The Aging Effects of Smoking

If you are a smoker, you are probably painfully aware of the need to quit. Not only is smoking a bad habit that negatively impacts your health and leaves you smelling like a stale ashtray—it also negatively effects your skin.

Isn’t it terribly annoying when you can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep and it shows on your face the following day? Well, a recent study from Johns Hopkins showed that smokers are almost four times as likely to report feeling unrested after 7-8 hours of sleep. Researchers pointed to possible nicotine withdraw, which often causes people to toss and turn throughout the night. What’s even more frustrating is that the combination of poor sleep and lighting up regularly increases the risk of negative effects to the skin—in this case in the form of puffiness and bags under the eyes.

Skin Changes

Smoking also drastically increases your risk of skin related autoimmune issues like psoriasis. Those who smoke a pack a day have a 20 percent greater chance of developing psoriasis, which typically effects the skin via as a scaly—not to mention terribly itchy–red rash. Even exposure to secondhand smoke has shown to increase this risk and the health of skin all over the body.

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