How Smoking Ages and Damages the Skin
If you are a cigarette smoker the smoke that is emitted contains (a) carbon monoxide which displaces the oxygen in your skin and (b) nicotine which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored.
Collagen and elastin damage are a big factor in premature aging of skin - but vascular constriction caused by smoking plays a role as well. Constricted blood vessels inhibit blood flow and oxygen from reaching skin cells. Cigarettes' smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.
The Consequences of Smoking for Your Skin
- Premature aging comes from developing those smoker’s lines which are the vertical wrinkles around the mouth and caused from pursing the lips to draw (when smoking a cigarette) over and over again. Crow’s feet are another type of premature wrinkles, developing at the outer edges of the eyes.
- Sagging skin is yet another effect from smoking. As well as affecting the face and neck, smoking-related skin damage can cause sagging skin in other parts of the body too. The breasts and upper arms are particularly vulnerable to the loss of skin elasticity.
- Psoriasis is a skin condition that produces itchy, red scaly patches. While stress can trigger psoriasis outbreaks, smoking is also a known risk factor with the nicotine in cigarettes thought to be the link. The more cigarettes a person smokes, the higher the risk of developing psoriasis.
- Acne Inversa is a relatively common inflammatory skin disease that affects those areas of the body where skin rubs against skin, like the armpits, groin and under the breasts in women. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for acne inversa.
- Telangiectasia is another condition linked to smoking in which small blood vessels in the body widen or dilate causing damage to capillary walls. Damage can appear anywhere but are most noticeable close to the surface of the skin, where you might see permanent purple blotches or traces of veins (also known as spider veins). The nicotine in cigarettes is a definite risk factor for telangiectasia because it constricts blood vessels.
- Uneven skin tone and/or staining. Lack of oxygen to skin cells plays a part in the skin tone of smokers becoming uneven or stained.
- Tar stains are caused to the skin between the fingers from years of holding cigarettes and such staining is really impossible to remove with soap and water.
Advantages of Quitting Smoking for Your Skin
- The return of a normal blood flow to skin cells will start to bring oxygen and nutrients back, helping your skin to look healthy again.
- Increased collagen and elastin production will help too as they cease to be affected by the toxins in cigarettes.
- Even those tar stains will start to disappear while the facial skin should take on a healthy glow once more.
Healing Natural Oils Can Help to Repair and Rejuvenate Your Skin
- H-Glow Formula provides a totally natural safe and gentle product to help repair any damage and lessen the appearance of fine lines on the face, sealing in moisture and promoting supple skin.
- Simply Vitamin Skin Oil is a one of a kind nutritional blend of oils to feed the delicate skin on your face. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids, all essential for the balance and nourishment of your skin, helping to add back any vital vitamins that have been lost. Use on the face, the neck and the lips.
There is a full range of Simply Beauty Products for you to use and enjoy on your skin