Breast skin care is often overlooked by estheticians due to conservatism or lack of knowledge, yet this symbolically feminine part of the body is so central to a woman’s sense of beauty, self-confidence and health. So it is very important for estheticians to familiarize themselves with in-spa treatments and at-home routines to target common breast skin issues among clients. Breast skin is uniquely delicate and gentle, warranting its own specific regimen.
Beautiful breast skin helps women feel beautiful and intimate as well as bond with their partners and babies. It warrants special care. So don’t ignore this area or under-pamper it anymore just because it lives under your clients’ clothes. Empower them to create firmer, more youthful, healthier breast skin at any age!
Skin conditions that estheticians can treat in this area include sagging, dryness and lack of tone. Women are particularly vulnerable to breast skin aging due to fluctuating hormones, pregnancy, nursing and weight fluctuations, causing a host of unsightly changes such as breast skin sensitivity, pigmentation, stretch marks and sagging skin. There are plenty of options for treating the various esthetic breast skin issues, both in the spa and at-home.
The primary culprit for breast skin peeling is sun exposure. Advise clients to apply a non-staining sunscreen on their breasts and full chest even when they are clothed or wearing a bathing suit. This is especially important because melanoma on the neck is more likely to be fatal than other parts of the body. If chest peeling isn’t due to sun exposure, boost the client’s exfoliation routine by using a gentle gommage on the neck, décolletage and breasts to rejuvenate the skin.
A red, splotchy chest can be the result of many factors including sensitivity to various skin conditions or environmental and lifestyle elements including sun exposure, spicy foods and even caffeine. Discuss potential causes with your client to identify the reason. Their redness could be linked to emotions, alcohol or rosacea. Examine your client’s choice of clothing, as certain textures such as polyester, spandex or any non-cotton fabrics can cause irritation. Ideally clients should use organic and unprocessed cotton fabrics on their breasts and wash them with gentle laundry detergents and soaps. Topical ingredients in their home beauty regimens could be culprits as well. Any harsh exfoliants should be swapped for calming alternatives such as sugar, vitamin C, jojoba esters, chamomile and calendula.
Each woman has between two and 15 dark straight hair strands growing in their nipple area. Warn clients of the possibility of ingrown hairs, clogged follicles or infection when removing hair by themselves or not removing at all. For this reason, they should opt for trimming at home, tweezing only after a shower, and electrolysis or laser treatments (preferably in spa). If clients decide on waxing, use gentle wax and mindful pulls, similar to eyebrow waxing, in order to preserve gentle skin. Advise clients to perform gentle exfoliation of the area with a mild gommage in order to prevent ingrown hairs.
Bra underwires, harsh fabrics and chemicals can cause skin friction and pigmentation. Clients should avoid topless sun exposure, tanning beds and sunlamps, and provide extra protection to their neck and décolleté with broad spectrum SPF 30 because of this area’s heightened sensitivity. Clients over the age of 40 should perform regular mammogram screenings to help catch breast cancer early. Dark spots in this area can be gently removed using a combination of 20 percent lactic acid and antioxidants to even skin tone. Nipple lightening creams with natural and gentle ingredients such as citrus, vitamin C and lactic acid can help clients lighten darkened nipples.
Breast skin reacts fast to irritants. Breast acne can be due to sweating, bra irritation, hair follicle clogging and dead skin cells. If a client works out a lot, is under a lot of stress or has been eating oily, lactose laden or sugary foods, they are at a higher risk of breaking out in their chest area. Other causes include hormonal changes and thick hair follicles. If a client is suffering from breast area acne, suggest she wear cotton and sports bras, sleep without a bra and use gentle non-irritating laundry detergent that is safe for gentle clothes or even baby skin. Also suggest she go bra free for several hours a day.
If she is removing breast hair on her own, ensure she is doing so in a nonirritating manner. When showing signs of bumpiness or blotchiness, treat the area with deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation directly under the breasts using a delicate loofah and European gommage. Alternatively or in conjunction, apply a salicylic acid or sulfur solution to the problem areas.
Clients want to look good in intimate situations, swimsuits and neck baring outfits. They must wear proper fitting bras and maintain a stable weight so ligaments don’t get overstretched. Skin in this area is directly affected by the strength of pectoral muscles. Clients must firm and tighten breast sag with a proper workout regimen. Daily pushups, press ups and any other exercises that bolster underlying pectoral muscles will lift and perk up the breasts and strengthen breast skin. Advise clients to sleep on their backs, as sleeping on the breasts causes them to lose their shape. Clients must use UV protection and hydrate the skin and nipples with a daily application of replenishing cream and lanolin or Vaseline.
Create smooth and supple breast skin with moisturizing and firming creams that stimulate collagen and elastin production. Use serums with retinol combined with sunscreen protection for powerful anti-aging. Clients should apply a breast firming cream on a regular basis with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, green tea, peptides, cocoa butter and amino acids. Opt for products light in texture for this delicate skin.
Breast massage services provide wonderful results, helping to boost skin strength, elasticity and youthfulness. Though less common in United States spas, these are popular in Europe and Asia. Breast massage prevents sagging, improves tone and blood flow and reduces wrinkles. Encourage clients to regularly perform breast massage on themselves using balms made with extra virgin olive or coconut oils.
The “Breacial”, or breast facial is the newest spa trend. A breast facial should include cleansing, gentle exfoliation, a lymphatic or upward moving galvanic massage treatment, delicate extraction and hair removal, a spritz of sterile oxygen with vitamins, a peel-off lifting mask made from collagen, seaweed or gold and a serum application. End with gold leafing to the chest and upper décolleté for a beautiful shine and shimmer, BB cream and bronzer.
Dermarolling breast treatments are a powerful intense treatment to enhance collagen and elastin formation, rejuvenate skin and fight skin sagging with significant results. Just make sure you are very apt and legally allowed to perform this treatment in your state and that clients understand what the service entails.
Teach clients a basic at-home breast skin care regimen. Prescribe a gentle hydrating cleanser, exfoliator, peel-off mask, sunscreen, breast massage cream, lifting lotion and serum. The cleanser should have soothing ingredients such as rose, aloe vera, olive oil and chamomile. All breast cosmetics should be free of parabens and chemicals. A loofah and gentle gommage should be performed twice a week with natural ingredients such as walnut, sugar, fruit acids or gentle polishes. Choose from a gold, seaweed or clay lifting mask depending on skin type to be used for 15 minutes once a week. A natural broad spectrum SPF 30 with titanium and zinc should be used daily under clothes. Breast massage should be performed in a circular motion 10 minutes a day using cream in the form of a coconut or olive oil balm.
Their daily lifting serum and lotion can be applied thereafter at night, and during the day as well if they prefer. Their lotion should be anti-aging and lifting with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter, shea butter, green tea, extra virgin olive and/or coconut oil and coffee extracts. Choose an anti-oxidizing serum with peptides and retinol for supreme results. Finally, advise clients to keep breasts strong with proper exercise and pectoral training.
By combining in-spa treatments and a full at-home regimen, your clients are sure to have breasts they love again!