We all know how utterly, horrible smoking is for our health. We’ve also been told that smoking will have us looking like the old witch out of Hansel and Gretel much sooner than otherwise. BUT, what if you are a smoker and quit? Is it possible to undo the damage done?
Let’s first start with how smoking effects the skin.
Smoking decreases the amount of blood supplied to your skin and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin . The skin cells become vulnerable and tend to get dried up. The elasticity of the skin is reduced to a considerable extent. It propels premature wrinkling. – This damage doesn’t take long to appear — studies have found that even smokers as young as 20 years old had facial wrinkling that doctors could see under a microscope. And if you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day for at least 10 years, you’re more likely to develop deeply wrinkled, leathery skin and a yellowish complexion .
Smoking effects all the parts and organs of our body. So, when the smoker gives up the habit, every part of our body is benefited from it. Skin is one of the most prominent beneficiaries. Smoking dries up the skin which, eventually leads to skin cracking and breaking. This usually results in premature aging. If you continue smoking for long, by the time you reach your fifties, you may be looking like that witch mentioned earlier.
There’s no question that smoking is terrible for the skin—there is no way around it. Tobacco smokes causes rapid aging that results in pallid, yellow, wrinkly, loose skin. The good news is, however, that as soon people quit smoking, their skin will begin to improve in the following ways:
A healthier glow: skin that is no longer subjected to the toxins of tobacco smoke will begin to look healthy again; the greyish, yellowish tint to the face will be replaced with a natural, healthy glow. This is because the blood flow to the skin increases and the skin can once again be nourished by oxygen and nutrients.
Back to elastic: When people quit smoking the elasticity gradually returns to their skin. This is because of increased blood flow and oxygen to the skin and the pores. Smoking cessation results in fewer wrinkles, more firmness and skin that does not hang in unsightly places.
The above is a comparison of results before and after 9 months of smoking cessation for one studied patient. The studied proved dramatic reversal of skin aging has been seen in smokers who stopped for at least nine months. This does not mean, however, non-smokers will not also experience similar improvements by eliminating avoidable chemical exposures, detoxifying, as well as changing their diet to include longevity-promoting nutrients and phytocompounds, such as blueberry, zinc, and chocolate. In fact, a wide range of natural substances have been studied to contribute to restoring youthfulness, elasticity and health to the skin.
Believe me when I say, there is absolutely no judgment here. I was a smoker for many, many years and only recently managed to give it up. Oh, how I regret I did not many moons ago or never even started for that matter. – However, when it comes to smoking, “better late than never” is a saying definitely well suited.