If only this part of our body would just cooperate and remain perky – as if we do not have enough problems to deal with in terms of wrinkles, graying and receding hairlines, or keeping other parts of our bodies up to date or ‘trendy.’
While we would rather not embrace it, breast sagging is simply a part of life where the connective tissue that helps them keep their shape known as the Cooper’s ligaments become lax either from age, from breastfeeding, and in some cases, genetics and the breasts begin to sag.
This loss of elasticity of collagen in the connective tissue on your pairs can also be caused by yo-yo diets.
Yes, your endeavor to lose weight through crash dieting can contribute to sagging breasts.
It is also wise for all the smokers out there to quit this toxic habit as it’s known to not only cause cancer, up your risk of heart attack and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), smoking also subtracts as many as ten years from your expected lifespan.
It also sabotages your sexual prowess and causes breast ptosis – drooping breast tissue by breaking down elastin – the protein fibers in the skin that lends it its firmness and elasticity.
Therefore, the sooner you quit, the sooner you can prevent your breast from sagging.
Did you know that wearing an unsupported bra during high-impact workouts causes your breasts to bounce around too much, enough to cause more stress to the breast skin and collagen?
If you have been holding on to an old sports bra that has lost its elasticity, your breasts will thank you if you invest a little more in a supportive one.
According to experts, you will know that you are wearing the right kind of sports bra if:
- It allows comfortable movement, and your breasts do not move excessively while exercising and your bra.
- The sports bra has a tight under band that has a snug fit than regular bras
- It provides adequate coverage at the sides and the top of the breast, with a tight, but comfortable fabric on the bust.
- The bra straps should not dig into your skin.
- It should hold your breasts closer to your chin than to your navel.
Breast sagging is inevitable, and unfortunately, even if you are not obese, you do not smoke, or never breastfed, gravity has a way of ensuring that we all experience a level of droopiness.
If this is you, there are ways that you can prevent breasts from sagging or at least slow down the sagging process for a few good years.
Exercising the pectoral muscles
Breasts are made up of fat, connective tissues and milk glands that require care and attention to keep them in healthy and in shape.
While breast sagging begins in the late 30s or after going through a pregnancy, some women will experience this phenomenon very early on in their young lives.
There are, however, some exercises that can prevent breasts from sagging.
Pushups are fantastic workouts for not only a strong chest and upper body, but also for working your pectoral muscles, your triceps and shoulders.
While they won’t shape your breast muscles or reverse the aging process in the breasts, pushups will most definitely tone the muscles behind your breasts, add firmness and are the perfect go-to exercise for proper weight management and for reducing the excess fat deposits around the chest.
In addition to pushups, cobra lat pulldowns, lifting weights and performing workouts such as curls, chest presses, dumbbell flys and plank rotation, elbow squeezes, and overhead presses can also strengthen the pectoral muscles.
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Just remember to wear a well-fitting and supportive sports bra that will prevent stretching of the Cooper’s ligaments.
Always start your workout with a 10 – 15-minute warm-up and when you are working with weights, always choose those that challenge your muscles, while doing three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.
As you progress, add other variations that make you feel your chest muscles working such as cardio, lower body, and core workouts into your weekly schedule, never forgetting to stay hydrated and to stretch your body at the end of every workout.
Maintaining a healthy diet
Stock-up your fridge with foods that are nutritionally rich and contain proteins, vitamins, calcium, minerals, carbohydrates and essential fats, such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, and garlic.
Did you know that a protein deficiency can result in saggy breasts?
Essential oils cypress oils, lemongrass, fennel, carrot, and spearmint are known to naturally help in restoring the elasticity and suppleness of saggy skin.
When used with mild carrier oils, these essential oils can be massaged on the breasts to tone the skin. A fruit like a pomegranate has powerful anti-aging properties, and its Phyto-nutrient rich seed oil can help prevent breasts from sagging.
Additionally, not only are the antioxidant properties of Aloe Vera skin-tightening but when massaged five times a week and allowed to sit on the skin of the breast for about 10 minutes, will prevent damage caused by free radicals and help firm sagging breasts.
Aren’t at home remedies are simply the best?
Hydration, hydration, hydration…
This point can’t be emphasized enough.
Drinking water regularly rejuvenates your skin, boosts your metabolism, fights off viruses, eliminates toxins, improves your digestion, and aids in weight loss.
Lack of water does the exact opposite. The skin around your breasts will not only look dull, but dehydration may also make your breasts look shrunken.
If drinking plain water isn’t your forte, squeezing juice from a lemon into your water or adding a teaspoon full of hibiscus powder, will give it a flavor boost.
You will also be getting a good dose of the ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which has various health benefits.
Additionally, hibiscus is also known as the ‘Botox plant’ that has the most powerful anti-aging properties that combat the aging process by firming and lifting your skin and for increasing skin elasticity to give you a stunning natural youth-boost. Your pairs will thank you for it!
Like your face and décolletage, the skin around your breasts can do with a little TLC, and in Ayurveda, fenugreek has been used to lift, tighten, and firm sagging breasts.
Make a thick paste of fenugreek with water, apply and let it sit on your breasts for 10 minutes twice a week.
You can also mix natural yogurt, ten drops of fenugreek oil, vitamin E oil, and one egg white to a smooth mask. Allow the mixture to sit and soak in for 30 minutes, once a week and see the difference.
For an instant lift, massaging ice to your breasts is known to cause the tissue to contract to make the breasts appear firmer.
A noteworthy cue: Breasts do not contain muscle..
Therefore, there aren’t any specific exercises that you can do to target them or bulk them up.
However, doing exercises that target the pectoralis major muscle located directly beneath the breast will help prevent breasts from sagging and give them a firmer look.
After all, isn’t that what we are all after?
All you need is a healthy diet, exercise regimen, and a positive attitude!