How Cigarettes Can Ruin Your Looks

Is she smoking hot? Or just smoke?

Fans of 49-year-old Kate Moss were stunned by recent photos showing the supermodel smoking outside a posh London restaurant.

The snaps posted on Wednesday appear to show Moss looking anything but glamorous and as one commenter put it: “Cancer sticks age you so much.”

Smoking is known to cause visible damage to skin, teeth and hair, as well as internal organs and virtually every other part of the human body.

“Overall, you absorb a lot of chemicals through smoking,” said Dr. Raman Madan, director of cosmetic dermatology at Northwell Health on Long Island, told The Post.

“It really has a big impact on the skin and can lead to premature aging,” Madan added.

Smoking can affect both a person's external appearance and internal organs.
Smoking can affect a person’s external appearance as well as internal organs.

Smoking reduces collagen production, Madan explained, and often leads to sagging, sagging, and discolored skin.

This loosening effect on the skin can be seen on the arms, legs, and the entire body, including the breasts: in smokers, “the skin pulls down, so.” [smoking] can also lead to sagging breasts,” said Madan.

Smoking also affects hair by causing vasoconstriction, a narrowing of blood vessels that reduces blood flow. Reduced blood flow to hair follicles shortens their lifespan, which can lead to hair loss.

These visible effects are also noticeable in the mouth: smoking leads to yellowing of the teeth, gum disease and the formation of plaque.

The eyes can also suffer from macular degeneration, dry eye, cataracts, and other eye diseases caused or worsened by smoking.

Hands and fingers also bear the brunt of smoking, and not just from holding a lit cigarette: A person can get “nail strikes that change the shape of the nail bed,” Madan said, and “the fingers can turn blue or red.” to vasoconstriction and reduced blood supply.

Supermodel Kate Moss has often been spotted smoking around town.
Supermodel Kate Moss is a long-time smoker.
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People with autoimmune diseases face additional challenges due to smoking. Cigarettes typically trigger flare-ups of psoriasis, lupus and other diseases that affect the skin.

And for people hoping to correct these visible problems with cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, there’s more bad news: “For patients who require a procedure, smoking hinders wound healing,” Madan said.

“You are fighting an uphill battle,” he explained, “because everything you do is undone by smoking.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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