Smoking changes the skin and hair in ways that can add years to your looks. It also affects everything from your fertility to the strength of your heart, lungs, and bones. But, if good health isn’t enough to entice you to quit smoking, then think about the cosmetic risks of smoking. Let us help you to visualize the effect of smoking on Skin and Hair, to help you decide whether you want to continue or quit.
- Pale Appearance /Uneven Skin tone:
Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. So some smokers appear pale and develop uneven coloring.
- Premature Aging & Sagging:
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, and many of them trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking.
- Effect on Body:
Smoking not only damage the appearance of your face, but it may also take a toll on your figure. As skin loses its elasticity, parts that were once firm may begin to droop. This includes the inner arms and breasts.
- Deep Lines around Lips:
Smokers use certain muscles around their lips that cause them to have dynamic wrinkles. The loss of elasticity and the wrinkles, together can lead to deep lines around the lips.
- Age Spots:
Age spots are dark patches that develop on the face and hands. While anyone can develop these spots from spending too much time in the sun, research suggests smokers are more susceptible to these.
- Development of Psoriasis:
Recent studies suggest smokers have a greater risk of developing psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that most often causes thick, scaly patches on the skin — usually on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or back. The patches may be white, red, or silver.
- Crows Feet around Eyes:
Chemicals from inhaled tobacco cause internal damage to the skin structures and blood vessels around your eyes. Heat from burning cigarettes and squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes contribute to visible crow’s feet.
- Increases Hair Fall / Gray Hair:
Both men and women tend to develop thinner hair as they age, but smoking can accelerate this process. Smoking negatively affects your circulation in general which means impaired blood flow to your hair follicles. Also, smokers are 4 times more likely to have gray hair than nonsmokers as smoke causes free-radical damage which destroys the little color sacs in each hair follicle.
Smoking can affect parts of your body that can make you look ugly!
People who smoke tend to develop gum disease, persistent bad breath, and other oral hygiene problems. Think your hand looks sexy with a cigarette perched between your fingers? If you’ve been smoking for a while, take a good look at your fingernails and the skin of your hands. Tobacco can actually stain the skin and nails, as well as the teeth. The good news is these stains tend to fade when you quit smoking.
Why should you quit smoking NOW?
Quitting smoking can help you look more vibrant and healthy — which is exactly how you’ll feel, too. Quitting smoking can improve your appearance. As blood flow gets better, your skin receives more oxygen and nutrients. This can help you develop a healthier complexion. If you stay tobacco-free, the stains on your fingers and nails will disappear. You may even notice your teeth getting whiter.
Even your hair will show more shine and luster, and possibly stay in place longer, when you finally get around to quitting smoking.
Reward yourself with a couple of skin treatments. Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels remove outer layers of skin, where the damage is most visible. When you see the benefits of better-looking skin, you may be motivated to stay nicotine-free forever.