Ways To Fight Smoker Skin [besides quitting]

Ways To Fight Smoker Skin [besides quitting]

It is common knowledge that smoking is unhealthy and will take a toll on the body. This post is going to highlight some the long term effects smoking has on the skin and provide you with an arsenal of treatment options to assist in damage reversal.

It is common knowledge that smoking is unhealthy and will take a toll on the body. This post is going to highlight some the long term effects smoking has on the skin and provide you with an arsenal of treatment options to assist in damage reversal.

There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke (WOW!), and many of them trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking or even being around secondhand smoke degrades the building blocks of the skin.  The consequences include sagging skin and deeper wrinkles. Carbon monoxide which is found in cigarette smoke displaces the oxygen in your skin and nicotine reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage. This inhibits your skin's ability to heal, which can result in more obvious scarring and stretch marks.

So besides quitting, here are some effective solutions that can assist in counteracting the damage.

Fight The Sag:

Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function.

One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun, diet, smoking, and stress) wrinkles form. Peptides applied topically to the skin can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen, and voila, you have the appearance of more youthful, supple skin.

Our Treatment Rx:

In Studio: A Customized Rhonda Allison Facial Focused on Firming, Lifting, and Repairing.

At Home:

Rhonda Allison Foaming Peptide Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Amino Peptide Serum

Rhonda Allison Peptide 3-n-1 Eye Cream

Rhonda Allison Amino Peptide Moisturizer

Get Your Glow On:

Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation, including radiation from the sun and other sources of UV rays, including tanning beds. Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that may provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin (Imagine that free radicals are like a bull in a china shop and your body is the china shop). Antioxidants not only help combat the elements responsible for the visible signs of aging, but also can calm inflamed skin, help reveal a more youthful appearance, and revitalize dull-looking skin. Some examples of antioxidants are green tea, vitamin e, vitamin c, vitamin a, (retinol), resveratrol.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, also called AHAs, are types of acids derived from a natural source, such as citric, lactic, mandelic, and glycolic acid.  AHAs are used to rejuvenate and freshen skin. Professional chemical peels use stronger AHA solutions that remove the topmost layers of skin to reduce fine wrinkles, dullness, and sun damage. Over-the-counter products are gentle enough for daily or weekly use.

 

Our Treatment Rx:

In Studio: A Customized Rhonda Allison Chemical Peel By Our Licensed Aestheticians Adrienne and Michelle.

At Home:

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Lotion

Rhonda Allison Antioxidant Complex Serum

Rhonda Allison Moisture Au Lait

 

With a proactive approach and guidance from our licensed skin specialists you can prevent and even reverse the effects smoking has on the skin.

Give us a call for a free consultation. We've got your skin!

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