For those of us who are sun worshippers and side sleepers—or worse, both—cleavage creases are a genuine concern. More often than not, we wake up from a deep slumber with deep vertical lines starting at our upper-middle chest and going down between our breasts. They can last most of the day, begging the question, Are these permanent? Have they always been there?
If you’re someone in their mid-30s or younger, those creases likely aren’t permanent … yet. Side sleeping curves our back and shoulders so that we are concave inward, forcing our delicate decollete skin to bunch up. If we lay like that for four to eight hours each night, it’s no wonder it takes hours and a lot of hydration to iron the creases out. After enough years of conditioning like this, they might not budge. Here are some ways to prevent and soothe those chest lines.
Of course, adequate hydration is the baseline to all things wellness and beauty. But you’ll notice these creases are much deeper and more noticeable after a hot day in the sun drinking spritzers and spiked lemonade. Stay hydrated with electrolytes to plump up the skin and help them dissipate faster.
Watermelon Glow Ade
While this is easier said than done for those avid side sleepers, try falling asleep on your back. You may (OK, you will) move throughout the night, but back sleeping takes training, so do your best to build the habit each time you drift off. Or, anytime you wake up, just move back to a face-up position.
Sun damage is a major culprit for baking in those lines, so be sure to apply sunscreen from the chest up with an SPF of at least 35, and don’t forget to reapply!
Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Uv Lotion Full-body Sunscreen SPF 30
Vitamin C is a building block of collagen, which helps skin to keep its structure and stay looking supple. Making sure to get a rich source of vitamin C each day can help ensure your body has the tools it needs to build restorative collagen where you need it— like the delicate, thin skin of your decollete.
Super Vitamin-C Cocktail
Glow Inner Beauty Essential Supercharged
The Beauty Chef
Extend your anti-aging skincare
Use your favorite, potent serums down the neck and decollete to reap the same benefits your face gets. This combo packs a juicy punch of hydration with hyaluronic acid, then fights deep lines with the Epidermal Growth Factor to encourage cell turnover and renewal.
The Refreshing Duo
Niacin + Squalene Neck Firming Cream
Dr. Lara Devgan
Our Chief Content Officer swears by this neck cream applied to the chest in the morning to help replenish overnight dehydration. It’s really plumping and rejuvenating.
If sleeping on your back is completely out of the question for any period of time, silicone patches worn overnight can smooth the skin, ironing out any current lines and preventing new ones from forming. They are comfortable, easy to wear, and reusable for a few wears. Just make sure to cleanse, hydrate, and treat first, so these patches can work double-duty by sealing in all that goodness.
Chestlift Wrinkle-Smoothing Patch
11 Pieces Reusable Silicone Chest Wrinkle Pads Patches
More anti-aging products, right this way:
Up next, be the first to know our weekly content and sign up for our Poosh newsletter.