There are no proven ways to reverse the clock, but there is one known way to look older than your years: start #smoking.

#Smoking can change your appearance and make you to look older than your actual age by alerting your teeth, skin and hair.

Smoking affects the blood vessels, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the entire body. When the skin is deprived of these essential nutrients, changes begin to develop, even at an early age. Smokers can appear pale or have uneven skin tone as a result of their nicotine habit.

Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic (known to cause cancer). Others are known to damage collagen and elastin, two components of the skin. Even exposure to secondhand smoke (smoke exhaled by a smoker and then inhaled by another person) can result in skin damage. Sagging of the skin and deeper wrinkles are two consequences.

Yellow teeth are an obvious sign of smoking. But smokers experience other oral and dentals problems as well. Gum disease, bad breath, and tooth loss are all more common in people who ssmoke.

Smoking can worsen the natural process of hair thinning that occurs as we age. Some research shows that baldness is more common in men who smoke; studies from Taiwan show that male-pattern baldness risk increases in Asian men who smoke.

Cataracts are opaque areas on the lens of the eye that interfere with vision. Effective treatment can mean that surgery is required. Smoking increases the likelihood that you will develop cataracts.

Aside from your appearance, smoking weakens your heart, lungs, and bones; and reduces fertility.

#Smoking may cause these health problems in your body

  • Cancers, including lung and oral cancers
  • Lung diseases, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Damage to and thickening of blood vessels, which causes high blood pressure
  • Blood clots and stroke
  • Vision problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration (AMD)

Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems. Their babies are also at higher risk of dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Some people feel that #smoking helps them to be alert and to concentrate, and also that it helps them to feel relaxed. Research has shown that #smoking raises levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain, increasing feelings of pleasure and reinforcing the desire to continue to smoke.

Don’t burn your appearance and health by #smoking. #Singapenn will meet you on next post with how to quite #smoking.

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