6 Natural Ways To Stop Smoking (And Save Your Skin!)
Did you know that 34.2 million Americans smoke cigarettes? But take comfort - it used to be a much higher amount! Current smoking has declined from 21% in 2005 to 14% in 2018. The proportion of smokers who have totally quit has increased too, according to the American Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. This means that bucking the habit once and for all, if anything, is really on-trend!
As well as its renowned effects on our overall health (from impotence to strokes, to cancer) it also takes a massive toll on our appearance. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to the skin. So, if you’re a smoker, your skin will age at a faster rate and look dull and tired, and take on a yellow-gray complexion. Smoking can prematurely age skin by 10-20 years, and it’s three times more likely that you’ll get facial wrinkling, particularly around the eyes and mouth.
The toxins in cigarettes also cause cellulite (where the flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen appear lumpy and dimpled). We don’t know about you, but we’re trying to work out the benefits here?
We hope you feel that it’s time to dedicate this new decade to you - to honour and nourish your body, mind and soul using the most natural methods. If you’re a smoker who’s looking to quit for good, look no further - as here at Organica, we have lit up the 6 most organic ways to cease with the cigarettes. It doesn’t have to be patches or prescriptions, it can really be mind over matter and the power lies in the desire to be the best version of you.
1. Find The Reason
Always start with mindful motivation: you need that powerful and personal reason behind your want to quit. Is it to live a longer life? is it to breathe a bit better? Is it to smell nicer? Is it to look and feel younger? Whatever your reason is, make sure it feels like it’s one that can truly outweigh the need to spark up.
2. Take Stock Of Your Triggers
Smoke more when you drink alcohol? Limit your alcohol consumption over the first few weeks at least. Smoke in the car? Try cycling to work, or car pooling with a non-smoker. Smoke after meals? Brush your teeth or go for a walk instead. Be aware of your triggers and make the active choice to avoid them or manage them with alternatives you’ve already pre-planned.
Share the load – tell your friends and family about your intentions to quit. This way you’ve generated a support network you can turn to when the urge gets hard to ignore, or something stressful happens that triggers the need for nicotine. Perhaps consider looking up a local support group as you may find talking to other people on the same journey as you helpful.
4. Make Time For You
Don’t tell us - you smoke more when you’re stressed, right? OK, well then that means it’s time to put in place things to do when stressors occur. Make a playlist that boosts your mood and distracts you from the desire, join an exercise class or try some yoga, find a five minute meditation tape to help ease your mind, take a bath or call on your close ones who know how to help you get back on track.
If you opt for a restful bath, why not take 5 to rehydrate your skin with the Organica Superfood Firming Serum afterwards? It contains Vitamins C, E and K which act to counteract oxidative stress and help protect your skin from pollution and toxins that cigarettes include. Infused with essential peptides, it supports collagen production which improves skin elasticity and texture which rejuvenates tired, grey and prematurely aging skin.
Just dab the face dry with a face towel after cleansing and make sure to leave the skin a touch damp. Two pumps of serum is all you need. Place it on your fingertips and then apply to your face morning and night.
5. Sort Out Your Space
Cigarette smoke lingers in furniture, carpets, clothes, curtains and your car. It’s time to clean up and clear out. Rid your home of your lighters and your ashtrays and wash all your upholstery. Take your car to a valet, and get some essential oils diffusing into your personal atmosphere to omit that old odour.
6. Reward Yourself
Choose your milestones and your prize for each target you meet. One month smoke free - treat yourself to that new top you spotted in the mall. Six months smoke free - that perfume you’ve always wanted. One year smoke free - a holiday! Whatever it is, you will have earned it.
Why not download one of those tracker apps on your phone, where it cheers you on and congratulates you as you go. Many also track how much money you’ve been saving along the way, as smoking can be an expensive habit. By the time you’ve passed your year mark, you may have saved thousands of dollars! Totally worth it.
Making sure you’re well rested enables you to manage stressful situations more mindfully, helping you not to reach for the smokes. So, make sure to prioritise your sleep on your smoke-free journey.
If you start to crave, try drinking a pint of water first as dehydration has been linked to craving increase. More water can potentially help stop you backsliding. You should aim for 2 litres a day.
However, most importantly, if you do give in – don’t beat yourself up about it. Return to your reason and sit with it: what led to the relapse? Was it your emotions, or perhaps the environment you found yourself fin? Take stock and add it to your trigger list. Then, try again! You won’t be the first to wobble, and you certainly won’t be the last, but you owe it to yourself to give it another shot!
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