12 Ways Smoking Cigarettes Ruins Your Looks

If knowing what smoking does to the inside of your body isn’t enough to motivate you to quit, consider the damage it does to your looks. Long-term smoking takes a major toll on the appearance of your hair, teeth, skin, and more.

Smoking gives you dark under eye circles


Research shows that smokers do not sleep as soundly as non-smokers, and when you don’t get enough sleep, you damage your appearance in a number of ways. One of the most immediate and evident side effects of less sleep is dark under-eye circles. Until you can kick the habit and start catching more zzz’s, try these makeup tips to help you look more rested.

You’re upping your risk of psoriasis


Although people who have never touched a cigarette get psoriasis, smoking increases your risk of developing it, research shows. If you smoke a pack a day, your chances of getting psoriasis increase by 20 percent. If you smoke at this rate for more than 11 years, the risk of having psoriasis increases to 60 percent. To avoid this condition that causes scaly skin that is red, patchy, and flaking, put out that cigarette.

Your teeth will be yellow


Chances are you already know this one—all you have to do is look in the mirror. The nicotine in cigarettes deeply stains teeth yellow, and over time can even turn them brown. To make matters worse, the tobacco in cigarettes can lead to gum disease by weakening the soft tissue and bone of your teeth. So not only will your teeth turn dark yellow, they may even fall out over time. Here are tips to help brighten your smile.

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