Smoking cigarettes is the worst enemy to the skin
February 4, 2009 11:41am CST
Smoking will immediately irritate the skin. the ill effects of smoking become very obvious at midlife. Past studies have shown that the skin of smokers ages twice as fast after the age of 30 as the skin of non-smokers. women who smoke often have a paler skin tone, darker circles under their eyes and mouth than non smokers. Smoking causes the blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to narrow, which reduces the blood supply, reduces the amount of oxygen available to the skin, and reduces the removal of waste products and dead cells. This process contribute to the reduction in collagen and elastin and prevents Vitamin A from bonding with skin cells to repair skin damage, leading skin to have grayish or bluish cast and a leathery texture. Smokers do not have much collagen and elastin int their skin so their skin isn't as tight or soft as that of people who don't smoke. smoking dehydrates the skin and depletes it of vitamins A,E,C and B complex, and the minerals calcium, potassium and zinc. smoking will create wrinkles and fine lines and just make your skin appear older overall. Smoking directly poisons ovaries. This leads to decreased levels of estrogen, which is necessary to help maintain elastin and collagen fibers. Women Smokers have higher incidence of osteoporosis and earlier menopause by 1.5 to 2 years. women who smoke only 1-4 cigarettes each day double their cardiovascular disease and stroke risk.