Smoking Or Tanning: What’s Worse For Your Skin?


It is a fact that neither tanning nor smoking offers any positive skin benefits. But because of the risks involved, and with increased awareness, fortunately fewer people are participating in these activities.

Smoking starves your skin cells of oxygen, causing the skin to appear dull, pale, and lacking glow.  In addition to under-circulated skin, the daily habit breaks down collagen, which leads to premature skin aging. Tanning, however, is the number one cause of premature skin aging–whether it’s in a booth or out in the natural sunlight.

Read: Are You A Smoker? Skin Tips To Save Your Skin

What you need to understand is that many people say “I don’t go out in the sun anymore,” but you still get plenty of skin damage just from driving your car, working in your home or office near windows, and other everyday occurrences, with or without intention.

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Be it in a bed or on the beach, tanning not only reveals wrinkles at a younger age, but also drastically improves the risk of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. By simply seeking shade and using a daily moisturizer containing sunscreen 365 days a year, one can take key steps in saving your skin…

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A Little Dab Won’t Do Ya When It Comes To Sunscreen

As to what is worse for your skin, the answer is tanning, simply because it is the number one cause of premature skin aging. Prolonged exposure to natural or synthetic sunlight will expedite wrinkles faster than smoking.

Read: Does Wearing Sunscreen Cause Vitamin D Deficiencies?

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