Lifestyle: The side effects of smoking

One bad habit that I’ve managed to avoid, is smoking. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the odd cigarette every now and then but I managed to keep away from them until I was at uni and it’s not something I plan on making a habit out of. There’s many reasons why, including the fact that it’s terrible for your lungs and can cause cancer but it can also have a lot of ill effects on how you look. Not to mention that it’s also really hard to stop smoking once you decide you don’t want to do it anymore.

Skin

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that get to your skin which means that your skin will begin to age a lot more quickly than it usually would and will start to look grey and dull. Another bad effect of smoking is that the nicotine causes vasoconstriction, which is a condition that sees blood
vessels being narrowed and oxygen-rich blood flow to the tiny vessels found around your face and
other parts of your body being limited. This means that if you are unfortunate enough to get an injury/wound, it will end up taking so much longer to heal and result in scars appearing bigger and redder
than those who aren’t affected by the condition.

Eyes

When you’re a smoker, the lines around your eyes tend to develop a lot sooner than they would if you weren’t a smoker and isn’t something that you can sort out with a good eye cream. Smoking has also been linked to bags under the eyes which is something that we spend a fortune trying to cover up with concealers.

Hair

Apart from the fact that the smell of cigarette smoke has a horrible habit of lingering in your hair until you next wash it, did you know that it can also cause your hair to thin? This is because hair grows from sac-like structures found underneath the scalp called follicles. However, these need oxygen, essential nutrients and vitamins/minerals in order to function correctly and trigger natural hair growth but, as previously discussed, smoking reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that get to your skin.

Follicles that aren’t functioning properly result in a disruption of the normal hair growth and loss cycle, which in turn causes hair thinning and eventually hair loss.

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  1. July 24, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I gave up smoking a few years ago now, although as I have asthma, my breathing is still crap. I love not stinking of smoke though!! 😀 xx

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