Most people know that smoking is bad for your health. Without a doubt, your risk of cancer is increased, it will cause problems during pregnancy, plus make you more likely to suffer from a stroke or heart attack. I know, this stuff will never happen to you. But chances are, smoking has already made its mark on your skin.
I knew smoking is really bad for you but it wasn’t until I had an instructor from Warp Training Australia, that I found out what it could do to your skin. The instructor was very mindful of skin health and aging. She educated us on how important water is for your skin and how smoking drained the life out of it. Smoking has an extremely negative impact on the skin, including bags under the eyes, premature aging, a loss of natural glow, and a susceptibility to psoriasis. When you take a puff, you’re causing irreversible damage to your skin. This habit can cause early wrinkles, and it accelerates the overall aging of your skin. Even in the faces of young adults, you can see the horrible effects of smoking. If you don’t want to join Granny Nannies, think about it.
Smoking causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels in the outer layers of skin. This causes less blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin. All of this bad stuff mainly happens through suffocation. Smoking one cigarette constricts blood flow for up to 90 minutes, which means you’re starving your skin from oxygen for an hour-and-a-half.
Smoking also damages important connective fibers like collagen and elastin, causing permanent wrinkles. This damage doesn’t take long to appear. Even smokers as young as 20 years old had facial wrinkling that doctors could see under a microscope. And if you smoke daily, you’re more likely to develop deeply wrinkled, leathery skin and a yellowish complexion. Isn’t that awesome?
But wait—there’s more! Even the little things you do when you puff can contribute to skin damage. When you purse your lips to inhale or squint to keep smoke out of your eyes, you add even more stress to your skin. These actions create crow’s feet around your eyes and deep lines on the sides of your mouth. And the damage doesn’t stop at your face.
It’s not until you exhale that most of the immediate damage will be done. When you breathe out, you’re releasing a toxic cloud: All of the nicotine, chemicals, and tobacco are now floating on top of your face and the faces of others around you. This will cause an increase in blackheads around the mouth and cheeks, since the skin is more likely to be congested.
Just stop it now kids. Your skin will thank you and your health will improve!