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How to treat and prevent smokers lines.

First of all, we are all susceptible to these lines, although smokers are likely to have more severe lines.

We all age differently, based on genetics and how we lead our lives. This can be categorised into two groups:

Intrinsic factors- genetics, and the natural ageing process. The DNA of our cells becomes damaged over time, this includes all of the cells of the body, not just skin. We are likely to show visible signs of ageing at the same rate as our parents if we lead similar lifestyles.

Extrinsic factors- Sun exposure, stress, pollution and smoking for example all accelerate DNA damage and therefore increased cell ageing. A smokers skin will show signs of ageing much sooner than a non smoker. UVA rays AGE the skin, UVB rays BURN. UVA and UVB exposure is responsible for 80% of the visible signs of skin ageing. UVA rays are present in equal strength all year round.

Sun damage is a big culprit for these lines and also a thickening of the skin above the lip. It’s often a forgotten area when we apply sunscreen, or it comes off with sweating and drinking.

Whilst this area can be treated in my clinic (usually with dermal filler and retinol) prevention is better than any cure and more cost effective!

Use a daily sunscreen incorporated into your skincare regime, your skin will thank you for it.

I recommend Moisture Matt from Alumier MD, it’s a 3 in 1 moisturiser, foundation and mineral sunscreen. It’s priced at £37.50 and is a great time and money saver. Alumier MD can be ordered directly through my clinic.

To book a skincare or treatment consultation click on the book button on my website.



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