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Smoker's Face

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Exercise cannot counter the harm of smoking
Some people claim that they balance the ill effects of cigarette smoke by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is not correct. You cannot smoke and claim to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Witness the case of the famous Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan. On the 19th of February, 2007, Saif was admitted to Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai after complaining of chest pain. Saif had been rehearsing some dance movements when he complained of chest pain and was rushed to the hospital. Saif is someone who exercises regularly and leads an active and healthy lifestyle. However, he is also a smoker. In fact, after he was released from hospital, the actor vowed to quit the habit and start afresh.

The simple fact is that you cannot be healthy if you smoke. It can take the body up to several years to recover from the ill effects of regular smoking, even if you quit today.  
  Smoker’s face
In the world of anti-aging products, cigarettes are leaders in the pro-aging niche. Smoking has a detrimental effect on the appearance of a person. In fact, the term “smoker’s face” is used to describe people who have smoked every day for ten years or more.

Smoker’s face is characterized by the appearance of wrinkles that radiate at right angles from the lips or the corners of the eyes. The face also exhibits a gaunt appearance and the skin appears to be greyish in colour. Smoker’s face is can be seen in adults who are in their early thirties and who have been continuously smoking for most of their lives.
The fact is that cigarette smoke contains more than four thousand toxins. When you inhale cigarette smoke, these toxins are absorbed directly into the blood. These toxins then affect the very structure of the skin by causing it to thin and lose lustre. Smoking also results in the constriction of blood vessels that are close to the skin. As a result, the supply of oxygenated blood to the skin is reduced and this, in turn, impairs the skin’s ability to regenerate. Hence, smokers tend to show visible signs of aging far earlier than non-smokers. The lack of adequate blood supply to the skin also gives the skin a greyish pallor.

Another detrimental effect of cigarette smoke is that reduces the levels of collagen in the skin. Collagen makes up roughly seventy five per cent of the skin. It is responsible for giving the skin a smooth and healthy appearance. It also makes the skin durable and elastic. Collagen levels in the body decrease as we age. This is why old age is characterized by the onset of wrinkles. Smokers, on the other hand, take a shortcut to wrinkly skin, because the cigarette smoke starts destroying the collagen in the skin at a rapid rate. Coming back to that favourite old uncle who lived to the ripe old age of ninety, chances are that he was probably only seventy years old, but looked two decades older.

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