Finding a place to live that best suits your lifestyle is now as easy as visiting a website and answering some questions. The same site conducts thorough research and data collection about cities around the world and is aptly names Sperling’s Best Places after the creator of the program. They recently worked with RoC Skincare and took a look at which cities are the most prone to causing wrinkles. They evaluated various factors such as stress levels, pollution, commute times, smoking rates, climates and other lifestyle characteristics that can cause aging.
Dr. Ken Collins, Spokane area Cosmetic Dentist says,
“Environmental factors such as air pollution are wreaking havoc on skin in many areas around the nation and even the world. Wrinkles are the obvious concern cosmetically, but things like eczema and hives are becoming more of a problem. Polluted air due to traffic is now being recognized as the most toxic element for skin.”
The Top 10 Most Wrinkle-Prone Cities in America by 2040 according to their research are:
Some of the research pointed to specific factors that ranked these cities high on the list. Larger urban areas with low air quality and congested traffic rank among the highest and are expected to stay that way. Smoking habits are steadily decreasing and in many cities will be almost non-existent by 2040. However, the cities that will continue to maintain high smoking rates in the future will be more at risk for aging skin and wrinkles. None of the top ten cities listed are expected to maintain high smoking levels, but Nashville (#23), St. Louis (#17) and Kansas City (#27) were mentioned specifically.
Climate played a larger role in expected skin conditions of the overall population than did location. Hotter and drier cities were expected to be some of the worst regarding elasticity and moisture of skin which makes sense. Lack of moisture is one of the main causes of wrinkles due to drier skin losing its elasticity. Regions around the Great Lakes and the Northeast, in general, are expected to have high risks due to weather-related factors, as are the major urban areas of Texas such as Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston as they continue to see decreases in their precipitation levels each year.
Many companies are researching preventative measures to protect the skin from these damaging environmental factors. Collins has some suggestions for how to be proactive in the meantime.
“Gently washing the face, not scrubbing allows your skin’s natural defenses to continue to build without major disruption. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy and drinking enough water helps your body produce the natural chemicals it needs to keep your skin healthy. Keeping skin hydrated and moist is so important for its elasticity. One of the reasons wrinkles occur naturally as we age is due to the diminished production of natural elements in the body that promote moisture production and retention.”
Having soft, smooth skin is obviously something that is so important to our culture that studies like this one are being done to help maximize our chance at keeping that youthful glow as long as possible. Thanks to modern medicine even if you already live in these cities there are lots of ways to protect your skin or even reverse the signs of aging with simple treatments and procedures. This study was fun and certainly provides food for thought when it comes to taking care of our bodies and our health, but it’s no reason to go packing up your house and searching for a job in a city with the climate of a rainforest.
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