Despite plenty of warnings and the evidence of the many dangers of tobacco, more than 15 percent of adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. That’s about 36.5 million people, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This epidemic of cigarette dependency has known links to a number of diseases, but did you know that smoking affects your skin by making you look older faster? Giving up cigarettes is not only imperative to good health, but it’s also essential for good skin.
Here’s a look at what smoking is doing to your skin and what, in addition to quitting, you can do to change it.
The Chemical Effects of Smoking on Skin
Tobacco smoke is a chemical-laden mess. Every time you breathe it in or walk through a cloud of it, your skin is soaking up more than 4,000 compounds that negatively impact your body on a cellular level. The more you smoke, the more you’re causing the collagen and elastin in your skin to break down, which leads to a loss of overall strength and elasticity. Over time, your skin will start sagging and wrinkling, leading to the loss of its natural youthful appeal and vibrancy.
Thanks to chronic oxygen deprivation and poor circulation, you can expect uneven, lackluster skin tone, too.
How Smoking Physically Affects Your Face
You’re likely already familiar with frown lines and smile lines, but have you heard of “smoke lines”? Repeatedly pursing your lips around a cigarette and squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes can cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop much earlier and etch your face far more deeply than they might have otherwise. The combination of repetitive motion and the constant barrage of chemicals on your skin will erode your skin health, and undoing the damage is a difficult process.
How the HydraFacial® Can Rejuvenate Your Skin
To combat serious wrinkles and remove deep-seated toxins from the many layers of your skin, you need a treatment that’s both comprehensive and customized. HydraFacial® offers exactly that, plus so much more. HydraFacial® is an uber-hydrating, skin-resurfacing technique that uses specially formulated serums and advanced technology to infuse your skin with the nutrients it needs while simultaneously removing impurities.
For current or former smokers, HydraFacial® is an opportunity to tackle everything from fine lines and wrinkles to enlarged pores to dull, dry skin. You’ll discover the veritable magic of the Vortex-Fusion® system – a gentle, yet effective way to replenish your skin’s health – and you’ll see what it’s like to comfortably and confidently temper the all-too-visible signs of aging and environmental stress. You can’t undo decades of smoking, but you can embrace a happy, healthier, more beautiful you in less than 30 minutes.
Are you ready to rejuvenate your skin? Give up the cigarettes for good and reward your commitment to a healthier future by scheduling your HydraFacial® appointment with Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center. Call Michelle today at (309) 243-3875 to uncover the new you.