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Another Contribution of Smoking- Aging

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    Posted: 21 Oct 2010 at 1:30am

Research proves that there are two kinds of aging. Aging caused due to genes inherited by us is called intrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is caused by environmental factors such as exposure to sun’s rays or Smoking addiction .

 

Intrinsic aging is a natural and continuous aging process and begins in the mid 20s. During this process the production of collagen in the skin decreases and elastin which is the substance that enables the skin to snap back into place loses its elasticity. Shedding of dead cells becomes slow and turn over of new skin decreases slightly. The signs of intrinsic aging are appearance of fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin. There is a loss of underlying fat which leads to hollowed cheeks and eye sockets. There is a noticeable loss of firmness of hands and the neck. Bone loss causes shrinking of the bone from the skin which causes sagging skin. There is also a decrease in sufficient sweat to cool the skin. There is hair loss, unwanted hair and graying of hair.

 

Many external factors act together with the normal aging process and cause premature aging of skin. The major reason for premature aging of skin is exposure to the sun. The other external factors are facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions and smoking. Freckles, age spots, spider veins on face, rough and leathery skin, loose skin and blotchy complexion are signs of extrinsic aging. Cigarette smoking leads to biochemical changes in our body which leads to premature aging. Research shows that a person who smokes more than 10 cigarettes a day for more than 10 years is much more likely to develop deeply wrinkled leathery skin than a non smoker. It has also been proved that a person who smokes for a number of years develops an unhealthy yellowish hue to their complexion.

 

It is seen that there is less face wrinkling and improved skin tone among smokers who quit smoking.

 

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