It’s pretty clear that smoking has a host of negative effects on your health, so it’s no shock to most that these negative impacts would carry over to your skin. Besides the common and quite noticeable yellow staining of fingers and nails, cigarette smoke can also have some nasty effects on skin health on a cellular level. The good news: depending on how long you’ve been smoking, you may be able to reverse the damage done to your skin.
To understand just how to support skin’s recovery, it’s important to understand how skin has been affected. Each cigarette contains 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known carcinogens. Aside from the obvious risk of cancer as a result of the carcinogens, the toxins and nicotine in cigarettes constrict blood vessels, restrict blood flow, increase the presence of free radicals, and deprive the body of the oxygen, nutrients, and vitamins it needs to heal. All of these factors have the following effects on skin health:
If you’re wondering about the effects of secondhand smoke on skin health, consider that the other end of the cigarette has no filter. Those exposed to secondhand smoke may be inhaling even more toxins than those inhaling through the filter, while the skin continues to absorb nicotine and toxins in the air that destroy healthy collagen and elastin levels.
So we know that smoking damages the skin, but unlike sun damage that only affects areas of the skin that have been exposed to UV light, smoking affects skin all over the body, from your head down to your toes. Loose, wrinkled skin may develop on the hands, chest, abdomen, and anywhere else, but the good news is that there are ways to reverse the damage.
Quitting smoking is the first step toward improved skin health. Topicals and treatments won’t have any effect at all on unhealthy skin cells that can’t even support their own healing processes. After quitting, you’ll notice that skin gradually restores itself via skin cell renewal for a brighter, clearer complexion and healthier-looking skin. However, your skin is going to need a helping hand to recoup lost collagen and elastin, smoothen out wrinkles, and restore skin elasticity.
Radio frequency-based anti-aging wrinkle reduction and skin tightening treatments can offer the boost your skin needs to support improved collagen and elastin production levels. Utilizing advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, these treatments, targeting wrinkles on the face or loose skin on the body, deliver energy deep below the skin’s surface to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastic fibers, the two fundamental building blocks to firmer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. Treatment sessions are quick and RF energy is known to be safe for all skin tones. It’s the ideal complementary treatment to a quality anti-aging skin care routine to rejuvenate skin that has been damaged by smoking.
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