November 27

Smoking Causes More Than Just Wrinkles!


Do you find yourself cringing at the sight of lines on your face every time you look in the mirror? Do you want to get your youthful glow back? In order to prevent wrinkles, it’s also important to know what causes them. Here are some things that you can do to slow down your skin’s aging process, without having to spend on expensive creams or treatments.

Wear Sunscreen

Sun exposure is the number two culprit behind most wrinkles – second only to living in a home full of cigarette smoke. Tanning is the result of the sun’s UV rays entering and damaging the skin’s support structure. Because the face and hands are usually uncovered, they are more susceptible to sun damage. Keep your skin healthy and wrinkles at bay by wearing sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and laying off the tanning beds.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is another leading cause of wrinkles. It speeds up the aging process by breaking down two important components of the skin, elastin and collagen, thereby making you look older. Cigarette smoke not only gives skin a rough texture and an unhealthy hue, it also makes wrinkles deeper. Premature wrinkling has been found in smokers as young as 20. Don’t be overwhelmed at the notion of quitting smoking – a wealth of information on the topic can be found online and in various books.

Improve Your Sleeping Habits

Not getting enough sleep? If that’s the case, then your body is producing more of the hormone cortisol which breaks down skin cells. On the other hand, if you’re well rested, your body will make more human growth hormones which help in keeping skin suppler and less likely to crease. Certain sleeping positions can cause wrinkles, too. If you sleep with your face against your pillow, it will put pressure on your face no matter how soft it is. The stress can accumulate over the years, resulting in sleep lines. Sleep on your back and give your face a break.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Speaking of which, facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting call for small muscle contractions that can etch lines on your features over time. Get reading glasses if you need them, and wear sunglasses to keep from squinting when out in the sun. If you don’t want to wear them all of the time, just store them in your green Kanken. The latter will also protect the skin around your eyes from harmful UV rays. If you have a habit of frowning or making other expressions for no apparent reason, remind yourself to avoid doing so.

Eat Healthy

The skin is an organ that needs nutrients in order to function well. Biotin or vitamin B7 helps form new skin cells. Vitamin A aids in maintaining and repairing skin tissue. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that can protect the skin from sun damage and minimize skin destruction caused by free radicals. Load your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal, aiming for the ideal five to seven servings per day. Carrots have vitamin A and biotin, tomatoes contain vitamin C and biotin, and almonds and green leafy vegetables are packed with vitamin E.

Drink Up

As we get older, our skin becomes drier and thinner. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Make it a habit to carry a reusable bottle filled with H2O wherever you go.

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