Effects of Smoking on Women
It has almost become socially acceptable for women to be seen smoking in public. I wonder if women who smoke actually realize what they are doing to their bodies and more specifically to their skin? Here are a few effects of smoking on the youthful complexion of your skin.
- Smoking causes the skin to age prematurely and to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Women smokers tend to pucker their mouth when they puff on their cigarette. The constant contractions of the muscles around the area of the mouth causes wrinkles. Heavy smokers have an almost five-fold increased risk of wrinkles compared to non-smokers.
- It delays wound healing.
- Smoking causes the carbon monoxide levels in the blood to increase. This promotes the formation of age-inducing free radicals that can cause disease and damage cell bodies.
- Smoking restricts blood flow through the capillaries preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the skin.
- Smoking increases the production of an enzyme, which breaks down the supply of collagen to the skin. Collagen is important for skin's elasticity.
- The nicotine in cigarettes is more addictive for women and as a result women experience difficulties quitting smoking than men. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constricts and that reduces oxygen supply to the tissues.
- It causes many health problems, some of which are life threatening such as lung cancer and pneumonia. It is also linked to early onset of menopause.
- Smoking reduces the body's supply of vitamin C, which is important antioxidant for skin protection and health. Vitamin C is also involved in the synthesis of collagen. Smoking also, reduces the body's supply of vitamin A, which provides protection from the skin damage.
- The aging effect of smoking on the skin is worse for women who are much likely to develop smoker's face than male smokers.
If you are a smoker, the important thing for your skin and your looks is for you to stop smoking. If you quit smoking now, you'll stop your skin aging faster than it normally would. With proper anti-aging skin care and nutrition, your skin will look better in the future than if you carried on as a smoker.