Breast feeding, age, genetics – they may all play a role in your breasts hanging a little lower than you’d like. But these uncontrollable life forces aren’t all that can cause your breasts to sag. Here are 4 surprising everyday habits that can cause sagging.
1. Exposing your breasts to sunlight.
Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays ages your skin, leading to premature wrinkling, stretched-out collagen and damaged skin which makes the skin loose and allows the breasts to sag. The way breasts are angled means they are particularly susceptible to sunburn, so be sure to apply a double coat.
2. High-impact exercises.
According to MedicalNewsToday, frequent running, squat jumps, and other exercises that cause your bust to bounce up and down over and over causes breast collagen to deteriorate. A really good sports bra is super important to prevent this, and you could also try mixing it up by alternating your running sessions with a trip to the pool to do laps instead.
3. Bad posture.
Your mom was right when she told you to, “Sit up straight!” If you need another reason to put your cell phone down and take a break from the computer, perky breasts are that reason. If you spend a lot of time hunched forward, it can take a toll on your neck, back, shoulders and, yes, even your breasts.
Regularly sitting or standing with poor posture means gravity is pulling the breasts further downward and stretching the tissue and elastin fibers in the breasts. So stand straight, sit tall, and try to do some releasing, chest opening stretches daily to help keep your breasts up where they should be.
There’s a long list of reasons to stop smoking, and you can add “causes droopy breasts” to the top of it. A small study found that more women who sought breast lifts had sagging breasts from smoking than from breastfeeding. Smoking breaks down the proteins in breast tissue that gives breasts their firmness. It also affects the breast skin the same way it does in any other area – by drying it out and creating wrinkles.