contributes to facial wrinkles. People who smoke
tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion,
and history of sun exposure. Facial wrinkles increase with the
amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked.
Current smokers tend to have more facial wrinkles than non smokers
and past smokers.
triggers an effect on the small blood vessels, reducing the blood
circulation to the skin. The skin becomes starved for blood and
oxygen, which results in the deeper than usual aging wrnkling
of skin arund eyes and lips know as "cigarette face."
The skin color of smokers also takes on a yellowish tone.
premature aging of the skin caused by smoking, the chemicals found
in tobacco have a tremendous health risk for the body. Chronic
bronchitis, weakened immune system, coronary artery disease, forms
of heart disease, emphysema, gastroesophageal reflux disease and
lung cancer all have been found to be related to smoking.
are three main ways to protect the skin from the enviromment and
the sun's ultraviolet light: sun avoidance, cover up clothing
you are an active person, it?s hard to stay out of the sun. If
you are going to spend time in the sun, cover-up clothing and sufficient
sunscreen are essential to prevent sun damage and premature aging
to your skin.
The SPF (sun protection factor) of clothing has been studied. A
typical summer weight cotton T-shirt has a SPF of only 7 or 8. The
SPF decreases if the shirt gets wet. A
higher number means longer protection. The
minimum acceptable SPF is 15 and many doctors routinely recommend
SPF 30 to effectively protect the skin from damage. Look for sunscreen
with moisturizers to help condition skin while it protects.
Look for products with labels that say:
broad spectrum, which means they protect against both types of harmful
sun rays, UVA and UVB. Also look for "water resistant", which means
that they stay on your skin longer, even if you get wet or perspire
a lot. Broad brimmed hats and sunglasses are as important sun protection
as well as fashion statments.
the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
when the sun's UV rays are strongest. Don't be fooled by cloudy
skies. Harmful rays pass through clouds. UV radiation also can pass
Sunscreens Effectively Sunscreen
should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure. Don?t skimp, use
a handful every time you put it on. If you aren?t perspiring, it
?s best to reapply it every two hours. If you perspire heavily,
reapply every forty minutes.
be fooled by any "waterproof" sunscreens, you still need to reapply
Some medications and perfumes
can cause chemical reactions with the sun. Retin A can cause skin
to burn very easily and twice as fast. Diuretics can cause a rash
or itchy bumps on exposed areas. Fragrances such as musk or lime
can cause a burn or blotches. Tetracycline can increase sun sensitivity
resulting in severe burning.
for Soothing a sunburn: Fill
a tub with tepid water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak for
at least 15 minutes. Vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that
help take the sting and swelling out of burns.
harmful tanning methods such as tanning beds, sunlamps or tanning
Tanning pills have a color additive that turns your skin orange
after you take them.The large amount of color additive in tanning
pills may be harmful. The FDA has approved this color additive for
foods but not for tanning the skin.