to help keep wrinkles at bay. The cream also contains the antioxidant peach butter, as well as Grecian Coast tree sap which is aimed at making skin look more plump and firm.
This fittingly-named mask contains the amino acid palmitoyl isoleucine to help with firmness and give the boobs a plump appearance, while the Kigelia Africana plant makes skin look tighter. Clinical studies have shown that using this mask results in significantly firmer-looking skin in the breasts after 28 days, as well as an increase in smoothness. (Also, even though this is technically a mask, you don’t have to wash it off, so it’s as easy to use as a moisturizer.)
SiO is all about firming (they also make Silicone Chest Anti-Wrinkle Patches), and this body cream is no different. It contains Corallina Officinalis, a red seaweed extract that tightens the skin, as well as the wrinkle-fighting Camellia Japonica Flower.
The cleverly-named Boob Job from Rodial contains a patented plant extract called volufiline that plumps and smooths the skin, improves elasticity, and diminishes wrinkles which results in a firmer and fuller looking chest.
Formulated with a ton of nourishing ingredients like shea butter, hibiscus flower extract, and a complex of Indian Fig extract and Monk’s Pepper Berry, as well as niacinamide and plant proteins, your décolletage will be well-taken care of.
This daily gel features interesting ingredients like oat sugars derived from oat kernel, which forms a “natural veil” on top of the skin, acting like a natural tightening agent.
The idea behind this breast oil is fostered in the ancient Chinese belief that massages can heal and improve health (as well as mitigate chronic back pain). It contains frankincense, myrrh, and Chinese Cedarwood to release blockage in the lymphatic system, while neroli oil helps hydrate the skin, reduce fine lines, and help with age spots and hyperpigmentation.
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