Contrary to what you might think, the skin on your chest is quite thin (not as thin as, say, your under eye area, but it’s a close contender). And “more often than not, it is an area that is overlooked when it comes to skin care and sun protection,” explains board-certified dermatologist Shereene Idriss, M.D. In other words, many people forget to extend their skin care down to their chest, which makes UV damage, dry weather, and other environmental aggressors leave their mark much faster. The result? Fine lines, folds, and crepey, fragile skin.
Additionally, sleep wrinkles tend to crop up in this area. If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, chances are your skin is smashed and folded for eight or some hours each night—overtime, those grooves may not bounce back as quickly. “Chest skin [is] dragged along with breast tissue, much like a garment that is placed for long periods in a badly folded configuration,” board-certified dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., FAAD, tells mbg.