We all know the damaging effect smoking has on our body, but have you ever wondered what it does to your skin? Smoking deprives your skin of oxygen, anti-oxidants and important nutrients, thereby contributing to an ageing skin as well as decreasing the skins wound healing response and increasing the chances of infection contributing to acne scarring. If you are a smoker then you really need to ask yourself the question – How does smoking affect my skin?


The nicotine, present in cigarettes, causes a narrowing of your blood vessels that impairs the blood flow to your skin, leading to a dull complexion. This not only compromises the appearance of your skin but also prevents nutrients and oxygen, essential for cell health and wellbeing, from being carried up to the skin. This in turn impacts the immune response leaving it impaired whilst furthermore stimulating the enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin. In addition to this, smoking leads to an increase in free radical exposure contributing to premature ageing.


Anti-oxidants should be incorporated into your daily skin care routine for the prevention of free-radical damage. Vitamin C is a well-known for its superior anti-oxidant benefits, assisting to improve breakouts, sun damage, premature ageing and improve skin radiance. Vitamin A Propionate should be incorporated into your skin care routine alongside the use of Vitamin C for its reparative benefits.


To answer the question of “How does smoking affect my skin?” DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care Recommends the use of the following products to boost the skins anti-oxidant protection;


  1. VitaPlex-C Cream: an active anti-ageing and revitalising moisturiser, effectively providing the skin with smoothing, brightening and anti-oxidant rich benefits. This formulation helps to improve the uptake of oxygen thereby improving the overall health and appearance of the skin. In addition, it activates the skin’s native collagen and provides moisturising benefits through its natural extracts.
  2. Vitamin C serum: formulated to help reduce visible signs of photo-ageing by helping to fight destructive free radicals. Its productive functions result in retextured, toned and younger looking skin. DermaFix Vitamin C Serum is made from organic citrus fruit concentrates that are rich in vitamin C and amino acids, a free radical spin trap assisting to lighten and brighten the skin.
  3. Ferulic + C + E: This scientific formulation provides the skin with a high dose of Vitamin C, long reputed as being a superior anti-oxidant, offering essential protection against free radicals. This high dose of Vitamin C further assists to prevent UV-induced hyperpigmentation, bringing with it skin lightening benefits. DermaFix Ferulic + C + E provides a potent barrier against the damaging effects of UV-radiation.
  4. MD Prescriptives Vitamin A Propionate: supplies your skin with a healthy dose of Vitamin A, helping with vitalization of the skin and improving the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. This lightweight formula is ideal for all skin types including dry, sensitive and acne. It promotes firmness, elasticity and a brighter complexion over time, re-educating the skin at a dermal level.


It is imperative to incorporate sun protection in your daily regime in order to prevent free radical damage from sun exposure. DermaShield SPF40 offers an oil free, non-greasy formulation providing both high UVA/UVB protection against the harmful effects of the sun.


DermaFix offers an anti-oxidant boosting professional facial protocol making use of the DermaFix Derma Corrective Enzyme Masque, working to boost cellular circulation for the improvement of nutrient uptake into the skin thereby benefiting a sallow, oxygen deprived skin.


If you want more information to answer the question of “How does smoking affect my skin?” then please reach out to us. For more information on the DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care Products that can assist to improve skin care concerns linked to smoking contact us directly on 0861 28 23 23 or visit our website www.dermafix.co.za