Wednesday, 16 November 2011

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard!

I was never a big busted babe. Not that it bothered me as I was very sporty in my younger years and figured having a set of big mumma's flapping about would just be plain annoying. Even when pregnant they didn't greatly expand. I think I went from a tidy10B to a slightly more buxom 12C (funny side note: when I was getting fitted for maternity bra's at Myers, I was still wearing my 10B push up bra. I took my top off to be measured and the fitter exclaimed 'what do you call that - that is nothing more than a nipple cover!'). Because of my small busted ways I have never really understood the concept of bust firming creams. I had no idea how cruel gravity could be to big boobs, but that was all about to change once I started breast feeding.

When my milk came in soon after giving birth, my boobs exploded to astronomic proportions - to the extent that when hubby came in to visit me, the morning after my milk came in, the first thing he said when he saw me was 'holy shit!'. I think he must have thought that I had snuck off for a boob job on the sly after he left the previous evening. For the next 9 months, whilst I fed The Crazy Kid, his milky friends were put through the ringer. He was an excellent feeder - to the extent that by 5 months he was 9.5kgs and could only be described as fat. Once my breast feeding days were over, all that remained of my perky 10B boobs were two very sad deflated balloons that now looked downwards rather than straight ahead.

When the opportunity to trial Advanced Natural Bust Firming Treatment Serum came about, I excitedly agreed hoping that this might be my opportunity to get my perky puppies back! Before I started the trial I performed the world famous saggy boob test - I stuck a pencil under my boobs then let go - if my boobs could hang on to the pencil, it meant they were saggy; if it fell to the floor there was still some perk there. The result: my boobs hung onto the pencil with an iron grip - in fact the probably could have held 5 pencils!

According to Advanced Natural, the Bust Firming Treatment Serum 'improves bust firmness & tone by deeply restructuring the skin. Stimulates cell metabolism, promotes collagen synthesis and enhances fibroblast proliferation. Provides the bust with global firmness efficiency.'

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Xanthan Gum, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Lecithin, Albumen, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Allantoin, Bioflavonoids, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Rahnella/Soy Protein Ferment, Propylene Glycol, PEG-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Firbornectin, Elastin, Ginkog Biloba Extract, Cereus Grandisflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Silica, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid.

I applied the serum twice a day - after my shower in the morning and before I went to bed at night, for a month. It was a very light gel that seemed to absorb instantly into the skin. I used about 4 pumps to cover both boobs and the surrounding chest area. Instantly after applying the skin would feel a little tighter. At the end of the months trial my boobs definitely seemed firmer; however, when I repeated the pencil test they were still able to hold onto the pencil - though this time around it didn't feel like they would be able to hold five! I suspect that the damage breast feeding does to your milkies is too much to be fully repaired in a month. Perhaps you might have more luck if your boobs are saggy from non-breast feeding related reasons (such as weight gain or loss).

I have to note that I found out I was pregnant again, mid way through this trial and have noticed that my boobs have gotten slightly larger. There hasn't been a dramatic increase in size as that doesn't seem to happen to me until my milk comes in after the birth, but it is possible that some of the increased firmness came from the increase in boob size.

I am going to keep using the gel, though, to see if I can return them to their former glory. However, as I am pregnant again I will wait until I have finished breast feeding again - no point getting them back to their perky perfection only to have a hungry little monster destroy them all over again.

I loved the feel of the gel, especially that it was not at all greasy. It also didn't make me get sweaty, which was a major plus. I often find that if I apply moisturiser to my chest, within an hour or so I feel all sweaty but this didn't happen with the gel. It has next to no fragrance - just a gel like smell that is neither offensive or pleasant - just bland. I don't see it bothering anyone and it definitely won't clash with any fragrance you are wearing.

All in all, I have enjoyed the process of using this gel. It felt nice to be doing something for my milkies. I don't think that they will ever be returned to a state where I can go bra-less again - I think those days are long gone (even if I could, I'm too old!) but it was nice for them to no long resemble deflated balloons.

The Advanced Natural Bust Firming Treatment Serum can be purchased online for $AU64 or you can also find a stockist near you.

What have you tried to get your puppies looking perky again?

All opinions stated in this blog are my own. I have no affiliation with Advanced Natural and received no remuneration for my comments. This product was provided for consideration.