Top anti-ageing skin care advice ranges from crushed avocados to the seaweed found in seas far and deep. You could spend thousands on the latest product from the top skin care laboratories or spend a couple of quid at your local health food store. However, you haven’t made one vital change. You haven’t stopped smoking!
One of the best things you can do for your skin is probably also the hardest — quitting smoking. Wrinkles are hastened by cigarette smoke – fact. Through the biochemical damage it does to the skin cells and also the repetitive facial expressions it requires – think smoker’s mouth. Hmmm.
The smoke damages collagen and elastin in the dermal layers. It leads to an acceleration of sagging and wrinkling. It also constricts the blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells, and slows down the cellular production and skin cell growth.
Have you ever noticed how pale some smokers look? And don’t think if you’re young you’re getting away with it. The irreversible damage starts almost immediately and according to dermatologist Jonette Keri, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the uneven skin tone damage of smoking can be seen easily in the young skin of young smokers.