how smoking impacts the skin

November 4, 2014

Smoking is one of the most controllable causes of disease and death today. It is also a major contributor to many skin conditions and complications, such as skin discoloration, breakdown of collagen and elastin, deep wrinkling, skin aging, poor wound healing and abnormal skin growths.

Our skin relies on oxygen in order to function properly. Air is pulled into our lungs, travels down to the smallest air sacs in the lungs, and is then carried throughout the body via the tiny and intricate network of capillaries. Without sufficient oxygen, the body and the skin suffer.

Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes vasoconstriction or blood vessel contraction, which limits the actual size of the vessel. Carbon monoxide in cigarettes bonds with oxygen, greatly reducing the amount available to the body. This combination of nicotine and carbon monoxide not only limits the size of the vessel, but also the amount of oxygen flowing through them.

some not so fun facts

  • Just one cigarette restricts blood flow for up to 90 minutes.
  • The body produces more blood vessels to compensate for the oxygen restriction due to smoking.
  • De-oxygenated skin often exhibits a grey or yellow tone.
  • It only takes 15-20 seconds for cigarette smoke to impact each part of the body.
  • Blood circulation is significantly decreased due to the vasoconstrictive nature of nicotine.

The sooner a smoker decides to quit, the sooner the vital organs and the skin start to heal. However, the breakdown of the dermal layers is not easily recovered by simply putting out the cigarette. Rebuilding of collagen, repairing elastin and improving the overall function of the dermis must be instigated.

Regular chemical peels will improve not only the production of collagen, but will also improve the tone and texture of the skin. Daily use of collagen-building topical products is also a vital component to reversing the signs of aging due to smoking. Integrating ingredients like vitamin C during the morning and retinoids at night, along with advanced peptides and epidermal growth factor, will prolong the benefits gained from monthly chemical peels.

The effects of cigarettes reach nearly every organ of the body, including the skin. The sooner a smoker puts down the cigarettes, the sooner the body will begin healing from the damage of the nicotine and various chemicals contained within. The skin, however, typically requires more attention. With monthly chemical peels and a comprehensive collagen-building daily care regimen, the skin can begin the recovery process.


rejuvenate your skin!

March 19, 2013

Rejuvenating Serum by PCA SKIN® is formulated with a blend of epidermal growth factors (EGF), botanicals and antioxidants to to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum for those with aging skin leaves skin glowing.

PCA SKIN's Rejuvenating Serum

PCA SKIN’s Rejuvenating Serum

Key ingredients include:

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tocotrienols and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) – an excellent antioxidant that prevents free radical damage.

Bisabolol – one of the principal active compounds found in chamomile. It provides excellent calming and soothing benefits.

Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) – a polyphenol antioxidant naturally found in green tea. It has been shown to prevent the formation of several highly damaging free radicals.

Glutathione – an endogenous antioxidant that is produced naturally by the body.

Grape Fruit Cell Extract – an antioxidant from the stem cells of red grapes. These plant stem cells have the proven ability to protect epidermal stem cells from UV-induced stress and damage.

Niacinamide – helps fight visible skin aging that can be exacerbated by glycation.

After cleansing and toning, apply one to two pumps to the entire face and neck twice daily for maximum results. Aging skin of any skin type and condition can be benefited by even more antioxidants by mixing Rejuvenating Serum with PCA SKIN’s C-Strength 15% with 5% Vitamin E.

The serum can also be used as a part of a lip renewal treatment. Apply one pump followed by a pea-sized amount of Silkcoat® Balm for maximum hydration. Finish with a liberal application of Peptide Lip Therapy for healthier, smoother lips.

Always follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN broad spectrum SPF product in the daytime and moisturizer in the evening. If you perform the lip renewal treatment in the daytime, remember to apply a broad spectrum SPF before applying Peptide Lip Therapy.

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