Smoking and Your Skin
You may be aware that smoking is harmful to your lungs; however it also ruins the natural beauty you possess. Anytime you or someone near you smokes a cigarette, you inhale the smoke and carry it to your lungs and then your bloodstream, which transports it all through your body. It accelerates the wrinkling process and leads to premature aging. The effects of smoking on skin are much worse for women compared to men.
- Each puff of smoke transports free radicals all over your body and causes oxidative stress. Also, free radical damage builds up underneath your skin surface and this leads to formation of wrinkles on your skin (especially on face and hands) later on in life.
- Cigarette smoking constricts the blood vessels, which hinders the flow of blood to skin layer. This makes you have a gray appearance and also your body can’t eliminate toxins and poisons from your system. Also, it stops the flow of nutrients to skin cells, so they can’t rejuvenate and make new cells.
- Smoking destroys the skin’s collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles and loose hanging (sagging) skin. Collagen and elastin are structural proteins which are responsible for the skin’s firmness and strength.
- Smoking cigarettes depletes vitamin C levels in your blood, which is an important vitamin for maintaining soft, moist and tender skin. Vitamin C supplementation is essential for most smokers to maintain the level in acceptable and safe zone. People who smoke require extra anti-aging antioxidants. The reason behind is that their bodies experience a lot more amount of oxidative stress.
It can take up to ten years for the damage to be noticeable, but it cannot be reversed. Smoking is incompatible with young, tender, and beautiful skin. Do you want continue smoking, or you want good and healthy skin. You have to decide.