– Smoking Makes You Look Old and Ugly



Smokers in their 30s have facial wrinkles similar to those of nonsmokers in their 50s

  • Cigarette smoke is an immediate and direct irritant to the skin.
  • Smoking decreases the capillary blood flow to the skin, depriving it of needed oxygen and nutrients.
  • Smokers have less collagen and elastin in their skin. These proteins help to keep skin tight, soft, and elastic.
  • Smoking irritates the eyes and makes smokers squint more; this may lead to increased wrinkles around the corners of the eyes.
  • Smokers develop more hollowed cheeks and increased wrinkles around the mouth from many years of dragging on cigarettes.

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