Smoking Cessation: The 7 Sneaky Ways Smoking Steals a Woman's Beauty
The physical effects of this bad habit aren't limited to your internal organs -- see how smoking also destroys women's hair, skin and nails (and why you should quit)
Smoking thins your hairThought we'd kick it off with a doozy. Un-moved by the threat of lung cancer? How about the threat of baldness? Experts agree that the chemicals in smoke are so toxic that they wither/damage hair follicles. And Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld, head of clinical research in the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic, says that smoking also constricts blood vessels and hampers circulation, which prematurely ages those same follicles. The result? Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to have thinning strands. Add in the fact that smoking also increases the levels of DHT (a hormone that is a major contributor to hair loss) and you may be shopping for Rogaine before you know it.
(Psst. As if to add insult to injury, because smoking can also contribute to premature aging, you may go gray sooner too.)
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