Nowadays, whoever is not aware of the consequences of smoking has been living under a rock. We know smoking causes many issues with the respiratory system, developmental system, nervous system etc. But why don’t we talk a little bit about what it does to the integumentary system (our skin). Smoking wrinkles us in several ways. The first, and very obvious, consequence of smoking is the wrinkles around the mouth area. The contour of the mouth gets wrinkled, not only because of the constant pressing of the lips in a “u” shape, but also because of exposure to the hundreds of harmful chemicals. This cocktail of chemicals are accelerating the aging process by 10 years (source). Therefore, obviously, making smokers always look at least 10 years older.
Let’s look closely at some of the consequences of smoking:
When it comes to a smokers complexion, the collagen and elastin, which are the cells that keep our skin plump, are literally being killed by the toxins in cigarettes. To add to that, is the fact that the oxygen and vitamins that are meant to repair the body damage are so busy repairing your lung and your heart from the damage that your skin is left last, if ever, to get repaired and regenerated back to health and youth.
Now that a smoker’s body is overusing its vitamin C to repair the damage caused from the smoking, it has none left to repair the skin. This makes the complexion dull, saggy and lifeless.
Facial Spider Veins
Another consequence of smoking is broken capillaries. If you are already a rosacea sufferer (or have “rosy cheeks”, smoking will make it worse and worse. These little broken veins get worse and worse as time goes by and smoking and ageing continues.
For some reason, smokers have worse blackheads around the mouth area than non-smokers. Now, surely blackheads have a lot to do with your homecare routine and your skin type, but smoking certainly makes it worse.
What are you waiting for? Quit! Get back your skin’s glow. Even better? Book a Dr. Baumann facial (AHA facial would be ideal) to start on the right foot and help your skin get back to its natural glow! Don’t forget the homecare. We recommend Vitamin E ampoule in combination with Multivitamin Lotion.
Published by: Maria on December 19th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Blackheads are one of the most common complaint of clients. Their real name is Comedones (reason why we should get “non-comedogenic” cosmetics, I’m sure you’ve heard it before), and they consists of a dilated (widened) hair follicle filled with keratin squamae (skin debris), bacteria, and sebum (oil). The oilier your skin is, the larger the pores are, and the more blackheads you get!
One thing I would like to clarify before we go on: pores don’t “open” or “close”. They “tighten” or “enlarge”. They also get “emptied” or “filled”. Pores are little duct-like holes in our skin and they secrete oil, and yes, the larger they are, the more dirt they can collect.
What To Do About Blackheads?
The best way to get rid of blackheads is by extracting them (during a facial… Please get extractions done by a professional!) Things can go really wrong if extractions are not done properly. We are talking about broken capillaries and scars. Once you have gotten rid of blackheads, using the right homecare is the best way keep blackheads under control.
Homecare is extremely important! Dr. Baumann Cleansing Gel will help you get rid of dirt and remove makeup. Anti-comedone Toner 4.8 gets rid of any dirt (and/or makeup) left behind, optimal for treatment of skin impurities. A moisturizer like Sensitive/Oily or Multivitamin Lotion will keep the skin hydrated, therefore avoiding dehydration, which we all know by now is a big problem. Why? Because the more dehydrated we are, the more our skin wants to produce excess oil. The more excess oil we produce, the more blackheads (and enlarged pores) we get.
Get your esthetician to recommend the right homecare for you and get those blackheads finally under control!
Published by: Maria on December 6th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized
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