As if the health and financial benefits of quitting smoking weren't enough to convince you – did you know that quitting smoking can improve your appearance and even your relationships too? Welcome to the beautiful benefits of quitting smoking.
Healthier, younger-looking skin
Smoking can cause wrinkles, premature aging and make your skin look sallow – a term used to describe yellow-grey skin that can make you look older than you are.1,2,3,4 Smoking affects collagen production, which is used by your skin to keep it more elastic.1,2
When you quit smoking, your skin can get its fair share of oxygen and other nutrients again, freshening up your complexion and even helping to reverse the lines and that sallow look.1,2
Whiter teeth and fresher breath
Quitting smoking can improve the health of your mouth, gums and teeth.5 Smoking is associated with a gum disease called periodontitis, which, in severe cases, can make your teeth fall out2,6 – not a good look! Quitting reduces the risk of developing the disease, and slows down its progression in people who already have it.5
There's no denying that smoking stains your teeth and makes your breath smell, which can be hard to cover up. When you quit smoking, your teeth will be less stained and you can look forward to fresher breath.1,2 This can be rather handy, as it's been found that non-smokers are 3x more appealing to prospective partners than smokers!2
Clearer, brighter eyes
Smoke from cigarettes leaves your eyes irritated, red and tired looking.1 And this can be even worse if you suffer from dry eye, hayfever or other allergies.1 Just imagine how your eyes will look and feel without a constant smoke stream flowing in front of them.
Fresh smelling hair and clothes
The smell of cigarette smoke lingers in hair, clothes and other materials for hours or even days after you've put out your last smoke.7 Tobacco smoke contamination that remains long after a cigarette has been extinguished is called thirdhand smoke.7It's a cocktail of toxins7, and it's a big part of what makes smokers smell like, well, smokers.
You may not notice it now, but when you've quit smoking, you might be surprised by how quickly you notice the smell on other people's clothing and hair. Once you've quit, wash your stinky clothes well – try a laundry detergent with eucalyptus oil for a fresh, natural scent. You might like to treat yourself to a new fragrant shampoo and conditioner too.
How will you celebrate the beautiful benefits of quitting?
When you're finally smoke-free, it's a great idea to reward yourself with some of the money you've saved by quitting. Plan a special treat for each smoke-free milestone you reach: 24 hours, then 48 hours, one week, two weeks and beyond.
After years of treating your skin, teeth and hair as victims of smoking, it might just be time to give their new found freshness some extra pampering. Why not indulge in something special that you usually don't do for yourself? A luxurious facial, a teeth-whitening treatment or stress-relieving head and scalp massage are treats that you really do deserve. Make this the start of caring for your hair, skin and body in a whole new way.