Why smoking affects your looks
Smoking can make you look older, causing crow's feet, furrows above the lips and fine wrinkles on the cheeks. It can also lead to broken facial capillaries and a thinner, greyer look to the skin.
So when you knock it on the head, not only will you puff and cough a lot less and find food tastier. You'll also help your skin regain a clearer, brighter complexion.
How you'll feel better and look better
It's great that you've chosen to give up the cigarettes. In just three months here's how much difference it can make to your health and looks:
Most of the nicotine is out of your body and your sense of taste and smell has improved.
OR (if you are on NRT):
Your sense of taste and smell has already improved.
You're past the first hurdle. You may now be noticing that your cravings aren't nearly as bad as they were when you started, and this is part of the recovery... Stay strong and use any quit products best suited to your needs.
Your circulation and lung function has improved substantially, meaning walking and other gentle exercise have become easier, and you get less puffed out.
Your skin's appearance is quickly improving, so you're looking healthier, fresher and more radiant.
Any chronic cough you had has now probably improved.
Well done, you're half way to the critical three months. A lot has improved already.
You have more energy, and the prospect of moderate to intense exercise no longer feels so daunting.
Take a deep breath in, and you'll discover your lung capacity has increased.
The microscopic hair-like structures in your windpipe called cilia are starting to recover, increasing your ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.
Your smoke-free immune system is now much better equipped to protect you.
You've got every reason to smile as your teeth now appear whiter and your breath is fresher.
Congratulations, you're an ex-smoker! You've conquered the toughest part of the quit journey. You've improved your lung function and overall health and wellbeing dramatically.
If you've given up smoking for three months most of the hard work is done. Now, it's just down to how much you are determined to stay quit.