We know that smoking damages our lungs. But do you know how smoking affects the skin?
No matter how you see it, the choices that we make in our lives have an effect on our health and appearance one way or another… and our skin’s health is no exception.
I want to cover this topic because it’s not just a serious health issue, but obviously it has an effect on your beauty.
Smoking is considered one of the most dangerous and fatal voluntary activities as it targets both internal and external health. And it’s not just making us more susceptible to fatal ailments like lung cancer and heart disease. Smoking can also unleash its wrath on your skin and hair. A smoker seals his or her skin’s fate by each puff of smoke they take, by prematurely aging their skin ahead of its time. Say goodbye to aging gracefully, folks!
More than 4,000 chemicals enter your body each time you inhale a cigarette. These chemicals, including skin-damaging free radicals, damage the collagen and elastin in the skin. And because these are the important structures that give your skin its youthful strength and elasticity, a smoker’s skin gets duller and duller with each puff. When collagen and elastin get weaker, this is when skin begins to sag and wrinkle. It is the destruction and lack of elastin and collagen that causes such damage to the skin – and the damage is irreversible.
It doesn’t matter how thorough or expensive your skin care regimen is. Smoking destroys the skin.
The nicotine content of a cigarette also causes the blood vessels in the most outer layers of your skin to narrow. This results to impaired blood flow to the skin. And we know what happens when the skin isn’t receiving enough blood circulation – you get dry, dull, pale or blotchy skin. Premature lines and wrinkles may also appear because of this. And what’re more is that smoking also causes the body to generate fewer red blood cells. And when you don’ have enough red blood cells circulating in your body, your skin loses its healthy glow that no highlighter can artificially make up for.
And did you know that even the physical act of smoking itself can lead to wrinkles? Smokers usually purse their lips. For long term smokers, this repetitive habit definitely leaves a mark.
So we’ve established how smoking affects the skin. But what do we do about it?
The best way to prevent further damage from smoking is to STOP NOW.
Blood circulation and skin tone should start to improve just within a few weeks of quitting.
- To reduce damage already done, use a moisturizer with Niacinimide, glycerin, and peptides. These ingredients can help speed up skin surface cell turnover, more quickly replacing the damaged skin cells and replenishing the moisture lost.
- Try taking antioxidants, such as carnosine or vitamin E, to help protect the skin from surface free radical damage.
The good news is that some of the skin damage caused by smoking can be remedied. Quitting and sticking religiously to a skincare routine as soon as today will help you get back your healthy and smoke-free complexion.
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