We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but most people only think in terms of how it can cause damage to their respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The damage caused by smoking can however also extend outward to your appearance. The effects can range from short to long term,making it a good idea to quit the habit as soon as possible. Here are a few ways in which your appearance will suffer if you continue to indulge in tobacco smoking.
- Damaged skin
Smokers suffer from damaged skin when they persist in the habit in several ways. Nicotine has a very negative effect on collagen, which is needed to support the elasticity of skin. The more you smoke, the more collagen is damaged and the saggier your skin becomes. This is even more vital where you may be a yoyo dieter who keeps fluctuating in weight.
Smoking also has a bad effect on complexion. Nicotine narrows blood vessels that deliver oxygen, moisture and nutrition to your skin. When less is being delivered due to damaged blood vessels, your complexion tends to suffer and skin problems like eczema, psoriasis and spots become more frequent a problem.
- Bad teeth
The longer you smoke, the more your teeth become stained with nicotine. Yellow and brown colored teeth are not appealing on anyone. Not to mention that smokers tend to also be more vulnerable to periodontal disease. They more easily end up bleeding when brushing their teeth. With periodontal disease, there is also increased risk of teeth falling out. Your breath also tends to suffer and this can be particularly stressful on personal relationships if your partner does not smoke. The sooner you quit smoking the sooner you can get back to a healthier and pain free mouth.
- Tired eyes
Smokers often develop dark circles and baggy skin around the eyes. This makes them look perpetually tired and older then they really are. This is due to a lack of sufficient blood circulation o the eye area. Exposure to smoke can also cause allergic reactions like dry eye and hay fever. The irritation to the eyelining can also lead to reddened eyes. Quitting smoking and consuming a vitamin rich diet can help reverse this effect.
- General tiredness
The lack of adequate circulation and damage to your lungs will likely mean that even walking or running short distances will quickly exhaust you. If such little exertion makes you pant hard, then you end up appearing older and unhealthier than you should be. When you quit smoking and engage in a healthier lifestyle, you have more energy and can concentrate on work easily.
When you are stressed, you look it. Smoking leads to all manner of bad health. Smokers tend to feel more stressed when they go for medical checkups, and are told of medical problems that may be linked to their smoking. Issues such as infertility in men and women can be influenced by tobacco smoking. Even partners who are unhappy with the habit can lead to feelings of greater stress. More stress plus smoking tends to make people look more tired, aged and unhealthy. The only way to put a stop to this never-ending cycle is quitting the habit and slowly regaining good health.