Here are 5 Bad Habits That Make Your Boobs Sag
1. You wear bra
Confused? Some studies say that a bra that doesn’t provide enough support (read: lots of lift) may cause your boobs to droop over time. So make sure to get the best fit for your body. On the other hand, a 15-year study published in 2013 found that women who never wore a bra actually saw less sagging than women who wore bras. The choice is yours.
2. You don’t drink enough water.
It’s the world’s most magical drink for a reason. Skipping water can make your skin appear rough and shrunken, and not just on your face.
3. You don’t protect your breasts from the sun.
Like to wear tank tops in the summer? Make sure to put some sunscreen on all the skin that will be exposed. Sun damage can cause premature aging and unwanted sagging.
4. You smoke.
One eight-year study found that smoking can contribute to sagging. How? It breaks down elastin, which is what gives your skin its youthful appearance.
5. You gain and lose weight — a lot.
If you’re a yo-yo dieter, your breasts are going to suffer. Your skin loses elasticity when it’s stretched. And when you lose weight, the first place you’ll slim down is in your boobs because they’re mostly fat.
6. Crash Dieting
Cycling back and forth between the same five to 10 pounds probably won’t make a dent in your set. But yo-yo dieting 30 or so lbs over and over? Definitely. Each time you gain and lose weight, breast tissue becomes more slack, kind of like old tights, says Michael Edwards, M.D., a breast surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
7. High-Impact Workouts
The research is scant right now, but some experts say that the back-and-forth repetitive motions that happen when you run or do a similar workout can lead to a breakdown of breast collagen. But before you swear off the track or treadmill, read up on the details (and keep in mind that exercise helps you keep up a youthful appearance in other ways).