Your Skin Texture
Smoking reduces the production of collagen and elastin up to 40%, some reports state. This means skin starts to thin out, which leads to premature sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Deep lines and wrinkles usually form around the eyes and the mouth area, thanks to the constant squinting from smoke irritation, and puckering of the lips when inhaling a cigarette. According to some studies by SkincarePhysicians.com, smokers develop premature signs of aging much sooner than a non-smoker, even as young as 20 years old. “Facial wrinkling, while not yet visible, can be seen under a microscope.” Overall, because of it’s thousands of toxins going directly into your body from a single cigarette, your overall complexion can have a yellow, sullen, leathery texture – so attractive!
Aged Eye Area
Because smoking damages the cells around the eyes, you can not only expect wrinkles and lines, but also sucken eyes with dark eye circles. This is especially common with chain smokers. Ewwwwww. LOOK at those crows feet and sagging brows!
Wrinkled, Shriveled Lips
Again, because smoking zaps all the collagen and elastin from your skin, your lips suffer too. Lips can become wrinkled and look shriveled. The skin around the mouth, again, will eventually lead to deep, dark lines and wrinkles because of the constant puckering of your lips….and you know? When they smile, it makes some of them look like they have bucked teeth.
Smoking stains the teeth. Smokers are also more likely to loose teeth, have plaque buildup, and lose part of the jawbone that helps keep their teeth in place – scary!
Smokers are up to four times more likely to have these problems with their hair, thanks to the chemicals in cigarettes. They starve your hair of oxygen and make it dull, lifeless and brittle, and in the long run contributes to hair loss, premature graying, and balding. A lot of them have to keep their hair cropped short for that very reason.
Appearance of an Aged Body
Your fingers will eventually get stained by a beautiful yellow tinge, and recent studies from the Research in Archives of Dermatology stated that smoking ages skin all across the body, especially sagging in the upper inner arms.
No one can deny the smell smoking causes. Smokers STINK. Most of them are unaware of this fact, but it is, indeed, a fact. My friend’s girlfriend smokes. One of the predominant things he says about her is that she smells bad, and he has a hard time hiding his distaste.
… And as if that’s not bad enough, studies show you may be a little dumber than the rest of us. Not exactly something you’d like advertised about yourself, huh? …well…SOME of you have demonstrated this fact quite openly…but again….another story for another time.
In conclusion, smoking blesses you with some very attractive physical traits! But seriously – if that doesn’t make you want to quit ASAP, Amanda Sandford of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) sums it perfectly: “No amount of anti-ageing cream will remove the wrinkles caused by cigarettes, so the best way for smokers to avoid the wrinkled prune look is to stop.”
Want to read a study that was conducted by scientists who support the contention that smokers have lower IQs than people that do not smoke? CLICK HERE!