This one is a shout-out to one of my very, very best friends who cannot give up on smoking. She will try but go back. Again. And again. Yes, sweetie, you know who you are! As does everyone else who is hanging on for dear life to the cancer stick. I’m not telling you anything new when I say it’s horrible for your health – deadly, in fact. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, then how about the fact that smoking is making you ugly? Don’t believe me? Take a look here.
Cigarettes do absolutely nothing to make you look cooler. Or younger. In fact, smoking ranks right on top of all beauty sins. Researchers estimate that after 20 years of smoking, skin ages an additional 20 years. Plus, smokers have 3 times more wrinkles, crow’s feet and furrows around the mouth compared to nonsmokers. And their skin is 40% thinner. According to Dr. Jim Nethercott from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, “One puff releases countless free radicals into your lungs, which cause tissue damage and ageing.” Add to that the 4,000 toxins contained in the smoke that damage your elastic fibres and collagen, which keep the skin strong and flexible. End result? An “old before its time” complexion.
Smokers have 3 times more wrinkles, crow’s feet and furrows around the mouth compared to nonsmokers. And their skin is 40% thinner.
Your skin will glow
Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels throughout your body, including those that supply the skin with oxygen and nutrients. And it depletes your body of vitamin C, which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist. And it makes the skin more vulnerable to sun and other environmental damage. And the smoke itself discolors the skin – causing an ashen, washed-out appearance. Do I need to say more?
The toxins in cigarette smoke damage the delicate tissue around your eyes, thereby making dark circles much, much more horrible. Thankfully, the skin is a very forgiving tissue and quitting can reverse the smoking damage – if you do it in time.
You’ll have whiter teeth and nails
We all know smoking yellows your teeth, causes bad breath, and, if you smoke enough, stains your nails as well. All of this can be reversed… if you stop, that is.
Your hair will improve radically
Hairdressers say they can immediately spot a smoker by the state of their hair. The chemicals can starve your hair of oxygen and make it dull, lifeless and brittle.
You’ll be thinner
Yes, you read that right. While it’s commonly believed that cigarettes make you thinner, actually smoking creates an imbalance in hormone levels, which alters your waist-to-hip ratio. Result? You end up with a pot-belly and spindly legs. You may weigh the same, but you’ll look more podgy.