Give Up Smoking So Your Dark Don’t Crack
Black don’t crack, as the saying goes, referring to the fact that black people do not wrinkle as quickly as their white counterparts. But there are certainly a few lifestyle choices that will sway the balance, such as smoking. Aside from the obvious health risks, smoking will seriously mess with your skin, no matter what ethnicity you might be. If the likes of bronchitis, cancer or lung disease is not enough to persuade you to give up smoking, then think about the damage you are doing to your beautiful skin.
Smoking causes wrinkles by accelerating the normal ageing process of your skin. It is ranked only second to sun exposure as the leading cause of wrinkles.This is because nicotine, the main ingredient in cigarettes, promotes dehydration.
It narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin which impairs blood flow depleting it of oxygen and important nutrients such as Vitamin A and C both of which provide us with skin protection. It also damages collagen and elastin, which gives your skin its strength and elasticity, making it sag and wrinkle prematurely.
The heat from the cigarette causes irritation around the eyes and forces the smoker to squint more. This leads to increased wrinkles especially around the eyes. You will also develop hollowed cheeks around the mouth from many years of dragging this in between your lips.
No amount of anti-ageing cream in the market will remove the wrinkles caused by cigarette smoking. Given that this vice is a habit, this is easier said than done.
It will be hard to give up smoking, especially if you have smoked for years. Everyone has their own methods for trying to quit.
Some people think nicotine chewing gum will help, while others think going cold turkey is the answer. You have to figure out what is best for you. There is much help if you need it such Quit in the UK or you can consult your family doctor.
One reason that people do not quit smoking is because they believe they will gain weight. Contrary to popular beliefs, smoking will make you gain weight as you start to age.
Medical evidence suggests that cigarette smoking causes an increase in the body’s metabolic rate and may suppress appetite. But it is important to note that smoking tends to dull the taste buds, which, after all, may be the reason for the ‘loss of appetite’. This argument is somehow supported by cases of people who gained weight after they stopped smoking. Since their taste buds had already regained their functionality, the former smokers enjoyed their meals more and eventually gained some weight.
If you are finding it difficult to beat the habit, knowing that tobacco smoke is composed of 4000 different harmful substances, chemicals and toxins should do it. Sixty out of those are known to cause cancer.
These cancer-causing toxins are mainly found in tar that smokers inhale from a cigarette. About 70 per cent of that tar stays inside the lungs.
Whilst you give up smoking, you should also start by focusing on a healthy diet and exercise regularly. This will help bring blood to the surface of the skin and begin to replenish the capillaries with oxygen.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine as this also dehydrates the skin. To make sure you get your daily dose of Vitamin A and C, go take some food supplements.
Smoking causes wrinkles and other health related problems the longer you stick to this vice. Why should you wait before it is too late when you can look your age? If you can, quit right now because there are worse things than can happen aside from having wrinkles and your skin sag.
- If you keep failing, have faith in yourself. You can do it.
- It is important to remind yourself of the reasons why you want to quit smoking. Write them down and read them regularly.
- Seek help from your support network, the ones you trust, in talking to you about quitting.
- There are medical substitutes available that help people climb down on the amounts such as nicotine patches or chewing gum. Invest in whatever works for you.
- Setting a deadline by the end of which one must quit can help in some cases.
- Find out which plan works best for you – an immediate stop, a gradual pulling out, or some combination.
- Knowing and talking to people who have quit smoking can boost your morale.
- Smoking could be related to poor health and regimen. Change your regimen and see if it can substitute for the need to smoke.
- Visualise the lifestyle of a non-smoker, and find out why it is positive and good. This will increase the attraction toward the goal.
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