Smoking and beauty
If you're worried you’re starting to look a little rough around the edges, did you know that smoking may be to blame?
If you’re worried you’re starting to look a little rough around the edges, did you know that smoking may be to blame? Brace yourself for the ugly side of your habit.
Impact of smoking on your looks:
- Prematurely ages skin by between 10 and 20 years.
- Increases the likelihood of facial wrinkling (by three times), particularly around the eyes and mouth.
- Gives a sallow, yellow-grey complexion and hollow cheeks, which can cause smokers to look gaunt.
- Causes gum-disease, halitosis (bad breath) and tooth loss. Stains tooth enamel and fingers yellow.
- Makes you store fat around the waist. Doubles or trebles your risk of developing psoriasis, a chronic skin condition which can be extremely uncomfortable and disfiguring.
- Exposure to second-hand smoke also can cause skin damage.
The effects of cigarette smoke on skin are irreversible, but by quitting smoking it is likely you can stop the damage in its tracks.
And as if all this wasn't reason enough...
Smoking makes you less attractive to potential partners
A survey of over 1000 men and women aged 18-35 found:
- Nearly half of men associated smoking with wrinkles, bad skin and less enjoyable kissing.
- Over two-thirds of young men and women, and over half of smokers, say smoking reduces sexual attractiveness.
- Nearly half of smokers said they’d quit to improve their sex appeal.
Still think smoking's hot?
Skin-ageing effects of smoking explained
The skin is affected by tobacco smoke in the following ways:
- Tobacco smoke released into the environment has a drying effect on the skin’s surface.
- Smoking restricts blood vessels, which reduces the amount of blood flowing to the skin, depleting the skin of oxygen and essential nutrients.
- Some research suggests that smoking may reduce the body’s store of Vitamin A, which provides protection against some skin-damaging agents produced by smoking.
- Squinting in response to the irritating nature of the smoke, and the puckering of the mouth when drawing on a cigarette, causes wrinkling around the eyes and mouth.
- Recent research has shown that the skin-ageing effects of smoking may be due to increased production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen in the skin. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin which maintains skin elasticity.