Let’s get one thing straight, smoking kills. Even when you think that you’ll quit before you develop any major health issues, every time you smoke you’re harming your insides as much as your outsides. Yes, that means that also your skin gets harmed when you smoke, more than you know.
Smoking a cigarette, pipe or even hooka can cause premature wrinkles because it damages your skin’s collagen and elastin fibers. It also reduces blood flow which makes your skin lose its moisture, making it dry and discolored. This also happens even if you’re not a smoker but are around smokers all the time as the nicotine from their cigarette smoke can penetrate your skin and enter your bloodstream.
So How Can You Protect Your Skin’s Health from Smoke, Even When You’re a Smoker?
Here are 5 ways you can take care of your skin and protect it from cigarette smoke
Antioxidants Are Your Best Friend
The chemicals found in cigarettes harm your skin by causing free radicals which damage every cell in their path through a process called Oxidation, which can ruin protein, DNA and cell membranes. What this means for your skin is that it can ruin your skin’s DNA, causing it to age prematurely, which leads to wrinkles. Your skin fights them off with “Anti-Oxidants” which you have to provide through food and skin care products.
Foods that are rich in anti-oxidants include:
- Goji Berries
- Red Cabbage
In terms of products, applying products that are rich in anti-oxidants like Vichy Mineral 89 first thing on your skin will help it fight against free radicals and protect your skin from the damaging effects of smoke.
Cleanse Really Well
This is especially important when going to bed at night. Just like you don’t want to go to bed with a face full of makeup on or the day’s sweat and dust, you definitely need to cleanse off the smoke that got on there before you slumber. Make sure you cleanse your face well right before you go to bed. That way the smoke your face was exposed to doesn’t harm your skin while you sleep, and doesn’t get on your pillowcases. If it did, it will get on your face as you sleep even if you cleansed your face well. This is another great reason you should never smoke in your bedroom.
Protect Your Skin from Smoke
The only way to actively not let smoke touch your skin is to quit smoking or get out of the room someone is smoking in. If these two options are not currently possible you need to make sure that there is a barrier of some sorts between your face/skin and the smoke, that’s where Vichy Mineral 89 comes in.
This serum when applied first thing on a freshly cleaned face helps your skin fight pollution, smoke, and any other environmental aggressor. That’s because this serum is 89% Vichy Thermal Water which gives your skin instant deep hydration full of anti-oxidants that will give your skin the protection it needs against the smoke’s free radicals. This is so efficient in making keeping your skin protected from smoke (and any other harmful air pollutants) that’s is almost like adding a screen on your phone, safe and secure.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We’ve said this once and we’ll say it again, it doesn’t matter what the question is, water is always part of the solution. You need to be drinking your daily water intake if not more because the smoke actually dries up your skin because of the carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarettes.
That being said you also need to be hydrating your skin on the outside as well. Do so by applying a hydrating mist, a moisturizing serum, and a good moisturizer. Or you could skip all three and just use Vichy Mineral 89 because of its incredibly high content of hyaluronic acid it actually does the job of all three together. So it’s sort of a 3 in 1 kind of deal.
Be Gentle with Your Skin
Your skin goes through a pretty rough time living in the 6th most polluted country, fighting off smoke every day if you’re a smoker and keeping you safe from the air’s various external aggressors. We need to learn how to be gentle with it. You can do so by doing the below.
Always Pat Your Skin Dry
Never ever rub at your skin, whether that’s with a towel or a cotton pad. Rubbing will only cause your skin to form wrinkles and could harm your skin giving you a rash if you use an abrasive towel. Gently patting your skin dry is the best way to go.
Try to Limit Smoking
This might not be the easiest thing to do, especially if you’ve been a smoker for some time but at least try to limit your smoking and who knows if you gradually do it you might find yourself just having one cigarette a day. Now, it would be easier to quit if all you had was just one cigarette, wouldn’t it?
De-Stress and Relax
Just like you need time to de-stress, your skin needs it as well. Just sitting quietly surrounding yourself with lavender scent with some light spa music in the background could do wonders for your stress levels. When you relax your face unclenches. Yes, if you notice half the time you’re stressed your face gets stressed with you, clenches its muscles without you realizing. You
Give Yourself a Face Massage
Check out this video on how you can easily give yourself a face massage to help loosen your muscles, increase blood flow and help bring oxygen to your facial tissue. Just add your favorite hydrating serum and give your face some lovin’. This will surely give you glowing healthy skin.
If you just stick to at least one of these steps you’ll see a difference in your face before you know it. If you haven’t noticed the easiest way to ensure protection from smoke is by using Vichy Mineral 89. It really does have everything you need for a healthy complexion that’s well taken care of, even if you’re a smoker.