Facial skin gets a lot of attention when it comes to anti-aging treatments, but other parts of the body are just as susceptible to wrinkles. Chest wrinkles are particularly common in women, who often expose their decolletage in both shirts and dresses. The sun damages chest skin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines, just as it does the face. If you are diligent, you can guard against the aging process and prevent chest wrinkles.
Put a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a high-SPF rating, on your chest daily. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which damage skin and cause wrinkles. If you are swimming or exercising, reapply often. The sun can damage skin, even on overcast or rainy days, so make sunscreen application part of your year-round routine.
Wear protective clothing if you’ll be in the sun for extended periods of time. While sunscreen is essential, you need additional coverage for intense sun periods. Wear a crew-neck T-shirt that covers your chest area in addition to sunscreen.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. If you consume fresh foods that are rich in nutrients and vitamins, your skin will retain its youthful appearance for longer. Vitamins A, C, E and K are particularly vital for healthy, fresh skin.
Hydrate. In order for your skin to look good, it’s imperative that you hydrate from inside. Try to drink at least 64 oz. of water daily. If you exercise or sweat throughout the day, you should up that amount.
Apply a rich anti-wrinkle cream to your chest area each night. While you can use facial anti-wrinkle cream on your chest, many companies are now making anti-wrinkle body creams.
See a dermatologist once a year. Your dermatologist will assess your skin and give you personal recommendations for anti-aging practices. If you already have wrinkles on your chest, your dermatologist may recommend laser treatment or chemical peels to reverse the damage.
Exercise. Aim to get cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week. Regular exercise increases circulation which means nutrients and blood are reaching your skin more effectively. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin tone over time.
Avoid cigarettes and excessive alcohol. Both have been shown to increase the aging process, leading to premature wrinkling. If you currently smoke, quit as soon as possible. Drinking in moderation is fine.
Take a multi-vitamin daily to ensure you are getting adequate vitamins.