Smoking and Wrinkles

Having a fag at a certain age seems to be cool. The wish to do something trendy drives many people taking to smoke. The harmful effects of smoking are known to all and sundry. Still people fancy that they will escape their nemesis and thus continue smoking. Cancer and cardiovascular problems are well known results of smoking. But it is also proved that wrinkles, the pest of beauty, can also be resulted and aggravated by smoking.

Wrinkles cause despair in people’s mind as they find themselves losing their youthful disposition. They add a number of years to one’s age and make him/her look older. Wrinkles may be on the surface of the skin or deep inside as well. These are the sagging, loosened and creased skin that occurs on your face for different reasons.

One among those reasons is smoking. When sun, heat and other environmental factors cause wrinkles on the exposed parts of skin, smoking may cause the problem even in those parts of body which are generally under cover. In that respect smoking is more harmful than other factors in causing wrinkles.

Smoking causes wrinkles due to the following reasons:

  • Wrinkles appear when the skin loses tightness and elasticity. These qualities are actually maintained by proteins called collagen and elastin. Smoking causes decrease of these proteins from skin.
  • Smoking forms harmful free radicals in skin, which weakens the elastin and collagen fibers and that affects the wrinkling of skin.
  • Smoking depletes minerals and vitamins in the body.
  • Smoking deprives the skin of capillary blood flow to a large extent. Thus, the skin does not receive blood and necessary nutrients causing wrinkles.
  • Smoking causes a higher degree of aging even in areas which are generally not exposed to sun light, for example the inside of the upper arm.
  • Quite contradictory to popular perception, smoking leaves stress hormones in the body in stead of relieving one from stress. Excessive stress causes wrinkles on skin.
  • The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the adrenal gland to produce stress hormones. The stress hormones are harmful for our body as along with many other maladies they causes wrinkles too.
  • Smoking irritates eyes and makes smokers squint more. It leads people to have wrinkles at the corners of the eyes.
  • Smokers develop wrinkles around the mouth for many years of puffing cigarettes. They also develop more hollowed cheeks.
  • Smoking damages the skin cell membranes and causes wrinkles.
  • Years of smoking causes loss of skin weight and water. Moreover, volume of fat cells that cushion the face gradually withers. It results in the occurrence of dryness of the skin coupled with lines and wrinkles.

Smoking is not only deleterious for the internal parts of the body; it even harms the skin and its texture. Smokers are prone to have wrinkles much earlier than non-smokers. The only remedy in case of smoking induced wrinkles is to quit it. The sooner you quit smoking, the lesser you become susceptible to wrinkles. After all you’d want to look good and younger and not burn yourself with smoke.