Everybody knows the effects of smoking to our body. It may hide the most serious effects because the damage is more on our internal organs, but smoking is harmful enough to destroy our extremities including our skin.
Since the skin is the organ that protects our body from foreign objects in entering our body, we have our own ways in taking care of it. But on the contrary, with so many smokers in the world, they are either unaware of the negative side effects of smoking to their skins or they just ignore all of it and stick to their vice instead.
The common side effect of smoking on our skin is wrinkles. However, we always ask the basis of it. Well, to give everyone ideas, here are some facts that we should bear in mind.
§ While smoking, the smokers protect their eyes from the cigarette smoke by partly closing their eyes. Because of this, wrinkles around the eyes may develop.
§ Puckering of mouth to puff cigarettes is also a way of acquiring wrinkles on the face. This is because of the steady muscle contractions around the mouth area.
§ Chemicals in the cigarette are very harmful to our blood – carbon monoxide in particular. This chemical helps in the formation of free radicals that causes aging.
§ Nicotine is also a chemical in cigarettes that causes our blood vessels to contract that results to a reduced oxygen supply for our tissues.
§ Scars and wounds also take longer time to heal in smokers because the production of oxygen is lessened, therefore, making the skin more vulnerable to scars.
Aside from simple wrinkles, there are more harmful effects of cigarette smoking to the human skin. These effects are merely felt by the smokers, that is why the majority of them tend to ignore it.
§ British study had revealed that smoking can make our skin thinner.
§ The smoker’s skin may appear slightly grayish
§ The toxins in a single cigarette can cause lesser production of collagen, which is an essential chemical to make our skin look young.
§ Smoking can cause skin dehydration and thus depriving it from the moisture it needs.
§ The nicotine content of cigarettes restrains the smoker’s immune system to increase the vulnerability of viral infections of the skin, warts for instance.
§ Aside from wrinkles, facial break outs are also caused by the harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
§ A chronic skin condition called psoriasis which can be damaging and painful. Experts claimed that smokers have very high risk in acquiring the said condition.
Now, with all these effects of smoking in our skin alone, anyone should forget about looking sophisticated for a moment. Some smokers think that they will look fit in the public if they smoke. But they have no idea how it will make them look older than they can imagine. The bad effects of smoking may be curable, but it is good to think that it is better to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent ourselves from sickness.