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How Smoking Changes Your Appearance

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There is no doubt that smoking increases risks of numerous health conditions from as severe as Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer to Alzheimer’s disease and Osteoporosis. However, do you know smoking is actually making you look older and uglier? STOP CENTRES explains to you how it happens:

Smoking and skin aging

Research showed that a smoker looks 1.4 years older than the same age non-smoker on average. Why? First, the nicotine narrows the blood vessels. This has quite an impact on the top layer skin cells, who get the blood supplies at the end of the stream. Reduced nutrients and oxygen supply cause decreased the production of collagen, which is responsible for the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. What’s more, smoking elevates the level of an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase 1, which is a specific enzyme that breaks down collagen. Therefore, the ultimate effect of smoking on the skin is reduced collagen levels, which leads to loose, sagging, and wrinkled skin.

Smoking and the teeth discoloration and loss

Yellow teeth is an obvious characteristic of the appearance of a smoker. Nicotine and tar are the two culprits of the yellow/brown staining. Although nicotine is colorless, if it is burned with oxygen, it turns yellow. Smoking caused discoloration of the teeth is tough to remove. Even with professional teeth whitening procedures, it takes one to three months to reach the desired result.

To the teeth, discoloration is not the only problem that smoking may cause. Smokers are 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, which causes premature tooth loss. The constant exposure of gum tissue to highly toxic smoke as well as the reduced blood supply to the gum cause sickness of the gum and increases the risk of bone loss and eventually tooth loss.

Smoking causes premature hair aging and loss

The toxins in cigarette smoking damage hair follicles. Unhealthy follicles produce thinner and brittle hair. Cigarette smoking increases the level of a hormone called DHT, which is known to cause hair loss and increase the risk of baldness. Smoking also restricts blood flow to hair follicles and prematurely ages the hair. Therefore, gray hair appears earlier in life than it otherwise would.

If you are a smoker and want to keep your supple and glowing skin, have pearly teeth, and keep thick, shiny and healthy hair, QUITTING SMOKING is a wise choice!

Source:

Tobacco smoke causes premature skin aging https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17951030

Smoking Ruins Your Looks http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20340112,00.html