Yes, people still smoke. It’s considered politically incorrect in some circles so as a result there are a lot of closet smokers. Here are some facts about how smoking affects the skin. Read….and then you decide.
- Smoking Chokes Skin. Smoking cigarettes causes a restriction of the blood vessels and then reduces blood supply to the skin. Smoking a single cigarette can result in vasoconstriction for up to 90 minutes. Smoke a pack a day and your skin is has reduced oxygen for most of the day.
- Smoking Thins Skin. Smokers’ skin can be as much as 25% thinner than non smokers’ skin. Fine lines here we come.
- Smoking Destroys Skin’s Collagen and Elastin. With the destruction of collagen and elastin comes wrinkles and sagging skin. Smoking robs the skin of Vitamin C which is necessary for collagen production. We all know smokers who have those vertical lines around the mouth.
- Smoking Slows Skin Healing. Smoking delays the skin’s ability to regenerate. Wounds take longer to heal and scars are more likely to form,