As the daughter of two heavy smokers, I see first hand the damage it inflicts to the body. It ain’t pretty. I’m not talking just about lung cancer and heart diseases. We all know smoking causes those and, for many people, those aren’t good enough reasons to quit. *sighs*
But, if you’re here, I take it you care about your skin and want to take good care of it. Then, you should know that your smoking is getting in the way of that. Here’s why:
1. Smoking Makes you age faster
Smoking accelerates the aging process in several different ways:
- It generates free radicals, those unstable molecules that damage DNA cells and cause premature aging. Just one puff of your cigarette produces a trillion of them!
- Nicotine makes blood vessels constrict. This decreases blood flow, so your organs, skin included, can’t get the proper amount of oxygen and other nutrients they need to stay healthy and fight premature aging.
- It increases the production of an enzyme that breaks down the production of collagen, that awesome substance that keeps your skin elastic.
- It reduces the amount of vitamin A in the body. This is bad because vitamin A can protect skin from damage and fight premature wrinkles.
- It reduces the absorption of vitamin C, another substance that helps prevent premature aging and protect from sun damage.
- The repeated movements you make while smoking, like pursuing your lips and squinting your eyes, eventually cause wrinkles.
Smoking Makes You Look Bad
I know, those are a lot of side effects already, but they take time to show up on your skin, so you may underestimate them.
These other side effects, on the other hand, show up very quickly:
- Smoke turns your face a yellowish grey hue that makes you look permanently ill.
- Those tars and resins in your ciggies end up in your pores, clogging them. That’s why pimples keep popping up on your face.
- Skin becomes dry and dehydrated. It’s rough to the touch and, at times, just feels uncomfortable.
3. THE OTHER AESTHETIC SIDE EFFECTS OF SMOKING
Smoking doesn’t just damage your skin. It makes you look you bad in a couple of other ways, as well:
- It turns your teeth a brownish yellow.
- Because smoking affects the glands that secrete hormones, it can alter your body shape, and give you thin legs and a potbelly.
- It makes your breath, and pores, smell like an ashtray.
These side effects may not seem like much now. But, before you know it, you’ll get the typical smoker’s face: gaunt, yellowish, saggy, and wrinkled. Not a pretty picture, is it?
The bottom line
Not all the damage caused by smoking can be reversed. But, by quitting, you’ll at least stop the damage from getting any worse. And, with the right skincare products, you can still achieve brighter and smoother skin.
Have I convinced you to quit smoking?