I’m quite aware that some of the readers would rush to say what is it about breasts and beauty?
Let me hasten to tell you that everything on your body needs to be maintained from hair to toe.
Hopefully, most of you now under stands why this topic is relevant to us.
���TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BOOBS
Our skin is the largest organ of our body and taking good care of it will benefit our health.
Everything that is in contact with our skin can be absorbed; nightwear and lingerie is no exception.
Trawling the internet for breast-related nuggets of wisdom can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
The sheer volume of advice dished out to women on how they should relate to their bodies and, even more so, their breasts.
Some say wear bras while others say go free.
Some stipulate that exercising keeps breasts “buoyant” and “perk”.
Others present more inwardly-nourishing therapies as the way to accept and love your breasts the way they are.
Of course, it’s great that women are talking about their bodies and their breasts, and many of these “titbits” of advice can be helpful.
However, occasionally it feels as though they slip into the realm of prescription and generalisation rather than suggestion–acknowledging and celebrating that every reader’s body and breasts will be different.
Ironically, this post will now add to this long list bombarding every women-breast-bodies-related search.
Our hope is that these five tips will be read as just that: little tips and gentle suggestions that can be taken and adapted to your own breasts’ wants and needs.
- PRACTISE BREAST SELF-EXAMS
Most important and for everyone, men included need this as well.
Research has shown that over 340 men in the UK are diagnosed each year, so looking out for any changes in the chest area is also something for men to be aware of.
A good piece of advice is to find out if you have a higher risk of breast cancer and to tell your doctor if anyone in your family has had breast or ovarian cancer.
The most pro-active thing you can be doing is practising monthly breast self-exams to check for anything that’s not normal for you, such as any unusual lumps or swelling.
This is a really handy little breast self-exam diagram from Nor-cal Think Pink to show you how to go about checking your breasts. It’s necessary!!
Moisturising can often feel like a bit of a chore, but there’s no denying it’s great for keeping your breasts happy if you have the time and want to.
The skin around your breasts is thin and can be particularly sensitive so, if this is something you’d like to try, it’s a good idea to use a thicker cream that doesn’t contain any irritating chemicals to prevent your chest area from becoming dry and sore.
If you notice redness or rashes around your chest area, it may well be your skin reacting to a synthetic fabric in your clothing or a chemical in your moisturiser.
It’s a good idea to get it checked out with your doctor just in case and, if it is the fabrics or the cream, wearing clothing that is 100 percent cotton and using natural skin-creams can help prevent further irritation.
Around your breasts, are lymph nodes which carry fluid called lymph which helps fight off illness.
The lymphatic system relies on the movement of the body to keep the fluid moving along, and so one way of helping it out is to massage in the direction that your lymph wants to move, towards the heart.
Massaging is also very relaxing and helps to de-stress and cultivate a positive way of touching your body through movements that show care and affection for your body as a whole.
As well as a source of self-care, it can also be a nice way to treat yourself after a breast self-exam.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET & EXERCISE
As with the rest of your body, your breasts require balanced nourishment and regular exercise to keep them happy.
A well-balanced diet containing proteins, healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods, such as nuts, eggs, milk and vegetables is one way of helping them along.
Increased physical activity reduces the overall risk of breast cancer by 10-30 percent, so moderate exercise will help protect your breasts.
Diet and exercise will vary for every person, depending on time, needs and your body, so go easy on yourself and set small and manageable targets that work for you.
- TO BRA OR NOT TO BRA
There is of course absolutely no right or wrong when it comes to whether or not you should wear a bra.
It all depends on your body and its needs.
All in all, if you wear a bra, it’s better to have a couple that fit really well and keep your boobs happy than lots of bras that get away with slyly chilling under your tops without chipping in on the overall wellbeing of your breasts.
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We hope that you find some of these tips useful and that they can be part of opening up an inclusive and far-reaching conversation about the wonders of breasts!
���The Do’s & Don’ts of Keeping Your Breasts Perky
We’ve all heard of miracle lotions and creams that promise to enhance the appearance of your breasts, or secret exercises that combat gravity’s pull—and most women would love to know how to keep their breasts perky. But the truth is that there is no cure-all for sagging breasts outside of surgery. There are, however, many habits that can help you retain your breasts’ perkiness, even if there’s no regaining it.
So let’s go through a couple of “do’s and don’ts” of breast maintenance:
- Don’t buy in to creams and lotions that promise enhanced breast shape.
Breasts sag due to the cooper’s ligaments and surrounding tissues naturally losing their integrity and no product can reverse this.
- Do invest in quality moisturiser and sunscreen.
Moisturising your breasts won’t reverse the sagging process, but can help skin remain stronger and firmer for longer.
Additionally, UV rays can increase the rate at which tissues break down, so make sure to protect your breasts from the sun with an SPF 30 or higher.
- Don’t wear bras that give too much lift to your breasts. Studies show that wearing bras that are too supportive can actually weaken the muscles supporting your breasts, which can potentially speed up the sagging process.
- Do wear properly fitted bras that aid your body in supporting your breasts. It might be appealing to have a beautiful lacy push-up—and we’re all for lingerie that makes you feel good about yourself—but the truth is that how a bra fits your breasts should be the most important factor in choosing your everyday bras. If you’ve not been professionally fitted at a lingerie store or your shape has changed since your last fitting, treat yourself to a bra fitting soon.
- Don’t avoid exercises that make your breasts bounce.
There is no proven connection between your breasts bouncing up and down and increased sagging.
Effective and valuable exercises require a lot of movement and that’s no reason to shy away.
- Do maintain a consistent weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Fluctuations in weight stretch the skin of your breasts and result in decreased elasticity of your breast tissue, which contributes to drooping.
Increasing your core strength through exercise is a great way to build up the muscles that support your breasts.
- Don’t expect breast implants to beat gravity.
If you decide to invest in breast augmentation surgery, know that implants increase breast fullness, but do not combat sagging.
If you already have noticeable sagging, implants alone are unlikely to cure the issue.
- Do consider a breast lift.
This procedure is designed to reverse the effects of gravity on your breasts to help restore a youthful shape.
Combining a breast lift with augmentation can give you both perkiness and fullness; it’s no wonder the combined procedure is so popular among our patients.
Beauty blogs, popular magazines, and old wives tales may include tips, tricks, and remedies for avoiding or even reversing sagging, but the truth is, breast drooping is an inevitable part of your breasts’ lifespan.
But just because it’s inevitable doesn’t mean you have to let drooping breasts affect your confidence.
Breast enhancement procedures can help restore a youthful firmness and contour to your breasts by reducing excess, lax skin.
��� In as much as many women get really worked out when they think of breast and the small things and discomfort that comes with it it’s very important to take out your time to take care and look after them. They are not only beauty enhancers but they play a vital role in human life. Till we meet again next week, happy reading.
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NB: Joey Nyikadzino is a beautician, script-writer, hairstylist and entrepreneur based in the capital.
She also runs a film and theatre school grooming upcoming actresses from less fortunate backgrounds and remote areas.
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