Can you recollect a scene from Al pacino movie and his unique style of holding a cigar in hand? Back in 70’s smoking was considered as a status of symbol or style. With education campaigns and the anti-tobacco laws many countries have reduced cigarette smoking areas in public places. However, this has been compensated with increased demand for popularity of smokeless tobacco or non combustive tobacco.

In any form tobacco is injurious to health! It affects internal organs, particularly the heart and lungs, but it also affects a person’s appearance. So, if at all you think smoking is stylish, don’t forget it can actually ruin you beauty and looks.

1. Smoking tobacco can make the skin dull and dry

Smoking reduces healthy blood circulation to facial region which in turn decreases the oxygen and nutrient supply. In addition smoke coming of tobacco can dry the skin surface. As a result the skin appears dry and wrinkled.

2. Smoking increases the risk of skin disorders

Many studies have found a close association between smoking and psoriasis. The experts also report that people who smoke about 20 cigarettes per day are at a very high risk of developing  psoriasis that is characterized by red or silver patches, and lesions on skin that appear very unpleasant.

3. Bags under your eyes

Don’t you hate it when you can’t get a good night’s sleep—and it shows on your face? If you smoke, you’re four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep, according to Johns Hopkins study. Why the lack of shut-eye? It’s possible that nightly nicotine withdrawal could be causing you to toss and turn. And unfortunately, poor sleep doesn’t equal pretty

4. Smoking tobacco can harm your eyes

Twinkling eyes is one of the most attractive feature in any face.  Smoking causes your eyes to appear dull and increase the under eye dark patches that are visually very unpleasing. In addition smoking also damages eye blood vessels creating a bloodshot appearance. The smoke can also irritate the eyes and lead to problems such as watering of eyes.

5. Tobacco can ruin your hair

Smoking tobacco can result in premature graying of hair. It can also promote rapid hair loss. Smoking reduces the supply of nutrients to the scalp making the hair appear dry and lifeless.

6. Smoking cause bad breath

Bad breath is a major turn off when it comes to your appearance. Many people pay attention to their facial beauty but ignore oral hygiene. Bad breath and stained teeth are some of the distinct side effects of smoking tobacco. Almost 40% of people who smoke tobacco tend to develop periodontitis, an infection of mouth that results in swollen gums and bad breath, and may cause teeth to fall out.

7. Yellow Teeth

Wouldn’t you love to have a set of dazzling white, Hollywood-like choppers? If you smoke, you can kiss that dream good-bye. It’s the nicotine in cigarettes that can stain teeth. So in addition to the escalating costs of buying and smoking your cigs, add in the cost of tooth whitening.

8. Smoking causes premature skin ageing

Research shows that smoking tobacco increases the production of enzyme that breaks down the collagen and makes the skin to sag. In addition smoking is known to increase the amount of free radicals in the body that are known to speed up the process of skin ageing. This makes the person appear much older than actual age.

9. Stained Nails and Fingers

Tobacco stains the skin of the nails and hands. This can be a telltale sign of a chronic smoker. Fortunately, this discoloration usually fades after you have stopped smoking.

10. Natural glow is gone

Ever notice how smokers’ skin sometimes seems off? You’re not alone. A 1985 study came up with the term Smoker’s Face to describe certain facial characteristics, such as wrinkles, gauntness, and a gray appearance of the skin, caused by smoking. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

Many people confess that they smoke to relieve their stress. If you believe that you can manage your stress with a puff of smoke, you are putting your beauty and health at risk. Although stress is a fact of life, being stressed out is not! You must learn to manage your stress, but through some healthy therapies.