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LIFESTYLE: How To Look After Your Skin If You Smoke

Ok, I know that we all kind of know about smoking. I think we all have learnt from our elders, friends, TV, doctors, teachers etc etc that smoking is a bad thing to do. Yet, so many people still do it. I'm sure you're all aware by now (and if not where have you been? Living under a rock?) that smoking causes cancer, heart disease plus a long long list of other problems. I'm here today to talk about how it affects your skin and I guess controversially in a way, what to do if you do decide to smoke them little things.

Wrinkles

The first thing you need to know is that smoking causes fine line and wrinkles. All the free radicals in the smoke can break down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin causing wrinkles and fine lines. Also, with the breakdown of elastin, this can cause sagging - which is not something that we really want. We also need to be aware the lines that it produces around the mouth, plus the yellowing of the teeth is never really a good look!

Vasoconstriction

Smoking causes vasoconstriction in the blood vessels. This basically reduces the blood supply that can get to the skin and can make it look grey, dull and lifeless. Also, when we restrict the blood flow, we can prevent the skin from healing properly. Anybody concerned with scarring of any kind must be aware that it will take longer to heal. Especially if you struggle with spots and blemishes, those spots are going to take twice as long to heal up than a non-smoker.