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Quit Smoking To Stop Signs Of Premature Aging

July 29, 2011

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            As we age our bodies cells begin to deteriorate which causes signs and symptoms of old age such as wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, discoloration, etc. It is these signs that cause a change in our appearance. Although there have been advancements in the average life expectancy, there is still a fascination with looking young and beautiful. This includes having firm, toned, and even skin.  There’s no wonder why the market for anti-aging has skyrocketed. However, with the interest in living longer there is also even more interest in living healthier.  Therefore many new anti-aging methods involve changing ones lifestyle, avoiding bad habits or adding essential nutrients to ones diet.

            The best anti-aging technique is to quit smoking and avoid areas saturated in cigarette smoke. Smoking cigarettes is one of the most detrimental bad habits someone can have. The health risks have been studied for years proving that cigarettes can cause lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema, COPD, hypertension, cataracts and fertility issues. Above and beyond the diseases that smoking can cause, it can physically age the body causing you to look older and unhealthy. Cigarettes contain chemicals and toxic substances that damage cells and diminish ones appearance. As toxic as the chemical compounds are inside a cigarette, the smoke can do just as much damage. The best thing that you can do is to stop, as soon as you can.

            The effects of cigarettes appear quickly on the skin, hair and nails. The aging process accelerates more rapidly the more you smoke. Smoking constricts blood vessels, decreasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This causes skin to look pale because of the reduced blood supply. This slows down cellular production and growth. Cigarette smoke changes skin cells, which damages collagen and elastin. These keep skin soft and firm. When reduced due to smoking the skin looses its pliability and elasticity increasing the likelihood of wrinkles and sagging skin. Even the act of smoking can accelerate the process of aging because the repetitive motions can cause wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Prolonged use of cigarettes can decrease the production of collagen in the skin causing skin to lose its firmness. Reduced nutrients and oxygen can cause the skin to become rough and have a leathery appearance. In addition cigarettes stain your teeth and gums and cause reddening in the eyes. Cigarette smoking can have a serious effect on all aspects of ones appearance.

            Therefore to stop the early aging process, you must stop smoking immediately. Once you stop smoking the body will eradicate all the chemicals and toxins that cigarette smoking has left behind. Normal skin regeneration takes 2-3 weeks. So although you won’t notice an immediate change in your appearance, once you stop smoking over time your body will restore any damages that smoking had affected. Skin, hair and nails will regenerate replacing the old damaged cells with new ones. Renewed nutrients and blood flow to skin will help to restore younger, firmer looking skin. Plus cellular changes will be taking place throughout your body to make you live a happier and healthier life.

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