Article by BR Amelia
Do you dream of quitting smoking but have yet to find that one last reason to tip you over the edge into giving up? You know it’s bad on your health, it’s bad on your bank balance, heck you know in this day and age it’s not even a good look, but have you thought about the damage it’s doing to your actual looks?
Yes as we age we wrinkle, the skin becomes softer, we sag, but in a smoker this process happens faster. Smoking is a destroyer of collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging - and the longer you smoke the saggier your skin gets, and not only on your face…your boobies can start to head south too!
It’s not only sagging you have to worry about, smoking creates deeper wrinkles, especially around the lips and eyes. Research has also shown that people who smoke are perceived as looking older than those who don’t.
Does your skin look grey or uneven in skin tone? You know what to blame. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke is quite the bolshie chemical and likes to crowd out any oxygen that’s trying to get into your skin. Meanwhile nicotine with its blood flow reducing ways leaves sky dry and discoloured.
Other studies have also found that smoker’s skin doesn’t heal as well as non-smokers, which means scars are likely to stick around longer and look nastier too.
But is it all doom and gloom? Of course not. Our bodies are amazing things, and the earlier you quit smoking the more time you’ll be giving your body to repair any damage done. The moment you stop your skin will start to enjoy more oxygen and nutrients, creating a healthier looking complexion. You can also boost the repair by using skin creams containing vitamins like C and E, and retinol products can help too.