Calgary The secret to saving your skin; Butt out

(NC)—For thousands of Canadian women, looking young and staying that way seems like an endless search for the fountain of youth. But if a woman is a smoker, the key to looking youthful is more than just taking care of your skin – in fact; quitting smoking could be the most effective way to get back that gorgeous glow.

Research has shown that smoking can lead to premature ageing by ten years or more. Not only does smoking reduce blood flow and deprive your skin of the nutrients it needs to repair itself and generate new cells, but smoking can also lead to a deepening of wrinkles around the eyes and lips, and to a dull or washed out complexion. The habit can even cause 'crow's feet' and 'smoker's face' – hollow cheeks created from the continual puckering from inhaling cigarettes.

The good news is it's not too late to turn back the clock. Studies show that after just one month of being smoke free, your face will start to lose its grayish pallor, become brighter and less wrinkled.

If you're ready to throw away the veil of smoke and save your skin, here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

  1. Avoid triggers. Identify your triggers and be mindful of them at large gatherings, parties or other social settings. If you typically have a cigarette while enjoying cocktails, limit your alcohol intake to avoid the temptation to light up. Try alcohol-free versions of your favourite cocktails, sip on drinks slowly or opt for pop, sparkling water or juice instead.

  2. Carry a list of all the reasons you decided to butt out. Carry pictures or personal notes from loved ones that highlight how much they love you and how proud they are of you for attempting to quit smoking. Take these with you and read them when you are tempted to light up.

  3. Use a therapeutic aid. If you're thinking about quitting smoking or are trying to quit, arm yourself with a smoking cessation tool such as nicotine replacement therapies like Nicorette gum, inhaler or lozenges, or the Nicoderm patch to double your chances of quitting successfully. More tips are available online at

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