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The Best (and Worst) States for Skin in America

February 27th, 2014

Nate Bear
The Best (and Worst) States for Skin in America

For younger-looking skin, consider moving to Minnesota, Hawaii and New York. 

Our Skin Age Quiz, taken by 28,000 women, found statistically significant differences in skin age from state to state. The quiz examines how factors like lifestyle, habits, genetics, nutrition and stress levels affect the look of your skin, using a proprietary algorithm to determine the results.

In the grand beauty-scheme, most of the nation’s skin looks a tad older than its age, but the east and west coasts fair the best, only looking about a year older. The states with the biggest areas to benefit, beauty-wise, are Wyoming and Oklahoma, where citizens have skin that looks, on average, three years older than its age. 

What’s contributing to a higher skin age? Women in Wyoming and Oklahoma eat less fruit than the highest performing states, but the biggest factor seems to be sun damage. Fifty-five percent of women in Wyoming and 44 percent of women in Oklahoma reported getting blistering sunburns before the age of 20. In the youngest-looking states, this average was 28 percent.

MORE: See How Your Skin Compares to Your State Average. Take the Skin Age Quiz!

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