Monday, 16 August 2010


Everybody knows the effects of smoking to our body. It may hide the most serious effects because the damage is more on our internal organs, but smoking is harmful enough to destroy our extremities including our skin.
Since the skin is the organ that protects our body from foreign objects in entering our body, we have our own ways in taking care of it. But on the contrary, with so many smokers in the world, they are either unaware of the negative side effects of smoking to their skins or they just ignore all of it and stick to their vice instead.
The common side effect of smoking on our skin is wrinkles. However, we always ask the basis of it. Well, to give everyone ideas, here are some facts that we should bear in mind.
§ While smoking, the smokers protect their eyes from the cigarette smoke by partly closing their eyes. Because of this, wrinkles around the eyes may develop.
§ Puckering of mouth to puff cigarettes is also a way of acquiring wrinkles on the face. This is because of the steady muscle contractions around the mouth area.
§ Chemicals in the cigarette are very harmful to our blood – carbon monoxide in particular. This chemical helps in the formation of free radicals that causes aging.
§ Nicotine is also a chemical in cigarettes that causes our blood vessels to contract that results to a reduced oxygen supply for our tissues.
§ Scars and wounds also take longer time to heal in smokers because the production of oxygen is lessened, therefore, making the skin more vulnerable to scars.

Aside from simple wrinkles, there are more harmful effects of cigarette smoking to the human skin. These effects are merely felt by the smokers, that is why the majority of them tend to ignore it.
§ British study had revealed that smoking can make our skin thinner.
§ The smoker’s skin may appear slightly grayish
§ The toxins in a single cigarette can cause lesser production of collagen, which is an essential chemical to make our skin look young.
§ Smoking can cause skin dehydration and thus depriving it from the moisture it needs.
§ The nicotine content of cigarettes restrains the smoker’s immune system to increase the vulnerability of viral infections of the skin, warts for instance.
§ Aside from wrinkles, facial break outs are also caused by the harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
§ A chronic skin condition called psoriasis which can be damaging and painful. Experts claimed that smokers have very high risk in acquiring the said condition.

Now, with all these effects of smoking in our skin alone, anyone should forget about looking sophisticated for a moment. Some smokers think that they will look fit in the public if they smoke. But they have no idea how it will make them look older than they can imagine. The bad effects of smoking may be curable, but it is good to think that it is better to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent ourselves from sickness.

Sunday, 15 August 2010


Smoking and stress are somehow linked to each other. This is because when you ask every smoker why they smoke, one of their main reasons is to relieve their stress apart from boredom, anger and anxiety. It seems that they only give this kind of excuse for not quitting the habit.
Notice a stressed smoker when he is under pressure he smokes. When he feels like to be alone, he smokes. He puffs a cigarette when he is full enough with food. When he wants his brain to function fast, he always leans on his cigarette.
In short, smokers think that cigarette smoking is the best way to handle all their emotions. And when someone tries to make them stop from this habit, they tend to point out their excuse that smoking helps them to overcome almost everything in their lives. Sad isn’t it?
But how on earth can they say such things? Maybe with this following information, we can say that somehow they got a point.
§ If an individual feels he is pressured enough, he chooses to smoke in a room by himself. It helps them to find some time for them to think for a while
§ When he begins to light up a stick, he puffs smoke and breathe air with it just like the deep breathing that we all do when we want to calm down.
§ Smoking too can be stimulating. It is proven that when a large amount of nicotine reaches the brain of the smoker, it stimulates the brain to release relaxing chemicals. The said chemicals are also useful to fight anxiety and nervousness.

However, no matter what their excuses are, these are not the reasons why they cannot stop smoking. The real reason for it is addiction. It is because smokers think that their craving to puff a cigarette is fulfilled when they are under pressure and thus making them feel relaxed. That is the real cue for it.
Stress is not really hard to handle and smoking is not the only solution for it. There are so many ways on how to overcome it – ways that are healthier, easier and smoke-free. Consider the following tips:
§ Have yourself a relaxing massage. This is much better than the stimulating effects of nicotine. It will not only help you relax, but also it will help in improving your blood circulation of your body.
§ Deep Breathing. Everyone can do this without puffing a cigarette. Search for a place with fresh air and exercise your lungs with it.
§ Warm bath. Taking a warm bath will help your body to relax. It also helps in soothing those slightly aching muscles. A nice bath in a tub is much better. Try lighting up scented candles to calm your senses.
§ Music therapy. Soft music like instrumentals and mellow songs are also some effective ways to calm yourself down.
§ Exercise. This is not only good for your physical body but also for your emotional and mental health for it will divert you from your worries and keep your mind healthy.

Friday, 13 August 2010

The Digital Photography Slr

If you are a newbie in the world of digital imaging, the term "digital photography slr" may sound familiar. Slr stands for single-lens reflex. It has different mechanism from ordinary digital cameras. In digital photography slr, the reflex design system exposes the sensor to the light reflected on the lens and the images are previewed through the liquid crystal display (LCD) before the photographic shot is taken. The mechanism of the digicam allows its screen as its electronic viewfinder. If you opt for the digital photography slr for capturing those images, then here are some few tips as a newbie:
If you have purchased a camera with Digital Photography SLR, always keep its manual handy.
Protect your lens from UV rays, have a UV filter for each lens.
Study each of the settings of your camera with Digital Photography SLR. This will greatly help if you are aiming for a fast moving object.
A great way to learn the setting of your digital camera with SLR is to make some experiments and tryouts. For instance, try taking shots of a beautiful landscape with different settings and then compare the difference.
Always bring along the necessary accessories for your digital camera with SLR such as tripods, extra memory card and batteries wherever you go. The tripod should be used to keep the camera steady for clearer shots always. The memory card is for you to take pictures more when the memory turns low. You would not want to miss a spectacular view just because your camera runs out of memory.