From the ‘Smoking Kills’ adverts in cinemas to the warning signs on cigarette boxes, we all know that smoking is bad. It can be gravely dangerous for your lungs, heart, brain and visibly for your skin. If you are an active smoker, know that it’s bad news in more ways than one. Here is how it takes a toll on your skin.
Smoking affects the elasticity of the dermis
 

Smoking affects the elasticity of the dermis

Premature ageing Smoking affects the elasticity of the dermis, thus causing sagging and premature ageing. The wrinkles on a smoker are more prominent as compared to that of a non-smoker. Deep lines on the cheeks and fine lines on the corners of your eyes hint at your smoking habits. Bags under your eyes A person who smokes has dehydrated skin which highlights the dark circles and bags under your eyes. It also robs the skin of essential vitamins and minerals adding to overall poor skin health. Loss of natural glow If you are addicted to smoking, you may as well bid adieu to your healthy and glowing skin! Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and nicotine, which suppresses oxygen and reduces the blood flow to your body. Over time, your skin will look dull and lifeless. Aggravates allergies and skin diseases Nicotine alters your auto-immune system, and makes your skin prone to various diseases. Smoking triggers inflammation, which in turn can cause allergies. It is also associated with psoriasis a condition in which the skin becomes scaly, itchy and dry. So, do what it takes to kick the habit, so that your skin and body remains toxin-free!