When the rest of the world is spending gazillions of dollars each day on products designed to make them look younger, why would you want to throw away the valuable beauty of your own youth so quickly by smoking? It's the one thing everyone wants. Keep it as long as you can.
Smoking speeds up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. These skin changes may occur after only 10 years of smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more skin wrinkling you're likely to have — even though the early skin damage from smoking may be hard for you to see.
The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A. Many of the more than 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity.
As a result, your skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking, making you look much older than your actual age, and much less desirable. Who wants that?
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Medical information via Lowell Dale, MD at MayoClinic.com