Tips to Improve Smokers' Skin: Whether you are still smoking or have quit, you can stop accelerating the aging process and undo the damage wrought by smoking.
Yesterday we showed you a before and after picture of a smoker. Although that should be strong motivation to quit smoking, we all know how difficult it is to break a smoking habit. Hopefully some of today's tips will help you get on the road to recovery.
The grayish color of the skin is one of the many problems caused by smoking. If you want to look fresh, “attack“ the problem internally. Eat fruits rich in vitamin C and foods containing zinc. They stimulate the formation of collagen which is important for the skin. Eat wheat, oat flakes and fish - they are the main source of zinc. To replenish the lack of vitamin A, eat lettuce and carrots. Vitamin E is “responsible“ for the youth of your skin. Exfoliate, get facials, use night creams, and take supplements and multivitamins. Nutritional support is a must if you are in this category. As most people know, smoking depletes levels of essential vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants from the body system. Be careful which mulitvitamin you choose. Choose one that contains no Beta-Carotene. Beta-Carotene has been found in multiple clinical studies to be potentially harmful to cigarette smokers.
- eat many fresh vegetables and fruits
- eat fish and chicken
- take vitamin C daily
- drink at least 1.5 liter mineral water daily
- limit the alcohol and caffeine intake
- exercise regularly
- apply nourishing creams every day and use a night cream
- your skin care products should contain retinol, vitamins and antioxidant
Did You Know that Smoking Wrecks Your Teeth and Gums, too?
- Teeth Discoloration and Stains.
- Causes tooth decay and hot/cold sensitivity.
- It can cause oral or mouth cancer.
- It can lead to premature tooth loss and bad breath
- Gum disease. Smoking makes it harder for saliva to remove germs in your mouth so you have more chance of getting gum disease.
- Causes changes in the way you bite.
- Frequent bad breath.
- It can cause loose teeth or the gums separating from the teeth.
- It affects how partials and dentures fit.
And What Does Smoking Do to Your Lippies?
Smoking makes your lips dark and unattractive. The cells situated in the bottom of the epidermis are affected by smoking causing your lips to darken.
Smoking and Your Peepers
If you smoke, you risk developing cataracts and macular degeneration (deterioration of the retina of the eye resulting in the gradual loss of eyesight). This condition affects smokers nearly twice as much as non-smokers. Unfortunately, the risk of macular degeneration is only slightly reduced after giving up smoking. If you smoke, you run an increased risk of developing cataracts. Smoking is one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness. The blood vessels in the retina are sensitive, and can be easily damaged by smoke. Smoking gives rise to a bloodshot appearance in the mucous membrane of the eye.
How Smoking Affects Your Hands
- Poor circulation causing cold fingers. One cigarette can reduce the blood supply to the skin for more than an hour.
- Peripheral vascular disease - It causes either acute or chronic ischemia (lack of blood supply).
- Arteriosclerosis of the extremities is a disease of the blood vessels characterized by narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply the legs and feet. This causes a decrease in blood flow that can injure nerves and other tissues. Tar stained fingers and fingernails.
Can Smoking Can Alter Your Body Shape?
Smoking can create an imbalance in women's hormone levels, which can lead to changes in body shape. You may have heard the saying that smokers tend to be thinner than non-smokers. However, smoking actually affects the endocrinal system - the glands that secrete hormones - and changes body shape, increasing the waist-to-hip ratio. Therefore, despite possibly weighing less, smokers tend to be pot-bellied with spindly legs, probably due to smoking upsetting the hormone levels, thus causing smokers to store the normal amount of fat in an abnormal way, which gives rise to the 'apple' shape. Quitting means your body can get back to normal and recover from the effects of smoking.
Source: National Cancer Institute
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