In aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want you to really get to know your breasts and know how to take the best possible care of them.
We are all different – our breasts come in different shapes and sizes, and it isn’t unusual for one to be bigger than the other. They also vary in size and shape at different times of the month and with age.
Over time, the tissue and structure of our breasts begin to change. This is due to differences in our hormone levels caused by the natural, beautiful process of ageing. Oestrogen impacts the connective tissue and ligaments of the breast which results in the skin of the breasts becoming thinner, dehydrated and unable to spring back. Common complaints of ageing breasts are; crepey skin, stretch marks and fine lines.
Is there anything we can do to preserve this delicate area?
The breasts, chest, and neck are often overlooked when it comes to skincare routines — but these areas are just as affected by sun damage, pollution, and ageing as the skin on your face.
This area is more delicate, so it is best to not use harsh ingredients such as retinol or scrubs. Besides SPF (daily!) hydration is the key to a youthful-looking cleavage.
Opt for a daily layer of our Collagen Hand & Body Lotion Collagen Skincare Gel, Collagen Body Butter, to help firm, plump and nourish the skin. The unique formula deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin, whilst infusing skin with antioxidants to help filter out free radicals. Leaving you with smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Don’t smoke – a factor which contributes to accelerated ageing of breast tissue is smoking – the chemicals in cigarettes speed ageing by destroying elastin, a protein that helps the skin remain supple. Also wearing a poor fitting bra when exercising creates too much motion and results in over-stretching of the breasts.
Make sure you check your breasts – regularly!
Also, with age comes an increased risk of developing growths in the breasts, such as fibroids, cysts, and cancer. Keep in mind that women of any age can develop these conditions. You should give yourself regular breast self-exams to check for any growths as some changes aren’t normal.
How do I check my breasts?
Using our Collagen Neck & Bust Cream daily allows you to subconsciously check your breasts every day. The more we check our breasts the more likely we are to discover any sudden changes. Regular self-breast exams are something every woman should feel comfortable and confident doing as part of a healthy routine.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme has produced a 5-point plan for being breast aware:
- know what’s normal for you
- look at your breasts and feel them
- know what changes to look for
- report any changes without delay
- attend routine screening if you’re 50 or over
Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit. You can also look at your breasts in the mirror. Look with your arms by your side and also with them raised.
Breast Changes to look out for…
See your GP if you notice any of the following changes:
- a change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
- a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- a new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
- nipple discharge that’s not milky
- bleeding from your nipple
- a moist, red area on your nipple that doesn’t heal easily
- any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
- a rash on or around your nipple
- any discomfort or pain in one breast, particularly if it’s new pain and doesn’t go away (although pain is only a symptom of breast cancer in rare cases)
Always seek your GP’s advice if you are concerned!
Breast changes can happen for many reasons, and most of them aren’t serious. Lots of women have breast lumps, and 9 out of 10 are not cancerous.
However, if you find changes in your breast that aren’t normal for you, it’s best to see your GP as soon as possible. If cancer is detected, then appropriate treatment should be planned as quickly as possible.