It’s a mad, mad world out there. There are innumerable unnerving experiences day in and day out for all of us. And there are days when we are on the verge of breaking down. So it is extremely important to unwind and de-stress.
Yes, keeping cool is the modern-day challenge. Finding the right cathartic outlet for your emotions is crucial to get hold of ourselves. Smoking is one such purging technique for some. Some of us take to smoking, as it is believed to be a stress-buster. Many feel smoking calms them down. It is true that nicotine creates an immediate sense of relaxation. But, the fact is smoking triggers anxiety. And if you come to think of the stress that it is causing the entire body, the question is: Is the momentary relaxation really worth it?
Let’s ponder on this a little deeper.
- Cigarette smoke is laden with over 7000 chemicals, including 250 that are poisonous and 70 that cause cancer.
- And apart from the hazardous effects it has on throat, lungs, heart, blood pressure, stomach etc, smoking affects the skin very badly.
Let’s check out some of the effects of smoking on skin:
- The chances of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer, can be twice in smokers.
- Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. So smokers appear pale and have uneven skin tone.
- The chemicals trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin and deprives the skin its strength and elasticity. The loose skin under eyes is typical for smokers. The loss of skin elasticity due to smoking causes breasts and upper arms to sag too.
- The vertical wrinkles around the mouth or ‘Smoker’s lines’ come from pursing lips to draw on cigarette.
- The wrinkle at the outer edges of eyes or ‘Crow’s Feet’, which is usually attached to aging, occurs early for smokers.
- Smoking is a risk factor for Psoriasis which causes itchy, red scaly patches. Nicotine affects the immune system, skin inflammation, and skin cell growth, all of which can contribute to the development of psoriasis.
- Smoking increases the risk of wound infection. Lack of blood flow slows the body’s ability to repair itself. Toxins in cigarette smoke have a negative effect on wound healing. Smoking may increase the risk of stretch marks too.
- Long-term smoking turns your teeth yellow and ugly. People who smoke tend to develop gum disease, persistent bad breath, and other oral hygiene problems too.
- The fingers will suffer from discoloration due to constant holding of cigarettes. It is difficult to remove such stains with soap and water.
- Smoking accelerates hair loss and baldness.
- Smoking is a risk factor for skin diseases like Hidradenitis suppurativa, Buerger’s disease, Telangiectasia etc.
So, if you wish to detoxify your mind from the problems and stress around, why do it by intoxicating your body irreparably