Genetics, diet, luck, and a number of other factors determine how and at what rate you age. However, the data we gathered above should paint a picture of what you might look like in the coming years depending on air quality, stress, sleep, and humidity. If you want to look like Cindy Crawford at age 60, perhaps relocate to one of America’s best states for aging. Or at the very least, drink lots of water, breathe clean air, get sufficient sleep, and keep your stress levels low. See the full list below or check out The Best States for Youthful Skin.
Air quality. The skin is a living, breathing organ—sucking 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” wasn’t invented for nothing. Stress ages you by exhausting the mind and body and opening the door for germs to attack. 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 important in maintaining 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.