It’s no secret that smoking sucks oxygen out of the skin, depriving cells of the nutrients they need, damaging fibres, reducing elasticity and speeding up wrinkling, sagging and premature aging.. That much skin specialists and cosmeticians already knew…
But now a new study suggests you can pick a smoker by specific facial changes, including sagging of the upper eyelids and chin, bags under the eyes and more wrinkles and lines on the face and lips.
Twins’ Tell-tale Test
Researchers at an Ohio university attended Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg Ohio and selected pairs where one was the smoker for at least five years longer than his or her sibling.
They assembled 79 sets of twins aged from 18 to 78 and divided them into two groups. The first, in which one twin was a non-smoker, and the second where one twin had smoked for five years longer.
They then submitted photographs of the two groups to a panel of three “experts” like plastic surgeons to examine.
Baggy Eyes, Sagging Cheeks
The result? The panel picked the smoking twin 57 per cent in the first group, and 63 per cent in the second.
And the tell tale signs showed up particularly in three key facial areas – under-eye bags, sagging cheeks and lower-lip lines.
Lead researcher on the study, Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, says that’s because smoking reduces the collagen formation, results in collagen degradation and reduces the skin circulation.
Additionally, nicotine reduces the skin thickness. All of these reduce skin elasticity and cause premature aging.”