One of my trusty beauty advisors, cosmetic dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, recommends applying a nightly treatment with retinol and/or antioxidants to help keep your breasts from looking old before their time.
We like to use this every other day on the areas that matter the most, like our shoulders, neck, and chest. The formula helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, sun spots, and crepey skin, so applying it to your chest is really the best place to put it.
Retinoids are potent antioxidants that may boost collagen production. However, experts do not consider firming products to be effective overall, and their penetration of the skin may not be deep enough to help lift sagging skin.
But did you know the powerhouse ingredient can also be your ticket to smoothing and firming all of your skin? Meet retinol body lotions. Retinol body lotions can help smooth fine lines, clear body acne, and correct hyperpigmentation on arms, legs, and more.
A product that contains 0.3% retinol may also have some effect on cellulite. Some women who've used it say they see a little less cellulite. Retinol can help thicken the skin, which may reduce how much cellulite you see.
Engelman agrees: "Retinol is the most potent ingredient that helps build collagen and elastin, which leads to tighter, smoother skin."This mixture has the added bonus of hyaluronic acid, which "can smooth, firm, and tighten the appearance of the skin," Dr. Bowe says.
If the damage is already done, forget cleavage facials and masks, there are three key ingredients you should be keeping an eye out for: 'Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient for the decollete as it builds collagen [which plumps the skin] and helps prevent and treat pigmentation,' says Dr Bunting.
Can you use a Vitamin C serum while breastfeeding? You sure can! Incorporate some Vitamin C into your skincare regime, such as Aspect Dr Active C serum. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that stabilises free-radicals (unstable molecules that inflame the skin), improving dryness, collagen damage, fine lines and wrinkles.
The thicker fabric and extra padding will help support the breasts and minimize the appearance of sagging, giving them a perkier and more rounded silhouette instead. If the cups of the bra are molded, then make sure that they are formed in the shape that will complement the natural shape of your breasts.
Because it is poorly absorbed after topical application, it is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.  Do not apply tretinoin directly to the nipple and areola and ensure that the infant's skin does not come into direct contact with the areas of skin that have been treated.
Over time, the skin starts to become thinner, lose fat, and develop wrinkles and age spots. In the same way, the breasts start to lose fat, and the tissues lose elasticity. As a result, they appear smaller and lower down.
Manual exfoliators can actually cause micro-tears and abrasions to the thin skin on the chest. Instead, the gentler, safer option for chest skin exfoliation is with the skincare star ingredient, glycolic acid. As the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid, glycolic acid can most quickly and easily penetrate the skin barrier.
Don't Ignore Breast Skin
Breast skin gets dry, itchy, and sensitive, just like the rest of your skin. And because it's thinner and more delicate than other areas, it's also prone to wrinkles and crepiness.
"Vitamin C is an antioxidant that we commonly recommend to treat dark spots and sun damage because of its ability to brighten the skin. Just as it can brighten sun spots on your face, it can do the same to pigmentation around scars," said Zeichner.
Vitamin C has a great ability to speed up healing time which is highly effective at clearing up acne, fading scars, reducing redness and promotes collagen production. It also helps to lighten pigmentation, even out your skin tone, reducing the size and appearance of scarring overall.
Vitamin C has been shown to promote wound healing, also by contributing to collagen formation. Mild to moderate acne scars as well as surgical scars can benefit from a vitamin C application. As you can see, vitamin C is a multi-tasking workhorse that can protect, repair, and rejuvenate your skin.
Use Vitamin C
It's the single most effective antioxidant in fighting free radicals and preventing the signs of aging. Applying the serum each evening after exfoliating will help make the skin on the neck and chest look brighter, smoother, and younger.
No, it's not. It's just an adjustment process. For the record, no study proved that there's been any skin damage or signs of 'faster aging' caused solely by retinol.
Retinol is best applied at night, since it can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. When you do go outside, be sure to use sunscreen to protect your face. Also, keep in mind that you don't need to use retinol on a daily basis for it to be effective at treating acne. Two to three times per week may be enough.
Generally, it takes a few weeks to see results, but some OTC options may require months of regular use. Most dermatologists said you'll need to use retinol for a few weeks before you see results, but you should see improvements by 12 weeks with most products.
Derived from vitamin A, retinoids — such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) — that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks less than a few months old. Tretinoin, when it works, helps to rebuild a protein in the skin called collagen, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin.
Advanced Clinicals Retinol Serum uses 1.3% Retinol Encapsulate. Encapsulated Retinol has a higher stability rate than “free” Retinol which means it has a more potent efficacy for more consistent results.
Retinol is a type of retinoid, which is a fat-soluble organic compound and vitamin A derivative. Retinol exfoliates the skin, increases skin cell turnover, and stimulates collagen synthesis. It is considered the gold standard for its anti-aging and skin clearing benefits.