Before/After: This Is What Smoking For 30 Years Does To Your Face (WHOA)

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Holy sh*t.

Sometimes it doesn't matter how many statistics or health warnings you read — you just can't give up a bad habit. You know it's not good for you, but you still continue to smoke.

Surprisingly, there are times when the most superficial warnings are the ones that resonate the most. You pay no attention to information about smoking leading to lung, throat, mouth, or esophageal cancer, but when you're shown what smoking does to your face and the way you look overall, that's difficult to ignore.

 

Related: One Thing That Happens When You Quit Smoking That No One Talks About

 

BuzzFeed had makeup artists come in and give three smokers a "smoke-over," showing them what they might look like after 30 years of smoking. 

 

Here's what happened when the smokers got a glimpse of their future selves:

 

Smoking messes you up pretty badly. In case you still want to smoke, here are 10 ways smoking makes you look like hot-ash, not hot.

1. Bags under the eyes

2. Psoriasis

It's an autoimmune-related skin condition you can get, even if you don't smoke. But if you do smoke, your risk goes up.

3. Bad teeth

Nicotine can stain your teeth, and smoking can lead to oral cancer and gum disease, causing you to lose your teeth.

4. Premature aging and wrinkles

Upper lip lines are known as smoker's lines.

5. Yellow fingers

The tar in cigarette smoke collects on your fingers and stains them.

6. Damaged hair

Smokers have thinner hair that goes gray quickly. And male smokers are twice as likely to lose their hair.

 

Related: How I Gave Up My Pack-A-Day Smoking Habit (And Reclaimed My Life)

 

7. Scars

You can develop bigger and redder scars, and your skin doesn't heal quickly.

8. No natural glow

Say goodbye to your youthful skin.

9. Stretch marks

Nicotine damages the fibers and connective tissue in your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and strength.

10. Cataracts

Smoking increases the risk of cataracts by putting oxidative stress on the lens of the eye.

There's no benefit to picking up the habit of cigarettes — not for your health, not for your mind, and certainly not for what smoking does to your face. The sooner you quit, the longer you can hang on to your good looks. And you'll feel a whole lot better.

 

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She's had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.