How to improve your appearance series – Quit Smoking
Focusing on your appearance, lifestyle and overall fitness has always been on the agenda for many. Whether you’re a personal trainer, creating new years resolutions (you can learn more here) or just generally wanting to feel and look better. Body image and appearance is always a very much talked about topic. Your physical appearance can affect yourself esteem, how you view yourself and how you view others.
Which is why I wanted to create an improve your appearance series to promote healthy lifestyle choices, positive mindset and a positive image on how you view yourself. I appreciate that this series today is very much a personal and opinionated one but I’m giving my advice based on my own personal suggestions and its completely down to you what decisions you want to make about your lifestyle habits.
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The purpose of today’s series is to get smokers to consider quitting and to create a long term plan to quit. You already know that smoking is bad for your health. You’ve been given the facts, figures, statistics which show the effects of smoking and what it can do to you. So, clearly this isn’t sufficient to get you to stop. So this brings me onto my next point. did you know that smoking can have an impact on your appearance? This is why if you stop smoking, you can drastically improve your appearance.
Skin care benefits:
Quitting will help to give you firmer skin which will certainly improve how old you look! Smoking has a negative impact on collagen and elastin production according to the late Dr. Fredric Brandt. Smoking also causes your levels of estrogen to drop, which is needed for a firm skin.
Smoking also increases inflammation of the skin. It increases your risks of vascular problems and causes free radicals to be released in your system. Not to mention, we all know the effects of being exposed to secondhand smoke. This can also have the same negative effects as smoking first hand. I definitely try to avoid anyone smoking in my direction because I simply am not a fan of the smell or the health effects!
If you can quit early on, then the damage caused by inflammation could be reversed. A study conducted by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY found that signs of inflammation associated with heart disease, are greatly reduced only a few weeks after women quit smoking.
Back to your physical appearance and image, quitting can reduce the appearance of dark circles. You might not be able to get rid of dark circles for good, but smoking can definitely make it worse. Even if you don’t have noticeable dark circles, if you quit smoking, your skin will look fresher. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and smoking causes toxins to damage these tissues.You can check out my skin care routine for helpful products that I use to help get clear and fresh looking skin.
Your complexion will look a lot smoother once you quit. Women who smoke usually end up with more noticeable wrinkles and with uneven skin tone. Not only does the skin look less radiant and but it is possible to have more wrinkles too! Research has shown that for every ten years of smoking, a woman usually looks 2.5 years older.
Last but not least, who doesn’t want a beautiful smile or gorgeous nails! You can improve your teeth and nail colour just by quitting. Plus we all know how much you could save each year just to avoid buying gum or mint refreshers. The best thing is to quit as early as possible so that any signs of yellowing can be reversed. Even if you need a little help from regular manicures or teeth-whitening. Vanity Planet have some amazing deals on teeth whitening which you can check out here.
Health and mindset benefits:
Once you quit and begin to see improved signs in your skin and appearance, you’re bound to develop even more confidence than you had before. If you were guaranteed to have an improved complexion, teeth and hair wouldn’t you quit!? A study published in the UK of Health Behavior in 2006 found that female students who smoked tended to have a negative body image. The study also found that the more students smoked, the worse they felt about their looks.
You will also find that quitting can improve your mood and concentration levels according to mentalhealth.org.uk . You’ll be able to spend more time at work focusing on important things, rather than having frequent breaks and interruptions from cigarette breaks which could affect your overall work performance. Not to mention you’ll be saving atleast £10 per week which is over £500 per year!
If you’re thinking about quitting, have you thought about any NRT methods? The best one in a recent survey was using electronic cigarettes, which has helped over 300,000 people quit since 2015. Electronic cigarettes are an alternative to conventional cigarettes if you want to consider quitting.
What do you think? Do you smoke or know anyone that does? Let us know of your experience and share your story below!