Liz Earle Superskin Bust Treatment Makes for Hopeful Chests
I’m now going to foray into taboo territory and talk about my breasts. Wait, wait, don’t be scurred — there won’t be any sexual reference (I promise!) nor am I aiming to make you uncomfortable with TMI details. What I will do is have an honest discussion about the cruel mistress we know as gravity and its oppressive effects on breasts.
Okay, so let’s rewind back to when I was 14 years old — at this point in time, I’d gone from being the tallest kid in kindergarten to the shortest kid in high school (little did I know that, at 5’0″, I’d grown as much as I would — ever). I had very long dark hair, braces (yep, I had so much metal in my mouth that I should’ve feared magnets), and was skinny with a big round, lollipop-like head. After having one too many drinks, my uncle called me Wednesday Adams, and I teared up a little — mostly because the comparison was kind of accurate. It need not be mentioned, then, that I had absolutely no breasts. My mom let me wear a training bra just so I wouldn’t make any more self-deprecating remarks about my mosquito bites and my friends’ bazookas (or whatever silliness we called breasts back then).
So, imagine my surprise when, within a year and a half, I went from a AA cup to a D. Holy hormones! I’d gained a bit of weight (amazing what a much-needed 5-10 pounds will do) and let time and nature take its course. But here’s the crazy part: my breasts grew so much and so quickly that it was almost too much for my petite frame. It was as if my breasts were flotation devices that had been pumped full of air and were ready to pop. My breasts actually began to sag like droopy water balloons — and no bra, however sturdy, was doing the trick. No joke, my breasts had sagged to the point where they were dangerously close to waist (how unsexy is that?!). To make matters worse, I began suffering from the most excruciating back pain, and I started routinely visiting a chiropractor in hopes of some relief. Instead of relief, I ended up with a fear that the chiropractor would snap my neck in half like a twig. So much for that.
Fortunately, my oh-so-hip and oh-so-clever stepmom suggested a breast reduction might be in order and pointed out that, given the extent of my back pain, we could probably have the surgery covered by medical insurance. She was right — a doctor examined me and surmised that the best option would be a breast reduction. And so, at 17, I went under the knife and came out with a set of breasts that actually corresponded to my frame. Once I’d recuperated from the surgery and the black-and-blues had disappeared, I felt this immense sense of relief — like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders (which, technically speaking, somebody had done).
After the surgery, I vowed to wear bras religiously, to make sure my “girls” always had adequate support because I never again wanted to have droopy breasts. Of course, time and gravity are cruel heifers and so, while I’ve been attentive to my “girls,” I have to admit that some sagging has occurred — not to mention unsightly stretch marks and a loss of elasticity in the skin as a whole.
Enter the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare Superskin Bust Treatment. While you can’t expect the treatment to have Slinky-like powers, magically lifting your bosom to where it was in your early 20s, you can restore some elasticity to the skin and make it a bit more firm and smooth, as well as diminish the appearance of stretch marks and discolorations. The treatment’s main ingredient is an extract from
the Kigelia africana, also known as the
Sausage Tree, which Earle first encountered during a trip to Malawi a few years ago and which she learned women used to firm their bust areas. The extract utilized in the formula is actually harvested in Malawi as part of a community-based sustainable forestry project, where the fruit is grown, grated, dried, and transformed into a firming extract. In addition to Kigelia africana, the Bust Treatment features such botanical extracts as: mangosteen, which is known to firm skin; quince extract, which soothes, moisturizes, and tones; green algae extract, which contains powerful antioxidants and promotes cellular renewal; and white lupin protein, which is said to have a regenerating effect.
I did notice that the skin on my breasts appeared firmer and, while the stretch marks weren’t completely eradicated, they were much less visible to the naked eye (no pun intended). The benefits are most visible over time, so I definitely recommend incorporating this product into your daily routine. Who says what goes up always has to come down, right?
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