Want to avoid wrinkles? Stop smoking!

Want to avoid wrinkles? Stop smoking!

So you've heard all about what smoking can do to your heart and lungs, yet you still smoke?

Perhaps you started smoking to look cool, or you keep smoking to avoid gaining weight.  If you're more interested in how you're body looks on the outside than what may be happening inside, consider this:  Smoking gives you wrinkles.

According to dermatologists, moking decreases the oxygen levels in your skin, damaging your body's largest organ and reducing the skins ability to repair itself. It’s the nicotine in the smoke that actually causes the constriction of the blood vessels that deliver the oxygen to your skin and keep things healthy. It’s not just your body’s reaction to the smoke that’s harmful to your skin however.

Within tobacco smoke, there are an estimated 4,000 chemicals and quite a few of those are less than ideal for your skin to be dosed with. Many of them damage the collagen and elastin in your skin, which is harmful to the appearance of your skin. Collagen and elastin (among other things in your epidermis) are responsible for keeping your skin elastic and strong, and a breakdown of these will lead to your skin sagging and premature wrinkles. Dr. Ted Lain is a Austin dermatologist who also notes that smoking can worsen certain diseases like psoriasis, and it even affects acne.

It’s not just the cigarettes and the accompanying smoke that are harmful, either. The physical act of smoking -- pursing your lips inhaling and exhaling, for example -- can lead to wrinkles around your mouth long before you should develop them naturally. The longer you smoke and the more often you smoke all will lead to the possibility that these wrinkles will develop on your face.

For more information on avoiding unecessary wrinkles see this Wrinkle-Reducing Skin Care Tips infographic.


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