Everyone is aware that smoking is injurious to health, but did you know it also harmful for your good looks? It ruins your skin, nail and fingers hair, teeth, making you appear older than what you actually are. Here are the 12 side effects of smoking:
Constant smoking affects your lungs which in turn affects your bloodstream. The nicotine contained in cigarettes narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layer of skin, which takes away the natural glow from your skin. The dullness only gets worse with time.
Uneven Skin Tone
For a healthy, even skin tone your skin needs the oxygen and nutrients in your bloodstream. The toxins in your bloodstream can block needed elements from reaching the surface developing patches which looks uneven, making you appear much older.
The normal aging process speeds up by smoking. Eeeehhwww!! Who wants to grow old soon? Tobacco contains more than 4,000 chemicals which lead to decrease in strength and elasticity of your skin. As a result skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
Your skin’s natural elasticity is destroyed by constantly smoking. It makes you skin look loose and saggy. Loose skin usually appears body parts like in the arms, neck, stomach, and legs. The only way to get rid of these effects is through expensive cosmetic surgery.
Age spots are the darker blotches that appear on your face and skin as you grow old. Since smoking makes your body to age faster, these visible and unflattering spots which appear much earlier and become permanent with time.
Research shows that smokers are at a higher risk of developing psoriasis. Psoriasis is a dry, flaky skin condition. Psoriasis is a condition related to immune because smoking decreases the immune health.
Aside from regular wrinkles, chronic smokers usually have more prominent wrinkles formed around your eyes called crow’s feet. They appear due to the constant squinting from the smoke. The blood flow around the eyes decreases leaving behind deeper and permanent wrinkles.
As nicotine decreases the skin’s elasticity, which loosens the skin cells resulting in loss of their skin tightness. This causes the pores to open and become bigger. Open pores are likely to become more clogged, leading to acne or an infection.
Chronic smoking causes more prominent bags under the eyes. Apart from skin sagging and restricted flow of blood, it negatively affects your sleep cycle. When you sleep you can’t smoke, so your body undergoes an urge for nicotine. This urge forces you to toss and turn during night, resulting in lack of sleep.
Who doesn’t want sparkling white teeth? Well, if you keep smoking, that dream should be said goodbye. The nicotine content in cigarettes stains your teeth yellow. A costly professional treatment can clean your teeth back to normal white teeth.
Yellow Finger Nails
Nicotine not only stains your teeth, but also your fingers and nails. Smoking decreases blood circulation to, your fingers, so they are suspecting to nail fungus infections.
If wrinkles and yellow teeth and fingers aren’t enough, smoking also damages your hair. The toxic chemicals present in nicotine damages the DNA in hair follicles, leading to thin, dry and rough hair. It keeps getting worse. Smokers’ hair gets grey faster than non-smokers.