What Happens To Your Appearance When You Quit Smoking

As a non-smoker, I have always disliked being around smokers because 90% of the time I get nose bleeds. When I was young I one entered my granddad’s smoke filled room, within a few minutes I was nose bleeding badly. It dawned on me after a few more nose bleeds that being around smokers was not good for my health.

Today’s collaborative post is touching on the subject of appearance after you quit smoking. To be honest I hadn’t given this subject much thought but I was really intrigued so I am sharing this post.


Smoking is one of the quickest ways to ruin your health, which is why people should quit smoking as soon as possible. There is actually software out there that can show people what they will look like if they didn’t smoke and what they will look like if they continue the habit. With that said, if you want to know what you will look like if you stopped smoking, then continue to read the rest of this article.

What Happens To Your Appearance When You Quit Smoking

  1. Clearer Skin– Smoking can cause the skin to become discoloured and facial wrinkles can develop, which can make you look older. When you quit smoking, wrinkles may not develop as fast as they would if you continued to smoke and this is because carbon monoxide won’t get in the way of oxygen and blood flowing to your skin. Collagen production will return to its normal levels, and as a result your skin will look healthier and more youthful. If you want clearer and younger looking skin, then you should quit smoking.
  2. Your Teeth Become Whiter– Another side effect of smoking is teeth discolouration. Teeth can become yellow as a result of smoking and sometimes it can lead to tooth decay. Quitting won’t bring back a full set of teeth, but over a period of time, the yellowness will fade.
  3. Brighter Eyes– Many smokers end up with eyes that are red and tired looking and this is because they are exposed to irritants on a regular basis. In fact, smoke of all types can have this effect. In other words, if you want brighter and fresher looking eyes, then now is the time to quit smoking.
  4. Face Wrinkles– Reducing facial wrinkles or reverse them can be difficult, and there are many anti-aging products out there that may help to an extent. However if you smoke, then the best way to do something about your wrinkles is to stop smoking. When you quit smoking, your facial wrinkles will improve in appearance and they will take longer to develop.

Develop good habits

Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to fight wrinkles. It’s a good idea to pay attention to your nutrition and pay attention at the physical level too. In other words, eat the right foods and consume foods that contain the essential nutrients our body needs. Develop good habits that help you want to stay away from bad foods. At the physical level, you should exercise regularly. Because exercise can make you look younger and can do wonders for your skin. You don’t have to exercise every single day, but you should do it at least 3-5 days per week.

When it comes to quitting smoking, the benefits it has in regards to appearances is not well documented. This is because serious health issues usually get all the attention. With that said, if you want to improve the way you look, then you should quit smoking. Or you can try e cigarettes if you cannot quit, and cut down on the nicotine dosage.

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  1. Kara
    October 24, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I used to smoke many years ago and I really noticed a difference in my health when I stopped

    • October 24, 2016 / 11:46 pm

      Glad to know you stopped

  2. Amanda Love
    October 24, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    There are so many things that will change when you quit smoking. I don’t smoke but I also don’t mind if people want to. There’s no doubt that you would be so much healthier though if you try not to smoke at all.

    • October 24, 2016 / 11:46 pm

      I don’t mind people smoking I just prefer not to be around smoke

  3. Chrissy Hme
    October 23, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin since I quit. The red tired eyes are also gone now.

    • October 24, 2016 / 11:45 pm

      Oh that’s really good to hear and good on you for quitting

  4. October 23, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    As a respiratory therapist I have seen the effects smoking has on people’s appearance! It ages you so fast!!

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      It’s a shame to have such a habit that ages you fast

  5. WhispersInspire
    October 23, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I see people that smoke look older then they really are. I don’t smoke but I’ve seen friends that have a hard time quitting. It’s a very addictive habit and expensive too!

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      I hear that too, its addictive and expensive habit

  6. October 22, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    My folks quit smoking over a decade ago and smoked when they were students at uni. They saved so much money too!

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      i can only imagine, I am told its an expensive habit

  7. Clairejustineo
    October 22, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Great points here 🙂 I am really pleased my mum eventually stopped smoking. It took her years but she did it in the end…

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      awww now lovely, glad she did.

  8. October 22, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    This is very true of what occurs when you quit and the sooner the better. It’s an addiction so many struggle with but I think it’s mind over matter, once your mind is ready you quit.

