4 side effects of smoking preventing a beautiful beautiful complexion

There are tired days! Today is one of them. And because of that I’ll go the easy route today and talk about side effects of smoking. Easy because we all know smoking does damage your looks. In many ways!

1) Bad sleep

If you are a smoker, you’re four times as likely as nonsmokers to feel unrested after a night’s sleep. This according to a Johns Hopkins study done in 2008. You and me we have bot been there, when you didn’t get a good night’s sleep and it showed on your face. Right?
I never smoked but It’s possible that nightly nicotine withdrawal and the stimulating effects of nicotine, combined, could be causing smokers to toss and turn. And unfortunately, poor sleep doesn’t equal beauty.

2) Premature aging and wrinkles

Experts say that side effects of smoking accelerates aging. Smoking greatly prematures wrinkling, leathering and skin aging in general. On average, smokers look 1,4 years older than nonsmokers. A beautifully aged face, with “healthy” wrinkles, in time ;-), is one thing. But wrinkles don’t look wise when they show up on a relatively young person who smokes. And show up they will. Especially around your mouth…

3) Your skin tone turns grayish and pale.

This one is so obvious: Smoking hampers the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy. The nicotine absorbed from smoking just two cigarettes reduces blood flow by 40 percent! To look healthy you need frech blood to stream trough your cheeks!

4) Smoking affects heling of tissue.

It has been shown that smoking reduce the blood flow that is necessary for wound healing. It can be reduced so significantly that healing can not proceed in a normal manner. There is also a much higher risk of infection. These side effects of smoking are extra important to think about if you are going to have  any kind of surgery.

Side effects of smoking

Stop in, simply!


If that isn’t enough to convince yourself or a friend to quit, along with the heightened risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses I don’t know what is.

Did you smoke and quit? Leave your tips below. How did you go about it?

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Diane @ Me, Him And The Cats · January 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

I hate the way smokers smell! Oftentimes they do realize that the odor of smoke is lingering on their clothing or in their home!
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    Stella Scott · January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I agree Diane, but have you noticed that some smokers hardly smell at all? Isn’t that interesting? Something with each individuals bio chemistry I guess.
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Alana (@RamblinGarden) · January 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

It amazes me how many teenagers take up smoking to “be cool” when they know – or I think they know – how it will damage their skin and their looks. Of course, they aren’t thinking about that when they are young. Perhaps this is something that ani-smoking advertisements should emphasize more. I never smoked and I am so grateful I never started.
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    Stella Scott · January 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Alana, good to have you here!

    I’m under the impression teenagers think 1) they will never die & 2) nothing can harm them. They are very aware of looks though so I think you are onto something there with ani-smoking advertisements pushing that button.
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Stella Scott · January 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Wow, wendy; I had not idea – 2 packs a day! For me you are “The Healthy Lady”. But of course you are. Its 25 years ago! Congratulations!! 🙂
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Stacey Myers · January 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I am so pleased I gave up smoking all those years ago. I used to smoke about 40 cigarettes a day!

Cold Turkey and boy was I sick. It was such a horrible time, I had to get injections from the doctor as my body was not doing well with releasing all the toxins.
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Jan · January 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’m in the on and off stage of quitting – it’s far easier said than done!
I’d love to hear tips for successfully stopping smoking long term 🙂
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Mary C. Weaver, CSCS · January 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Young people who smoke because they think it’s cool should read this post. 🙂

They may not care about their health, but perhaps vanity will encourage them to quit.
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Miguel Cura · January 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I wish more people would read this, and other good messages on quitting smoking, before their health takes a downward turn. I think of two good friends, one who’s making it his resolution to quit smoking this year, and another who has no choice, as his smoking led to a heart attack.

Friends, it’s worth it to quit.
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    Stella Scott · January 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Welcome here Miguel!

    It’s so sad that people have to “almost die” before they learn to cherish their health! I do hope both your friends will kick the habit successfully!
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Wendy Bottrell · January 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Excellent message Stella! Quitting smoking is in my opinion the most important thing someone can do for their health. I used to smoke over 2 packs a day. That was over 25 years ago. One of the most difficult things I ever did was quit and it was the best thing I ever did. You are correct that quitting smoking will allow one’s skin to look better and yet it will also be one of the best things for over all improved health. Thanks for sharing this important message! Best Regards, Wendy

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