How Quitting Smoking Can Make You More Beautiful

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Every person who is addicted to smoking knows about the health risks involved with this particular recreational activity. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that smoking not only poses health risks but also has a strong impact on how you look.

If you are considering giving up smoking, whatever method you intend to use to do it, these are some of the beauty benefits that you can look forward to as you begin to recover from being a smoker.

Cleaner, Fresher Smelling Hair

People who smoke tend not to notice the tobacco smell on their hair and clothes. However, it is something that non-smokers find very off-putting. You only have to ask someone who does not smoke what they dislike most about smoking and they will usually say that they hate the way it smells. When you quit smoking, you will find that your hair smells fresh and retains the smell of the products you use on it for longer.

This is not the only hair benefit, however. Because of the way that smoke clings to hair, you end up with discoloration, and this is especially noticeable on hair that has been lightened or bleached. Bleached hair can even turn green when exposed to cigarette smoke, or you can end up with brassy nicotine stains in your hair. Whether you have bleached hair or not, your color will last longer and look better if you are not in smoky environments. You may even find that you do not have to wash your hair as often, and regular washing is actually bad for the hair. If you can get away with only washing your hair a couple of times a week then this is actually better for it. Of course, if you have to worry about cigarette smell and residue from smoke, you probably wash your hair more than that, and so this could be a benefit of giving up.

Smoking Ages Skin

Another very serious effect on beauty from smoking is that it causes aging of the skin. This may be something that you are not concerned about yet if you are young, however, skin tends to look duller, thinner, and it loses its elasticity faster when you are a smoker. While giving up smoking will not reverse any aging that has already taken place, it will prevent further premature aging, and will be something that will keep you looking youthful for longer.

A Whiter Smile

Teeth are something else that are affected by smoking. As you might expect, one aspect of this is nicotine stains on the teeth. Having your teeth professionally whitened or using whitening products at home can improve the color of your teeth temporarily. However, you have to repeat these processes often if you continue to smoke. Smoking also causes the gums to recede, which is bad for oral health and may lead to gum disease.

In addition to these benefits to your teeth, you will also naturally experience fresher breath if you stop smoking.

More Attractive Hands

Yet another aspect of your appearance that is affected when you smoke is how your hands look. Your fingers and nails will become discolored when you smoke, and this is even worse if you smoke roll-up cigarettes instead of filtered ones. Whatever you smoke, you will have to deal with stains on the nails and fingers that can be very hard to remove.

There are various methods to remove the stains, including a scrubbing with lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. However, wouldn’t it be better to just enjoy having cleaner skin on your hands and better-looking natural nails by giving up smoking altogether?

Different Methods of Quitting Smoking

If this is enough to convince you that it is a good time to make the jump from smoking to becoming a non-smoker, then there are lots of methods that you could try. One thing that is popular is to switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping instead. Vaping allows you to continue to take in nicotine and to have a habit similar to smoking a cigarette in terms of what you do with your hands and mouth, but the water vapor that comes out instead of smoke is generally less harmful and doesn’t smell like cigarette smoke. It also causes less staining.

Vaping is a popular method of quitting smoking because it allows you to reduce the amount of nicotine you are taking in gradually over time, while still getting it from a less harmful source. It also means that you do not have to deal with giving up the habit side of smoking straight away while you are still dealing with the nicotine addiction.

Some people reduce the nicotine in the vaping liquids down to zero but continue vaping until they feel ready to give up that social habit. It has not yet been proven whether or not vaping is completely harmless, as nobody really knows the long-term impact of it as it’s only been around for about a decade. However, it is widely agreed that it is much less harmful than smoking tobacco.

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Other popular methods of quitting smoking include trying to give up cold turkey on willpower alone, using other forms of nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, and inhalers, and also some new drugs that are being used in some areas that can help combat the cravings.

Some people have to try several different methods before they find the one that works for them. However, it is worth continuing to try until you find something that works so that you can get all of the benefits of giving up your cigarette habit.

As you can see, there are many aesthetic benefits you will get when you give up smoking, and although these are not as important as the lowered cancer risk and other health benefits, they are well worth considering when you are motivating yourself to stop smoking.

Quitting Smoking: Making a Personal Plan

Whether you are a social smoker or a lifelong pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be very tough. However, with the right preparation and determination, you can overcome this most health damaging of habits.

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The first thing that you need to do when you decide that you want to quit is formulate a plan of action. This is important, as if you plan well, there is a much higher chance that you will be able to quit for good, as well as making the whole transformation into a non-smoker that much easier.

Quitting, of course, is never going to be easy, but if you follow these steps, you can help to reduce both your cravings and the initial shock of stopping smoking.

1. Fix a Date

The first thing to do is fix a date for quitting. You can tell your friends and family and the people that you work with. Once you have set the date the ball has started rolling and your have made the first important step.

2. Disposal

Throw all of your cigarettes, tobacco and lighters into the bin. Give your ashtrays away and wash everything that may still have the lingering smell of cigarette smoke on it. This may include your car, your clothes and even your curtains.

3. Exercise

Exercise can help to lessen the cravings for tobacco. You can go for a walk or run or even get out on your bike if you have a craving for a cigarette. If you are in the office, you could try squats, push ups or knee bends. Some people actually take on an exercise regime as a way of changing their routines and their habits.

4. Quitting Assistance

You could also invest in professional help. There are all kinds of therapies available to help you quit, from relaxation courses to hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. A lot of people need the extra help, so don’t be afraid to ask if you find that your are struggling on your own.

5. Medications

If the physical craving for nicotine is very strong, you can ease it with smoking cessation medications. You can buy nicotine patches and well as gum that can help to ease these physical cravings. If you talk to your doctor, he or she may be able to prescribe you with a medication to suit your needs.

6. Make Lists

If you find that you are craving a cigarette, make a list of all the reasons why you have quit. Write them down carefully on a notepad, detailing each reason. This helps to remind you why you quit, as well as helping to keep your mind and your hand busy during moments of craving.

7. Change Your Drinks

Some drinks may remind you of smoking and actually make you crave nicotine. Try to avoid drinks that you would have smoked a cigarette with. If you replace coffee with fruit teas and soda with juices, it may well help to curb your craving for nicotine.

8. Avoid Trigger Situations

Try to avoid trigger situations or be prepared for them. This may mean changing your break routines at work and the people that you take them with. In situations where you would have smoked a cigarette like taking on the phone or watching TV have an alternative planned. A pen and paper to doddle with or maybe a rubber squeeze ball will give your hands something to do.

Quitting smoking is never going to easy for anyone, but with the right planning and the right help and support, it is in the grasp of everyone.

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