Kick the Habit This Summer

Looking to achieve a goal this summer, besides finishing the beach read you picked up or mastering the perfect mojito? How about quitting smoking?

We know you’ve heard all about what smoking does to your heart, lungs, and other internal organs, ┬ábut what about the largest organ you have–your skin? Your skin relies on the intake of oxygen to function properly. When you smoke, the nicotine and other chemical in cigarettes restricts the blood vessels and severely limits the amount of oxygen available.

This results in:

  • Grey or yellow skin
  • Increased chance of psoriasis. You are between 20% and 60% more likely to have psoriasis depending on how long you smoke.
  • Yellow teeth and tooth loss.
  • Wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
  • Thinner hair

Also it’s not just your face that turns yellow or grey, your fingers do too. Plus, your skin takes much longer to heal from scrapes and wounds, which in turn leads to more scarring.

If you do decide to quit smoking, your body will immediately begin to heal itself. The amount of time it takes to heal will depend on how long you’ve smoked.

Check out this image to learn more about the healing timeline following your decision to quit smoking:

 

smoking-healing-timeline-improved

There are several ways to combat the signs of aging when you quit smoking, including regular chemical peels and facial treatments. We would also recommend using a collagen-building product, like PCA Skin’s Collagen Hydrator to reverse the damage.

If you are interested in scheduling your first treatment or if you have questions about our products, please comment or give us a call at 770-704-5614. We are happy to schedule a consultation to figure out your skin care needs.