It’s common knowledge that the effects of smoking are bad – lung cancer, heart disease, reduced circulation, and the list goes on – but how exactly does it impact the skin? The damage is quite significant. Smoking decreases collagen and elastin, creates lines, reduces the skin’s ability to heal, and slows circulation.
Chances are if you are a smoker, the many skin concerns will be tied to smoking and giving it up just may be one tactic in helping to achieve the ultimate skin health goal. The long-term effects are very dramatic.
- Decreases collagen activity – we know how important collagen and elastin are to keeping the skin tone and firm. Smoking depletes the skin of vitamin C and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP), two key factors of collagen production.
- Appearance of aging – the repetitive action of puckering the lips to take a puff from a cigarette contributes to line formation around the mouth. These eventually become permanent wrinkles.
- Suffocates the skin – smoking reduces circulation by restricting the blood vessels. It essentially reduces the blood supply to the skin, in essence suffocating it. Cells don’t get the necessary oxygen supply and aren’t able to detoxify, causing toxins to build up.
- Inability to repair properly – since smoking reduces the skin’s ability to regenerate it also impacts how the skin repairs itself. Wounds take longer to heal, which may seriously impact the treatments you are able to perform on smoker clients. Certain corrective treatments may not work with their skin.
These are just a few of the damaging effects of smoking, did you know that one puff emits 40,000 free radicals, and that one cigarette typically constricts the blood vessels for approximately an hour and a half? … just think what smoking throughout the day will do.
When it comes to treatments for clients who smoke, of course this will depend on their overall skin condition, goals and concerns, but the focus should be on oxygenating and boosting vitamin and antioxidant support.
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