Smoking is one of the worst things that we can do to our bodies. Everyone knows it causes cancer and increases the risk of heart diseases, which are good enough reasons to quit. However, this isn’t always the case. So, if health risks aren’t enough to motivate you to stop this dangerous habits, then maybe some vainer reasons will. Smoking, in fact, causes premature aging and makes your skin look dull.
Smoking ages you
Every time you take just one puff of your cigarette, more than a trillion free radicals are formed in your body. Free radicals are very unstable molecules that damage DNA cells causing premature aging.
Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow so that your organs, skin included, can’t get the proper amount of oxygen and other nutrients they need. Smoking also increases the production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen production, which is vital for skin elasticity.
The content of Vitamin A in your body, which protects from skin damage and from harmful chemicals and allergens, is reduced, making your skin more prone to allergies. The absorption of Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, is also reduced.
In addition, the movements you make when smoking, like pursing lips and squinting your eyes, cause wrinkles around those areas.
Other negative effects on skin
Smoking makes your complexion become yellowish grey and clogs your pores with tar and resins, causing blackheads.
In addition, your skin becomes dry and dehydrated and, due to poor circulation, thinner.
Other side effects of smoking
- Your breath smells horribly like an ashtray. Your pores will smell like tobacco too.
- Brown/yellowish stains on teeth.
- Smoking alters your body shape, causing thin legs and a potbelly. This is because smoking affects the glands that secrete hormones.
Characteristics of a smoker’s face
- lines and wrinkles
- gaunt features
- yellowish grey skin and dull complexion
- loss of tone and elasticity
Not all the damage caused by smoking can be reversed. But by quitting cigarettes you’ll stop the damage getting any worse. And by taking proper care of your skin and health you can still achieve a beautiful and radiant complexion.