Can these DIY tricks re­ally boost your bust?

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With so many revo­lu­tion­ary new prod­ucts that en­hance your cleav­age and can be ap­plied at home, the idea of go­ing un­der the knife, or squeez­ing your­self into a push-up bra, is start­ing to feel out­dated.

But which of the new ‘boob jobs in a box’ — those creams, oils, masks and stick-ons that prom­ise to perk up your decol­letage — are most ef­fec­tive? And do any of the ef­fects last longer than a day?

ANNA MAXTED in­ves­ti­gates . . .

STICK-ON PLUMPING STRIPS FOR A BET­TER SHAPE

nan­nette de Gaspe Plumping & lift­ing Tech­stile In­fusers for the bust (£130, sel­f­ridges.com)

WHAT: these strips are stuck on each breast for at least an hour; ini­tially for six con­sec­u­tive days, then for two days weekly, over three weeks.

HOW IT WORKS: the strips are in­fused with in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing hyaluronic acid de­riv­a­tives, shea but­ter and rose­mary leaf ex­tract, to boost the skin’s hy­dra­tion and, there­fore, vol­ume, elas­tic­ity and tone. Sug­gested ben­e­fits in­clude a more sculpted bust. there’s men­tion of im­proved ‘bounce’ and ‘ mak­ing the skin ap­pear fuller’ — very tan­ta­lis­ing.

THE TEST: the strips stick firmly and there’s a tight­en­ing sen­sa­tion, which re­mains for a few min­utes af­ter i peel them off. they’re scent-free and easy to ap­ply.

RE­SULT: Af­ter a week, my bo­som seems smoother and more plump, at least di­rectly af­ter i peel off the strips. Al­though i’m pleased with the look and feel, i can’t con­firm ad­di­tional bounce. i test a square of a strip on the back of my hand for com­par­i­son, and even a day later it is smoother and less arid. 3/5

TWICE-DAILY VOLUMISING CREAM

nior lon­don Up­lift (£70, nior.lon­don) WHAT: A light cream to be mas­saged into the bust, neck and dé­col­letage once or twice daily. HOW IT WORKS: the cream con­tains hyaluronic acid, a firm­ing favourite, to im­prove the ap­pear­ance and feel of the skin, and boost its elas­tic­ity. An­other ac­tive in­gre­di­ent is Volu­fi­l­ine, which con­tains a plant ex­tract called sarsas­a­pogenin that helps fat stor­age in cells. in clin­i­cal tri­als it ap­par­ently de­liv­ered an 8.4 per cent in­crease in breast vol­ume within 56 days. Well, hello ladies! THE TEST: this feels lux­u­ri­ous, with a sump­tu­ous scent, a blend of citrus oils and laven­der, patchouli and ve­tiver. it’s like sit­ting in a rose garden.

RE­SULT: My bust feels soft and taut, and the cream gives the skin a dewy sheen. All the crinkly bits of my decol­letage ap­pear so smooth and plumped out, i find my­self mas­sag­ing it in all the way up to my chin! 5/5

TIGHT­EN­ING GEL FOR AN EX­TRA LIFT

Clar­ins bust beauty ex­tralift Gel (£44, clar­ins.co.uk)

WHAT: A pale gel for use every morn­ing from neck to bra-line.

HOW IT WORKS: Oat sug­ars — tight­en­ing agents taken from the oat ker­nel — create a lift, and ex­tract from an ex­otic fruit called vu sua helps strengthen col­la­gen fi­bres, ton­ing the skin. Vi­ta­mins A, E and B5 soothe, and katafray ex­tract, from a tree na­tive to Mada­gas­car, en­cour­ages the skin’s hy­dra­tion.

THE TEST: the fresh scent is po­tent at first, but quickly set­tles into some­thing de­li­cious. it takes slightly longer to ab­sorb than some of the other prod­ucts, but i feel it’s thor­oughly mois­tur­is­ing my skin.

RE­SULT: Seven days in, and my chest area ap­pears less crepey. it also feels springier to the touch (i ap­pear to have a more ro­bust bust). Be­ing of an age where sleep­ing on a non-ironed pil­low­case creases my face un­til lunchtime, i’m tempted to ap­ply it to cheeks, fore­head and chin. the cool gel makes my bo­som feel pert and youth­ful. 4/5

LINE-BLUR­RING SU­PER PLUMPER

ro­dial Su­per Fit boob Job (£75, ro­dial.co.uk) WHAT: A cream to mas­sage around the bust twice a day.

HOW IT WORKS: Our hero hyaluronic acid helps smooth and mois­turise, pomegranate ex­tract helps firm and im­prove the skin’s ap­pear­ance, and Volu­fi­l­ine gives a plump ap­pear­ance to skin.

THE TEST: the scent re­minds me of Savlon. how­ever, once bed­ded in, the cream takes on a flo­ral note. it’s ab­sorbed quickly, and leaves my skin baby-soft.

RE­SULT: My bo­som re­tains its un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally youth­ful look when i take a peep four hours on.

i can’t de­tect any size dif­fer­ence af­ter a week — though the in­creased vol­ume cited in tri­als of Volu­fi­l­ine oc­curred af­ter 56 days, so the key may be to per­se­vere.

those ir­ri­tat­ing tiny lines that ap­pear with age are thrillingly blurred. Su­per Fit Boob Job has a clin­i­cal feel, but the re­sults are ex­cel­lent. 4/5

SNAIL SLIME MASK TURNS BACK CLOCK

Skin laun­dry re­ju­ve­nat­ing anti-age­ing neck & Chest Mask (£58 for five, or £14 for one, skin­laun­dry.com)

WHAT: A sheet mask, in­fused with veg­etable ex­tracts and other in­gre­di­ents to be placed over skin for 15-20 min­utes. HOW IT WORKS: Some 19 good­ies, in­clud­ing hy­drol­ysed starfish ex­tract and snail se­cre­tion fil­trate ( no, re­ally), per­form pleas­ing du­ties in­clud­ing re­duc­ing fine lines and wrin­kles to leave skin look­ing brighter and tighter. Snail slime is packed with hyaluronic acid, gly­co­pro­tein and an­timi­cro­bial pep­tides, and is thought to im­prove hy­dra­tion, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and stim­u­late pro­duc­tion of elastin and col­la­gen.

THE TEST: the mask is su­per­soggy and beau­ti­fully cooling. there’s enough ex­cess serum to rub in over the en­tire bust, if not your arms, too, but lie down naked when you use it, or it drips down your front.

RE­SULT: Af­ter­wards, i hunch my shoul­ders to ex­ag­ger­ate the lines and crepe of my dé­col­letage. to my de­light hardly a wrin­kle ap­pears. My bust looks glow­ing and re­vived, as if time has scur­ried back­wards. 5/5

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