Air quality can play a significant role in your health and wellbeing, but those effects aren’t just limited to your lungs. The air that you breathe, as well as the air around you can also affect the health and appearance of your skin, as well as other factors like stress, sleep, and humidity. The healthier your skin, the better it will look and age.
We know that it’s a fairly simple task to control the air quality in your home or business with a modern air purifier or air filter , but what about the air outside? Unfortunately, we don’t have an air purifying system that can filter the outside environment, however, air quality can vary drastically, depending on where you live. In this article, we will explore some of the best and worst states when it comes to air quality, other important factors, and their effect on your skin’s appearance and wellbeing.
Air quality. The skin is a living, breathing organ—drawing in moisture, vitamins, and toxins in the air. That’s why we weighted air quality highest for our best states to age in ranking (60 percent). States with the worst air quality ranked poorly for helping people look younger longer because it harms the body both inside and out.
Stress. The phrase, “you’re giving me gray hairs” exists for a reason. Stress ages you by exhausting the mind and body, as well as opening the door for microorganisms to attack, by weakening your immune system. The calmer and more relaxed you are, the better you’ll look and feel; you won’t have the dark circles, stress breakouts, and frown lines of a chronically stressed out person. We weighted stress levels by 20 percent in this study to account for this major aging contributor.
Sleep. We’ve all heard the term, “beauty sleep.” That’s because cells regenerate while we sleep and help us look and feel better. Sleeping not only helps cognitive function, but the health of your dermis too. We weighted sleep 15 percent in this piece to account for its importance in maintaining your health and a youthful appearance.
Humidity. Water has been called “the elixir of life.” Many beauty experts tout the power of staying hydrated. Thus, states with more humidity were ranked higher for their anti-aging powers. This was the least consequential of our ranking data, weighted just five percent. It also helps to drink a lot of water.
Every state offers a variety of pros and cons that can affect your skin. This can include natural factors like humidity or man-made hazards like air pollution. We collected data on those factors from every state and ranked them with a color scale:
Do you live in one of these states? Don’t worry, you don’t have to move! While some of these factors are environmental, you can control some with some small, positive changes to your lifestyle. Check out our tips on how to mitigate the poor skin conditions of your state and how to cultivate happy, healthy skin with these helpful tips:
Crows feet, crepey skin, and fine lines have met their match in North Dakota. This state has the sixth best air quality in the nation and the most well-rested residents. Catching sufficient zzz’s is key to looking younger and so is breathing clean, healthy air.
The rainy Pacific Northwest is great for keeping skin hydrated. Its laid back West Coast style is also paying off. People in Oregon are the fourth most relaxed and fourth most rested in the country. If only we could bottle that and sell it at a drugstore.
The Last Frontier also has some of the last people to age—according to our study anyways. The gorgeous Alaskan air is the second best in America and the state has the third highest humidity in the country. That doesn’t help with Alaska’s dog-sized mosquitos, but it does aid in maintaining youthful appearances.
Idaho residents lead a pretty restful life. The state ranks fifth in the nation for getting enough sleep. Idaho also has high humidity and mild stress levels. However, Idaho is in the middle of the pack for air quality. It’s something we’ll keep an eye on as that could affect how people live, breathe, and age in the Gem State.
Take a deep breath, Washingtonians! Washington has the third best air quality in the country. No wonder there are so many refreshed, beautiful people living there.
The Cornhusker State grows young looking people alongside its golden fields of corn. Nebraska is sixth in the nation for three of our four ranking categories: stress, air quality, and sleep. Coincidentally, Nebraska is also the sixth best state in America for aging.
While 82 percent humidity might feel oppressive, it helps Iowans stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Combine that with its third lowest stress levels and eighth best air quality in the country and you have a recipe for impossibly young looking people.
The people of Maine sure look spry. Some might even say youth is in the air. They’d be right. Maine ranks fifth in the nation for having the best air quality and fourth for humidity.
Live Free or Die has been the motto of New Hampshire since John Stark wrote these words in 1809. Maybe it’s this unstoppable attitude that has helped New Hampshire natives say no to aging. The state has the perfect storm of anti-aging properties; it’s the second most humid in the nation, seventh least stressed, and 11th best for air quality.
As if Hawaii didn’t already have it all—beautiful beaches, hot bods, and perma-tans. Hawaii also is the 10th best state in America for aging. A lot of this has to do with having the cleanest air in the whole country. As long as people don’t bake themselves in the sun, Hawaiians have ideal conditions for aging gracefully.
Now that we better understand the factors that go into maintaining youthful, healthy skin and which US states offer the best skin health factors, we want to encourage you to start living a healthier happier lifestyle. Taking care of your body and mind won’t just result in more youthful skin, you will see those choices positively affect just about every aspect of your life!
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