Why Smoking Is Bad for The Skin?

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Smoking is bad for your skin in a lot of ways. Not only does it increase your risk of cancer, but it also causes premature aging. Smoking can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. In this blog post, we will discuss the harmful effects of smoking on the skin and how to protect yourself from them.

1. Smoking and Skin Aging

Smoking poses severe mucosal and cutaneous effects to users, leading to changes in their skin appearance, including premature wrinkling. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke narrow blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which decreases blood flow and nutrients that the skin needs to stay healthy. This can cause collagen and elastin fibers in the skin to break down, leading to wrinkles. Skin aging also manifests via the reduction of moisture and vitamin A levels on the skin surface and an overall thinning of the skin.

Smoking also reduces the skin’s ability to repair itself after injury, leading to age spots and other skin problems. In addition, the chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause inflammation and cell damage, which can speed up the aging process. Smoking also leads to a slack jawline and baggy eyelids, making your teeth yellow.

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2. Smoking and Wound Healing

Smoking also delays the wound healing process. Smokers are three times more likely to have problems with wound healing than non-smokers. Studies have shown that smoking interferes with the ability of blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to the wound site. This can delay healing and increase the risk of infection. As a result, it raises death tissue, flap formation, wound infection, and blood clot formation risks. All these are attributed to factors that include, but are not limited to, the following:

-The release of catecholamines, which are hormones that narrow blood vessels

-The production of free radicals, which can damage cells

-A decrease in the production of collagen, which is necessary for wound healing

-An increase in the breakdown of collagen

-A decrease in blood flow to the wound site

Smoking is also known to contribute to leg ulcers’ development and proliferation, especially diabetic foot ulcers, arterial ulcers, and venous ulcers. Therefore, smoking cessation is essential to improve the healing process and reduce the risk of infection and other complications.

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3. Smoking and Infections

Smoking increases the chances of infection severity and impairs the healing process. It increases the risk of developing and proliferation of bacterial wound infections like Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and MRSA.

-It also increases the risk of fungal infections like candidiasis. This is because tobacco smoke contains harmful toxins that weaken the immune system.

-Viral infections like herpes simplex and varicella-zoster are also more common in smokers. This is largely because smoking damages the mucous membranes, which act as a barrier against infection.

-Smokers are also at an increased risk of pneumonia and tuberculosis. Smoking damages the cilia, which are tiny hair-like structures that line the respiratory tract. These cilia help to remove mucus and bacteria from the lungs.

-Smokers are also more susceptible to ear infections. This is because smoking damages the Eustachian tube, a small passageway that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. This can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear, leading to infection.

-Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts. This is because smoking damages the proteins in the eye, leading to the formation of clouds on the eye’s lens.

-Smokers are also more likely to develop osteoporosis. This is because smoking decreases the amount of calcium in the body, leading to bone loss.

4. Smoking and Skin Cancer

Cigarette smoking raises the chances of cancer on the skin. It is not just people who smoke cigarettes at greater risk, but anyone exposed to secondhand smoke. Studies have shown that people who live with smokers have a 20% to 30% greater chance of developing skin cancer. In addition, 75% of people with oral cancer are smokers. This is because tobacco use can cause changes in the skin that make it more susceptible to cancer.

Smoking also increases the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. This happens because the harmful chemicals in cigarettes damage the DNA in skin cells. Hence, smoke cessation is one of the best things that a person can do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.

5. Smoking and Psoriasis
Many studies have shown that smoking is a risk factor for developing psoriasis. Smokers are two to three times more likely to develop psoriasis than non-smokers. Smoking can damage the skin and make it more susceptible to infections.

Smoking also increases the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis that affects people with psoriasis. People who smoke are also more likely to experience more severe symptoms of psoriasis. This is because smoking induces inflammatory responses in the body, which can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis.

If you have psoriasis, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your condition. Quitting smoking can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms and may even lead to remission.

6. Smoking and Oral Diseases

Smokers are more exposed to various oral diseases, including gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the tissues in the mouth and throat.

Smokers are also more likely to develop leukoplakia, which is a condition that causes white patches to form on the inside of the mouth. Leukoplakia is a precancerous condition that can lead to oral cancer.

7. Smoking and Vascular Disease

Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes damage the lining of the arteries, leading to a build-up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that consists of fat, cholesterol, and other materials. When plaque builds up in the arteries, it narrows them and makes it harder for blood to flow through. This can lead to vascular disease, a type of heart disease.

To sum it up, smoking is extremely harmful to your skin. It accelerates the aging process, increases your risk of developing wrinkles and other skin problems, and can even lead to skin cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your skin.

 

What you need to create a great skincare routine

Our daily habits could either help you create a great skincare routine or cause terrible skin. This is why it is very important to pay attention to our daily skincare and lifestyle habits. The skin is the biggest organ, but many people don’t seem to acknowledge that. They tend to see and treat their skin as an accessory, rather than as one of the most important parts of the body.

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Creating great skin is easy once you pay attention to your skin type and the products that work well for you. There are millions of skincare products available, but we need to remember that skincare is personal, and what works for your BFF may not necessarily work well for your skin. Hopefully, that fact should guide you as you read many product reviews and browse more and more beauty blogs.

What you need to create a great skincare routine

Time

When it comes to creating a great skincare routine, like many things in life, it takes time. Jumping from one product to other is not a good idea because even great skincare products need time and patience to work. For you to reap the benefits of a good product, take your time with it and see how it goes for a few weeks (between 4 to 6 weeks) before you make up your mind. The only time I don’t recommend you take your time is when a product is causing breakouts or irritation.

Know your skin type

Do you know your skin type? The first step in building a skincare routine that works for you is to know your type of skin. Knowing your skin type is crucial when creating a skincare routine. You need to know if your skin is normal, oily, dry, or combination, before you can get the right products and create a great skincare routine.

Money and the right skincare products

You need the right skincare products for your skin type, and you need adequate time and money to test them all to see how they work for you. A good lotion, face cream, cleanser, toner, and facial mask, are great skincare products to start with. I pay attention to the ingredients of the products I buy since I rather they are not tested on animals and do not contain chemicals. If these are important to you as well, then you need to pay attention to all the ingredients of the skincare products you are interested in trying.

Beauty Muse: Zoe Kravitz

Hey beauty lovers! Another week in the new week, another beauty blog post. The first beauty muse for the year 2022 is the stunning Zoe Kravitz. This beauty is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, and she is featured in big hits like Big Little Lies, X-Men First Class. This talented beauty muse is also featured in The Batman as Catwoman, which is due to be released later this year.

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Beauty Muse: Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz’s facial features are striking and always catch my attention. She has the most beautiful skin and her makeup is always on point. I was not surprised to discover Kravitz gets her beauty philosophy from her mum – Lisa Bonet. Here are some of her tried and tested beauty tips from an interview she had with Women’s Health Mag:

Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil

“Coconut oil is wonderful, I use it on my body. Every time I get out of the shower, I put coconut oil on. It’s great,”

I agree with Zoe on this one. I love using coconut oil and I use it every day. It is a great skin and hair moisturiser. I always ensure I have a bottle of natural coconut oil in my bathroom cabinet every time. It is so handy to have around.

She also revealed she uses tea tree oil because it’s “great for blemishes.”

Tea Tree Essential Oil is amazing. I have used it for many years in a variety of ways and it is so great. To get rid of blemishes, dab a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil on the area.

Like I mentioned in this post, I have essential bottles for sale, and Tea Tree Essential Oils are currently in stock. You can shop them here. To read her full interview, click on here.

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What do you think of Zoe Kravitz as a Beauty Muse? Are you a fan?

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