9/22/2004

Cosmo's BOOB bible.

Bloody interesting, taken from cosmopolitan's website...Comments inserted in italics and pink ;)

1. Breasts get fat. In your 20s, your boobs are made up of fat, milk glands and collagen -- the connective tissue that keeps them firm. "But as you age, the glands and collagen shrink and are replaced by more and more fat," explains Laurie A. Casas, a plastic surgeon and associate professor of surgery at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Instead of making your bra size go up, however, the added flab can send breasts down, closer to the floor, if you catch our drift. Wearing an underwire bra (whether you're an A-cup or a D) can help fight -- but not stop -- sagging over time.
Sadly, underwire bras don't come cheap not to mention the fact that they hurt after some period of time.



2. But they weigh less than you think.
That surge in the scale isn't your set's fault: An A-cup clocks in at only a quarter pound; a B, about half a pound; a C, three-quarters of a pound; and a D, around one pound.
Dang, no more excue for me to say i'm a growing gal ;p


3. They're thin-skinned. "Because they were stretched as you developed, breasts have thinner skin than the rest of your body, leaving them susceptible to dryness," says Laurie Polis, a dermatologist in New York City. Keep your pair supple by moisturizing them with a firming cream that stimulates collagen and elastin growth and has UV protection and retinol to prevent wrinkling. Don't ignore your nipples either; they're also prone to dryness. Give them a daily dose of a superemollient moisturizer, like Vaseline or Aquaphor.
Vaseline is super sticky. Damn thing would make your clothes cling to your boobs revealing what is on offer with that wet sticky sweaty look.

4. Stray strands are normal. Almost all women have some degree of nipple hair. "Having 2 to 15 dark, straight strands growing at one time is extremely common," explains Debra Jaliman, M.D., a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The general rule is, the darker your skin and the hair on your head, the more nipple hair you'll have
ohhh man...the tought of some people i know with dark skin and dark hair...mental image, mental image, mental image
. If the hair bothers you, waxing it away is fine. But if you have only a few strands, it's easier to tweeze: Clean the area with alcohol, pluck each hair, then wipe down the affected skin with an antibacterial lotion to prevent infection. That should give you a week or two before you have to break out the tweezers again.

5. Each pair has its own point. Not only do nipples come in varying sizes, they also point in different directions. "Whether your nipples go up, down, left or right depends on their structure and where the areolae sit on the breasts," says Dr. Casas. "Some areolae rest a little higher, which can angle the nipples upward. Others rest lower or are closer to the edges of the breasts." Some women even sport a pair that aim in opposing directions.
I used to think nipples that pointed downwards looked sad. Nipples that point upwards look proud (or stirred) :P pointing inwards... brrr...


6. They have their own monthly cycle. "Fluctuating hormones cause your breast tissue to change week by week," explains Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University. In the days after your period, breast tissue feels smoothest, thanks to even hormone levels. Midcycle, your nipples may become more sexually sensitive, due to increased estrogen levels. Finally, the week before and during your period, extra progesterone may leave your set swollen, bumpy and tender. Popping an OTC painkiller and cutting back on caffeine can help quell the ache.
best to consider attraction right after menstruation then :D


8. Four million of them are fake. About two million women in the United States have breast implants, with 250,000 going under the knife each year. But if you think it's mostly Jenna Jameson wannabes getting boob jobs, read on: The average age of a woman who gets implants is 34, and 90 percent do it after they have had kids. "Most women increase two cup sizes," says Leroy Young, M.D., chair of the breast surgery committee of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. No, they're not always happy with the results: Six percent of women who sport a fake set return for a size adjustment or to have them taken out altogether.
no one said beauty was cheap or easy...



11. They have a T zone. The area above and between your breasts is loaded with oil glands, leaving it especially prone to blackheads and pimples. Also, the larger your set, the more sweat collects, creating an ideal environment for the bacteria that cause blemishes, says Dr. Jaliman. Keep pores perspiration-free by using an absorbent powder under and between your breasts to keep your skin dry. Also, clean your T zone daily and after a workout with antibacterial wipes and apply a toner with a mild salicylic acid. And of course, never sit around in a sweaty sports bra -- it'll trap moisture and cause breakouts.
spots on the boobs would be no turnon ladies, nt only do you have to watch your beeeeaaa-uuuuu-teee-ful skin on the face but watch the ones below your face too


12. Cleavage has many components. It's not the size of your set that determines your cleavage; breast shape and their position on your torso also count. "Two women can have the same cup size, but one woman's breasts might be fuller in the middle, giving her greater cleavage," says Dr. Casas. Another woman might be only an A or B, but if her boobs are naturally set close together, she'll have deeper d├ęcolletage. The width of your torso also affects your depth. If your body is narrow below your shoulders, you'll have an easier time creating a deeper valley between your peaks.
good news with small sets who think they can't get cleavage bad news for those with big sets and think they can get one


13. Sleep affects your shape. Hitting the sack facedown won't completely deflate your twins, but it can make them misshapen over time. "Pressing your breasts against a mattress all night can, after at least a few years, change their shape," says Dr. Polis. The best snooze style: on your side, with a pillow under them for support as you sleep.
MOULDY PLAY DOUGH BOOBS!!! NOW I CAN MOULD THEM INTO WHAT EVER SHAPE I WANT!


14. They hate jogging as much as you do. Cardio workouts like running and aerobics can cause your breasts to bounce around in a standard spandex sports bra. After a few washings, spandex starts to lose its elasticity, leaving you without adequate support. The solution: Wear a sturdier sports bra that has underwire and molded cups, no matter what your size. It'll minimize bouncing, not to mention breast pain the next day.
No easy way out of buying new 'spandex' boobs. so thats how grandma got there. hmmm.... :/



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hate underwired bras. Nasty things. I only have one and I haven't had proper occasion to wear it yet.

And yeah, I hate jogging with my newly discovered B cups. They're cute in a blouse, but a pain in the chest.

april yim said...

Sadly, all strapless bra's are have underwire :(

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's why I wear strapless bras for special occasions when I'm NOT jogging ;p

Jha

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