AS a smoker, you’re probably well aware of the dangerous health risks.
We don’t need to remind you that smoking is bad for your heart, lungs and brain – as well as developing life-threatening diseases.
But smoking doesn’t just create issues internally – it also damages your physical appearance.
A lesser known fact is that smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets into your skin, which in turn creates a grey and dull shadow and causes premature ageing.
It can alter your appearance in many other ways too – so as soon you decide to put down your cigarette, you skin has a chance of being hydrated in order for it to age normally.
Here skin specialist Patricia Boland, from Colorescience UK, shares the six dire impacts smoking has on your skin…
When you don’t get a few good night’s sleep this can show immediately under your eyes the next day when you wake up.
But imagine the bags under your eyes becoming a permanent fixture?
If you smoke then you’re four times as likely as non-smokers to have a restless sleep.
This is reportedly because of the lack of nicotine your incur in the night.
Regular sleepless nights can make the bags under your eyes appear much bigger and noticeable as times goes on.
2. Premature wrinkles
Smoking can speed up the ageing process of your skin which contributes to wrinkles.
The more cigarettes you smoke daily and the longer you smoke will result in how many wrinkles your skin will incur.
But early skin damage from smoking is hard to initially spot, only when it is too late.
Smoking leads to wrinkles as the nicotine in cigarettes can cause blood vessels to narrow in the layers of the skin.
This restricts the blood flow and causes your skin to not receive the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay nourished and hydrated.
3. Yellow coloration
The nicotine in cigarette smoke not only colours you teeth yellow and brown but it gets into your fingers and nails too.
Nicotine is absorbed through the skin and the mucosal lining of the mouth and nose.
This also is accompanied by a smell which isn’t pleasant for anyone.
Even if you think soaking your fingers in lemon juice and having a chewing gum will fix all your problem – it doesn’t solve it in the long term.
4. Wounds take longer to heal
The body’s recovery from a wound relies on oxygen as this allows for the repair and rebuilding of cells.
The oxygen is the foundation so without it the body struggles to reform.
Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that enters affected areas as it narrows the blood vessels.
If you are going for any operations or tooth extractions, it will take longer to recover.
5. Lose your glow
Your overall complexion of your skin is naturally a glow with regular care, but if you smoke this tends to turn into a grey and dull look.
Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide which misplaces the oxygen in your skin.
It also takes the place of key nutrients you need including vitamin C which helps to protect and repair the skin damage.
6. Add years to your appearance
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Fine lines around your mouth become increasingly noticeable due to puckering up in inhale but the damage doesn’t end there.
The nicotine weakens skin around your forehead, eyes, neck and chest.
Studies have shown that smoking rapidly speeds up the ageing process so much so that people look an average of two years older than they would otherwise.
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