What Smoking Does to Your Skin

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We’re all aware of the health risks when it comes to smoking; cigarette packets are plastered with warning labels and there are more anti-smoking adverts than we can count. However, what you may not be aware of is that smoking harms us both internally and externally.

This habit is extremely hard on your skin, but whether you have been smoking for 5 years or 50 years, quitting the habit could be the specialist skin treatment that you need. If you aren’t sure let’s take a look at what smoking actually does to the skin.

How Smoking Damages Your Appearance:

Wrinkles & Premature Aging

Unfortunately if you’re a smoker, you’re going to age much quicker than the non-smokers of the population. Smoking accelerates the aging process as it prevents adequate blood supply from reaching the skin tissue, causing skin to develop an unhealthy pallor. When you compare a non-smoker and a smoker of the same age you will often find that the latter has many more facial wrinkles – especially around the mouth and eyes.

 

Bags Under Your Eyes

Smokers are more likely to have a poor night’s sleep and will often feel un-rested and tired. As we all know lack of sleep leads to unsightly bags under your eyes. So why does smoking cause irritating sleepless nights? Well, it could be down to nicotine withdrawal. Smoking is an addiction and it can be hard to stop completely straight away – this is why many people use quitting aids, such as nicotine patches.

Scarring of the Skin

If wrinkles and bags aren’t enough to put you off, smoking can also cause skin scarring. This happens because of the narrowing of the blood vessels – this is known as vasoconstriction. This limits the amount of oxygen that flows to the tiny blood vessels causing wounds and cuts to heal more slowly and leave scars.

Unhealthy Complexion

Some smokers develop an unhealthy complexion, complete with wrinkles and even a greyish skin tone. Why does this happen? Well, the smoke from a cigarette contains carbon monoxide which actually works to displace oxygen in the skin and of course nicotine, which we have already mentioned, reduces blood flow to the skin. Smoke can also deplete nutrients in the body such as Vitamin C, which is essential for protection and skin damage healing.

Yellow Fingers

We’re sure that looking like one of the Simpsons was never in your life plan, so why would you want yellow fingers? And this is exactly what you get when you smoke – yellow finger tips which won’t wash away easily.  This is because of the nicotine smoke, and it doesn’t just affect your fingers, but your teeth too!

Quit today!

Smoking can seriously damage your skin and leave you looking much older than your actual age – which nobody wants! So if you’re looking to lead a healthier life and feel better both inside and out, consider quitting. We may be halfway through Stoptober, but it’s never too late to try to kick the habit! We’re sure that you’ll feel better for it.

At Skin Station we’re passionate about helping every single one of our customers to have gorgeous, unmistakeably beautiful skin, which is why we are proud stockists of the Obagi Clenziderm system. This range of products has helped many of our customers to become more confident in their own skin.

If you would like more information about any of the products or treatments which are available on our site please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our exceptional team who will be more than happy to help. Call us now on +44 (0)1481 736699 to speak to us today!

Latest update: 03/02/2016
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