Mirror, mirror upon the wall. Who is the wrinkliest of them all? Smoking can cause more than lung cancer -- how much do you know about how smoking affects your skin?
Smokers tend to develop yellowish skin tones.
True. Smoking accelerates the skin's aging process.
Smoking can cause your skin to age prematurely after just a short while, but effects become permanent after just 10 years.
Smoking may damage the skin on your face as well as on your inner arms and below your neck.
False. Skin damage caused by smoking is most definitely permanent.
Nicotine narrows the blood vessels in your skin, which reduces the amount of available oxygen and damages the connective fibers that keep your skin looking young and healthy.
There are more than 4,000 skin-damaging chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
All of these habits plus tobacco smoke may cause premature skin damage including wrinkling and crow's feet.
Collagen and elastin are proteins in your skin that help keep it strong, give it elasticity and keep it looking youthful.
Microscopic facial wrinkles can be detected in smokers as young as 20 years old.