March 24, 2023


How to restore the radiance of your skin after quitting smoking?

Have you just given up smoking and found your complexion dull? In this article, we explain the link between smoking and the condition of your skin and the positive effects that quitting will have on it. We'll also give tips to help your skin return to its original state!

Why does smoking affect the skin?

Cigarettes are among the best-known gas pedals for skin aging and sun exposure. In vitro studies on these cultured cells show that tobacco smoke extracts modify the activity of proteins regulating skin cell renewal. Cigarette smoking thus favors the appearance of several markers, such as wrinkles, dark circles, skin thickening, and greyish complexion.

This is because the toxic products in cigarettes degrade the fundamental structures of the dermis, in particular hyaluronic acid, which ensures the skin's firmness and hydration. Smokers also have a 30% vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin C is essential for skin formation, growth, and repair. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against irritation, inflammatory reactions, and pollution. It also helps heal burns and wounds.

How to regain baby-smooth skin...

When you stop smoking, your skin gradually regains its suppleness. In the first few weeks after quitting, your complexion becomes visibly lighter. After six months, your skin will regain its original freshness.

But to regain baby-smooth skin even faster after stopping smoking, you should eat a diet rich in vitamin C, which helps speed up skin renewal.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of foods rich in vitamin C:

  • πŸ‹ Camu-camu: this small fruit from Peru is the fruit that contains the most natural vitamin C.

  • πŸ‹ Acerola: this is the second richest fruit in vitamin C. It can be found in pharmacies or organic shops. Acerola is often sold in tablet form, but it is best to ingest it in powder form.

  • πŸ‹ Rosehip: better known as the "fruit of the rosehip," contains a large amount of vitamin C! It's also the fruit that gives the famous "itchy hair."

  • πŸ‹ Guava: grows in tropical regions and yields a very tasty juice! Note that guava juice is usually richer in vitamin C than orange juice (don't forget to check this on the product label!).

  • πŸ‹ Blackcurrant: we tend to forget it, but blackcurrant berries are four times richer in vitamin C than oranges. They can be eaten in different forms (fruit, juice, coulis, syrup), and are useful for treating all kinds of joint and rheumatic pain, heavy leg syndrome and even mild diarrhoea.

  • πŸ‹ You'll also find it in black radish, horseradish, kiwi, lychee, watercress, strawberry, papaya, orange, lemon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower. Quite a program!

Don't worry if you're not too keen on fruit and vegetables; we have other tips for you! You can also combine them with the previous tip.

To regain a glowing complexion and baby-smooth skin after quitting smoking, it's also essential to :

  • Sleep 8 hours a night to help your cells regenerate. 😴

  • Protect your skin and eyes from the sun with sunscreen and sunglasses. β˜€οΈ This will prevent the appearance of brown spots that appear with too much sun exposure! If they are already apparent, vitamin C will also help to eliminate them.

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet. πŸ₯¦

  • Drink pure water for a healthy skin! 🚰

  • Moisturize your skin. 🧴This is the key to having baby skin, with or without tobacco! So don't neglect this step. What's more, prefer organic or homemade creams to protect the environment from all the harmful products found in creams, cosmetics... and your skin from all those unnatural components!

You will find the recipe for a homemade moisturizing cream in PDF format just below!

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