How Smoking Ages You

How Smoking Ages YouSmoking a cigarette won’t make you smoking hot- BURN!  Actually, it’s the exact opposite.  It’s definitely no news that lighting up is bad for your health, but did you know that it is also bad for your beauty? Huff and puff away, your youthful glow is sure to follow. Let’s go ahead, especially for the smokers out there, and take a look at just what smoking does to you.

Free Radicals

If you have been looking into anti aging, then this term is definitely not new to you.  But for those of you who are still scratching your head, instead of going to good old Wikipedia, let me explain. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short and simple. Basically, free radicals are these unstable molecules floating around your body that cause tissue damage, lead to certain diseases, and, well, age you- faster than you normally should, that is. Now, where do you get them?  There are a number of factors.  Free radicals can be caused by a bad diet, pollution, drinking, and (as you have probably already guessed) smoking too. You see, every time you take a puff, more than a trillion of these bad boys are produced in your lungs.  Now that’s a big number for some short time bliss, wouldn’t you agree?  Just think of how many puffs it takes for you to finish a whole stick then multiply it by over a trillion- you do the math.

effects of smokingToxins

Aside from free radicals, smokers also have to worry about toxins.  The smoke that comes from a ciggie has over 4000.  These nasty toxins go straight to your blood stream, which then goes to your skin.  You see where this is leading? This makes the blood vessels that are found on the top layer of your skin constrict.  So it basically lowers the oxygen levels in your blood as well as the collagen in your skin. Collagen is very important.  The lower the levels are, the lower your skin is- literally.  Think sagging.  You see, collagen is responsible for keeping your skin supple making sure that it bounces right back to place.  So you want to do your best to keep it’s levels up, especially as you get older.

How smoking ages youPoor Circulation

As mentioned earlier, smoking also causes blood vessels to constrict- this pretty much leads to poor circulation.  Now, what does poor circulation lead to?  Thinner skin.  Add that to lower collagen levels and you are looking at premature aging- fine lines and wrinkles galore.  Yikes! Ever notice the color of an ashtray?  Notice how smokers have a duller, grayer skin tone than nonsmokers? Coincidence?  I think not.  So smoking is also bad for your complexion too.

Nicotine

Aside from this being the addictive ingredient that keeps smokers wanting more, aside from this being the root cause of that drasted “smoker’s cough” in the mornings, aside from it being bad for your overall health- nicotine also plays a role when it comes to making you look older, and not in a graceful way (hacking like mad in the morning is a huge turn off!) Yellow teeth and yellow nails- need I say more?  Don't even let me get started on the smell.

Smoker’s Face

Smoker’s face is not just some term I coined myself.  This was actually added to the medical dictionary in 1985, defined as:
Lines or wrinkles on the face, particularly radiating at right angles from the upper and lower lips or corners of the eyes, deep lines on the cheeks or numerous shallow lines on the cheeks and lower jaw.
  • If you are a smoker who want's to quit, especially after reading about what smoking does to you, or if you know someone who does, check out these tips on how to kick the nasty habit.

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