Smoking has a very negative effect on the skin. However, not everyone is aware of this, especially young people who have not yet started to experience the effects of ageing on their bodies. An initiative by the British National Health Service (NHS) can show us what our faces will look like in a few years’ time if we continue to smoke.
The British health authorities have decided, and rightly so, that a picture is worth a thousand words. How would a young person feel if they were to suddenly see their own face looking greyish and with wrinkles around their eyes and mouth? The goal of the initiative is to get young people to quit smoking before the thousands of harmful products in cigarettes cause irreversible damage, not only to the skin but also to less visible areas of the body. The NHS has therefore created a free app for smartphones – called Smoking Time Machine – that ‘ages’ a photo of the phone user. Users can see how an image of themselves now will look in 20 years’ time if they continue smoking — and also how they will look if they stop smoking immediately. Try it and see the result, it is to-the-point and hard to ignore!