How to Hide the Signs that You Were a Smoker
If you’ve recently decided to quit smoking – congratulations! It is wonderful that you have finally made the decision to improve your health. Unfortunately, the signs that you were a smoker linger for some time after you quit. Tar and nicotine can stain your teeth, have an effect on your skin and even damage your hair. Keep reading for some simple ways to counteract the toll smoking has taken on your “outer” physical self.
You have made the decision to take control of your health by quitting smoking, and now you want to get rid of all traces of your unhealthy past. Some of the nasty physical attributes you may be left with include:
- Discoloration on the lips and fingernails
- Brittle hair
- Yellowing nails
- Dark brownish crusts under the fingernails
- Blackened lips
- Dark gums
- Yellowing of the enamel of teeth
Don’t panic . . . it’s not too late to turn back the clock on your smoking habit’s ugly side effects. Here are some home remedies to help you remove the tell-tale signs that you were once a smoker:
- Lemons or any citrus fruit act as “bleach” for the discoloration on skin and lips. Just slice a fresh piece of fruit and apply it on the lips 2- 5 minutes a day. For discoloration of nails, simply scrub your nails with the freshly sliced citrus fruit and its pulp rapidly for 2- 5 minutes. Rinse well afterwards. Make sure there are not any cuts on your hands or around your nail-beds, as citrus fruits will cause a stinging sensation.
- Vinegar can be substituted for lemons (see above – instead of scrubbing, soak nails for 2-3 minutes). Make sure the vinegar is naturally-made and has not been mixed with other chemicals or preservatives.
- Buff yellowed nails and allow them to grow out. For best results, buff the nails with a mineral buffer. Buffing will add shine to the nails and painting your nails will help to disguise the discoloration.
- Freshly grated garlic can help to strengthen nails and eliminate the yellowish tinge by rubbing your nails with the garlic. This can be a harsh treatment, so only use this method once a week for less than two minutes at a time.
- Increase your intake of Vitamins C and E to speed up skin renewal, which will cause the underlying tissues of your skin and nails to be rejuvenated.
- For healthier hair, add flaxseed oil or cod liver oil supplements to your diet. You can also create a healthy natural shampoo by adding essential oils such as rosemary or sage to a mild baby shampoo. Or, create your own hair-helper paste with 5 tablespoons natural henna powder, one egg, a cup of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. Apply gently to hair and scalp and wait at least two hours before rinsing out with warm water.
While it’s important that you look and feel your best now that you’ve decided to quit smoking, the most vital aspect is that you’ve made the decision to quit! Cosmetic improvements can help reinforce that decision, however. By following the above steps you can be on your way to better health – inside and out.