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How Smoking Affects Your Skin

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For many people, smoking is more of a social habit than a full-blown addiction.  During the holidays, the sale of drugs and alcohol increase dramatically making it the perfect time to address the side effects smoking has on your skin.  Keep reading to discover some known and some not so known ways that smoking could be affecting you along with some product recommendations to combat these issues.  Please note, no product will make the difference on your skin or in your body that quitting can.

 Premature aging and wrinkles

Studies show, smoking accelerates aging.  On average, smokers look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers. This is because smoking decreases the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy. When you take a “puff” of a cigarette, your blood vessels immediately become thinner and spasm. This reduces circulation and decreases the oxygen levels in your blood. This decrease of oxygen and circulation causes premature aging. 

Stretch marks

The nicotine found in cigarettes damages the fibers and connective tissue in your skin, causing it to lose elasticity. Anyone can get stretch marks with rapid weight gain, but cigarettes can be a contributing factor.

Our Hydrafirm Serum in addition to professional treatments can help with the process of reversing stretch marks as well as boosting collagen and elasticity!

Natural glow is gone

Smoker’s face is commonly described as having wrinkles, thinness, and a gray appearance.  Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which takes the place of the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored.  Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

This is why we love our Super C Brightening Serum

Bags under your eyes

Studies have shown that smokers don’t get enough sleep at night. Smokers are four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep. What does this mean? Under eye bags are much more likely to occur.

We’ve got you covered (but only so much) with the Vitaleyez + C serum.

We all know that smoking does our body NO favors, yet many people still do it.  There is no way around getting healthier skin than to treat your body good and quit! 

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