Though Mark Twain told us that “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been” – a new study commissioned and released by RoC Skincare today (with the help of Sperling’s Best Places) tells a bit of a different story. Though Mr. Twain is indeed correct – his famous quote did not include environmental, physiological and psychological issues that surround us in 2015, that greatly affect susceptibility to skin damage, including wrinkles.
Released publicly today, the official 2015 RoC Wrinkle Index determined the U.S. states where the residents’ skin is most at risk from damage by their lifestyle and environment. Each state received a score (or what RoC called a “Wrinkle Index”), which measured the skin danger level for area dwellers.
What I was dismayed to discover when reading through the *ranking and results, was of the places I have lived in my life, ALL were in the top 17 (New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island). Even more to my chagrin – my current place of residence, NEW YORK, earned the #1 spot, with a score of 187.6, followed closely by Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado and Massachusetts. What is most surprising about the top five states? None are year round, warm sunny climates that I would have expected to see as having a high “wrinkle factor” (Florida ranked #32 on the list).
What does this tell us about skin damage? The sun is NOT always the main culprit. In fact, one of the key findings from this year’s study, was that New York ranked #1 due in large part to the brutal winter of 2014-2015. New York suffered the largest drop in wintertime average temperature of all states. The state’s average commute time is also the second largest, exposing its residents to prolonged daily assault by the elements. The same went for Pennsylvania (#2) – noting that the Keystone state has the second-worst particulate pollution, long daily commutes, and smoking rates that are higher than the national average.
According to New York City-based board certified dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD, FAAD., “Residents of every state have their share of positive and negative skin health factors so the exact cause of wrinkles can vary. However, there are several factors that can increase the rate at which skin ages, including high levels of stress, dangerous exposure to pollution and UVA/UBA radiation.”
As consumers, what can we do to make a change (especially those of us living in highly affected areas? *A few helpful hints:
HINT 1: Familiarize yourself with the RoC Wrinkle Ranking, and learn more about the critical factors that contribute to your state’s rank. Where do you rank in the list and what are the main factors for your area? Being aware and informed are half the battle.
HINT 2: Identify how to eliminate certain risks and work to minimize exposure to others. Stress, lack of sleep and poor eating habits are within our control. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and taking quiet time for yourself every day can help to combat the aforementioned.
HINT 3: Adopt practices and products that can help reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Protect your skin – always. Make smart choices when it comes to usage and application of sunscreens and moisturizers. When exposed to the elements of the outdoors, do your part in proactively protecting yourself. Sitting under a UV blocker umbrella at the beach and wrapping a scarf around your face during whipping winter wind, are simple ways to keep wrinkles at bay when used in conjunction with a proper daily skincare regiment. (Beauty note : Use a moisturizing SPF during the day, and a retinol-based night moisturizer such as RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream to help improve the appearance of aging skin while you sleep).
*The most significant metrics in the 2015 RoC State Wrinkle Index rankings were found to be (in no particular order) Winter 2014-15 – average low temperatures, Winter 2014-15 – different from average., commute times, number of sunny days, and skin cancer incidences
Cheers to beautiful you,
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