Monday, June 13, 2011

Skin Tip of the Week: Don't smoke

Don't smoke!!

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask Dr. Skellchock for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

If your wrinkles have accelerated due to smoking, consider stopping and then doing a consultation with Dr. Skellchock in her Boca Raton office to see how she can help recapture that youthful appearance.