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 ages your skinSmoking is second only to sun exposure as the leading cause of premature skin aging. Get this. One single drag on a cigarette puts more than a trillion (that's trillion with a "T") free radicals into your system. What do they do? Among other things (like create critical internal damage to your cells and DNA) they break down the collagen and elastin in your skin so that it starts to lose its taut, youthful appearance. And, it's not just your face that's affected; your inner arms, neck, throat and décollete are all under fire as well.
Additionally, cigarette smoke releases a chemical called acetaldehyde that causes aging by breaking down the connective tissue that holds skin together so everything starts to sag.
And, there's more...
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