Who knew vanity could save lives? Read on for what continued smoking can do to your skin.
It's no secret that smoking cigarettes wreaks havoc on your health.
Smoking compromises the immune system, decreases bone density, harms your blood cells, damages the function of your heart, damages your breathing, scars your lungs, and can cause cancer.
In fact, 70 out of the 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes are proven to cause cancer, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov.
Though the majority of the general public are aware of these facts, it's the superficial effects that lead to a higher quitting rate.
Below is a compilation, a comprehensive list of all the terrible things continued cigarette smoking can do to your skin and that is, if the risk of a painful death doesn't do the trick.
Read the list, put down the cigs. Repeat as often as needed.
Nightly nicotine-withdrawal will affect your sleep cycle and cause you to feel unrested and have trouble falling asleep.
Nicotine stains teeth (and fingers) and leads to an unsightly yellow tint. That, and tobacco makes your breath smell terrible. And your clothes.
Premature Aging and Wrinkles
It's estimated that if you smoke 30 cigarettes a day, by the age of 70 you could have garnered the equivalent of an extra 14 years of skin aging, reports Telegraph.
Thinning (and Graying) Hair
The toxic chemicals in smoke damages the DNA in hair follicles and causes hair to thin and gray at an accelerated rate.
Smoking causes blood vessels to narrow, which will limit oxygenated blood flow to your face and body. This, in turn causes wounds to heal less quickly and scars (and stretch marks) to remain visible.
Dull, Sallow Skin
A study in 1985 resulted a list of clinical features attributed specifically to smokers, called "Smokers Face." It includes wrinkles, gauntness, and a gray appearance of the skin, reports Health.
A study done in 2009 found smokers had more visceral fat than nonsmokers, which concentrates around your stomach and increases risk for diabetes.