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      That is true, it’s not an easy addiction to overcome but its not impossible either

  9. Beautyqueenuk
    October 22, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Some really good pointers, I have never nor intend to smoke. Both my parents smoked as I was growing up and my hubs smokes and that in itself is enough to put you off x

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      That is true, I had an ex who smoked and I actually hated it and avoided him when he was smoking

  10. Jayne
    October 22, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I used to smoke years ago, before I had the kiddies. Giving up was the best thing I could ever have done. Even the smell now makes me feel nauseous.

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Well done you hun

  11. October 22, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    My mother-in-law has stopped smoking back in 2010 after smoking for 30 years or so! This habit is addicting; I have heard it is analogous to quitting a heroine addiction. So, I give her a lot of credit. Her health has increased tremendously, as the lung tissue is regenerative – so it is never too late to stop! Thanks for making this awareness to people.

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks Stacey, glad your SIL quit and I too salute her after 30 years its not easy

  12. Zena's Suitcase
    October 22, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I always think people who smoke regularly look older or in ill health. It’s good to know these changes can be reversed or slowed down

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Absolutely, provided it’s not too late to reverse some of the damage already done

  13. October 22, 2016 / 11:47 am

    I have family that smoked for years and they stopped around 10 years ago and you can really see the difference!

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      The change can be so huge in some whilst others the damage has already been done

  14. October 22, 2016 / 4:59 am

    I have never been a smoker and never plan on being one. I am fortunate to have very few people in my life who smoke.

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      I am the same now that we’ve moved continents lol

  15. October 22, 2016 / 1:42 am

    I dislike being around smokers. My mom smokes and it has aged her a lot since shes been doing it ever since she was 16.

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Oh dear, what a young age to have started smoking

  16. Pam W
    October 22, 2016 / 12:04 am

    I never figured out to inhale cigarettes, so I was never a smoker. However, my dad used tobacco products and it definitely made his teeth yellow!

    • October 23, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I tried it once with friends and it hurt my eyes so much I stayed away

  17. Danielle Urquhart
    October 21, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    This is so interesting as an ex smoker I feel and look so much better not to mention the money I’ve saved x

    • October 21, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      I can only imagine, I didn’t really know how much it can be a burden on the budget too

  18. kathleen kennedy leon
    October 21, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    My Mom stopped smoking after 50 years of 2 packs per day after she did a screening Chest CT that detected two small nodules. They were cancerous. She is fine now and has finally quit!

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Aww bless her, 50 years of same habit is a logn time and would be hard to stop but well done her

  19. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom
    October 21, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    When I was a teen, I used to steal my grandmother’s cigarettes. Only for a month. They were nasty, lol. Found out why. I didn’t know of the difference between filtered and unfiltered. She smoked unfiltered. But, lost any desire to smoke after that!

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      I guess it is the exprience that you needed so never to smoke ever

  20. Mellissa Williams
    October 21, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I tried smoking once when I was young but never saw the point in it and never started. I know some smokers that have very wrinkly skin, I do have good skin for my age so I’m glad I never started

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      I am glad I never started either, some people my age look way older than me its hard to believe we same age

  21. October 21, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    This is really interesting, though it makes sense it would show on your face too. I’ve never smoked but my parents used to when I was younger.

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Yes definitely shows, I have seen many people who look older because they smoke

  22. Jane Taylor
    October 21, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I’m a lifelong non-smoker. Both of my parents smoked when I was growing up and I look back and realise how much my clothes must have reaked of it! They’ve both stopped now. I have an acute sense of smell so it really gets to me when I am around smokers. The risk to health is bad too. My Nana and Uncle died from cancers which are related to smoking. 🙁 Thanks for sharing.

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      You’re welcome, nice that your parents stopped and I hope there health has improved more after quitting

  23. Alli Smith
    October 21, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I am not a smoker and can’t stand to be anywhere around smoke. I always feel like I’m choking. It’s amazing how quickly one’s lungs, skin and overall health improves after they stop smoking.

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      It truly is amazing what the human body can do given the right conditions

  24. Little Steps
    October 21, 2016 / 10:13 am

    No. I hate the smell it leaves on your clothes and can imagine how much your skin would improve once you’ve stopped smoking.

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      I too can only imagine the wonderful effects it would lead to

  25. Rebecca Swenor
    October 21, 2016 / 8:01 am

    This is awesome information about what happens when you smoke and after you quit. Smoking really does wreck your skin and age you faster. It truly is a bad habit and I know from experience Chantix and E-cigarettes do really work. Thanks for shairng the information.

    • October 21, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      We are always told smoking is bad for you but no one says what happens if you decided to give it up once you started

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