Smoking your way to terrible skin
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We all know those cancer sticks are bad for your health, but did you know they wreak havoc on your skin as well? "Some of my patients in their forties who've smoked from a young age often have as many facial wrinkles as non-smokers in their sixties," says leading Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Angelica Kavouni (www.cosmetic-solutions.co.uk).
Tobacco smoke wrecks your skin by:
- Restricting blood vessels, meaning your skin gets less of the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
- Reducing your body's store of vitamin A, which normally protects against the skin-ageing effects of smoking.
- Making you squint at the irritating smoke, leaving you with crow's feet.
- Puckering your lips as you draw smoke, causing those tell-tale stitch-like wrinkles around your mouth.
- Increasing production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen in your skin. That's the scaffolding in your skin that keeps it elastic and youthful.